Vostok Amphibia Review: Buyer’s Guide 2017

Vostok Amphibia Review: Vostok Amphibia is one of the most attractive watches around. Back in 1967, Vera Belov and Mikhail, watch designers of a watch factory in Chistopol, was given a big challenge, to design a new dive watch that is reliable to up to 200 meters.

Vostok Amphibia Review

It also meant designing a watch that is capable of tackling temperature and pressure changes.

The design team formally dubbed their creation as "Amphibia," which is a suitable name considering that Vostok Amphibia watches are equally comfortable on land and underwater.

In fact, even the Soviet Defense holds Vostok Amphibia very highly.​

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Vostok Amphibia Review 2017

These days, the Vostok Amphibia series has spawned a lot of versions. The good thing about this is that you will always find a Vostok Amphibia that will suit your needs and wants.

The choices are so many that it's easy to get confused on what to get. That is why we present you this Vostok Amphibia review, to clear out some confusion.​

In this article, we are going to do a Vostok Amphibia review of the top 3 watches by Vostok Amphibia.

We are going to cover some of the most important and exciting features of particular Vostok Amphibia watches.

To make it a good Vostok Amphibia guide, we will also include the things that you need to be aware of with each of the featured Vostok Amphibia watches.​

Watch ModelDial SizeWater ResistanceEditor's
Rating
 
Watch ModelDial SizeWater ResistanceEditor's
Rating
Vostok Amphibian 420270 Diver Watch
Editors Choice
40 mm200 Meter4.6 Check Price
Vostok Europe OS22/5619133 Watch44 mm50 Meter4.3 Check Price
Vostok Europe Men’s 2432/5954194 Watch47 mm200 Meter4..5 Check Price

Since Vostok Amphibian made this watch, you can expect it to be water resistant. In fact, the watch can withstand depths of up to 200 meters.

Hence, if you are working around water or your lifestyle translates to being around water, then it is a great watch to have.

This Vostok Amphibia watch is automatic, specifically a self-winding movement type.

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As long as you just wear this watch, the movement in your arms and hand is enough to wind the watch.​

Nevertheless, it still comes with a winding stem, which you can use to wind the watch in case you haven't worn it for some time. When it's fully wound, it can last for 31 hours at the very least.​

This watch also comes with luminous markings and hands. With such feature, you can still read the time even if you are in a pitch dark environment.​

The watch comes with an anti-shock system; this means that it can take a beating and you never have to worry about pieces and parts falling out of place.​

Vostok Amphibia review downside of this watch: if there's one thing that you need to be aware of, it's the bracelet. While there's nothing physically wrong with the bracelet, some just don't like how it feels.

If you are looking for something that is classy and yet still able to exuberate "masculinity," then the Vostok Europe Men’s OS22/5619133 may work great for you.

It's a sophisticated watch, especially considering that it comes with a chronograph movement (specifically Miyota Japanese-Quartz).

Another thing that's worth mentioning is the casing, which is unique as it uses a surgical grade stainless steel. If you are not aware of stainless steel, check out our guide on it.

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It's a different kind of steel because it's corrosion resistant, and yet it does not have properties that will cause a reaction to the skin.

It's a great choice for people who have allergies to certain kinds of metals.​

The Vostok Europe Men’s OS22/5619133 also comes with a superluminova features on the hands and markings. While it's common for a diver's watch to have luminous markings, the superluminova "shines" brighter.​

This means that you will have no problems taking your readings even in dark conditions.

Vostok Amphibia review downside of this watch: it's only water resistant up to 50 meters. Most Vostok Amphibia watches are water resistant to up to 200 meters. Nevertheless, it's still perfectly fine to wear the watch while showering.

The most noticeable feature of the Vostok-Europe Men's 2432/5954194 is its design. It's sleek, sporty and has a great masculine look.

Since it comes with a leather bracelet, it's a great watch if you want something that says "I am an outdoors person."

