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Russian Watch FAQ
Updated 4 Apr 2014 by Editor, RussianWatchGuide.com



What are the most popular Russian brands?
How much do they cost?
Do they keep good time?
Are they reliable?
Why should I buy a Russian watch?
Where can I buy a Russian watch?
Are Russian watches made in Russia?
Are there fake Russian watches?
What's the difference between Vostok and Vostok-Europe?
Why does my Russian watch have English writing on the face?
I don't want to spend a lot of money. Which watch should I buy?


What are the most popular Russian brands?

The most popular brands of Russian watches are Vostok, Vostok-Europe, Volmax and Poljot. Volmax markets watches under the Aviator, Buran and Sturmanskie brands. Other Russian brands include Denissov, Moscow Classic, Maktime, Orion, Raketa, Rekord and Slava.

How much do they cost?

Russian watches range in price from as little as $30 up to thousands of dollars. However, many good Russian watches sell for between $50 and $300. Given that these are good-quality mechanical watches, many watch buyers consider them an outstanding bargain.

Do they keep good time?

Yes they do. However, most Russian watches are mechanical watches and mechanical watches do not keep time as accurately as quartz watches. Expect the watch to be accurate to within 10 or 30 seconds per day. The accuracy of the movement is usually stated in the watch specifications.

Are they reliable?

Generally, yes. However, this depends on the manufacturer. Most modern watches by Volmax, Vostok, Denissov, Moscow Classic, Vostok-Europe and Maktime are very well made watches. Other cheaper brands may be lower quality.

Why should I buy a Russian watch?

Because these are strong, masculine, mechanical watches that look great on your wrist. The top brands keep good time and are built to a high quality standard. Not too many people in the West have seen a Russian watch, let alone own one. For this reason they are unique. For more information, see Why Buy a Russian Watch

Where can I buy a Russian watch?

You can buy Russian watches online from an official supplier or online watch store specializing in Russian watches. Russian watches are also available on eBay. For more information, see Where to Buy a Russian Watch, Tips on Buying a Russian Watch and Buying a Russian Watch on eBay

Are Russian watches made in Russia?

Not all Russian watches are made 100% in Russia. Some Volmax watches, for example, use Swiss movements. Vostok-Europe watches are assembled in Lithuania but use Russian-made movements. Some Russian brands use Japanese Miyota movements.

Are there fake Russian watches?

Fake or counterfeit Russian watches are not particularly common but they do exist. Nonetheless, it's generally best to buy from an official supplier or reliable online seller to ensure you are getting a genuine product with a full warranty.

What's the difference between Vostok and Vostok-Europe?

Vostok and Vostok-Europe are two different companies. Vostok is a Russian company that has been manufacturing mechanical watches in Russian for decades. Vostok-Europe is a newer company formed as a joint venture between Vostok and a Lithuanian company. Vostok-Europe watches are assembled in Lithuania using movements supplied by Vostok's Russian factory. Because Vostok-Europe watches are assembled outside Russia, there is some debate as to whether they should be called a Russian watch or an Eastern European watch.

Why does my Russian watch have English writing on the face?

Some Russian watches are made specifically for export. These watches usually use English writing.

I don't want to spend a lot of money. Which watch should I buy?

A watch is an expression of an individual's personality and the decision of which watch to buy is highly personal. That said, if you are on a tight budget, you might want to check out Vostok watches, especially their Amphibia series. Vostok makes numerous models that sell for between $50 and $100. They are generally well made and highly regarded.







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