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vostok 010173 automatic watch

watch: Vostok 010173 automatic

watch with automatic or mechanic movement

Let me be quite clear: someone who is looking for an (automatic or mechanic) watch with an average daily rate expressed in seconds per month or year, can usually better buy a quartz watch. The very accurate chronometer (automatic) watches are very expensive indeed.
A mechanical movement has an average daily rate expressed in seconds per day. After delivery the average daily rate can be somewhat higher than the (factory)specification. After 1 - 2 months the watch will reach it's definitive average daily rate. A spring movement will run faster in general if the spring is more wound up.
The average daily rate of automatic watches also depends on the wrist activity. This can vary from person to person and daily adjustment can be desired. It can be desirable to have an automatic or mechanic watch adjusted by a watchmaker.


vostok 010173 automatic back watch

watch: Vostok 010173 automatic back

Vostok automatic 2416B watch movement

The Vostok 2416B automatic Russian watch winds up itself entirely quite easily and fast.
The automatic watches, like the series: 18, 25 and 92, have a thickness of about 13 to 14 mm.
The series: 540 has a thickness of about 11 mm.
The series: 060 has a thickness of about 14 mm.
The series: 130 has a thickness of about 15 mm.
The series: 272 has a weight of about 80 gram.
The series: 060 has a weight of about 125 gram.
The series: 010 has a weight of about 150 gram.
Those mentioned above have a wideness (incl. crown) of about 42 to 44 mm.


vostok 060634 automatisch side watch

watch: Vostok 060634 automatic side

watch technique: date adjustment, shortening the strap, the glass

A (Russian) watch with an ordinary crown can be wound up by twisting the watches crown.
A watch with a screw-down crown can be wound up by turning the crown in a counter-clockwise direction first, then it will pop-out, or "drop" out away from the case, and hereafter the watches crown can be twisted.
The adjustment of the (Russian) watch is done by pulling out the crown (both of them) a little and by twisting it after this.
The date change occurs between 20.00 and 24.00 hours. You are allowed to move the hands forward and backward by twisting the crown clockwise and counter-clockwise.
Do not pull out the crown of the Russian watch any further.
The adjustment of the length of the stainless steel strap is done by pushing out the round pin at the arrow.
The silicate (plastic) glass scratches easily. This can be polished with (Prodent softmint) toothpaste and and a cloth. (Tape the crown with cello tape)
The thin mineral and organic glass is fairly scratch resistant and somehow comparable with ordinary thin glass.


vostok 060634 automatisch crown watch

watch: Vostok 060634 automatic crown

water resistant watch

Watches have different levels of water resistance. Below a few examples of the different levels of water resistance and the meaning in practice.
water-resistant, no atm: should not be made wet, actually, can resist a splash of water
water-resistant to 2 atm: resists (tap) water flowing hardly
water-resistant to 10 atm: resists water when swimming
water-resistant to 20 atm: resists water when scuba diving

Vostok watch model number

The Vostok (Boctok) watch model number, for example : Vostok Amphibia 420526 means:
42 is case number
526 is dial code
3e number: case material:
0 is stainless steel
1 is layer chrome on bronze
2 is titanium
3 is layer gold on bronze
6 is layer black PVD on stainless steel
9 is layer nitrite-titanium on bronze

watch movements


vostok automatic 2432 movement

movement: Vostok automatic 2432

Specification Vostok 2432 automatic movement:

24 mm calibre sensitive movement
Night-day disc in centre
Date calender of quick set date type (date change between 20.00 en 24.00 hours)
Automatic movement with a safety device preventing over-winding the spring
Hight 6,3 mm
31 ruby jewels
Shock-resistant balance
Average daily rate: -10, +20 seconds, also: -10, +30 seconds
Beats per hour 19800, or almost circular motions of the rotor
Power reserve no less than 31 hours run time
Ball-bearing rotor


vostok automatic 2416B-1 movement

movement: Vostok automatic 2416B-1

Specification Vostok 2416B-1 automatic movement:

