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    Re: Vostok Mod - the Revival

    So, I tried the advice I got on the old “Vostok Mods.” thread on how to improve the scratched (stainless steel) case on my vintage Amphibia, and thought I’d report back.

    In essence, the instruction looked like this (or read here):

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    First use steel wool and polish the case all over (in the direction of the grains).
    Then move onto Scotchbrite (also in the direction if the grains).
    Finally you have 2 choices to finish it off, either a Cape Cod cloth (Amazon), or Autosol (Amazon).
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    You will notice a massive improvement from the steel wool alone, and may even want to stop at that stage.
    (---)"

    I made myself some simple tools attaching the steel wool and Scotchbrite to the end of the handle of tea spoons using cable tie.

    To be honest, I couldn’t see any difference from the steel wool and Scotchbrite treatment at all. I kept going with pretty high pressure and speed on a small area for about 15 minutes with the steel wool first and then for about 15 minutes with the Scotchbrite. It was pretty laborious...

    I should mention that before I did this I had cleaned the case using first detergent and a toothbrush, and then toothpaste and a toothbrush. It could be that the polishing effect of the toothpaste had already done what could be done using steel wool!?

    The Autosol on the other hand made a nice difference making the stainless a lot shinier, but as far as I could see it didn’t remove (or add) any scratches.

    So, I guess I won’t be using steel wool and Scotchbrite again.
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    Re: Vostok Mod - the Revival

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    No reply to my question, will just try it one more time :) Does anyone know where this 420 bracelet is from? Surely this is not the Meranom one?! It says on Meranom site that his stainless steel band for 420 case has got folded links.

    On a "technical" note - I really struggle to fit the clean bezel (Meranom's 01K2) on my Amphibia. Is there a trick I am missing? I have tried about 6 months ago and have failed miserably. I gave it couple of months wait, tried again... sweated over it but failed miserably again. I am unable to "push" it to the case so it clicks to place. There just isn't anything to push, really. I always end up with about 3/4 of the bezel in place, if that makes sense. Is there a tool I need or HOW DO YOU DO IT?

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    Re: Vostok Mod - the Revival

    Quote Originally Posted by little_w View Post
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    No reply to my question, will just try it one more time :) Does anyone know where this 420 bracelet is from? Surely this is not the Meranom one?! It says on Meranom site that his stainless steel band for 420 case has got folded links.
    That is the Meranom bracelet, as is mine pictured below. As stated on his site it is only the end link that is folded, to enable a close fit to the case between the lugs.


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    Re: Vostok Mod - the Revival

    Quote Originally Posted by little_w View Post
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    On a "technical" note - I really struggle to fit the clean bezel (Meranom's 01K2) on my Amphibia. Is there a trick I am missing? I have tried about 6 months ago and have failed miserably. I gave it couple of months wait, tried again... sweated over it but failed miserably again. I am unable to "push" it to the case so it clicks to place. There just isn't anything to push, really. I always end up with about 3/4 of the bezel in place, if that makes sense. Is there a tool I need or HOW DO YOU DO IT?
    I setted a link above. Take time ! Be ensure that the wire is postioned with high accuracy. Press and twist! the bezel
    And yes needs a lot patience sometimes even if the bezel is very tight.

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    Re: Vostok Mod - the Revival

    Quote Originally Posted by 24 Hours View Post
    So, I tried the advice I got on the old “Vostok Mods.” thread on how to improve the scratched (stainless steel) case on my vintage Amphibia, and thought I’d report
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    Thanks a lot sharing experience.

    Allow me an additional remark.
    I started with this turtorial my carrer of watch refurbishing:
    BRINGING BACK THE BLING - Restoring a Stainless Steel Watch Case...
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    Re: Vostok Mod - the Revival

    Quote Originally Posted by DocTone View Post
    Thanks a lot sharing experience.

    Allow me an additional remark.
    I started with this turtorial my carrer of watch refurbishing:
    BRINGING BACK THE BLING - Restoring a Stainless Steel Watch Case...
    Great "How-to"! Thanks! You know I often ponder whether I should try to restore a watch or simply just leave the patina in. For some reason I appreciate the patina more when I see it other peoples watches. However, I don't care much for dirty watches, new or old. I feel a watch should always be (reasonably) clean. As long as a watch is clean and working I can appreciate it a lot, but for some reason I always want the bling in my own watches. I guess it's a maturity issue.

    So what about you other guys on this thread; Restore or just clean and if need be service? What do you prefer and why? Thanks!
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    Re: Vostok Mod - the Revival

    Quote Originally Posted by 24 Hours View Post
    Great "How-to"! Thanks! You know I often ponder whether I should try to restore a watch or simply just leave the patina in. For some reason I appreciate the patina more when I see it other peoples watches. However, I don't care much for dirty watches, new or old. I feel a watch should always be (reasonably) clean. As long as a watch is clean and working I can appreciate it a lot, but for some reason I always want the bling in my own watches. I guess it's a maturity issue.

    So what about you other guys on this thread; Restore or just clean and if need be service? What do you prefer and why? Thanks!
    I like a nice clean dial, or as best as can be depending on scarcity of the model. A good example of this is the one and only Pobeda I've ever own which I recently acquired. I've decided to let it go untouched because I think it's perfect the way it is.

    I have cleaned up a few dials which did improve on their appearance but it's something I dread doing for fear of making things worse, so now I just buy watches which don't need dial work done.

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    Re: Vostok Mod - the Revival

    Quote Originally Posted by croarcher View Post
    A simple one (for jetcash to compare)

    K...did that bezel come that way or was it crafted??
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    Re: Vostok Mod - the Revival

    Quote Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post
    I can understand the sentiment, but sometimes I feel like people are more concerned about the value of their vintage dropping more than anything (not that I am accusing you or anyone of this).

    Given the choice between a reproduction that does not look right but is identifiable as a repro, and one that is perfectly on the dot but runs the risk of being mistaken as a vintage, I think that the second option is preferable. Perhaps a scrupulous manufacturer would include some kind of mark or stamp in a non-visible location, but I doubt it. I think the reality is that anyone who would go through the trouble of manufacturing a perfect replica would recognize that there is more money to be made in at least attempting to pass it off as original, or making it so that their distributors / customers would try to pass it off as original.

    I dont think that is such a big deal. There are probably many ways to accurately assess the condition / originality of a watch, and when parts do not all match each other in condition, the watch is suspect (or a franken at best). And if, hypothetically speaking, there was a reproduction that was so good that you couldnt tell it was such, even after examining the movement, what does it matter? It is as good as vintage (and for the record, this is an almost totally unfounded fear as no one will be going through such trouble for what are relatively low value watches).
    I would think most people on this forum are here for some degree of novelty. Even if a replica is literally 100% identical and priced the same, an original still has more inherent novel value because we humans are irrational like that. Creating fakes is fine if you're compensating on price, availability, or something else. These bezels look slightly wrong, aren't very cheap, and make it more difficult to sift through listings to avoid them.
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    Re: Vostok Mod - the Revival

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarquin View Post
    The 'cold steel' edition 'Atlas one' bezels with their knurled edge from Dr Seikostain look great on the matte case, and you can choose any insert to go in. I particularly like this gunmetal grey one........but I think it's out of stock a the moment.


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