Unlike most dive watches on the market, Vostok AMFIBIA is Russian through and through!
Dating back to 1967, Amfibia was the first Soviet diving watch designed exclusively for its Navy. Over 50 years later, this unique timepiece employs the same technology, which relies on outside pressure to tightly sealitscase. As the watch gets submerged, the surrounding water pressure increases, which in turn seals and pressurises the case. The ingenuity ofthisdesign factored in distortion caused by increasing water pressure into the tolerance of the watch.
Vostok Amfibia is part of a rich watchmaking history, incorporating revolutionary design and unique aesthetics. This watch is equally at home out of the water, as it is in the water and it is a 'must have' addition for any discerning watch enthusiast or collector.
Specs & Features
Mechanism: Vostok 2416B Movement:Mechanical, Automatic, Shockproof Power Reserve: 31 hours Ruby jewels:31 Water Resistance:200m (20ATM) Case: Stainless steel Bracelet: Stainless steel, design may vary Glass: Mineral scratch resistant glass Lug size: 22 mm Service Life:10 years Case diameter (approx):42 x 46 mm measured without crown Case thickness (approx): 15 mm Manufacturer's Warranty: 12 months
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Vostok AMFIBIA represents what could be the most significant part of Soviet watchmaking history, incorporating revolutionary design and unique 'Vostok' aesthetic. Built like every other Vostok, hence like a Russian tank, this watch is unassumingly tough and functional.
The in-house manufactured and assembled movement is robust and durable with an accuracy somewhere around +25 / -30 seconds out of the box. This could be easily calibrated, although isn't generally an issue for most.
This Amfibia SCUBA offers automatic, as well as manual winding options. This model features a brushed stainless steel case with white hands and hour markers and a striking orange 15-minute elapsed time indicator on the bezel.
While it's a matter of personal taste, we absolutely love the formidable look of this watch on the wrist. Wear it as is, or change it up with a leather or Nato strap for a smarter or more casual look. In either case, this watch will not be mistaken for anything other than a Vostok and will speak volumes about it's owners' personality.
Throw in a good story about its' unique engineering or how it was the first watch in outer space and you have plenty conversation starters on land or sea - over a drink, in the office, next to a surf board or at a diving expedition.
About Vostok Watches
Founded in 1941, at the height of WWII, Vostok Watch Makers Inc. remains the official supplier to the Russian Ministry of Defence .
A brand with a rich history and well deserved reputation for durability and reliability in the toughest conditions, Vostok are best known for their rugged military and diver mechanical watches.
‘Komandierskie’ which translates as a Commander’s watch were launched in 1965. Sold exclusively to army officers, these watches were in high regard for their reliability and practicality in the field.
In 1967, Vostok designed their first ‘Amfibia’ divers' watch that was manufactured exclusively for Soviet Navy.
By the 1970’s, Vostok watches were being exported to 54 different countries across the Globe.
In 1975, a Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Grechko wore the Amphibia watch during the Soyuz 17 mission to the Salyut 4 space station, which skyrocketed brand’s popularity around the globe.
By 1980, Vostok were producing 4.5 million timepieces per year. Many of their movements were also cased up under other popular names such as Poljot and Sekonda (in the UK).
In 2004, Vostok were commissioned to design a customised version of Amfibia watch for Bill Murray to wear in ‘The Life Aquatic’ movie where he portrayed the character of an eccentric oceanographer, Steve Zissou.
Today, Vostok is one of the very few brands with an in-house manufacturing. Remaining true to their founding principles, Vostok continues to impress with their durability, practicality and style that pays homage to its rich history. Many of their models have become cult classics among watch collectors from all around the world.