The great thing about Vostok-Europe 2432/5954194's outdoor-looking design is it's not just for show.

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This watch is designed to withstand the elements thanks to its anti-shock and water resistant features.In fact, this watch can handle depths of up to 200 meters.​

The Vostok-Europe Men's 2432/5954194 features a greyish black steel casing. However, it's the surgical grade steel that's worth noting.

Surgical grade steel does not cause a reaction when it comes in contact with human skin, which is great if certain metals can cause an allergic reaction in you.

Vostok Amphibia review downside of this watch - while the glass covering the Vostok-Europe Men's 2432/5954194 is strong, it's not made from sapphire.

Sapphire is very scratch resistant. In fact, diamond is the only commonly used gem that can scratch sapphire.​

Vostok Amphibia Review - Buyer’s Guide

These days, Vostok Amphibia comes in different styles and a seemingly endless amount of choices when it comes to the features.

For the average consumer, it's easy to get lost especially when you start seeing terms like automatic, mechanical, dress watch and aviator's watch to name a few.​

In this section, we are going to cover a few of the most important points when it comes to buying a Vostok Amphibia watch.​

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Vostok Amphibia - Watch Movements

When browsing through the features of a Vostok Amphibia watch, you often see terms like mechanical, automatic and quartz.

These terms describe the movements of the hand. We will cover each of the more popular watch movements below.

  • Mechanical : a mechanical watch means that it's using a coiled spring inside the watch. To operate this watch, you need to wind the spring regularly.

    When the spring inside is coiled, it slowly unwinds at an even pace. And because of this, the hand moves in a smooth sweeping motion. 
  • Automatic : There's not a big difference between a mechanical watch and an automatic watch regarding watch movements. This is because, at its core, an automatic Vostok Amphibia watch is a mechanical watch with just one big difference.

    An automatic watch does not need winding as it has a mechanism inside that allows the watch to wind itself through the help of your hand or arm movements.

    Since an automatic watch works very similar to a mechanical watch, the hand also features a smooth sweeping motion.
  • Quartz : A quartz Vostok Amphibia works very differently because it's powered by electricity, usually in the form of batteries.

    Inside a quartz watch is a quartz crystal. The crystal is then subjected to electricity which causes it to vibrate. The vibration is then harnessed and converted into a "pulse" action.

    This is why a quartz watch has a distinct "tick tick tick" movement that's very different from a mechanical watch. The ticking movement is the pulse that's generated and harnessed from the quartz crystal.

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Vostok Amphibia - Watch Style

Aviator's watch, diver's watch and field watch are types of "watch styles." In the section below, we'll explore the common varieties of watch styles.

  • Dress Watch : As the name suggests, it is geared towards events that are formal. It does not go well with jeans and t-shirts.
  • Field Watch : A field watch is very versatile as it can be worn anywhere and in any wear. It can even be worn for "business casual" events.
  • Diver's Watch : while it is mainly designed for underwater use, it's stylish enough to be worn as part of a formal business wear, business casual wear, casual wear or sports wear.
  • Aviator's Watch : Because of the size of the aviator's watch, it's great for casual get-ups. It does not work well with formal business wear or black tie.

Final Words

When it comes to Vostok Amphibia, there are too many models that it's impossible for an average person to know them all.

That's where this VOSTOK AMPHIBIA REVIEW comes into play. The Vostok Amphibia watches 2017 that we featured above are the best ones for 2017.

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a Vostok Amphibia watch that is "perfect" in every way.

As a consumer, it's up to you on how to weight the different factors so you can find a Vostok Amphibia that fits very well to your wants, needs, and budget.​

We hope that this review helped you immensely in this endeavour.​

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Ronald McKim
 

Ronald McKim, a watch enthusiast and analyzer. He had worked with a local watch manufacturing company as a senior manager in his young days. Apart from his career, he keeps traveling across Europe.

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