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Vintage wristwatches

Welcome to my collection of Russian or Soviet era wristwatches.

The giant stones.

Wristwatches Posted on %AM, July 11 2020 11:30:56

Do you remember the giant stones that were in the way of my future foundation under my Barack?
I drilled some holes in them and prepared them with expanding cement the last time that I was here. It’s a good thing that I covered the stones. It’s been some heavy raining since then. Anyway. This is what happened.

cracking heavy rocks

They split but didn’t split exactly the way I wanted. Maybe I can lift them anyway?

They’re up, out of the hole. Just the right size for me to lift.

Heavy rock

The “Stingray” works just fine.

Vostok Amfibia, type 350 20 ATM

Changing the watch to wear

Wristwatches Posted on %AM, July 11 2020 04:16:57

The Poljot diver was fine to wear this week. Thought that it was time to change to another watch from the collection.
I’m going out to my minimal cabin and continue to dig out the hole for my foundation. The watch must be able to manage some tough wear. On the other hand, do I need a watch when I dig?

A big part of the collection.

This is a big part of my collection.

This watch might give a kind of fragile and weak impression but this watch is tough:

Vostok Amfibia, type 350.

It’s a Vostok Amphibian, type 350, with a 2209 movement. This is a 50 years old diver watch. It’s a stainless steel case that’s waterproof down to 200 m. I wouldn’t swim with it today. I’m not sure that the rubber gasket is fresh after 50 years.
The watch is one of the first Amphibians that Vostok did but I’ve replaced some parts of the watch. The bezel looks very much like the old black aluminum bezel but it’s a new component that I found on the net. I’ve added some color on the secondhand. The band is from a stingray.

What makes this watch special is really the caseback. It’s marked “Amfibia” instead of “Amphibian” that we usually see on these watches. Some of the oldest Amphibians had these ( Amfibia ) casebacks.