Vostok Amphibia Review
Updated 8 May 2009 by Editor, RussianWatchGuide.com
Question: Is it possible to buy a brand new, solidly built divers watch that's water resistant to 200 meters, that uses an automatic mechanical movement, and costs less than a hundred bucks?
Answer: You bet it is. The watch I just described is the Vostok Amphibia. And the one shown below cost just $49.
I had read a few good things about Vostok Amphibia watches on message boards recently. Posters seemed to believe that the Vostok Amphibia (sometimes called Amphibian or Amfibia) is a lot of watch for the money. Now that I've had the opportunity to see and wear one for myself, I have to agree. This watch is an exceptional value. It's heavy and solid and, because I own other Vostok watches, I know the movement will be reliable.
As for styling, well, that is a matter of personal taste. My friends tell me this is an ugly watch. I disagree. True, it's bulky and "retro". But it's also strong, functional and unique. You be the judge. Vostok makes a number of different Amphibia watches so if you generally like divers watches you may find a style that appeals to you.
I purchased this watch on eBay from The Zenitar Store, but you can also find it at Smirs and other online stores. I paid $49 plus $15 for shipping. Shipping from Russia to Canada took about two weeks.
The watch is made in Russia. The manual supplied with the watch is in Russian only. However, Zenitar will send out an English manual at the buyer's request. You can also view the English-version of the Vostok Amphibia manual here.
- Automatic Vostok self-winding movement 2416B with 31 ruby jewels
- Water resistant up to 200 meters
- Central second hand
- Anti-shock balance
- Screw-down winding head and back cover
- Case diameter (without the crown): 40 mm
- Case thickness: 12 mm
- Stainless steel bracelet
- Width of bracelet: 18 mm
- Date-of-month calendar
- Graduated rotated bezel
- Totally wound watches runs not less than 31 hrs
- Stainless steel rear cap
- Luminous hands and markings
- Average term of service 10 years
- 1 year manufacturer warranty
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