Have you ever run into a watchmaker who absolutely refuses to work on Russian watches? I took 2 different Vostoks to him and he said thay were unrepairable. Then he asked where I get so many Russian watches and why? He is an elderley fellow and he still thinks of Russia as an enemy and a threat to the US. I was appalled. I took them to a watchmaker who happens to be from Columbia. He said no problem and he has already repaired and cleaned them. They were vintages from the 50's, but real nice watches. How could someone be so prejudiced and then question me as to why I would even want them? I am a Russian watch collector (as well as many other brands). Don't try to guess who he is. I still need the guy for some other more "domestic" watches and I don't want him to know I ranted on him.