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    Found some old watches

    While cleaning out an old closet, found a box with a bunch of old Soviet watches. Full resolution pictures as well as some additional zoom levels can be found here. There's a few more that I haven't taken pictures of yet.

    Don't you love it when you're sorting through junk and you find something awesome? hehe

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    Those are pretty interesting, any idea how old they are or where they came from?

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    I dont know if this was the source for Est's watches, but after the fall of the Soviet Union a company by the name of Sovietski imported many soviet items into the united states. I purchased a few items from the Soviet space program from them. They also had soviet military items such as watches, some KGB items etc... one item I wished I had purchased was an officers dress sword, it was beautiful and completely authentic.... after the fall of the USSR they were selling everything that wasn't bolted down

    I remember the tank watch...

    oh well, it was a great ride for 4 or 5 yrs, but the flood gates dried up eventually

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    Awesome! That second watch is a beast! I would love to sport that bad boy. Any stories behind those? My closet of junk includes lame stuff like raggedy copies of Nintendo Power, a ball of yarn, and some old yard sticks...

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    Even though I hate war, I dig that tank one!

    Every so often I weed out my old collected stuff, I hardly have anything around anymore other than millions of books and art tools. I miss a lotta the stuff I can remember having... I gotta go through my boxes of "must keep but have nowhere for it" out in the garage tomorrow, this old watch post has inspired me!

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    Hey thanks for the nice comments everyone. Here is all I know about the watches:

    They were purchased at some point by my uncle who resides in Poland.

    The company that made these watches is Vostok (Russian Восток). I believe that all of the watches shown are by Vostok, anyway. There are one or two which I'm not completely sure about. A few of these watches are from the Komandirskie line, others from the Amphibia line. The latter of which was made popular in the military due to their ability to withstand a 200m depth (!). The early models were created in the 60's and were quite popular by 1980.

    In 2006-2008 they did a kind of revival of the Komandirskie and Amphibia lines, but I do know that these are not from that time period.

    I'll have to ask when my uncle gave these to my family, but I know that the last time my uncle was here was ~10 years ago, so they could be no younger. Another thing that leads me to believe that these are older is the glow-in-the-dark dots painted by each of the hours. If you follow the link in my original post, you can see in the hi-res pictures that the dots are highly imperfect, presumably done by hand.

    They are all mechanical watches using jewel bearings rather than quartz. Though this is general less-accurate than electrical watches, Vostok has a good reputation for making accurate watches, even those for marine use (which is pretty difficult for a mechanical timepiece.)

    That's about all the information that I have at this point. I'll let you know if I find out more.
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    I bought a few when I was in Odessa and Yalta back in '92. The street vendors were selling them at all the tourist stops.

    Note differences in details (especially the USSR inscription at 6 o'clock):



    I bought a couple others, submarine service and artillary I think that I gave away as gifts. I think those were counterfeit as they were much lighter and the backs didn't have the inscription or serial numbers.

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    very nice you two...
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    Last edited by Av8tor1; 09-13-2008 at 11:55 AM. Reason: too much information LOL

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