So today was unusual because I received due to some cosmic coincidence 2 watches from respectively Japan and Russia.
The Vostok came in the afternoon a couple of hours later and I wasn't sure I would get much enjoyment out of it because the former one was my dream watch.
This isn't my first Russian watch, I had about 4 of them albeit all being chrome plated. I read the article about the anatomy of the Amphibias and it inspired me too get one myself as I find the construction genius.
Other than that I always wanted to get more substance to the "hobby" and try playing with modding, movements...
The brushing on the top is very well executed. The bezel is made of stainless steel and has a steep incline that leads to the acrylic high domed crystal. While the base looks quite chunky it blends in nicely forming a sort of a pyramid .
You notice this immediately when looking from an angle at the watch. Due to this shape it wears almost like a thin watch and fits nicely under any sleeve!
IMO it looks a little bit like an U-boat or space station that has a window (which is the dial looking outwards) and the wall (brushed case surface). Just amazing!
L2L is fairly conservative at around 46mm making it wearable even for tiny wrists.
The lines on the case are sharp and forming the lugs looking downwards.
The dial itself has carefully selected colors and gives a Panerai feeling. You get golden and blue hands on a dark dial with white markers. Contrast is great and the gold makes it more dressy.
I am really glad that they went for russian on the dial. I would also like to see more japanese or german watches printed with text on the respective languages. "Hergestellt in Deutschland" sounds so much better
The crown operation is new to me. You screw it out and it wobbles around. I read that this has a functional background before so I was not concerned and find it actually refreshing. I should look that up!
Caseback is a scuba dude with text that says: amphibia - special series - chistophol factory, all in russian.
It comes on a rubber band that I first thought about changing but oh my god is it comfortable! I just wish it was 1 mm wider and I wouldn't have to wear it Sean Connery style
Last, I would like to say thanks for Meranom for the fast and problem free shipping. PS: He didn't send the candy with the watch, I buy those every time I am over. (We should ask him to do so though hehe)