Vostok AMFIBIA Red Sea 44mm Automatic Watch Model: 040692
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.
Specs & Features
Mechanism: Vostok 2415.02 Movement:Mechanical, Automatic, Shockproof Power Reserve: 33 hours Ruby jewels:31 Water Resistance:200m (20ATM) Case: Stainless steel Glass: Mineral scratch resistant glass Bracelet: Stainless steel Lug size: 22 mm Service Life:10 years Case diameter (approx):44 mm measured without crown Case thickness (approx): 14 mm Manufacturer's Warranty: 12 months
Lifestyle Shop isanexclusive distributor of the Vostok watch brand, in Australia.Be wary of eBay replicas and grey imports. If you choose to own an iconic timepiece, purchase one from an Authorised retailer to ensure it is an authentic one!
Amfibia RED SEA 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 tough, rugged and functional. With its 44mm case this Amfibia looks masculine and quite distinctive on the wrist, provided that you like your watches on the larger side.
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. We are not huge fans of the shiny bracelet and would opt for a leather or silicone alternative, although the team was somewhat divided on this topic with some preferring the original look. We'll let you decide on that one and post your photos and suggestions on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Overall, it's hard not to fall in love with this Amfibia Red Sea. Not as quirky as its Scuba Dude predecessors, this model spots a unique 'Vostok' design and despite its aesthetic refinements is more than capable of being submerged below 200m or being flown into outer space.
Equally at home at the depth of the ocean floor or chairing a boardroom meeting, this Amfibia Red Sea would make a great addition to any discerning watch enthusiast or collector. Moreover, at this price point, there aren't many competitors that could boast similar functionality and unique aesthetics that would make its wearer stand out of the crowd.
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.