Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vostok-Europe Debuts New Gaz-14 Limo Chronograph

This week, Vostok-Europe debuts the new GAZ-14 Limousine chronograph.

The watch uses the Japan OS22 movement with retrograde function and 1/20 second indication.

The new chrono has the same dimensions as other watches in the GAZ line.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

New Energia-2 Launches Next Week

Vostok-Europe has scheduled the launch of the new Energia-2 model for next week.

The new Energia-2 features slight design changes from the original Energia model including increased case size, round top crystal and concave downward dial opening, and more relief teeth of the bezel.

Retail price for the new watch will be $479 or $519, depending on the model.

Here are the specs:

- Automatic 2441 VE movement with asymmetrical position of minute, hour and second hands

- Stainless steel 46 mm case

- 5 atm water resistance

- SuperLuminova indexes on the dial and hands

- Exhibition case back with engraved serial number

- Solid stainless steel bracelet with double pushers deployant buckle

- A-grade black PVD plating of case and bracelet.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tips from a Russian Watch Expert

Russian Watch Guide recently had the opportunity to interview Mark Gordon, one of the world's top experts on Russian and Soviet watches. In the interview Mark shared his thoughts on the best Russian watch brands and movements, the quality of modern vs vintage Russian watches and much more.

You can read the interview here.

Monday, June 1, 2009

45mm Aviator - Big, Functional Aviator Watch

The 45mm Aviator by Volmax has a lot of characteristics that are common to Russian watches. It's a simple, solid, mechanical watch with military styling. It's also a big watch with a 45mm diameter.

For more information, read this 45mm Aviator review.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Ekranoplan Poster

Here's a copy of a poster for Vostok-Europe's impressive new "Ekranoplan" watch.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Vostok-Europe "Caspian Sea Monster" Ekranoplan Watches Now Available

Vostok-Europe's newest watch is now available. It's called the "Caspian Sea Monster" Ekranoplan KM. It's a big watch with a case diameter of 47mm. Several versions are available. The watch sells for about $450 at Russia2all.

The watch is named  after the largest "ground effect" vehicle ever built.  The Sea Monster carried record payloads quickly and economically by riding just above the sea waves on a cushion of air -- or "ground effect" -- which significantly increased lift and reduced drag. 

Features of the watch include:
-          An automatic 2432.01 movement with raised hands to accommodate tritium tubes
-          20 atm water resistant surgical grade stainless steel 47 mm case
-          Black and gun metal PVD coated sand blasted cases
-          Uni-directional rotating bezel with minute counter
-          Two color day & night indicator
-          24-hour GMT digital readout
-          17 trigalight®  micro tubes on the dial and hands for nighttime visibility
-          Screw-down crown and exhibition case back
-          Custom, integrated silicon strap

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Vodolaz Diver - The Biggest, Heaviest Russian Watch

The Zlatoust Vodolaz diver watch is one enormous timepiece. It's nearly 3 inches across measured to the end of the crown cover. And not only is it big but heavy too, weighing over 0.5 pounds.

Clearly not for everyday use, the Vodolaz diver is more of a conversation starter or perhaps even a novelty watch.

Here's a link to an article about the Zlatoust Vodolaz diver watch.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

How to Set a Vostok Amphibia Watch

If you've never owned a Vostok watch before, setting the time and date can be a little tricky. And the fact that the manual is in Russian doesn't make matters any easier.

One thing to keep in mind is that this watch has a screw-down winding cap with an internal rubber gasket. You always need to close that completely after winding and setting to keep it waterproof.

Also, there is a shortcut to setting the date quickly without having to turn through 24 hours to move the date ahead one day. Basically, you can move the hour hand between the 8 o'clock and 12 o'clock positions to advance the date.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Russian Watches Featured in Wrist Watch Annual

The 2009 edition of Wrist Watch Annual features articles on two Russian watch brands: Aviator and Vostok-Europe. You can view these and other articles in our Magazine Articles Archive. The articles are in PDF format.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

NIKA Jewelry Watches

I received the following email today with some interesting information about a company called NIKA Jewelry Watches. They manufacture gold watches with Swiss and Japanese movements. The company is based in Moscow.


"NIKA Jewelry Watches” has been developing luxury gold wristwatch sales in Russian Federation since 2003 and has thus acquired an extensive expertise in creating TOP quality real gold wristwatches (only Swiss and Japanese movements provided) in a very affordable price segment. Having based on the features demanded by very spoilt Russian customers and market we have been growing rapidly and now have reached a level of production enabling us to introduce our products in US and EU markets with a big boom.

Our designs range up to 820 pieces and each month we produce more than 15000 top quality Gold and Silver wristwatches with having more than 4000 retail points all around Russian Federation. At the moment we have more than 400 employees, many of them professionals with more than 40 year work experience in watch business.

...Moreover we have received many international awards in high end jewelry wristwatch design and recognition from publishers all around Europe and Russia.

We have a special website created and tailored for US market, (, but we are still working on it as the translations made there are terrible and I do apologize for that, it will be improved in days to come. Please see both websites (.com and .ru) for better picture.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Inside Vostok-Europe

Vostok-Europe's Managing Director, Igor Zubovskij, was recently interviewed by Russian Watch Guide. You can read the interview here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Two More Buyer's Guides

In a previous post I had mentioned a Squidoo site called Buyer's Guide to Vostok Watches. The same author has published two more sites called Buyer's Guide to Vostok-Europe Watches and Buyer's Guide to Raketa Watches. These sites serve as brief introductions to the aforementioned brands.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Best Place to Buy a Raketa Watch

I'm often asked where is the best place to buy a Raketa watch. Many times a Raketa watch, in particular the 24 hour model, is a person's first Russian watch purchase. The reasons why are clear: the style and function are unique, the 24 hour face looks great in photos, and the watch is inexpensive.

For the past few years most people have been buying Raketa watches on eBay.

However, this year the Raketa company has started the process of establishing a distribution network of authorized sellers. At the time of this writing, the network is not yet established.

You can learn more about the status of Raketa watch production and distribution in this Raketa interview.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Watch Komrade Show on YouTube

The Watch Komrade Show is a weekly series of YouTube videos by Craig Hester aka "the Watch Komrade". Craig offers lots of good advice and information about Russian Watches.

Here's a link to the Watch Komrade Show.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Get the Best Price on Your New Watch

Part of the appeal of Russian watches is that they are great value. And nobody wants to overpay for a watch, right?

To help you locate the best prices -- and alert you to deals, sales, clearances and specials offers -- I've set up a page on the Russian Watch Guide website that lists the sellers that offer the best prices. On that page I will also be posting any deals or sales I come across. Readers and sellers are welcome to post too.

Here's the link to the page where you can find the best price on Vostok, Raketa, Aviator and other Russian watches.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Aviator Watch Review

I recently purchased an Aviator 26669, one of the cheaper models in the Aviator line. Here's the Aviator review.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Tips on Buying a Vostok Watch

Here's a a link to an article called Tips on Buying a Vostok Watch. It talks about the Vostok Company and the reasons why the author believes Vostok watches are such good value.