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

    Quote Originally Posted by 24h View Post
    Any recommendations for a good polish to use on my acrylic crystals? ...
    Depends upon what you define as 'polish'

    1. For removing scratches then a paste with larger grit is necessary.

    2. For the final polishing to create the completely clear new appearance AFTER you have removed any scratches / to remove the haze or opaque layer created by scratch removal


    Many folks use the term 'Polish' to define all types of grit paste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24h View Post
    Any recommendations for a good polish to use on my acrylic crystals? Plain white toothpaste gives less than desirable results
    Meguiar's PlastX? Brasso?
    I use the polishing wheel with polishing paste that I used to polish my Seiko SNK...If it worked on metal, it works on plastic just fine

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    Sorry, I should have been more clear.
    I'm talking about the microscopic circular swirls left on my crystal (not and deep scratches).

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

    Quote Originally Posted by 24h View Post
    Any recommendations for a good polish to use on my acrylic crystals? Plain white toothpaste gives less than desirable results
    Meguiar's PlastX? Brasso?
    Well, I guess Polywatch is what most would recommend, and I too use it. However, white plain toothpaste should work well too. Maybe you need to dilute it a bit and remember to not press too hard. Towards the end of the polish go very lightly. Let us know if you give it a try and the result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kev80e View Post
    I picked up this Radio Room cheap off pre-loved so thought I'd give brushing a go. I'm a little clumsy and often manage to mess up stuff like this , but it's actually not that difficult. I'm sure others are quicker and get better results but for a first attempt I'm pleased with the results. Anybody considering this but like me afraid of messing up a decent watch, mistakes really are easy to correct. Thanks Matt for this guide and encouraging people like me to have a go.
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    off topic I own a few Vostok Amphibia watches with 420 case type. Looking at your photo's I compared with the old 420 cases and I'm loving the old ones better.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt_Bored_O View Post
    Some owners have reported that when they have a Amphibia which suffers from the mysterious 'stopping' problem, they are able to fix it by unscrewing the crown and pulling it out to the time setting position. After setting to the correct time, they will tap or bang the watch down onto a hard surface, crown down.
    Then, the crown is screwed down as normal.

    Sometimes this fixes the problem permanently, sometimes it solves nothing.


    We don't know exactly why this may sometimes fix the problem.

    However, there appears to be some units with a possible problem in the 'keyless works'.
    This is the system of gears and sliding levers, activated by the stem, which engage the winding system and the time setting system.

    Also, some units have 'reverser / reversing wheels' which may seize permanently or occasionally.
    Most likely the clutch mechanism in one of the wheels seizes and this can cause the entire movement to stop.


    So, if either of these problems cause an automatic Vostok movement to stop, it may be possible to re-start the movement
    if the watch is tapped sharply. If the problem is in the keyless works, then it seems reasonable to assume that by giving the crown
    a quick tap, the offending part in the keyless works may be knocked back into its correct position or made free again.

    However, if a reversing wheel clutch is seized, this may not free it.
    The wheel will have to be replaced or a very small amount of the correct oil may possibly free it and possibly prevent seizure in the future.


    ---- Only Vostok Automatics are affected ----


    2409 and 2414 Manual units do not appear to be affected by these problems.
    I have 6 manual winding Wostok Amphibia with 2614 movement and 1 self-winding with 2416B movement. I can state that at the manual winding movements this annoying stop is occurring, too.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Quote Originally Posted by danimur View Post
    I have 6 manual winding Wostok Amphibia with 2614 movement and 1 self-winding with 2416B movement. I can state that at the manual winding movements this annoying stop is occurring, too.

    The manual movements appear to have very, very few complaints that have been publicly listed.

    Your experiences are not common.



    Please provide more details.

    - What model of manual movements ?
    - How old are they?
    - How often did you use them?
    - Exactly what are the symptoms of the 'stopping'
    - What are the conditions that cause this ?

    You say you have Vostok 2614. This is not a Vostok movement I am familiar with.

    Is it 2414 ?
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

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    Attention: Are you intrigued by Vostok watches but unsure if you should buy one.???

    Here is a new feature of this 'Guide':



    Wise Words of Vostok Owners (WWVO)



    - forum member 'BreaksThngs' had this to say:



    "The Amphibia is the perfect blend of design, durability, ease of service, and affordability to be used and not cherished.........

    They were built for utility, have a cult following, are durable as hell, and have a ton of people that do their own work on them to keep them running
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Does anyone have experience with buying a Vostok directly from the official website? How long does the shipping take (to EU in my case)?
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

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    Videos Wanted:


    Guys, if you have a video of yourself performing mods or repairs to Amphibia or Komandirskie:

    Please send me the link.


    I want to include the links in the 'Guide'.

    You will be given full credit.


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