Amazing watches can be found for cheap, if you take the time to look around. Companies like HMT and Vostok are two companies now, that the average person may never hear of. Primarily, because they are not geared toward the American market.
Vostok is a Russian company that has been making military style watches since 1942. They specialize in military dive watches, and they do a great job with their specialty. They make watches that are extremely rugged and have been known to be able to take quite a beating, and continue working.
Vostok began when the Moscow Watch Factory was evacuated to Chistopol. Only defense equipment had been made during war years, but as soon as the war ended, they began producing watches. They did not take the name, Vostok, until the 1960’s, naming it after the USSR space program.
Vostok was appointed the official supplier for the Defense Department in 1965, and began making military watches. Including the Komandirskie. They have several lines now, as well as manufacturing movements for several other watchmakers.
The Komandirskie is the watch I really want to talk about today. The name has been included in the Vostok linup since the 1960’s, and is a solid military style watch, that has been well known for its durability. It comes in many different styles, so I will not be giving you specifics about any watch in particular, but generally, they are 40mm watches, made of stainless steel, with a crown at the 3 o’clock position. They all have a mineral glass lens, and give hours, minutes, seconds and the date. They all use the 2414A mechanical movement, which is a 17 jewel movement, with 36 hours of power reserve.
Chistopolcity.com is probably the best place to buy a Vostok. They sell them for around 30 dollars on the website, and have a huge collection of watches to choose from. I personally think 30 dollars for a watch like this is a great value. It is not high end, but the watch is tough, it will keep fairly accurate time, and it will more than likely, last a lifetime and more, if properly maintained.