Not the most popular choice nowadays but still wonderful

My Vostok 420 Scuba Dude is the exact opposite of the Max Bill I wore yesterday. It was designed by an engineer instead of an industrial designer, it’s clunky instead of refined, it has the class of a farm hand dragging his muddy boots all over your carpets and was intended to be worn by people who would rather see you dead than at the opera. All that and more and that’s before comparing material, fit and finish or proportions.

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However, it has its own charm. The small diameter is perfect for my wrist, the thick acrylic is an engineering marvel that I can't stop admiring and it's a very colorful and fun summer watch to wear once it's fitted with a Barton bicolor hybrid silicone strap and the Seiko Pepsi bezel. It's also cheap as chips and is infinitely customizable. 

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The brilliant case locking mechanism also ensure it can boast a feature that very few other watches share: a perfectly aligned case back that will remain straight and water proof no matter how many time the case is opened.

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My son has a Vostok Komandirskie that I played around with for a while. I had fun with it and picked up on all the quirkiness of these watches. The crown gave me a heart attack the first time I tried to wind it with how loose and wobbly it felt. I do really like a lot about the design and utilitarianism, but TBH, I can be a bit anal, and I think all the minute imperfections would eventually get to me if I was to buy one for myself.

I can definitely see why they have such a loyal following though.

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Love it! I'm mad for all things Vostok! Here's one of the favourites from my collection:

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Vostoks are Vostoks and have got a charm of their own, plus that they're cheap and have some great designs.