Franiscotooleart - Looks to me as if the chronograph bridge is a replacement. The metal is a slightly different colour, the shape is different, and all I have seen are stamped with "19 jewels" in Cyrillic or English. Perhaps it's a variation I haven't come across - hopefully someone can confirm!
There's also a version with a simple round case: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/...l2iWQsozCJiOpb
Comrades, some time ago this watch (see the images below) was given to me as a present by someone who knew I was very much into Russian watches (especially Vostok Komandirskies and Amphibians). I was of course extremely delighted, not just because of the gesture but because it was a Vostok Komandirske Blue Submarine Automatic!
If I had only seen the dial side I would most definitely had assumed a 2414 movement, but as it turs out it actually has a 2416B movement. Well, I haven’t actually opened it up it yet, but what other (somewhat contemporary) Vostok movement is an automatic with a date complication?!
As I understood it, it was originally bought in a shop in Stockholm, Sweden (where I live), sometime during the first half of the 90-ties, and has spent most of the last 25 years or so hidden in a drawer, probably because the buckle had broken and no one bothered to change or repair it (original Vostok blue rubber strap). The crystal was rather faded but two minutes of polishing with some toothpaste and a bit of Polywatch took care of it.
Now for the big question; I’ve been scanning the Internet (well mostly eBay) for the last several weeks looking for a similar watch but haven’t found any. I’m pretty certain it’s legit as the case back reads "automatic" (according to Google translate "WATERPROOFING AUTOMOTIVE") but of course I can’t be 100 % sure about that. Anyway, it would seem to me that this automatic version could be pretty rare. So what do you think, legit (and rare?) or a Franken? Thanks!
Last edited by VWatchie; November 22nd, 2017 at 12:37.
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24 Hours - nice watch and I believe, completely authentic. Vostok have made a number of automatic Komandirskies over the years (and still do). Your example with the dolphin caseback corresponds to the 1990s, and the lack of "made in Russia" suggests to me a date circa 1992-1995. Not exceptionally rare, but not one of the most common models either.
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