What do you think about quality of such watches?
be sure that the quality is high
Lots of love for Soviet-era watches on here. A couple of threads for your reading pleasure:
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.
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.
For thin dress watch above search Vympel.
Never had any problems
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/
Some exist in pink gold (583) too.
I think high quality.
And i like the concept on their diver.
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
In term of quality, no antishock, no dustproof, yet a pretty interesting relic from the Cold War imho
Picked up several Pobeda . low cost but good sturdy and accurate watches.
Also copped a Raketa for the princely sum of six USD. Externally beat up but runs like a top and very accurate.
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.
I love my Vostok. One of my favourite watches.
It's the most watch you can get for $60
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.
A real Vympel:
That's more like it.
Looks to be a quality watch.
Heres the watch listed on Ebay.
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.
Never saw this one, most probably some post soviet, dare I say, trash? Nothing to do with the original soviet model, of course.
I just bought a Vostok Amphibia. Sounds like it will be worth the wait.
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