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Mechanical watches about craftsmanship, aesthetics, tradition, are part of the allure. Mechanical watches provide more than just precise timekeeping, they provide a whole new experience, you are responsible to keep it wound, listen to the busy mechanical sounds from the movement, observe hundreds of different spare parts inside it.
These timepieces give back to us that visual splendor of a beautiful work of art. Its very beating heart laid bear by the window into its soul allows us to gaze upon it in wonderment at the intricacies of its moving micro-organs. The graceful sweep of the secondís hand enthralls the best of us. The rapid beat of the tick-a-tick-a quickens our own pulse.

Vostok watch factory - Soviet (USSR) and Russian leader in the production of mechanical military style watches.

Among Russian watch factories for the last several years the Vostok watch factory reserving for itself the steady leadership in the volume of production and selling of mechanical watches. Most of Vostok watches have automatic self-winding movements. One can buy Vostok mechanical watches in the most famous internet-shops of Russia and of the whole world. Such models as Komandirskie ("Commander's"), Kremlyovskie ("The Kremlin's"), Partner and Prestige are the arbiters of fashion for men's military style watches.

Despite of tendency of the output growth of quartz watches, the workers of Vostok, as 40 years ago give preference to the production of mechanical watches. Since 1949 Vostok has been producing mechanical watches which are very precise at any temperature, in any aggressive environment and stand extreme overloading and crashes. Vostok watches are traditionally suited with bracelets from stainless steel or pure leather.

The Vostok factory as a modern enterprise uses the most progressive methods of production and selling of goods: internet-shops, its site with full information about the factory. One can find high quality pictures of mechanical and quartz watches and their mechanical movements, the detailed description of accessories (original package, steel and leather bracelets)
Already at the beginning of 50s the reliability, durability and precision of mechanisms made Vostok watches famous not only in Soviet Union (USSR), but abroad. In 60s the "Vostok" watch was awarded with a big golden medal at the prestigious fair show in Leipzig. It was the Vostok factory the first in the Soviet Union to start producing mechanical watches with working stroke of the movement plus-minus 10 seconds per 24 hours, with luminescent hands and hour markers. By the middle of 60s they have mastered of the production of watches with the instant calendar switching.

In 1965 the Vostok factory has become the official supplier of watches for the Ministry of Defense of Soviet Union (USSR). The regular Soviet officers immediately recognized Komandirskie watches for their reliability and efficiency. Taking into consideration the comments of military people these watches have been constantly perfected. Watches have been transferred to a larger caliber K-24, they have got a revolving time disc, the dial has got the symbols of different arms of the service, they started producing the watches with automatic setting, such as Generalskie ("General's") and Admiralskie ("Admiral's"). The special mechanical watch "Amphibian" has been developed for Soviet submariners on the basis of the initial mechanism K-22 that stand the pressure at 20 atmospheres. These models have brought the factory the worldwide popularity and determined the basic style of the Russian and USSR military watches.

In the 80s Komandirskie watches became very popular in the West. American soldiers appreciated it highly during the operation "Desert Storm". According to the order of the USA Ministry of Defense the Vostok factory has produced ten thousand watches with memory symbols for the participants of this operation. Many American families keep these watches, as a precious relic.

For the whole period of existence workers of the Vostok factory have been sticking to the classical scheme: all the models of mechanisms have the Swiss system of anchor lowering, steel anchor wheels and forks, the support resting on ruby stones, winding springs from special precisions fusions and anti-crash device of balance unit. Tough quality standards are common both for "Junior" watch and for new prestige models.

In 2000 the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation has taken the decision to create the rewarding reserve of Komandirskie watches to reward the soldiers who are the best in battles and at service. The Vostok factory is executing the orders for exclusive supply the air-landing troops with Komandirskie watches.

The history of Vostok watches dates back to 1942 when one of the Moscow watch-making plants was evacuated to a little town Chistopol located on the Kama River in the central region of Russia. All manner of Defence equipment was made at the factory during the war years. As soon as the war was over, however, they started to make mechanical wristwatches - the main production ever since. In 1965, the factory became an official supplier of the Soviet Union Department of Defence.
Chistopol Vostok Watch-Makers Inc. is the largest mechanical wristwatch producer in Russia and in the CIS. With rich 60-year experience of management the enterprise enjoys successful steady growth during such complicated time of economy reconstruction, which is taking place in Russia now. At present Vostok employs more than 3000 people. Vostok has gained powerful technical base, which allows producing all of the watch parts at one place. Annual output is up to 1 000 000 pcs. of mechanical wristwatches. The most well-known trade marks are "Vostok", "Komandirskie", and "Amphibian". New watch fashion caused creation of new brands such as "Kremlyovskie".

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