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The Company also makes a 12 jewel, very accurate mechanical submarine wall clock that was in Officers areas on board, known to stay on time in a wide band of temperatures. It is highly sought after in certain collectors markets especially in Soviet Union items collectors.

Usually Poljot watches are associated with the Soviet Space Program. But Vostok watches were also frequently worn in space by the Russian cosmonauts. Some of the famous Vostok watch users were the cosmonauts Georgi Grechko and Yuri Romanenko.

After the Desert Storm operation in 1992, the Pentagon reward the soldiers from the allied forces with special edition Vostok Amphibian military watch called Desert Shield.

Vostok was the only producer of chronometer precision wristwatch in Soviet Union (Volna, Almaz and Vostok Precision), based on their movement Vostok 2809 with 22 jewels. The watches were produced in 1960s.

In the movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Steve (Bill Murray) is wearing a classic Vostok Amphibia watch.

List of Vostok movements

Vostok produces all the mechanical movements by itself. The company also owns daughter-company “Briolet” specialized in production of technical ruby-jewels. Vostok supplies movements for other watch makers like Vostok-Europe, Volmax, Moscow Classic and Poljot-International. All the mechanical movements oscillate at 19800 semi-alternations per hour[clarification needed]. Excluding the chronometer precision 2809 movement produced for a while, the 24mm caliber movements of Vostok are presented in the table below:

Code

Height, mm

Type

Jewels

Specs

Used in

2403

3,7

Manual

17

Central Hour and Minute hands; Second hand at 9’o clock

Vostok VOT

2409

3,7

Manual

17

Central Hour and Minute hands; central second hand

Vostok Amfibia lady first, Junior 2409A

2414A

4,14

Manual

17

Central Hour and Minute hands; central Second hand; date indicator

Vostok Komandirskie manual

2415

Automatic

31

Central Hour and Minute hands; central second hand

Vostok Amphibia 1967

2415B

Automatic

31

Central Hour and Minute hands; Second hand at 9’o clock

Vostok K-43

2416B

6,3

Automatic

31

Central Hour and Minute hands; central Second hand; date indicator

Vostok Komandirskie, Amphibian, Kremlyovskie, Prestige, Breeze, Titanium, 2416B, VIP

Vostok-Europe Pobeda

2423

3,7

Manual

17

Central Hour and Minute hands with 24h dial; central Second hand

2424

3,7

Manual

17

Central Hour and Minute hands with 24h dial; central Second hand; date indicator

2426

6,3

Automatic precision

32

Central Hour and Minute hands; central Second hand; 24h indicator; date indicator

Vostok Komandirskie K-34

Vostok Europe Rocket N1 and Expedition 2006

2431B

6,3

Automatic

31

Central Hour and Minute hands with 24h dial; central Second hand; date indicator

Vostok automatic 24H

2432

6,3

Automatic precision

32

Central Hour and Minute hands; central Second hand; date indicator; day/night indicator

Vostok New commander

Vostok-Europe Mryia, Arktika, K3, Lunokhod, Red Square

2434

4,14

Manual

17

Central Hour and Minute hands; central Second hand

Vostok military manual

2435

6,3

Automatic precision

31

Central Hour and Minute hands; central Second hand; date indicator; day/night indicator

Vostok-Europe Metro

2441

6,5

Automatic

32

Central Hour and Minute hands; Second dial at 10’o clock; date indicator

Vostok-Europe Energia

Timeline

1942, July 1, in Chistopol, watch factory NK MV 835, is created on the basis of the Second Moscow watch factory and DOS factory, manufacturing products for needs of frontlines.

1943, Release of K-43 men’s watch, and instrument production is begun. The machine-tool construction for watch manufacture is organized.

1949, Serial release of a K-26 “Pobeda” man’s watch, wall-mounted ship clocks with a luminous dial, clocks for a/m “ZiM”, “Volga”, “Pobeda”, wall-mounted and street industrial clocks are begun.

1950, The factory has started construction of own industrial buildings.

1952, The factory released of “Kama” shock-proof watches in water-proof case, clock devices for various branches of a national economy.

1957, Release of precision watches: K-28 “East”, “Mir”, “Volna”, “Saturn”, “Cosmos” with lateral and central second hands, a lens and shock-proof movement is mastered. Export of Chisopol watches has increased 7 times.

1962, Chistopol Watch Factory is awarded the gold medal of the Leipzig international fair; Komandirskie watches are developed and manufacturing begins; Chistopol watch factory became the official supplier of these watches to the Ministry of Defence of the USSR.

1968, Release of Amphibian” watch; Since 1969, all watches are manufactired under the “Vostok” trademark, and the Chistopol Watch Factory is now referred to as “Vostok Watch Factory”

1972, Release of a new 24 calibres man’s watch with a numerical calendar, a double calendar, and an automatic movement; Watches are exported to 54 countries of the world.

1976, Cosmonaut G. Grechko presents the “Vostok” watch which has visited space to the Factory.

1980, This year the factory manufactures 4.5 million pieces; All production is deemed the “first” and “supreme” categories of quality.

1986, Release of water-meters, tahografov accustoms, release of manometers are begun. The factory passes in the Ministry of the radioindustry. Chistopol faculty ostok of Kazan Aircraft University is opened.

1989, The factory passes to self-financing, in 1990 – on rent. The assortment of watches is annually updated on 70%, release of watches with custom-made symbolics is mastered. Export of watches increases.

1992, The factory passes under jurisdiction of Republic Tatarstan and becomes an Open Joint Stock company. The majority of watches are exported to Italy, USA, Switzerland. In USA the greatest popularity was received with “Desert storm” watch.

2000, Vostok Watch Makers Inc. is the leader of the domestic watch and clock industry on volumes of release and sales of men’s watches. Release of the female watches, an expensive, prestigious man’s watch, and a quartz alarm clock are begun.

2001, The factory became the owner of “The Russian National Olympus the prestigious premium in a nomination “To Technology. A science” and the winner of “The Russian organization of high social efficiency” competition in a branch nomination.

2004, The company “Koliz Vostok Co. Ltd” was founded as a joint venture between the Russian movement- and watch-maker “Vostok Watch Maker Inc.” and the Lithuanian enterprise “Koliz Ltd.” offers the world market a new generation of automatic watches based on the traditional Russian watch-making technology and new designs from Lithuania. The first collection of the new watch brand Vostok Europe was introduced at Basel, Switzerland.

2006, “Amfibia” brand, featuring modern-style diver watches, launched.

2007, Updated Komandirskie debuts to public.

Notes

^ a b International Watch magazine, Nov. 2006, pg. 187

^ vostok_history

See also

Company Volmax

Vostok Europe

Poljot

Raketa

External links

Official Vostok site

Russian Watch Guide

Russian Times, a tribute to Russian timepieces. (English)

USSR Time, a Site Dedicated to Soviet-era Russian Clocks & Watches. (English)

Categories: Watch brands | Soviet brands | Watch movement manufacturers | Manufacturing companies of the Soviet Union | Manufacturing companies of RussiaHidden categories: Articles containing Russian language text | All pages needing cleanup | Wikipedia articles needing clarification from February 2010

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