Some info help AND How WATERPROOF is the NEW Vostok Komandirskie?
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    Some info help AND How WATERPROOF is the NEW Vostok Komandirskie?

    I recently took delievery of my BRAND new vostok komandirskie watch!

    Inside theres a manual (in russian) which has a couple of numbers which i can only assume mean the manufacturing date:

    there are three different columns in a table and the numbers are seperated into three columns as such:

    811296-22 | 17 | 17.05.12

    I can only assume 17.05.12 is the manufacturing date but I dont know what the other two are!

    I must say I am quite impressed with the watch! It looks like quite a cool time piece.

    I know it only costs $50 shipped but I wanna know how durable this thing is! I have seen the tortue test and the making of the komandirskie as well.

    The only thing I really need to know is how waterproof it is or how far owners have taken the limits of their komandirskie?

    Recently my 200m Hamilton GMT Navy fogged up while washing my hands -.-

    Something i know probably wont happen to this one, has anyone taken their komandirskie swimming or anything of the sort?

    Can i realy realy really thrash it around?

    I am intending to anyway to get rid of some of the shine from the chrome :x (dont like it too shiny)

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    Re: Some info help AND How WATERPROOF is the NEW Vostok Komandirskie?

    I have got a new Komandirskie 2416B Paratrooper and a 2414A Submariner. I will not be swimming with these watches as they are only rated for water resistance and are not waterproof. If I had wanted to do that I would have purchased Amphibias. I also have two 20 year old Komandirskies which will not be going anywhere near the water due to the aging of the seals etc. Maybe some other members have taken these types of watches swimming but personally I would not risk it.

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    Re: Some info help AND How WATERPROOF is the NEW Vostok Komandirskie?

    I believe the new komandirskies are rated 30m. Google gives you this from this site http://www.prestigetime.com/page.php?waterresistance:

    Interpretation of the Depth Ratings


    Although a watch may be rated 30m/99ft water resistant, it does NOT mean that the watch can be immersed to that depth. The depth rating posted by the manufacturer is theoretical in nature and can only be achieved in a perfectly optimum environment of a laboratory - which is impossible to replicate in real life.



    Water Resistance Guide
    No Rating - 30m/99ft Does not allow contact with water
    30m/99ft - 50m/165ft Allows for contact with water such as washing hands and rain
    50m/165ft - 100m/330ft Allows for light poolside swimming
    100m/330ft - 200m/660ft Allows for swimming, snorkeling and showering (do not expose to hot water)
    200m/660ft - 500m/1650ft Allows for impact water sports such as board diving and scuba diving
    500m/1650ft + Appropriate for serious deep water diving.

    Obviously, the higher the rating, the more appropriate the watch is for deeper diving.

    IMPORTANT: We strongly recommend purchasing a watch with a screw-down crown if you intend on wearing the watch while you are in contact with water.

    Our Recommendations

    Have your watch water-tested once a year.
    • Do not shower or swim with your watch unless it is rated 100m/330ft & has a screw-down crown.
    • Never open, wind or operate the crown while in water.
    • Never press the buttons of a chronograph watch while in water - unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer.
    • Do not subject your watch to extreme temperature changes.
    • Do not subject your watch to sudden & rapid air-pressure changes.
    • Do not allow your watch to come in contact with corrosive chemicals, such as abrasive soaps & highly chlorinated water.
    • Ensure that the crown is always pushed in, and if you have a screw-down crown make sure it is always tightened. Double-check before immersing in water.

    Be careful!
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    Re: Some info help AND How WATERPROOF is the NEW Vostok Komandirskie?

    It does have a screw down crown! Ah well. I have a couple of beaters to rotate around I guess i will try not to use this one for swimming! I used to today while playing a game of soccer and that worked fine :) But of course it did because theres no water!

    Anyway! Thanks for the info!

    Anyone know what the numbers in the manual mean? :)

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    Re: Some info help AND How WATERPROOF is the NEW Vostok Komandirskie?

    IMHO, and YMMV, and all the usual disclaimers .... but come on!! these things can be lost in a garden for an entire winter in the snow, be wound up, and a-running they go!

    from a previous post of mine:


    FWIW, I took my new komandirskie to the waterpark, swam with it, went down a few waterslides with the kids, took it to the "tropical wave" pool also. Dry as a bone inside.

    These things are way underrated water resistance wise. There are a few posts on this forum regarding this issue. I would do any surface watersport with them, and will in the future. They are so nice and flat on the wrist unlike the much fatter fibbies. Then again, I am not going to cry my eyes out if a watch the price of a case of beer were to heroically fall in the line of duty. Just gonna order a new one and do the same to it.

    Now if I were to go scuba diving I would get the fibby out.
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    Re: Some info help AND How WATERPROOF is the NEW Vostok Komandirskie?

    DolleDolf, I support your comments... I've also used my Komandirskie in a very aggressive manner, I've swam with it, I've thrown football balls, used a hammer, played tennis, you name it... and the little Tank keeps perfect time, despite the high forces it has been exposed to the accuracy has not been affected at all! and the watch is in the same great working condition as a new one... the screwed case back, the fat o-ring and the screw-down crown should make a difference for sure in terms of water resistance.

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    Re: Some info help AND How WATERPROOF is the NEW Vostok Komandirskie?

    I've also used my Komandirskie in a very aggressive manner, I've swam with it, I've thrown football balls, used a hammer, played tennis...
    It is THE tool watch sans pareil, i.e. a watch that can be used as a tool, unlike a watch to be worn by a tool like a rolex "tool watch."
    Just in case you were wondering: nah, I don't care much for rolexes ....

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    Re: Some info help AND How WATERPROOF is the NEW Vostok Komandirskie?

    See thread on Soviet /Russian tool watches, Dec. 2016; many people share their opinions/ experiences on water resistance & ruggedness of Komandirskies vs Amphibias; a good read. My theory: to get the best out of your Komandirskies, change seals and use diver's silicone watch grease on seals & threads. Cheers!

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    Re: Some info help AND How WATERPROOF is the NEW Vostok Komandirskie?

    I recently got a modded Amphibia from someone else who hadn't taken care on the waterproofing and it fogged up on me. I popped it open, dried it out, and used 100% pure diver's silicone grease on all the seals and then tightened the case ring as tight as it would go (it was only slightly more than hand-tight when I got it ) and now it's dry as a bone no matter what I do.

    Since the Komandirskiis and Amphibias share the same compressor style case construction, I'd imagine that properly taken care of (making sure crown and case ring are clean, greased and tightened) that they should be just fine in anything but hard-core diving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by illition View Post
    811296-22 | 17 | 17.05.12
    81 is the style of the case.
    1 is chrome plated brass as case material.
    296 is dial.
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    22 is bezel style.

    17 should be OTK which is QC.

    And date of manufacture.

    WR rating is quite low but still you usually can swim safely with Komandirskies. Russians tend to make sure that products are atleast as good as specifications. Although is Komandirskies were made in Switzerland I believe they would be rated as 10ATM (caseback is screwed not pressed, crown is screwed down...).

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