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

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandro8086 View Post
    I removed the red paint from the indexes and I want to paint them blue, but what can I use? I was thinking about nail polish, but maybe there's a better alternative.
    Go to your local hobby store and purchase either Revell or Humbrol enamel model paint with a "flat" or "satin" finish in the blue you desire. Fill in the areas you want painted, let it dry, and then buff off any excess that went astray. Done

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    I have a bezel insert question. I recently scraped my AM diver bezel insert, however the bezel itself is in perfect condition. AM Diver doesn’t seem to sell inserts. Where can I purchase an insert for an AM diver bezel one that will fit ?
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    Update, I purchased an insert from Dagaz and hopefully it will fit, new crown and crystal from Meranom.
    Interesting story behind the watch. My brother surfed in this watch almost every day and it eventually flooded or at least fogged. He gave it me, given the exposure to salt water I told him i just wanted the AM Diver bezel. You can still see some of the bad rust. I cleaned it up and worked a little watch oil into the winding stem.

    The watch came back to life and is keeping perfect time.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Comrades, just want to let you know I've started a thread over at watchrepairtalk.com to discuss and document "Differences between Vostok 24XX parts". There isn't much activity in the thread though. Russian watches don't seem much appreciated there, so maybe I'll "move it" to f10. Anyway, so far I've posted about "The Click" and "The Mainspring Barrel".
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Quote Originally Posted by milligan View Post
    I have a bezel insert question. I recently scraped my AM diver bezel insert, however the bezel itself is in perfect condition. AM Diver doesn’t seem to sell inserts. Where can I purchase an insert for an AM diver bezel one that will fit ?
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    I thought AM sold inserts. There Seiko inserts are flat aren't they?


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

    Yes they do !

    It was one of those situations where something is right in front of you but you cant see it.
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    Yes they do. However the old insert looked okay after it was put back together.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    hey folks, i'm completely new to this forum and new to watch collecting. been really intrigued by the story of Vostok and have just ordered an Amphibia 710 that i'm really keen to mod. i think that's one of the greatest attractions to me is the ability to mod it fully for me. however, i just noticed the Amphibia 160 on Meranom, but i cannot find any info for except from various other Russian sellers. has anyone had any hands on experience with this particular version? i know all the innards are the same on all Amphibias, as are the crystals and the backs. i'm wondering more how it wears vs the 710. i bought the 710 because people have said it's a really comfortable case design. also, since i'm wanting to get into modding, are the Seiko style bezels able to fit this version? i know some bezels get in the way of the crown on some versions. anyways, if anyone can help, that would be much appreciated.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Very good post

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    Hi guys. First off, many thanks to VWatchie for directing me to this thread and all the previous help. I have this watch with komandirskie's case and amphibian insides (2409a mov). To bring it back to its former glory I decided to polish the plexi up. I took the mechanism out of the case just to be on the safe side. It's my first mechanical, I didn't have any proper tools either. Yup, you can already guess that story does not have a happy ending.

    I did my due diligence and watched several vids on disassembling Vostoks. Then I went to a hardware store and purchased a set of mini screwdrivers that I had to file sharpen to fit tiny screws. I used a needle to push in the plunger that releases the stem and took it out without a hitch. So far so good. Onto polishing, I started with toothpaste and was left with a cloudy matt plexi. I tried different toothpaste I had laying around all with the same result. Too coarse I guess. Then I bought K2 polishing paste intended for headlights and that did the job done. It was inexpensive and there is plenty left too. Now I have a beautiful watch that I can't wear and here's how that happened. Sometime between disassembling the watch and having finished polishing I made a terrible decision to put the stem back in the mechanism to see the watch go unobstructed by scratched up plexi. That left me with a balancing act of removing the stem without a proper mechanism holder and with a needle for a plunger pusher down the line. I put in on its side not to put any pressure on hands but when I pushed in the plunger the whole thing slipped. I was already pulling the crown and forced the stem out. Now the watch runs even without it, when I put it in I can wind it but when I pull it further to the time setting position it just comes out. I damaged the mechanism, I just hope it's fixable and I won't have to pay for this learning experience with buying a new one.

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