Vostok watches

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Vostok Watch Makers, Inc.
Joint stock company
Industry Watch manufacturing
Founded 1942
Headquarters Chistopol, Russia
Products Wristwatches, Clocks, Watch movements, Clock movements
Subsidiaries Amfiby, Betar, Briolet
Website Vostok official page

Vostok Watch Makers, Inc. (Russian: Восток; literally meaning "East") is a Russian watchmaker based in Chistopol, Tatarstan, Russia. The company produces mainly rugged military and amfibia mechanical watches. It also makes clocks and watch movements for other watch brands.

History[edit]

The Vostok Komandirskie, marked "ЗАКАЗ МО СССР", meaning "Ordered by the Ministry of Defence of the USSR"

The Vostok Watch Makers company was founded in 1942 when one of the Moscow watch-making plants of the First Moscow Watch Factory was evacuated to Chistopol, a small town located on the Kama River in Tatarstan.[1] Only defence equipment was produced during the war years, but as soon as the war was over the company started making mechanical wrist watches. However, the company did not begin using the "Vostok" brand name until the 1960s. Presumably, the "Vostok" brand was named after the Vostok space programme, as were some other soviet watch brands, namely Poljot and Raketa.

The Vostok diving watch Amphibia

The company was appointed an official supplier of watches for the Ministry of Defence of the Soviet Union in 1965. This year also marks the creation of the well known Komandirskie ("Commander's") watch. The experience gained through development of the army watch led to the Amphibia, a stainless-steel diving watch able to withstand a 200-metre depth (20atm). By 1980, Vostok Watch Makers was producing 4.5 million timepieces per year.[1]

Watches sold to the military were marked "ЗАКАЗ МО СССР", meaning "Ordered by the Ministry of Defence of the USSR". These models were sold exclusively through Voentorg stores, which catered to military personnel with identification only. Today, these models have become sought-after collectibles.

At turn of the 21st century, Vostok launched a line of 1940s-style replicas called the Kirovskie K-43 collection. Vostok also began producing a "luxury" line of watches called Kremlevskie. Both lines are made of stainless steel, produced in limited quantities, and aimed toward a more affluent consumer.

In 2004, Vostok Watch Makers began supplying movements to the Koliz Company of Lithuania, makers of the Vostok Europe brand of timepieces.

In 2006, Vostok Watch Makers began marketing another line of watches branded "Amphibia". This brand, like most other Vostok products, features the familiar 31-jewel automatic (No. 2416B) movement. These watches feature "diver" styling with polyurethane or stainless steel bands. An updated version of the Komandirskie debuted in summer 2007, and a special anniversary edition of the Amphibia (called the "1967") appeared in early 2008.

Despite the introduction of the new lines of Komandirskie and Amphibia, the "classic" models (mostly designed in 1960s and 1970s) of these lines were still in production (as of 2014).

In early 2010, Vostok Watch Factory filed for bankruptcy and their official website was disabled. The factory went through restructure and resumed the production of watches and movements.

List of Vostok movements[edit]

Vostok produces its own mechanical movements. The company also owns "Briolet", which specializes in the production of technical ruby-jewels. Vostok supplies models for other watch makers like Vostok Europe, Volmax, Moscow Classic and Poljot International.

The models produced are presented in the table below:

Code Diameter, mm Height, mm Type Jewels BPH Features Used in
2403 24 3.7 Manual 17 19800 Second hand at 9 o'clock Vostok VOT
2209 22 3.7 Manual 17 18000 Central second hand Vostok Amphibia (first models)
2409 24 3.7 Manual 17 19800 Central second hand Vostok Amphibia, Amphibia lady first, Junior 2409A
2414A 24 4.14 Manual 17 19800 Central second hand, date indicator Vostok Komandirskie manual, Komandirskie K-65
2415 24 - Automatic 31 19800 Central second hand Vostok Amphibia 1967
2415B 24 - Automatic 31 19800 Second hand at 9 o'clock Vostok K-43
2416B 24 6.3 Automatic 31 19800 Central second hand, date indicator Vostok Komandirskie, Amphibian, Kremlyovskie, Prestige, Breeze, Titanium, 2416B, VIP
Vostok Europe Pobeda
2423 24 3.7 Manual 17 19800 24h dial, central second hand -
2424 24 3.7 Manual 17 19800 24h dial, central second hand, date indicator -
2426 24 6.3 Automatic precision 32 19800 Central second hand, 24h indicator, date indicator Vostok Komandirskie K-34
Vostok Europe Rocket N1, Gaz 14 Limousine, Radio Room & Expedition 2006
2431B 24 6.3 Automatic 31 19800 24h dial, central second hand, date indicator Vostok automatic 24H
2432 24 6.3 Automatic precision 32 19800 Central second hand, date indicator, day/night indicator Vostok New commander , Komandirskie K-35
Vostok Europe Mryia, Arktika, K3, Lunokhod, Red Square, Maxim Gorky.
2433 24 6.3 Automatic 31 19800 Central second hand, open heart, bridge 2416B Vostok 2433.
2434 24 4.14 Manual 17 19800 Central second hand Vostok military manual
2435 24 6.3 Automatic precision 31 19800 Central second hand, date indicator, day/night indicator Vostok Europe Metro
2441 24 6.5 Automatic 32 19800 Second hand at 10 o'clock, date indicator Vostok Europe Energia

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b International Watch magazine, Nov. 2006, pg. 187

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