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USSR watches. pros and cons ?

  1. Daniel Storm

    Daniel Storm Aug 16, 2019 4:34am

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    What do you think about quality of such watches?
     
  2. franky32

    franky32 Aug 16, 2019 4:41am

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    be sure that the quality is high
     
  3. Vitezi

    Vitezi Aug 16, 2019 6:23am

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  4. Deafboy

    Deafboy His Holiness Puer Surdus Aug 16, 2019 7:27am

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    I recently purchased a pair of early 1960's Wostok watches having the 2809 movement, the latter being their chronometer rated caliber. It is a copy of the famous Zenith 135. Here's a really interesting article of the two calibers. Vintage Russian watches tend to age rather ungracefully: worn case, dial damaged by moisture, butchered movements, incorrect hands, etc.; it took me several months of daily hunting on ebay to land these two watches.

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  5. wagudc

    wagudc Aug 16, 2019 8:17am

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    With the exception of the Vostok Amphibia dive watch and a couple others, they are made chrome or gold plated base metal. The finish does not hold up well. Movements usually simple, but pretty robust. You should not have to pay much, so the risk is small. Have fun with it.
     
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  6. wagudc

    wagudc Aug 16, 2019 8:20am

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    For thin dress watch above search Vympel.
     
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  7. Shabbaz

    Shabbaz Aug 16, 2019 8:28am

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    Never had any problems
     
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  8. S.H.

    S.H. Aug 16, 2019 8:32am

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    Steel cased ones are not common but not rare either. It is a dangerous minefield, lots of frankens, and fake dials (!!) for the most sought after models. Sometimes even fake cases.

    A few here : https://omegaforums.net/threads/made-in-ussr.77537/

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    Some exist in pink gold (583) too.

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  9. pongster

    pongster Aug 16, 2019 8:52am

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    I think high quality.

    And i like the concept on their diver.
     
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  10. Ludi

    Ludi Aug 16, 2019 1:30pm

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    Bought a few years ago, worn less than ten times since, but always wanted a 3017 made in USSR chronograph so do not look for any kind of logic here :rolleyes:

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    In term of quality, no antishock, no dustproof, yet a pretty interesting relic from the Cold War imho ;)
     
  11. Professor

    Professor Aug 17, 2019 12:00am

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    Picked up several Pobeda . low cost but good sturdy and accurate watches.
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    Also copped a Raketa for the princely sum of six USD. Externally beat up but runs like a top and very accurate.
     
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  12. SwissMe

    SwissMe Aug 17, 2019 12:05am

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  13. Professor

    Professor Aug 18, 2019 1:32pm

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    I looked those up and they are remarkably thin. Only one I found with the case back open had a small size rectangular movement more suited to a 25 mm tonneau than the larger round case it is in. Not sure if they are all like that.
    Some US Time watches were made that way. Using up old stock movements in a more sale able case design.
     
  14. KingCrouchy

    KingCrouchy Aug 19, 2019 8:14am

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    I love my Vostok. One of my favourite watches.:thumbsup:
     
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  15. Jones in LA

    Jones in LA Mmm... must have shiny things... Aug 19, 2019 8:20am

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    It's the most watch you can get for $60

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    Yes, that's Vladmir P. looking in on the scene. He appears stunned that I had the gall to put it on a NATO strap.
     
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  16. S.H.

    S.H. Aug 19, 2019 8:35am

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    A real Vympel:

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  17. Professor

    Professor Aug 19, 2019 8:53am

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  18. S.H.

    S.H. Aug 19, 2019 8:59am

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    It is, there is a small flaw somewhere in the winding mechanism though : they are often hard to wind, the original crown is very tiny (probably too many pinions for the crown size).

    Some can be found in full 583 pink gold, most are gold plated, later Luch can be chromed.
     
  19. S.H.

    S.H. Aug 19, 2019 9:19am

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  20. impalla62ss

    impalla62ss Aug 19, 2019 7:16pm

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    I just bought a Vostok Amphibia. Sounds like it will be worth the wait. s-l1600.jpg
     
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