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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying and Modifying VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    For that space between the crystal & the crown, I've seen a fiberglass brush recommended:
    Economy Fiberglas Cleaning Brush

    I don't yet have one myself, but I'm going to pick one up for this & other tasks.

    It may be even better to use it for the whole (top) case as opposed to a scotch pad since it would allow more precision in the brushing pattern.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying and Modifying VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Quote Originally Posted by kev80e View Post
    ....I thought I'd give brushing a go....
    .. it's actually not that difficult.....mistakes really are easy to correct.
    Great work!!

    It is as good as any we've seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine View Post
    For that space between the crystal & the crown, I've seen a fiberglass brush recommended:
    Economy Fiberglas Cleaning Brush

    It may be even better to use it for the whole (top) case as opposed to a scotch pad since it would allow more precision in the brushing pattern.

    Yes!

    These are Scratch Brushes. I highly recommend them for watch cleaning and repair as they can perform many different tasks.

    They are able to reach into very small spaces.

    You turn the end cap and the bristles extend or retract to alter the stiffness and extend the reach.

    Some hardware stores sell them also.


    You can make them yourself :

    - take a small bundle of bristles from a scrub brush or wires from a wire brush (steel or brass)
    - insert them into a pin vise (a small hand-held drill chuck)
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    Simply hitting the "Like" doesn't do the OP or this thread justice! There's enough material here for an entire Vostok forum, with multiple stickies built out of just that original thread post. 0_0
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying and Modifying VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

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    Bezels: Recommendations


    Please see the 'Guide' for more info.

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    There are no bad quality custom or replacement bezels currently produced.
    They are all good, but some are simply better.


    Generally, the bezels produced in Russia, Europe and the USA are of slightly better quality.
    Prices may be slightly higher for these but you may want to consider buying them if you want
    to support manufacturing in the West.


    - the bezel market is expanding rapidly since the popularity of modifying Vostoks is also rapidly expanding.
    - producers are taking notice of what we like and what we don't like. They are also using some of the best designs
    used on Seiko dive watches. This is good news for us! Now is a great moment to begin modding your Vostok.

    - pay attention to the threads: 'Vostok Mods' and 'Show Your Amphibias' - WUS members are now purchasing some of these
    new bezels and will post photos and short reviews.


    Here are the most highly recommended insert style bezels:


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    The 'Premium' bezels:


    - These cost more but you get more. The quality of manufacture is usually of a higher standard.
    Most models are thicker, taller and with better and more unique edge knurling. Pers184 in particular, will create your choice of knurling.



    Murphy bezels
    - high quality
    - made in America by Dave Murphy
    - more expensive than most others
    - Dave Murphy will answer all your questions and help you if you have a problem


    pers184: (WUS member)
    - see his photo albums for the bezels he makes
    - he can make a custom design for you
    - high quality
    - made by him in Russia
    - do not require a bezel insert because the indices (numbers etc.) are machined into the bezel
    - some designs can be painted in your choice of colour
    - all are SS (or bronze by request)
    - fairly expensive but you save money because you do not need a separate insert.
    - you may wait 2-4 months to receive the bezel due to his work-load and time constraints
    - these are an excellent choice because you can re-paint some of the models
    to change the colour, they are very rugged with no aluminum insert, and some of the designs are very
    unique.

    dr.seikostain: (ebay)
    - designed and sold by an architect in Poland
    - high quality
    - unique designs such as the wild Tsunami, and long Shark Tooth
    - unfortunately models are usually produced in small batches and sell quickly. Sometimes you must wait
    several months for new stock to arrive. If a particular model does not appear in his ebay store, you must wait
    for new stock. Send Krystof a message and ask him when he expects to receive them. He is a friendly seller.
    - follow his items on Facebook to see his latest ideas: https://www.facebook.com/one.second.closer


    Matt Brace: (WUS member / ebay)
    - these are 'Clean' or 'Smooth' bezels only
    - made by Matt himself in Southern England
    - high quality
    - excellent customer service

    am-diver: (ebay / aka: AM-Watches)
    - unique angled top
    - bezel inserts are custom produced to fit the angled bezel
    -- you must only use am-diver bezel inserts !!
    - high quality
    - German designed
    - these bezels provide not only a sport / dive watch appearance but also a casual-dress appearance

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    "Intermediate"
    bezels:

    - these are relatively new in the market place and so the quality and customer experience is not well known.
    - they appear to be of high quality with unique designs
    - they also appear to be a good value
    - pay attention to the threads: 'Vostok Mods' and 'Show Your Amphibias' - WUS members are now purchasing some of these
    models and will post photos and short reviews.

    zavar011: (ebay)

    - this seller, based in Israel, is now producing some interesting and unique models.
    - all models are now also available in a bronze or brass version
    - look at his 'gear tooth' or 'sprocket' bezel, Shark tooth and the odd but intriguing 'Porthole' bezel.

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    Good quality 'budget' bezels:


    boris_gvb: (ebay)
    - many WUS members really like these
    - WUS member ThePossumKing, who does many mods, believes these
    are the best bezel for the price and always fit well.
    - possibly produced in China

    arkustime: (ebay)



    Other sellers:
    - the other bezels being sold on ebay generally receive good reviews in this forum and are
    slowly growing in popularity
    - these sellers are listed in the 'Guide'
    - these other bezels are possibly produced in China


    - if you need information about the quality of a particular bezel, post your question in the Forum



    Package Deal: bezel with pre-installed insert:

    - most bezel sellers now have package deals although your choice of insert is limited
    - these are a good choice if you want to receive a bezel with insert pre-installed
    - you may save some money


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    Best advice:

    - only buy parts from sellers recommended in this forum
    - read these threads from beginning to end:

    'Vostok Mods'
    'Show Your Amphibias'



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    The sellers listed in this Guide are recommended by many WUS members.
    There may be a new seller or two which have not been added to the Guide, but may be added in the near future.
    I will not recommend a seller until they have received good reviews in this forum.

    If you would like opinions of a seller or product not listed in the Guide, please ask us.


    I will soon add more info. to the Guide, so you may wish to subscribe to it.



    Enjoy your Vostok,

    Matt
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    These are new parts now available for purchase

    - the crown is solid Stainless Steel versus the standard crown
    which is made of brass with a thin stainless steel cover
    -- improved knurling pattern makes it easier to turn

    - the Blank Rear Cover can be brought to any engraving service if you want
    a personal custom message or image placed onto it. This would
    create a watch which you can give as a gift

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    Sellers:

    Meranom: all parts

    favinov: White Date Wheel at 6
    asap31: White Date Wheel at 6 (only with purchase of a dial with date window at 6)


    - it is not known if all parts will be available from sellers beyond Meranom
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    New bezels from zavar011 (ebay - Israel)

    - these are Seiko insert bezels: use any Seiko insert made for SKX007 or 7002


    - seller is a partner of saltua2014 (ebay - Ukraine)
    -- the same bezels sold at zavar011 are often sold by saltua2014
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    New Bezels from zavar011 (ebay - Israel)

    - zavar011 and saltua2014 are partners, so both sellers should eventually have them
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    Remember: You must buy only Bezel Inserts for Seiko: SX007 or 7002

    (there are other Seiko models of the same size but most often you will
    see only SX007 or 7002 listed by the seller)


    The insert must be:

    OD: 38.00 mm
    .ID: 31.50 mm
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying and Modifying VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

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    These are the Modern cases.

    Vintage case dimensions will be posted soon.
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