Vostok Amphibia Diver – Russian mechanical/automatic dive watch. In the Russian watch industry an Amphibia watch was what the west would call a Diver watch. Produced in great quantities for the Soviet/Russian military, these watches gained great popularity worldwide.
The first Amphibia watches were manufactured in 1967 in USSR on Vostok Watch Factory (BOCTOK). Professional divers and submariners gave their preference to Vostok Amphibia watches because of their simplicity and reliability. Non-failure operation on depth up to 200 meters in conditions of significant temperature drops, in any excited environment – mechanical watches Amphibia stood extreme overloads and impacts.
Especially under the order of the Navy of the USSR was made the military modification of Amphibia, and tests of watches had passed during exercises of fleet by the Northern Sea.
The submarine has laid on the bottom on depth of 130 meters, simulating failure. A brigade of the divers, who had taken part in rescue of people, was provided with new Amphibia watches while they were participating in rescue. Both, tests and exercises had passed successfully.
In 1975 Amphibia watches had been in the space by the spaceship Soyuz-17 and to the station Salute-4.
Amphibia watches were also tested by less exotic, but not less evident ways. They were run over the trucks, hammered, but they continued to show an exact time.
Accuracy of work of Amphibia watches in many respects is obliged to the Vostok movements, and reliability to the shock-proof device of balance unit is a heart of mechanical watches.
Organized in 1942, Vostok Watch Factory continues to follow traditions – all models of movements have so-called Swiss system escape descent, steel escape wheels and forks, a support on ruby stones, a watch hour spring made of special precision alloys. Having collected all world best experience of watch manufacture, Vostok makes production which can be named by right the really Russian watches.