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Thanks so much for putting this together mattbeme. This is awesome and can be very helpful. The good stuff!
"Of course, since the Amphibia is such an affordably priced watch, sometimes problems do occur and some buyers have had
movements which were not oiled sufficiently or will simply stop several times a day for no apparent reason.
In most cases, the problem seems to be that the crown needs to be firmly tapped back into the case after setting or the watch
may stop running. As the movement 'breaks-in', this problem usually seems to disappear. Don't let this stop you from purchasing one;
the recommended sellers of new Amphibias will honor their guarantees and will do what is necessary to solve the problem."
I'm glad you said this. This is what stops me from buying Vostoks because this happened to every one of my previous Vostoks, even the broken in.
They should redesign the whole movement.
I am an enthusiastic supporter of Vostok but I will not pretend that the watches do not have problems.
The oil / lubrication problem seems to be more rare than the movement stop - stem position problem.
I used the term 'usually disappears' because, as you say, the problem does not always disappear.
I wonder if the problem is within the 'keyless works'. Perhaps there is a small part whose surface or bore or tooth is too rough and needs to be polished smooth. These movements, as all lower priced movements, are made predominantly by automated machines. They are assembled by hand, but because of their lower price, the individual parts are not inspected as thoroughly as expensive movements. So, rough and ill fitting parts may be used, causing problems for a few owners.
Please note: the 2414 and 2409 manual wind movements have an excellent reputation with very few complaints.
I always assemble Amphibia from separate parts, so I can choose which movement I will install. I like to use the 2414 because it has a low price, it is very reliable and is easy to repair. I also like it because it is a manual wind which gives me a more personal 'connection' to my watches since I have to wind them each day.
Vostok administrators do read some of our complaints here at WUS and they do take these complaints seriously. Hopefully they will solve these problems.
Also, it appears that nearly every WUS person who had a problem with their 2415/6 movements, have had success in receiving a replacement or a full refund of their money.
Last edited by mattbeme; May 12th, 2016 at 04:21.
Just getting interested in the Vostoks and tripped over this thread-- what an outstanding piece of work. Thanks.
I myself prefer to have information that is clear, easy to understand and helpful. This forum has been a great source of help for me.
For the most part, this 'Guide' is a collection of the experience and wisdom of many of the great people here.
Last edited by mattbeme; May 12th, 2016 at 04:34.
Top notch guide!!!!! Thumb up for you.
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