Tuesday, August 31, 2010

m-watches.com, Authorized Seller in Germany

m-watches.com is an an authorized seller for Vostok, Raketa and Moscow Classic. The company is based in Germany but ships internationally, including to North America. In fact, the price is 19% lower for all deliveries outside EU since tax does not apply.

"All watches are legally imported to Germany and we are listed as authorized sellers on all three manufacturer's websites," says m-watches.com proprietor Tetyana Borysenko.

m-watches.com also operates a German-language ebay store.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Video - How a Vostok Komandirskie is Built

This 8 minute video, which was made for Russian television, takes a close look at the Vostok Komandirskie. It includes a good explanation of the inner workings of the watch's mechanical movement.

Particularly entertaining is the segment where Dmitri the watch designer drives over his Komandirskie with his car. Of course, the watch survives unscathed and fully functional!

Is Russia the Largest Manufacturer of Aviation Wristwatches?

I recently noticed a claim on the Aviator (Volmax) website that Russia is the world's largest manufacturer of Aviation watches.

I don't know whether the claim is true, though it could be, and certainly there is no denying that Russia has a rich and deep history of making aviator-style watches for the military.

Here's the quote in its entirety:

"Russia is the world’s largest manufacturer of Aviation wristwatches, with a history going back to 1927 when the Russian government decided to build quality timepieces for its military. In the decades that followed, the Russian watch industry produced timepieces specifically built to exacting military standards that were not originally available to the public. The direct descendants of these watches are available today in the Aviator line. From highly complicated chronographs to big-dialed, easy-to-read timekeepers, the Aviator watch by Volmax is the culmination of three quarters of a century of aviation watch development."

Download Vostok-Europe Summer Catalog

Vostok-Europe's Summer Catalog 2010 is available for download in PDF format.

The catalog includes photos and detailed information about all V-E current watch models including Ekranoplan, Gaz Limo, Energia, Anchar, Rocket N1, TU-144, Red Square, K-3 Submarine, Expedition and Arktika.

Vostok-Europe has, perhaps, the most stylish design of all modern Russian watches so the catalog is worth checking out.