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

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    Add to List of Sellers:



    New Vostoks

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    russian.store : Russia / ebay

    - good selection

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    koche-vikto : Russia / ebay

    - good selection


    * koche-vikto has listed most Komandirskies as made of 'Stainless Steel'.
    -- this is false: they are Brass with either a chrome or TiN coating on the gold coloured models
    (TiN = Titanium Nitride: protective coating)
    -- I have recently spoken to him and he has promised to correct this mistake. I believe him as he
    has recently corrected the listings for several other models after I spoke to him.

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    Meranom: continues to provide the best price, even after shipping cost is added.
    - Dimitry gives you 5 points for each watch you purchase. The points will give you a discount on a
    future purchase.
    - use Coupon Code: WUS2015 to receive a discount


    - the problem with Meranom is the very limited selection of models which are in stock

    For Models Not In Stock:

    - you can order a model (pre-paid), which could take several months to be produced,
    or you can request notification by email when the model of your choice becomes available.



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    Sellers will not be listed in this Guide unless they have positive reviews in this forum.
    Sellers who make false statements in their store listings and refuse to make corrections,
    will not be listed in the Guide.


    You can purchase with confidence from any of the sellers listed in this Guide.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying and Modifying VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

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    re: seller : koche-vikto


    There is a ebay seller named: kojaviktor:

    - this seller is known to use the listings of Vostoks of other sellers
    -- this is supicious activity
    -- this seller is not recommended



    The name is similar to: koche-vikto but no link between them was found


    koche-vitko is a flexible seller. Many of his listings include a 'Best Offer' button and I have had a few conversations with him and he seems eager to accept reasonable offers, especially if you want to buy several.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying and Modifying VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

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    Bezel: 'The.Shark.One'

    seller: dr.seikostain (One.Second.Closer) - ebay

    4 styles:


    - Polished
    - Blasted matte
    - Black IP
    - Gold IP

    All are 316 Stainless Steel

    Inserts: Seiko SKX007 / 7002

    Coating: Black and Gold Vacuum IP coated

    - a form of PVD coating
    - very durable
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying and Modifying VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

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    Hands:

    IgorIV (WUS)
    : Ukraine:

    - hands for Amphibia / Komandirskie
    - Igor is also gaining a good reputation for producing custom dials


    -- PRE - ORDER now --

    --- Hands will be AVAILABLE SOON ---


    Prices will be announced : but Igor's hands are expected to be considerably more affordable
    than yobokies or other hands which can be modified to fit (Seiko, ETA etc.)

    - Igor states that these hands will be similar in price to the previous models

    - see information below for styles available now


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    Hour & Minute: ( H & M )

    - fit ALL modern / ALL vintage: Amphibia and Komandirskie
    (vintage 22xx / modern 24xx movements use the same size hands for H & M)

    - stainless steel or brass

    - ready to install: no modifications necessary

    - all hands are sold with Lume paint applied
    -- Igor states: "Effective glow time in the dark is from 8 to 12 hours
    Total glow time of the powder until complete attenuation is more than 40 hours"

    - you can request hands without lume if you want to apply your own

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    Seconds: ( S )

    - Igor plans to produce one or more designs
    -- when available, an announcement will be made
    --- subscribe to his thread: 'Custom Dials and Hands'


    *S hand size are different for: Modern and Vintage
    - Modern: 24xx movement: 0.17 mm
    - Vintage: 22xx movement: 0.20 mm
    --- these are common sizes for Quartz watches: most Quartz S hands will fit but must be the correct length
    (see the data in the 'Hands' section of the Guide)


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    Igor's: 'Custom Dials and Hands'

    Custom dials and hands.


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    ----- Available Now ------

    - limited quantity
    (Igor will produce more of these styles soon)
    - stainless steel and brass

    * all hands are sold with Lume paint applied unless you request hands without lume
    -- Igor states: "Effective glow time in the dark is from 8 to 12 hours
    Total glow time of the powder until complete attenuation is more than 40 hours"


    $11 USD per set + $4 Worldwide Shipping with Tracking

    * this is a special price for these hands only, until they are all sold.
    - the price of the new models is expected to be similar. The best price you will find for custom hands.

