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

    I now have access to a 3D printer and PLA filament.
    Someone briefly mentioned that they had a model for a Vostok movement holder (for working on movements outside of the case).
    I would love to attempt printing it
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Privet Comrades, if anyone needs a box for his Dials, but also other small parts (like Hands), this one can be recommended. :)
    Each small round box (100pcs) has a diameter of 30mm.

    Attention please, there are different sizes - 15, 20, 25, 30 mm ..

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    >> 100Pcs/Box Coin Box Clear 30mm Round <<
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt_Bored_O View Post
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    Bronze Bezels:




    - bronze is primarily an alloy of Copper (Cu) and Tin (Sn) = CuSn
    -- brass is primarily an alloy of Copper and Zinc = CuZn

    - it is very durable
    - it will develop a nice moderately dark brown patina
    -- brass becomes moderately green-brown or red-green-brown
    - bronze will not stain your skin or your clothing

    - highly polished bronze uaually develops a patina more slowly than brushed bronze

    - some folks do not like the patina of either brass or bronze; they prefer the gold colour
    -- don't worry: the patina is easy to remove with metal polish or other abrasive paste and a toothbush

    - scratches and blemishes are removed easily with metal polish or mild abrasive

    - bronze bezels are polished easily to a high gloss, or you can 'brush' the surface
    to create a dull, non glare surface


    IP / PVD:


    - the gold bezel from dr.seikostain (one.second.closer) is stainless steel with a IP coating
    -- this is a type of Physical Vapour Deposition coating, or PVD, which creates a layer of gold
    colour using a complex process
    -- it is very durable; much more durable than standard paint
    -- it should not tarnish or change colour with age




    When Should You Use a Bronze / PVD Bezel?

    - if you have a dial with gold indices or accents, especially dark coloured dials, and gold hands:
    -- bronze bezels will help accentuate the indices and hands

    - any dark colour dial, especially black, dark blue and dark green


    Install one onto a Komandirskie:

    - all standard Komandirskie cases are made of brass
    -- the polished gold colour cases have a TiN (Titanium Nitride) coating for protection
    - the silver cases are brass with chrome plating
    -- some owners like to remove the chrome using Hydrochloric / Muriatic acid to
    create a completely brass case

    -- install a bronze bezel onto one of these Komandirskie to create a rugged, nautical appearance



    * most of these bronze / PVD bezels will fit onto most standard Komandirskie cases

    -- the 'Porthole' bezel from zavar011 (#3 - photo) may be slightly too wide for some cases

    - if the bezel is too wide for the case, the bezel will hit the crown
    This can be fixed in most situations:
    -- if you do not need a bezel which rotates, you can create a small bevel on the bottom skirt of the
    bezel to create clearance for the crown. You need only to do this where the bezel hits the crown


    ** if you are not sure of the compatibility of a part, or you need help to install it:

    - send a message to the Forum and ask
    -- provide as much detail as possible
    -- provide photos if possible

    Anyone have any info on where to get the center bezel (#3)? I'm having no luck on Ebay. Thanks for any info and great job with what you have done and continue to do here Matt.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Quote Originally Posted by Yamawammer View Post
    Anyone have any info on where to get the center bezel (#3)
    zavar011 is still active on ebay but has stopped shipping to North America and Oceania.

    When an ebay seller stops shipping to a particular country, people in that country will be blocked from viewing the items.

    You must do a google search of the seller, without logging into ebay, to see the items.

    I don't know why he has stopped shipments to North America. I never had problems with receiving his items sent to Canada.

    We may need a contact in Europe to help North American forum members who want to buy his bezels.

    ebay seller saltua2014 in Ukraine is the partner of zavar011 and sometimes sells the same bezels. However, currently there are no bezels listed. Subscribe to the seller to receive notice of bezel listings or check the store periodically. Perhaps the partnership has ended.?
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Hi all,

    I was hunting for nice Vostok bracelets on ebay and found a nice looking (to me haha) metal band from a Vostok seller.

    Trouble is, I have absolutely no idea how to work with the clasp! It's 'stuck' where it is, which is much too short to use. I've never seen this type of clasp before ... Any advice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexg989 View Post
    Trouble is, I have absolutely no idea how to work with the clasp! It's 'stuck' where it is, which is much too short to use. I've never seen this type of clasp before ... Any advice?
    Stick a screwdriver in the slot circled and lever it up. You can then slide the clasp down the band, then push the part you levered up back down to lock in place.
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Thank you very kindly!

    Now I have my watch all ready to go :) - Excuse the terrible photo, the lighting in my room is awful. I will upload a better one to the purchase thread soon haha!

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    PS: Oh god these images display at huge size. Any way I can make attachments smaller so they're less obnoxious to people scrolling past?
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    Re: --- A Guide: Buying / Modifying / Repairing VOSTOK AMPHIBIA ---

    Quote Originally Posted by alexg989 View Post

    Any way I can make attachments smaller....?
    I like to use an image processing program such as Paint.NET.
    Any program which will allow you to crop and reduce.

    - crop / remove wasted space around the subject item

    - reduce the size of the image if it is still too large after cropping: either as a percentage or by pixels


    I have cropped and reduced your image here as an example:

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

    Hello everyone,

    I have been reading this forum, especially this thread and I have learned a lot. Thanks to all for sharing your experience.

    The modding bug hit me and I purchased a couple of empty Amphibia cases (100 and 110), some movements, crowns, etc. My first trick was to transplant my Scuba Dude from a 420 case into the 110 case. I put a Scuba Dude case back on it, installed a red/black Diet Coke bezel from Meranom, and attached a thick black strap with red stitching, and it looks great. When I get a chance, I will post a photo. The only problem I ran into was that the stainless signed crowns I purchased from Meranom don't seem to work. They look identical to the one that came with my 110 case, except for the B on the crown (length, shape, etc.). However, neither of them would stay in the movement after reinserting them. I could not use the crown to adjust the hands. I pulled on it and it came all the way out. I depressed the button with a pin and everything. After multiple attempts, I tried with the original crown and it went in perfectly and stayed in, no problem. It works just as before. Any ideas what the problem could be?

    Now, I am getting ready for some more advanced work. I have a couple of movements, dials, etc., for the empty 420 and and 100 cases. Not surprisingly, I noticed after picking up the movements and putting them in another location that they were working. Does it make sense to remove the rotors and let them wind down before installing the dial and hands?

    Thanks for your help!

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