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Vostok Komandirskie Review

Vostok Komandirskie Review

The Vostok Komandirskie is a 17 jewel, manual winding watch originally made in 1965 by order of the USSR ministry of defence.

The soviet army needed a new, shockproof field watch for their soldiers, and tasked Vostok to build this for them. Just as with the Vostok Amphibia which was released two years later, Vostok brought out a watch which met and exceeded expectations!

This watch, was the Vostok Komandirskie.

vostok_komandirskie

Since launch in 1965, the Vostok Komandirskie received a movement upgrade in 1970 to the 2414a, a 17 jewel manual wind movement with non quickset date. The Vostok Komandirskie still uses this movement to this very day, which is great because there is no shortage of parts at all!

Along with having served in the USSR’s army for many years, the Vostok Komandirskie has been to space, here is a beautiful picture of the Komandirskie in the international space station:

vostok_komandirskie_space

(Photo credit: USSR-Airspace.com)

In the picture, you can see the watch has a different case and dial to the one I am talking about in this review. If you don’t already know about the Komandirskie watches, they come in a huge range of case and dial combinations, giving you the perfect opportunity to find one which you really like!

The one in space (pictured), has the soviet space program logo on the dial, whereas the one I have has the ‘VDV’ insignia, which is the paratrooper division (hence the parachute theme):

vostok_komandirskie_parachute_vdv

Let’s explore the different parts of the Vostok. The sides of the chrome plated brass case are nicely decorated and have a unique design:

vostok_komandirskie_side

I really do like the case, it’s unlike what I’ve seen before. The bezel is plain, yet it still rotates. (This is because bezels on other cases have numbers on them and rotate)

The case back is made of solid stainless steel and labeled ‘Water resistant’ and ‘Russia’.

vostok_komandirskie_case_back

The Vostok Komandirskie comes in a small cardboard box which is not high quality, but has a very retro vibe to it that I really like. The original strap is utterly an awful, poorly made black leather strap that I replaced the first chance I got.

vostok_komandirskie_box_strap

What’s also really nice is that you can see your watches exact date of manufacture, as you can see for mine that is the 17th of March 2016.

To conclude I really enjoy the Vostok Komandirskie because it is a superb watch to wear, a real conversation piece and it is extremely affordable (under $50 on eBay), which makes this in house watch a real steal. I am yet to see better value for money in an affordable watch.

I’d also like to thank my wonderful girlfriend who got me this watch for our 1 year anniversary!

If you liked this review and want to see more about Vostok, be sure to check out our Vostok Amphibia Review.

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Opinions

  1. Post comment

    Good review. You really can’t beat Vostok when it comes to bang for the buck. If the Swiss made them, we’d pay a lot more for the privilege

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  2. Post comment

    Vostoks must surely be the best value watches in the world. The Amphibia in particular is an incredible piece featuring ground breaking engineering and as tough as they come. And most watches costing 10-20 times more don’t even have an in-house movement!

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