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Vintage wristwatches

Welcome to my collection of Russian or Soviet era wristwatches.

Domed crown for Vostok Amphibian 2209

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, July 30 2020 23:54:16

A few years of collecting Russian watches has left me with a small stock of spareparts. It’s not organized in any way but I try to be careful with the spareparts. They might come in handy some day or I might even be able to help another collector improve their watch. As a collector, almost nothing gets thrown away at my place.
Some of my watches has come to me in a pretty poor condition. The charm with the Russian watches is that even if the watch looks in a poor condition the watches often works. Replacing a bezel or replacing a crown can radically change the look of the watch. Giving them many more years in use.
I found this little lot among my spareparts tonight. The cromed brass crown for Vostok 2209 is often pretty damaged after many years of daily use.

Vostok 2209 domed crown

Birthday with my favorite Russian watch – NVCh-30, type 350

Wristwatches Posted on %AM, July 28 2020 08:58:44

I seem to have reached the age where birthdays aren’t so important anymore. Not my birthday anyway. But I do try to make them special even if I went to work last night. I wore my favorite Russian watch on the arm. The Vostok Amphibian 30 ATM, type 350. How old I am? Not so relevant. *lol*

Vostok Amphibian 30 ATM type 350

I was born at the hospital just a few hundred meters from where this photo is taken. A long time ago.

Vostok Amphibian 300 m type 350

Vostok Amphibia 300 m type 350

Vostok Amphibian NVCh-30

Modified automatic 2416b wristwatch Vostok Amphibian Ministry

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, July 25 2020 16:45:25

Gathered some spareparts and modified an old automatic 710 ministry case from Vostok Amphibian 2416b a few years ago. The dial and paddle hands is from Favinov. The bezel is a custom made detail. It gave this old watch a totally new look.

Vostok Amphibian 710 Ministry case

Modified Vostok Amphibian wristwatch

Russian wristwatch

Russian wristwatch automatic Vostok Amphibian 710

Vostok Amphibian automatic 2416b Ministry case

Life in the country

Wristwatches Posted on %AM, July 24 2020 10:45:47

Almost all my free time is spent out in my little yard on the countryside outside Stockholm. It’s a real pleasure really. Clean air. The silence. The beautiful light.
This magnificent bird is what met me when I arrived. You can’t see much of it but I recognize the screams it makes. It’s an eagle.


My project this summer is to make a nice dry spot under my small cabin. I’m digging out a hole in the ground so that I can fill the hole with gravel or rocks later. This will make rain and snow flow away under the cabin. The problem is that I keep finding these giant rocks where I shouldn’t find it. Well, I’ve found a method of getting rid of them. I drill holes in the rocks. Fill it with expanding cement. Split them – sometimes several times – until they get the size when I eventually can lift them out of the hole.

Drilled rock

The drill is a hard metal drill with 30 mm diameter. I take long breaks after every hole so the drill cools down. It’s my way of giving the drill a longer lifetime.


Every hole is about a finger deep.

Vostok Amphibian case 710 with Compressor dial

It’s not all about work when I’m out there. I take the time to relax of course. That’s the reason why I bought the place.
This is a Vostok Amphibian with a Super Compressor dial in a ministry case. I thought that the dial was another version of the dial of the Super Compressor but a visitor on this blog pointed out that it’s the same dial. It must be, he said, because the date window has the same position on both dials. He is probably right. I haven’t had the time to compare the dials properly yet. This watch is for sale by the way. If anyone is interested just let me know.

Expanding cement

The rock is filled up with the expanding cement. Now it’s just waiting. I’ll be back here next week to see how much of the rock is split and if I can lift parts of it out of the hole.

I checked the rock after 18 hours and not much has happened.

18 h

Vostok Amphibian Necktie hands

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, July 19 2020 17:41:46

One of the fun things with collecting is the possibility to help others in their collecting.
I found these necktie hands for Vostok Amphibian 2209 many years ago. They are pretty rare. These are not original parts but close enough. Thought that they might come in handy for future projects so I bought a few. Now they did. A very good friend needed a pair for a project so I sold him a pair.

Vostok Amphibian necktie hands

Scuba dude, no date

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, July 17 2020 14:52:38

A slow day at work. Took the time to play with one of my watches. It’s a transitional Scuba dude with large lumedots but without the date. It took me a while to find one of these. I know that Vostok makes modern dials that looks kind of like these but this is the original blue dial.

Scuba dude no date wristwatch

The cabin project.

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, July 14 2020 16:23:53

Spending the last couple of days digging the hole under what’s going to be the place where I will put my small cabin ( barrack ). There are no shortcuts here. It’s just digging. I believe that doing this properly will make the whole project look better afterwards.
One of the problems is that the place where my barack is now, is blocking the hole that I’m trying to make for the new placement. I need to partially dig under the barack. I need to remove one of the cornerstones in order to dig my new hole properly.
Wish me luck my friends. I think I need it.

Corner stone.

I’m pretty satisfied with the digging this far but it’s time to go home to Stockholm for this time.

The Amphibian worked fine the whole weekend. I might change to a new watch tomorrow.

Vostok Amphibian, type 350. Wristwatch

Morning swim

Wristwatches Posted on %AM, July 12 2020 05:41:26

15 degrees C in the air, 20 degrees in the water and morning dew in the grass. This is a perfect morning for an early dip in the water.

Vostok Amphibian, type 350. Early swim

Vostok Amphibian, type 350.

Early Vostok Amphibian caseback

Vostok Amfibia, type 350.

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