    - shipped from Ukraine


    Note: Ukranian Post service is often faster and more reliable than the Russian Post,
    especially for addresses beyond Europe


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    How To: Order


    PRE-ORDER: hands will be available soon

    - Order Form: with list of all hands:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...N68Aw/viewform


    - Contact Igor: WUS account

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/member.php?u=266266



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    - if you purchase hands form Igor, please post photos and a review

    * if you have a problem with the hands, do not hesitate to contact Igor and discuss your concerns.
    He is willing to listen and willing to improve the designs


    Post your photos and review:

    1. 'Votok Mods'

    Vostok mods.


    2. Igor's Thread: 'Custom Dials and Hands'

    Custom dials and hands.


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

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    Vostok 'Paddle' Hands: yobokies

    These are slightly altered replicas of the hands found on many vintage Amphibia.
    'Paddle' hands are very poplular because they are very unique.
    This style is also easy to see at night with the generous area of lume.

    'yobokies' = 'seiko boy' spelled backward

    The seller, yobokies, is Harold in Hong Kong who is well known in the Seiko community for producing bezel inserts and other parts
    for modding Seiko watches.


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    Hour & Minute: ( H & M )

    - fit ALL modern / ALL vintage: Amphibia and Komandirskie
    (vintage 22xx / modern 24xx movements use the same size hands for H & M)

    - ready to install: no modifications necessary

    - SuperLuminova C3: one of the brightest lume paint with excellent duration of glow

    - silver only
    - well polished surface

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    Seconds: ( S )

    - Seconds hand will fit only 24xx movements which includes all modern Amphibia and Komandirskie
    -- for 22xx movements: if you are careful, you can use a tiny drill bit or similar tool to make the hole larger.

    - red or silver

    - slightly longer than original Vostok S hand
    - the red paint appears to be slightly brighter, and easier to see, than the original Vostok S hand


    *S hand size are different for: Modern and Vintage
    - Modern: 24xx movement: 0.17 mm
    - Vintage: 22xx movement: 0.20 mm

    --- these are common sizes for Quartz watches: most Quartz S hands will fit but must be the correct length


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    How To: Order


    * you must specify: S Hand: Silver or Red



    - you can see all the parts he sells here:

    yobokies's Library | Photobucket

    - WUS contact

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/member.php?u=10178


    - send him an email

    yobokies@yahoo.com.hk


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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Excellent and informative! Under the sellers section, I might include chistopol city. I don't know the particulars, but they sometimes have dials not available on meranom. They also have some different dial/case combinations. I don't think their selection of spare parts is as extensive though. Every once in a while they also stock the 1967 reissue, though, only the stainless banded one with the numbers instead if indices. Just my 2 cents. Thanks for this post.
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    Has anyone purchased from ritmm540 on eBay?

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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine View Post
    Has anyone purchased from ritmm540 on eBay?
    I have spoken with a few WUS members who have purchased from this seller.
    No complaints.

    I have purchased a few watches and dials. No problems.


    However, recently ritmm540 sold a Amphibia case with a very obviously incorrect crown.
    There were 2 photos of the case: one with the correct crown, the other without.

    This is unprofessional but does not appear to be a common occurrence.

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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Quote Originally Posted by soulsocket7 View Post
    ....Under the sellers section, I might include chistopol city....

    ChistopolCity:

    - online store: chistopolcity.com

    - Russia

    - good selection of models in stock
    - allows you to choose the Vostok bezel for the watch you purchase


    Caution:

    - there have been more than a few complaints that buyers have received a wrong item or defective watch
    -- ChistopolCity did not respond to these buyers. No communication.

    This is unacceptable.


    They state:

    "We are official dealers Vostok Watch Makers Inc. near to Chistopol city"

    - in reality, they are located approximately 500 km north. They do not have a special connection or relationship to
    the factory, as they would like us to believe.


    - buyers who had no problems with their item said they were satisfied with the purchase

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