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    Re: Vostok dessert shield question

    There is such a great amount of mythology surrounding these watches. With each telling, the story grows. The fact is, they were produced to make money. They were never given to soldiers. Imagine if you will, in the 1st Gulf War we had something like 1,000,000 soldiers there. How in the world could 10,000 watches be given to 1,000,00? Seriously, numbers do not lie. Even the Vostok interview (posted here previously) with Vladislav Zivilinin shows the initial 10,000 were followed by 200 and then followed by another 20,000.
    Unless classified and protected by a 50-year code of silence, there is no available proof that US government had anything at all to do with these watches.
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    Re: Vostok dessert shield question

    Just out of curiosity; how many versions do exist of this watch?
    I see dial plates with and without the Vostok logo, different cases, Juniors with storm and shield text, etc, etc..

    Anyway to tell sh*t from sh*te..?
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    Re: Vostok dessert shield question

    is this a legit original ?? Russian Mechanival Amphibian Watch Wristwatch VOSTOK KOMANDIRSKIE Desert Storm | eBay


    Has anyone had any experience with "caps_ua" on eBay? I know Zenitar seems to be "the man" when it comes to buying Vostoks from Russia, but I'm just doing some due-diligence to see what the WUS forum thinks?

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    Re: Vostok dessert shield question

    It looks ok at first glance but it is a Komandirskie Cadet (mini) and smaller than its big brothers!
    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said "....I drank what?"

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    Re: Vostok dessert shield question

    Quote Originally Posted by tikitubab View Post
    I wonder where i was when they issued these? Oh yeah, probably living in a hole on the wrong side of the border. Right with you on the REMF thing. We didn't even get desert boots until we redeployed back home and they wanted us to look good for the parade! Of course if i would have been a water purification specialist or mail clerk...

    I never saw one of these watches in country and in fact, have never seen one other than on the bay in the US. I did see a NOS one in Ukraine a couple months ago.

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    I am relatively new to this forum and have really enjoyed it so far. That said, I must say that when I logged in this morning I did not expect to read comments denigrating both my and the military service of countless millions of people that served their respective nations proudly in military specialties and postings that did not require front line service at a time of war (especially those of us who served as volunteers). On behalf of the ineffectual and unnecessary military posers around the world that just so happened to be in the military lying around and collecting a paycheck, I want to thank you for "your" service...I hope we didn't get in the way of you winning the war.
    Have a great day!!!

    P.S. Sorry about your boots

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    Re: Vostok dessert shield question

    Quote Originally Posted by duffhessian1776 View Post
    There is such a great amount of mythology surrounding these watches. With each telling, the story grows. The fact is, they were produced to make money. They were never given to soldiers. Imagine if you will, in the 1st Gulf War we had something like 1,000,000 soldiers there. How in the world could 10,000 watches be given to 1,000,00? Seriously, numbers do not lie. Even the Vostok interview (posted here previously) with Vladislav Zivilinin shows the initial 10,000 were followed by 200 and then followed by another 20,000.
    Unless classified and protected by a 50-year code of silence, there is no available proof that US government had anything at all to do with these watches.
    ^^^^yep, 100% not "issued" or anything at all to do with the US gov.^^^^

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    Re: Vostok dessert shield question

    Quote Originally Posted by cajunpete View Post
    I am relatively new to this forum and have really enjoyed it so far. That said, I must say that when I logged in this morning I did not expect to read comments denigrating both my and the military service of countless millions of people that served their respective nations proudly in military specialties and postings that did not require front line service at a time of war (especially those of us who served as volunteers). On behalf of the ineffectual and unnecessary military posers around the world that just so happened to be in the military lying around and collecting a paycheck, I want to thank you for "your" service...I hope we didn't get in the way of you winning the war.
    Have a great day!!!

    P.S. Sorry about your boots

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    WHY SO SERIOUS??!!
    That's what happens when you take a post completely out of context. If you care to read the entire conversation through the spirit which it was intended (comical and between a couple of veterans of Desert Shield/Storm---one of whom was ME) then you'll see what we were doing. That whole line of posts was a JOKE in reference to someone thinking that all US Military members were GIVEN or ISSUED these watches when we were in Saudi Arabia, Iraq & Kuwait.
    It's ok, go have a beer and quit taking things so seriously and out of context...it was three years ago but I remember the convo pretty well (as a matter of fact I believe there were several beers being consumed by those of us on all sides of the conversation).
    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said "....I drank what?"

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