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Vostok Amphibian 30 ATM

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, January 08 2020 17:07:35

This is the first generation of NVCh-30. They are in the 350 cases with wire lugs. It’s a military modified watch. It has the original tin case. The documents however belongs to a much younger watch. It belongs to a NVCh-30 in a “barrel” or tonneau case. All external details on this watch is in an extremely good condition. The domed crystal doesn’t have a scratch on it. You can feel on the watch edges that the case is hardly used. The dial and hands doesn’t have a single scratch on them. The caseback indicates that the case is old. The balance and the balance bridge is very old. The rest of the bridges is much younger. It’s the kind of bridges that we find in the younger tonneau or second generation NVCh-30. The watch has arrow hands It’s easy to draw the conclusion that the hands has been switched but the color of the lume matches perferfect with the lume on the dial. I don’t know.

To read more about this legendary, military, diving watch. Follow this link: NVCh-30, Arrow hands

Follow this link to see more photos of the watch: Vostok Amphibian 30 ATM, Arrow hands



Vostok Amphibian, Aluminum bezel

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, January 08 2020 16:58:05

An early, extremely rare Amphibian with the black aluminum bezel. Probably from the late 60’s. Necktie hands with the small lumedot secondhand. The diverwatch had the wrong crown when it joined my collection but it has been replaced with the round crown that is the original crown for the type 350 cases. The movement is the 2209 but is much younger than the watch. It must have been replaced at some time. The watch works perfect so the movement stays.
The logotype on the dial is the rare cyrillic logotype. Boctok.

Follow this link to view more images of this watch: Vostok Amphibian 2209, Aluminum bezel



Raketa 24h

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, January 08 2020 16:54:38

2623/603293
I would like to call this watch a polar watch but I can’t connect it to any polar expedition. The watch doesn’t have an antimagnetic shield which probably would make the watch pretty unreliable in a polar environment. It’s listed in Raketas catalogue 1972 so I guess it was available for anyone to buy.
The watch is a 24 hour watch powered by the beautiful 2623 movement. The movement is sometimes called a Baltika movement. I’m not sure it’s correct to call the movement a Baltika but it’s beautiful anyway. I like the movement so much that I’ve put a display glass back on the watch so that the movement is visible.
The goldfilled case is pretty ordinary but the dial is special in the way the hour indexes leans down against the edge of the dial. Makes a very cool effect when looking at it.
It’s a pretty rare watch.

Follow this link to view more photos of this watch: Raketa 24h



Vostok Amphibian 20 ATM

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, January 08 2020 16:49:57

This is kind of a franken watch because it’s a civilian watch but has the rare black dial from a NVCh-30. The modifications that you see on the military NVCh-30, like the thicker, domed, glass or thicker caseback, is not seen on this watch. It has the ordinary 20 ATM caseback and the ordinary shaped crystal. It should have the necktie hands but I’ve changed it to paddle hands because I like it better with the black dial. The earlier necktie hands were so damaged anyway.
The crown on these 350 cases should be rounded on the side if it’s original. The watch is powered by a manual 2209 movement.
This watch has swing lugs instead of the wirelugs that we see on the military modified NVCh-30 type 350. I’m not sure the military NVCh-30 ever had swing lugs. If it’s the case, please let me know so that I can edit this text.
The bezel on this watch is not the original bezel. It has a new bezel that I’ve made together with some friends.

Follow this link to see more photos of this watch: Vostok Amphibian 2209, type 350 20 ATM



Vostok Amphibian, type 350

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, January 08 2020 16:46:10

An old, rare, Vostok Amphibian in an extremely good condition. All parts are original. The Boctok logotype with cyrillic letters makes the watch even more rare. The watch is from the late 60’s or the early 70’s.
Waterproof down to 200 meters. Powered by a 2209 movement. Swing lugs.

This watch used to belong to Paul Schnurr’s collection.

Follow this link to see more photos of this watch: Vostok Amphibian 2209, Cyrillic logo



Vostok Amphibian Super Compressor dial

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, January 08 2020 16:41:03

The Super Compressor is probably the rarest watch from Vostok Amphibian. It’s so rare that some collectors think that it’s only a prototype that never went into large scale production.
I bought this watch because of the resemblance with the Super Compressor. The dial was damaged but still very beautiful. The dial turned out to be bigger than the dial from the Super Compressor so it’s not just a switch of dials between two different cases. This is a unique dial. The seller said that the dial is very rare but they turn up from time to time.
I asked members in a big watchforum and some had seen the dial before and others not.
While the Super Compressor has been seen in watchcatalogues from Vostok, this dial has never been seen in any watchcatalogues.

Follow this link to view more photos of this watch: Vostok Amphibian, Dial of the Super Compressor



Vostok Amphibian 30 ATM

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, January 08 2020 16:28:05

Follow this link to see more photos of this particular watch: First generation of NVCh-30

For more information about this legendary, military, diving watch follow this link: Vostok Amphibian 30 ATM



Vostok Amphibian Scuba dude, no date

Wristwatches Posted on %PM, January 08 2020 16:01:23

Scuba dude is probably one of the most popular watches from Vostok for a good reason. It’s a good looking watch.
This Scuba dude is different in several ways. The most obvious is the lack of a date window.
There are new Scuba dudes that looks like this out for sale now but this is an old model. There are several differences between this dial and the newer dial. The big lumedots on this older model. The Vostok logotype above the 6 on the dial. There is also no print of the origin of the watch on the dial. It’s a transitional watch. The case is the unusual type 270.
This dial is very rare. I know that there are other variations in the color of this dial. I’ve seen a green dial and heard of a yellow dial. All of them are of course very rare.

Follow this link to see more photos of this watch: Vostok Amphibian, Scuba dude no date



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