...and a real summer-watch:
Best wishes and a nice weekend
Tried out the new tropical strap with the Scuba Dude today.
Back in the 90s my parents went on a vacation to Russia. My mom brought back a dive watch that she bought off some guy on the street for $10 US. It was a crazy weird thing, super clunky, just so Soviet. An AK-47 of a watch. Long story short, it ended on the bottom of Lake Natomas after the strap broke.
Now 25 years later, getting back into watches and browsing the forums, I see these watches just like I used to have. Vostok Amphibia! My memory is a little hazy - was the dial green or blue? Was it hand-winding? Maybe it was a Komandirskie? But I definitely remember that dot-dash bezel.
Poking around on eBay I see something that looks close enough. $40 and two weeks later this one shows up from the Ukraine. It’s a 90s model based on the dial. If you look close you can see it's missing the tension ring, and a new one is on its way. As far as I can tell it's all original, not that it matters. Every time I look at it I have a laugh about having that weird old watch again, and how its brother is sitting on the bottom of a lake, eternally living up to its name.
Hi Kayeng ,
if you are looking at middle one , bezel is standard Vostok , that came with 350 Komandirski. It is brass bezel with crome plating. I have used Hcl acid to de-cromed brass. Soak about 1 hr. in hcl and crome layer is gone. you get brass bezel. Also you can desolve paint applied at numbers , just use nail polisher removal , applying with cotton buds. Then you can paint numers in different colour or apply lume. Read safety instruction , wear mask and rubber gloves.
Last edited by Utva_56; September 5th, 2018 at 02:11.
In no particular order.
Lever to remove bezel
Caseback removal tool
Hand removal levers
Caseback/crystal press to remove crystal prior to vapour blasting
Screwdrivers - various
Scalpel - cutting off dial fixing pins
Spring bar removal tool
ISP to clean dial back/movement prior to appling dial pads
Cuticle stick ( seconds hand fitting )
Finger cots or gloves
I may well have forgotten something, but that's most of it.
Last edited by NOTSHARP; September 2nd, 2018 at 11:44. Reason: Addition to list
Finally some time to up-date my website. So I also had a moment to photograph my Amphibias.
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