Vostok: Brand Information
Updated 30 Aug 2014 by Editor, RussianWatchGuide.com
Vostok is one of the best-known Russian watch brands. They manufacture durable, good quality watches with mechanical jeweled movements that don't cost a lot of money. A typical Vostok watch sells between $50 and $150, though some models cost more. Many Vostok watches are designed in the style of military or diver's watches.
Vostok started producing watches in 1942, though didn't start using the Vostok brand until the 1960's.
In 1965 the company was appointed an official supplier of watches for the Defense Department of the Soviet Union.
Vostok has won a number of international prizes for both quality and commercial success.
According to the company's website, their current philosophy "is to create mechanical watches maintaining precise timekeeping at any temperature, in any environment, surviving heavy pressure and blows."
In 2004, Vostok entered into a joint venture with a Lithuanian company to create Vostok-Europe.
Vostok means "east" in Russian and was the name of a Russian spacecraft first launched in 1960.
Several sources have reported that Vostok filed for bankruptcy in early 2010, though production has continued and the watches are still available. The official Vostok website is closed as of this update.
See the following reviews: Vostok Amphibia review, Vostok 100 Series review, Vostok Century Time review.
Where to Buy
The most popular places to buy Vostok watches are The Zenitar Store and Smirs.
The official Vostok website is www.vostok-inc.com
(Website closed at the time of this update)
Video: Building a Vostok Wristwatch
This entertaining video produced for Russian television offers an in-depth look at the Vostok Komandirskie wristwatch. It includes factory footage and an explanation of how the mechanical movement is made. The video is in Russian with English subtitles.
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