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Vostok-Europe: Brand Information
Updated 30 Aug 2010 by Editor, RussianWatchGuide.com
Vostok-Europe watches are hand-assembled in Vilnius, Lithuania using mechanical movements supplied by the Russian Vostok factory. The company is a joint venture between Vostok and a Lithuainian company.
Some Vostok-Europe watches use Japanese movements. For example, some Gaz-14 Limousine models use Seiko movements and some Eranoplan models use Miyota movements.
The watches are modern and trendy in design, good quality, and very stylish. Each watch in their catalog is named for a Russian scientific or cultural achievement.
Vostok-Europe watches first hit the market in 2004.
Most Vostok-Europe watches sell in the $150 to $500 price range. As the company's Managing Director explains, "We strive to be cost-effective. We want to be more affordable than the Swiss, but not compete in price with the Chinese, while offering higher quality."
For more information see our interview with Vostok-Europe's Managing Director.
Download Vostok-Europe Catalog, 2010 (PDF)
Where to Buy
The best place to buy a Vostok-Europe watch is from an authorized retailer. See Where to Buy a Russian Watch and Best Prices, Deals & Special Offers.
The official Vostok-Europe website is www.vostok-europe.com
The official North American site is www.vostokeurope-usa.com
I am very proud to have one collection, Vostok europe ekranoplan, especially after knowing that the combined company's products from Vostok and Lithuania. good quality, trendy looks, looks manly and handsome. I will hunt watches from the former Soviet Union countries.
I bought a Vostok-Europe model Metro five years ago. Runs beautifully, looks great. High quality watch. Very pleased!,
I purchased an Invicta Automatic Pro Diver back in 2001. It ran for a year and them literally it came apart. So you can imagine I was not big on purchasing another automatic watch. In 2005 I purchased the Vostok-Europe Artika 3409050/050b Rose Gold w/bracelet Automatic. This has been a perfect watch. I have had not one single problem with it. It keeps perfect time. I can leave it for 6 months in my jewelry box, take it out, shake it a couple of times and it will work perfectly. I would recommend this watch to anyone, the best watch I have ever had! 5+*****
Good quality, good looks. Some mysterious problems on certain number of 2432 calibres which after one year only wind up partly (when the mass turns in one single direction)... Cases is very good.
Rick, the Maxim Gorky can receive a new replacement with rivets instead of small screws. I had the same problem as you, a tiny coil spring within the closure was missing, and one screw went off. I had it replaced and the new upgraded one is perfect.
I probably will never buy another automatic match (though the Vostok Ekranoplan black looks tempting). Ordered a Tokyoflash RPM Kisai all-black steel watch. One day when I have money, will look at Vostok again. Hopefully someone will be able to iron out any quality issues.
Well, it says the movement is Russian but the design looks better than Russian watches in my opinion.
Yes but it is NOT RUSSIAN, it is Lithuanian!!! So why are they in the Russian Watch Guide???? Bltic countries hate Russians, but when it is time to promote their watches, they are happy to use the good Russian reputation!!!
I recently bought the Vostok-Europe Maxim Gorky. The watch is heavy, looks good and keeps ok time. I really do like the watch.
The band is a problem though. I have a 7 3/4" wrist. Since the band is so wide, when I bend my wrist, my wrist pushes the tabs and the band releases. NOT GOOD! I have tried to make adjustments, but no matter what I do, the band will occasionally release.
I also had a "Made in China" sticker on the band! Is the watch really Russian and the band made in China? Whats the story???
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