24 mm calibre sensitive movement
Date calender of quick set date type (date change between 20.00 en 24.00 hours)
Automatic movement with a safety device preventing over-winding the spring
Hight 6,3 mm
31 ruby jewels
Shock-resistant balance
Average daily rate: -10, +20 seconds, also: -20, +60 seconds
Beats per hour 19800, or almost circular motions of the rotor
Power reserve no less than 31 hours run time
Ball-bearing rotor


vostok automatic 2416B movement

movement: Vostok automatic 2416B

Specification Vostok 2416B automatic movement:

24 mm calibre sensitive movement
Date calender of quick set date type (date change between 20.00 en 24.00 hours)
Automatic movement with a safety device preventing over-winding the spring
Hight 6,3 mm
31 ruby jewels
Shock-resistant balance
Average daily rate: -20, +60 seconds
Beats per hour 19800, or almost circular motions of the rotor
Power reserve no less than 31 hours run time
Ball-bearing rotor


vostok mechanic 2414A movement

movement: Vostok mechanic 2414A

Specification Vostok 2414A mechanic movement:

24 mm calibre movement
Date calender of quick set date type (date change between 20.00 en 24.00 hours)
Hight 4,14 mm
17 ruby jewels
Shock-resistant balance
Average daily rate: -20, +60 seconds
Beats per hour 19800, or almost circular motions of the rotor
Power reserve no less than 38 hours, also: 36 hours run time


vostok mechanic 2409 movement

movement: Vostok mechanic 2409

Specification Vostok 2409 mechanic movement:

24 mm calibre sensitive movement
Hight 3,7 mm
17 ruby jewels
Shock-resistant balance
Average daily rate: -10, +20 seconds, also: -20, +60 seconds
Beats per hour 19800, or almost circular motions of the rotor
Power reserve no less than 40 hours, also: 38 hours run time

watch component description

chronograph watch

Every watch with a stopwatch is a chronograph.

chronometer watch

Only watches certified by COSC are allowed to be called chronometer. A gents chronometer watch has to stay within -4 en +6 seconds variation per day during the COSC time measuring at different temperatures in various positions.

watch balance

In the watch the balance is the component moving circular in both directions continuously. The balance takes care of the ticking of the watch. These small (automatic, mechanic) apparatus count 86,400 seconds a day. A watch ticking 19,800 times per hour does so 5.5 times per second.

watch bezel (raised, grooved edge)

The top of the watch case sometimes has a bezel. It is the raised, grooved round edge holding the watch glass. Usually the bezel can be rotated and is decorated.

watch crown

The knobble on the watch, usually at 3 o'clock position, that is used to adjust the watch, is called crown.

watch hack

The hack feature of a mechanic watch causes the seconds hand to stop moving, when you pull out the crown.

watch Incabloc

In a wrist watch Incabloc is a method to protect a watch movement against shock. Developed in the 1930's. Other techniques to protect against shock are: Parachoc, Kif, Unisafe and Novochoc. Incabloc protects by letting the spring-loaded mounting system of the jewelled balance of the movement move laterally and vertically in the watch. Eta uses Incabloc.

watch jewels

In a mechanic watch jewels are used. This is a cheap synthetic ruby. It is an almost frictionless rod mounting place or axle bearing. More jewels does not mean a better watch. About 17 jewels are a usual minimum for an mechanic watch with a seconds hand. A good automatic watch is available starting with 21 jewels.

watch Kif

In a wrist watch Kif is a method to protect a watch movement against shock. Developed in the 1930's. Other techniques to protect against shock are: Parachoc, Incabloc, Unisafe en Novochoc. Rolex uses Kif. Have a look at Incabloc too.

rotor automatic watch

An automatic watch with (usually) a rotor for self-winding the movement. Developed in the 1930's. It is a kind of "half" disc with some weight fully rotating (usually) in both directions. A rotor automatic watch winds the spring during this rotating.

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