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

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    Basic Rules for Buyers:


    Ratings / Reviews:


    - search WUS for the name of the seller:
    -- read about the experiences the members have had with the seller and his items

    - WUS Forum communications are very helpful because they are often more elaborate and offer
    more details than the simple ebay feedback system


    - read the ebay ratings from previous buyers
    -- look for patterns or recurring problems
    -- read the responses given by the seller to complaints. If the responses are unprofessional, impolite
    or useless: avoid that seller

    - ebay ratings are very brief and often do not give the complete picture of the reputation of a seller
    -- many people leave feedback as soon as they receive the item and have not fully tested it
    -- many people also are more thrilled with the fast shipping and so they write a joyful report before they
    fully inspect the item

    - you must not rely completely on ebay ratings

    - do not purchase, or purchase with caution, from sellers who fail to respond or to provide a sufficient resolution
    to problems of the customers
    - sellers are obligated to provide a refund, repair or other form of reasonable help

    - beware of sellers who misrepresent items or fail to disclose important information


    Photos:

    - photos must be clear and sharp with unadulterated representation of colour

    - if the watch is used, there must be at least one photo of the movement
    -- a high magnification photo to allow you to see flaws

    - some sellers do not want to show the movement:
    -- perhaps they are hiding flaws / they are lazy / they are inexperienced as a seller of watches
    -- demand a photo of the movement, a good photo

    - study each photo carefully and if you have any concerns, contact the seller
    -- if they do not respond, or if they do not respond to your satisfaction: do not purchase the item

    - if you want to ensure that you will receive the item exactly as it is represented,
    contact the seller and tell them that you want the item exactly as shown


    - be polite and respectful in your communications with sellers


    Post your questions or concerns to WUS:


    - if you want advice or help with a purchase, post your question to the Forum
    -- give the link to the item
    -- provide photos


    Post Your Review to WUS:

    - if you are pleased with your item or have a problem with it: tell us
    - if the seller was helpful, courteous and provided a proper resolution to a problem: tell us
    - if the seller or his items are suspicious: tell us
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

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    Bronze Bezels:



    - bronze is primarily an alloy of Copper (Cu) and Tin (Sn) = CuSn
    -- brass is primarily an alloy of Copper and Zinc = CuZn

    - it is very durable
    - it will develop a nice moderately dark brown patina
    -- brass becomes moderately green-brown or red-green-brown
    - bronze will not stain your skin or your clothing

    - highly polished bronze uaually develops a patina more slowly than brushed bronze

    - some folks do not like the patina of either brass or bronze; they prefer the gold colour
    -- don't worry: the patina is easy to remove with metal polish or other abrasive paste and a toothbush

    - scratches and blemishes are removed easily with metal polish or mild abrasive

    - bronze bezels are polished easily to a high gloss, or you can 'brush' the surface
    to create a dull, non glare surface


    IP / PVD:


    - the gold bezel from dr.seikostain (one.second.closer) is stainless steel with a IP coating
    -- this is a type of Physical Vapour Deposition coating, or PVD, which creates a layer of gold
    colour using a complex process
    -- it is very durable; much more durable than standard paint
    -- it should not tarnish or change colour with age




    When Should You Use a Bronze / PVD Bezel?

    - if you have a dial with gold indices or accents, especially dark coloured dials, and gold hands:
    -- bronze bezels will help accentuate the indices and hands

    - any dark colour dial, especially black, dark blue and dark green


    Install one onto a Komandirskie:

    - all standard Komandirskie cases are made of brass
    -- the polished gold colour cases have a TiN (Titanium Nitride) coating for protection
    - the silver cases are brass with chrome plating
    -- some owners like to remove the chrome using Hydrochloric / Muriatic acid to
    create a completely brass case

    -- install a bronze bezel onto one of these Komandirskie to create a rugged, nautical appearance



    * most of these bronze / PVD bezels will fit onto most standard Komandirskie cases

    -- the 'Porthole' bezel from zavar011 (#3 - photo) may be slightly too wide for some cases

    - if the bezel is too wide for the case, the bezel will hit the crown
    This can be fixed in most situations:
    -- if you do not need a bezel which rotates, you can create a small bevel on the bottom skirt of the
    bezel to create clearance for the crown. You need only to do this where the bezel hits the crown


    ** if you are not sure of the compatibility of a part, or you need help to install it:

    - send a message to the Forum and ask
    -- provide as much detail as possible
    -- provide photos if possible
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

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    This Guide is not an advertisement for sellers or producers. I am not an advertiser.
    I am not an employee of any seller or producer in this Guide.

    I do not receive compensation of any type from the sellers or producers in this Guide.


    The number of sellers and parts available is growing. It can be confusing and intimidating.
    It is best to have one central Guide to organise all the information.
    Therefore, I believe it is necessary to have photos and information of the watches
    and parts from all the best sellers and producers.




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

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt_Bored_O View Post
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    This Guide is not an advertisement for sellers or producers. I am not an advertiser.
    I am not an employee of any seller or producer in this Guide.

    I do not receive compensation of any type from the sellers or producers in this Guide.


    The number of sellers and parts available is growing. It can be confusing and intimidating.
    It is best to have one central Guide to organise all the information.
    Therefore, I believe it is necessary to have photos and information of the watches
    and parts from all the best sellers and producers.




    Matt B.
    Your knowledge of Vostok Amphibias and the goodwill to share it in great detail with the rest of us is not just convenient, but awesome!

    Thank you.

    Taimur

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

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    - there are 2 sizes which are used interchangeably
    - they are of very similar size

    - the receiving holes are of the large size only, but the small screw
    installs easily with excellent hold

    - sellers of Vostok parts may sell the smaller size only or both

    - 'favinov' appears to sell the small size, but may have access to the large size

    - if you want to purchase screws from a watch part supplier, look for the
    large size

    - 0.85 mm thread diameter should install also without problems

    - any standard thicknesses of the head / top is acceptable

    - do not use screws which are shorter than what is stated here

    - if you have the small screws, do not worry: many Vostok owners, myself included,
    have these and do not appear to experience problems
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Great info!


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    Vostok Amphibia Zissou
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    I'm buying one on eBay today.


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    Vostok 1967 Amphibia LE
    Vostok Amphibia Zissou
    J.Springs Blue

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

    Does anybody know the dimensions of the inserts in Meranom's SE bezels?

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

    Landing dimensions, like all amphibians

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    Excellent guide. Very informative an easy to understand. Thank you for the post.
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