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Noj

My first Vostok mod project

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1 hour ago, Noj said:

 

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 A 431?

 

If so, it has a chromed, brass case. Be very careful when (if) removing the bezel. The chrome is easily scratched.. Do not try and matt finish the case. The odds are that you will expose brass.

 

I opted to remove chrome, and go for a "bronze" effect, (albeit, an 811).

 

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Steve.

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1 hour ago, NOTSHARP said:

 

 A 431?

 

If so, it has a chromed, brass case. Be very careful when (if) removing the bezel. The chrome is easily scratched.. Do not try and matt finish the case. The odds are that you will expose brass.

 

I opted to remove chrome, and go for a "bronze" effect, (albeit, an 811).

 

BRASS_KOM_J.jpg

 

 

 

Steve.

Thank you for the tip, much appreciated. What I will do is change the bezel and see how that goes and then decide the next step from there. I will take my time with this as it’s  the first one and it will be a learning curve.

 

Noj

2 hours ago, bowie said:

something similar.

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Thanks, the more I see the more ideas I will get. It is going to be addictive I think :)

 

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3 hours ago, NOTSHARP said:

A 431?

If so, it has a chromed, brass case. Be very careful when (if) removing the bezel. The chrome is easily scratched.. Do not try and matt finish the case. The odds are that you will expose brass.

Looks like a 420 Amphibia case so the case will be solid steel - you can tell by the crown.

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10 hours ago, Lampoc said:

Looks like a 420 Amphibia case so the case will be solid steel - you can tell by the crown.

Will it be marked on the case somewhere which model it is? Would make life easier

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7 hours ago, Noj said:

Will it be marked on the case somewhere which model it is? Would make life easier

Noj

Nope, but no worries - they are very easy to tell from the case shape. Just from the pic of yours I can see it is a 420 cased solid steel Amphibia with an early 90s transitional Komandirskie dial. Will be a 2409A or a 2416B movement inside (should be able to tell from the case back shape). It's very possible that the bezel isn't original to that particular watch but the mess of post-Soviet Russia during that period meant they often chucked any old bits together.

Good luck with the mod - I look forward to seeing the finished article!

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1 hour ago, Lampoc said:

Nope, but no worries - they are very easy to tell from the case shape. Just from the pic of yours I can see it is a 420 cased solid steel Amphibia with an early 90s transitional Komandirskie dial. Will be a 2409A or a 2416B movement inside (should be able to tell from the case back shape). It's very possible that the bezel isn't original to that particular watch but the mess of post-Soviet Russia during that period meant they often chucked any old bits together.

Good luck with the mod - I look forward to seeing the finished article!

I think I am going to have to get the movement sorted first, it’s a bit temperamental:)

Any suggestions as to who could have a go at it for me? @simon2 perhaps? Any other suggestions or recommendations?

Thanks

 

Noj

Oh and I don’t like the beetle anyway so that will be being changed when I find somewhere on the web to purchase bits from @Lampoc

 

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Unfortunately, unless you know a very generous watchmaker, any work carried out on an old Vostok is going to cost more than the watch is worth. What exactly is wrong with it - may be something simple  you can sort yourself.

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It just seems to stick and I can’t figure out how to change the time. I unscrew the crown and it goes very loose but winds up the watch, but there doesn’t appear to be a different place the crown will turn the hands

 

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31 minutes ago, Noj said:

It just seems to stick and I can’t figure out how to change the time. I unscrew the crown and it goes very loose but winds up the watch, but there doesn’t appear to be a different place the crown will turn the hands

 

Noj

The first position is to hand wind the movement. Pull the crown out a little more, and that will allow yo to set the time.

The loose crown is fine. It is the way the watch was designed.

Certainly not worth having a watchmaker look at it. You can buy a new movement for £25, or less.

By the time you have spent that, It would have been better to have bought a new watch, and mod that.

Ask me how I know. :whistle:

 

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4 minutes ago, NOTSHARP said:

The first position is to hand wind the movement. Pull the crown out a little more, and that will allow yo to set the time.

The loose crown is fine. It is the way the watch was designed.

Certainly not worth having a watchmaker look at it. You can buy a new movement for £25, or less.

By the time you have spent that, It would have been better to have bought a new watch, and mod that.

Ask me how I know. :whistle:

 

Steve.

You sir are wonderful. As the crown was what I thought loose I didn’t want to force anything. After you explained what the sequence was I was confident to put a bit more elbow grease behind it. Thanks again

 

Noj

Anyone know a good website for bezels for Vostok watches?

 

thanks

 

Noj

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seriously some of the weirdest crown and winding action on vostocks. Have to jiggle it into a certain slant to get them to wind or turn the hands.

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Is there a way to date Vostok watches please? Sorry for all the questions guys

 

Jon

I should also say I have looked at the websites I. The sticky thread on Vostok modding

 

Noj

11 minutes ago, r-macus said:

seriously some of the weirdest crown and winding action on vostocks. Have to jiggle it into a certain slant to get them to wind or turn the hands.

Part of the charm :)

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