I have seen a Vostok Paratrooper (VDV) Komandirskie, which I believe is a genuine issue, but not often seen on the market. When two mint NOS VDV dials turned up, it was for me a sign to create that watch from all genuine components. The challenge and fun was that it required nearly all the watch-skills I have learned so far.
Picture #1, taken of the internet, shows the watch which I was after and believe to be a genuine issue.
Picture #2 the mint NOS VDV dial.
The housing (picture #3) was found in a Franken watch. It had a copper-color bezel & case and therefore needed to be re-plated. First a night in HCL, thereafter some fine polishing and through the re-plating process (picture#4). I do have chrome, but that is no high-gloss, so it became nickel instead.
The crystal had, unlike with the modern Komandirskie cases, a tension ring. So far I haven't been able to source NOS Komandirskie crystals with a groove for the tension ring. One can use the Amphibian crystals, but they are 3mm thick vs the 2mm of a genuine Komandirskie crystall. So the original crystal had to be saved and polished. I use "case-mandrels" and an electrical drill to speed up the process.
The bezel had to be re-plated and subsequently colored in. A system which works for me is using spray paint (picture #5). A small amount of paint in a plastic container and with a fine brush filling the numbers / holes till the brim. The thinner will evaporate leaving a nice layer of pigments on the bottom. If some paint runs over / is spilled over the top, wait about 5-6 hours for the paint to sink in the number / hole before removing the excess on top. I used terpetine or white-spirit on a cloth tightly wrapped around a finger tip, so only the top-edge is cleaned and not touching the paint inside.
As for luming the hands (picture #6); to match the color with the dial hour lume-dots, next to the instant coffee grains to achieve the "browning", I now discovered that the ink-filling of a yellow color-ball pen does an excellent job to bring in the required "yellow-aging". One needs, just like with the coffee, only very tiny amounts. The combined two colors do mimic a wide range of aged lume colors. The amount of each color has be empirically established ........
In this case, since the dial was in such a great condition, only very little of both were required to achieve a match. However, it needed some coloring as pure white lume was an obvious mismatch.
Obviously a whole 2414 movement had to be stripped, cleaned, oiled, assembled and adjusted.
Picture #7 the end result. One could call it a Franken, but it is build with original parts from the correct period. It currently runs about +5 s/d and it looks better than on the picture.
Anyway, see for yourself