What do you prefer: mechanical or automatic Vostok Komandirskie watches?
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    What do you prefer: mechanical or automatic Vostok Komandirskie watches?

    Whats better for you? Also what decade (60s-70-80-90s-2000s) Vostoks do you usually wear on your wrist?
    Thanks for your interest
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    Re: What do you prefer: mechanical or automatic Vostok Komandirskie watches?

    All manual wind 2414s (and a 2409) from the 80s. Overall, I prefer them because they are the easiest to live with as well as some other reasons below.

    -Generally, better fit and finish during the 80s compared to a lot of Vostok's contemporary offerings. For chrome plated watches, the plating is also more resistant to wear.
    -Maintains accuracy and amplitude very well throughout its 42 hour power reserve in up to 5 positions. This isn't something I can say about the multiple 2416 watches I've had.
    -According to my watchmaker, they are "stupidly easy" to work on and always run great after a proper service.
    -Very easy to adjust with very forgiving tolerances, unlike the 22XX.
    -Being made in the Soviet era; better quality control than Russian ones.
    -Parts and knowledge and plentiful and abundant.
    -The dial colors gives off a more 3D finish - better (IMO) than flat-looking contemporary Russian-made ones.
    -Available in a plethora of different dial & case combinations.
    -Manual wind, therefore not very thick nor very heavy(I can't stand wearing bulky, top heavy watches). Their dimensions also fit my wrist the best.
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    Re: What do you prefer: mechanical or automatic Vostok Komandirskie watches?

    Yes, second GoodNamesWereTaken.

    I usually get the manual wound 2409 & 2414 to run much more smooth & accurate. Prefer the quality of the Komandirskie housings up till they started with the small crown, around 2000
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    Same as above but I do venture into 60s and 70s regularly. Quality-wise before 90s are the best.
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    Re: What do you prefer: mechanical or automatic Vostok Komandirskie watches?

    Like many beginners I'm a Vostok Amphibia fan and that's what my collection focuses on. I'm trying to get Soviet Amphibias, but also modern (ie. current) ones. I don't have any real interest in transition and 2000s pieces (except exceptions...). So both manual and automatic for me.

    That said being a somewhat regular scuba diver and spending 3 evenings a week in the swimming pool I prefer modern Amphibias for daily wear (very reluctant to put a vintage one in water) and thus wearing mostly automatic. I would barely buy a modern manual watch.
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