Iíve been helping my parents in cleaning out their attic; part of my motivation was to find some of my old watches which have been packed away for the last 25+ years.
My mom traveled to the former Soviet Union just after itís collapse. Russia, in particular, was in such financial disarray that military servicemen were selling their kit to western tourists to get western currency. I have always been a military-phile and we were a ďNuclear NavyĒ family (dad was one of Adm. Rickoverís handpicked submariners) so she brought me back several pieces of Soviet Navy kit.
Included in that was this watch, which I initially though was a cheap trinket because it felt like cheap, tinny junk compared to my 6309 and the design on the dial just screamed ďmade for unsuspecting tourists!Ē The cheap leather strap, complete with Crackerjack-like compass, didnít help. It wasnít until years later, with the advent of the internet and the internet watch forum, that I came to suspect what the watch was. Being in the attic all these years I could only confirm it last weekend. A true Soviet-era Vostok Komandirskie Antimagnetic. Hereís a photo of it with a newspaper clipping about my momís trip which I also found.
Iím trying to decide whether I want to get it serviced. The heat of 25+ Virginia summers has likely turned the lube into shellac. Itís not a watch Iíd ever wear but I hate the idea of owning mechanical things that donít run.
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