Vostok obsession

I had a bit of an obsession with Vostok watches, and now have a descent little collection. I am however finding myself not wanting to wear any of them due to the situation with Ukraine, and am seriously considering trying to sell them all.  What are your guy's thoughs on this?

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If you like to collect them more than wear them, that's perfectly okay. Wanting to sell or keep is a very personal thing, with personal factors weighing in. I generally would keep what I love and sell what I merely "like".

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Very impressive! I'm new to all this. Just a scuba dude and a Komanderski thus far. It will take me a while to get to your level!

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It's a hard one for sure. But alot of their military dials are giving props to Soviet era military. Also the company Vostok isn't influencing the war in Ukraine and is going to suffer like every one else in Russia. My love of submarines and Vostok is what led me down this wrist watch rabbit hole. I'd say hold on to your Vostok's, who knows what tomorrow will bring. And glory to those badasses in Ukraine.

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Ok. Lets nip this in the bud.   

Vostok ≠ Putin.

If we're going to involve 'global politics/human rights' with a product or brand you will literally not be able to purchase any Chinese, American, Saudi, Japanese,  or "insert almost any other random country of origin" products without a little blood on your hands.  It's the way things are. 

I own 30+ Vostoks and also run a site dedicated to Vostok Modding.  I thought about the same things you are concerned about, but realized one has nothing to do with the other.   Until you see a gigantic scuba dude laying waste to a village with his giant flippers- you're good. 

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The Russian and Ukraine citizens are both victims of two incredibly corrupt governments. No need to punish the hard workers that make these incredible devices. I have purchased many Vostoks directly from Russian sellers and have been treated incredibly fair. 

You have a nice collection. You are missing a dress watch. I waited a long time for this one and love it. It's very much like a smaller Orient Bambino. Picture does it no justice. 
 

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thecrazylegs

It's a hard one for sure. But alot of their military dials are giving props to Soviet era military. Also the company Vostok isn't influencing the war in Ukraine and is going to suffer like every one else in Russia. My love of submarines and Vostok is what led me down this wrist watch rabbit hole. I'd say hold on to your Vostok's, who knows what tomorrow will bring. And glory to those badasses in Ukraine.

I kind of feel the same way.  Might be a good idea to hold on to them for a while.  A couple of the older ones were actually purchased out of Ukraine as well.

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why do people say the name is Vostok but it says boctok on the watch don’t sell them there nice.

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A wonderful collection 🍻

The watches were bought in times of peace so I see no problem with them. I wouldn't buy any watch direct from Russia at the moment as I don't want any money going to Putin through any kind of tax, but I have bought a Russian brand watch from a Ukrainian seller and feel this is a positive thing to do.

My husband has one vostock which has a very military themed dial which we choose not to wear at the moment. We wouldn't sell it however, as peace will come again at some point.

As has been mentioned above, every country has blood on its hands at some point in history, but that is not the watch makers fault.

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Happy to wear my Vostok watches.

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Carl1981

why do people say the name is Vostok but it says boctok on the watch don’t sell them there nice.

Boctok is written in Cyrillic, but is pronounced and written in english as Vostok.  It means east.

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MrGriswold

Boctok is written in Cyrillic, but is pronounced and written in english as Vostok.  It means east.

Ok thanks always wondered about that.

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Watches are inanimate objects. They are not totems. Enjoy what you have worked to collect. (See the history of the VW Beetle as an example of brand that traveled from fascist people mover to hippy love bug.)

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Aurelian

Watches are inanimate objects. They are not totems. Enjoy what you have worked to collect. (See the history of the VW Beetle as an example of brand that traveled from fascist people mover to hippy love bug.)

Good example.  I did daily a 68 beetle until a few years ago. I really loved that car.

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I would hang on to them along with hope for better times ahead when wearing a Russian made watch doesn't carry the baggage of an ongoing crisis.

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You should feel terrible for owning these, and the best thing you can do is to take them all out into your nearest public square and burn them whilst flying a Ukrainian flag and crying a little. Maybe play the Ukrainian anthem while doing so. It's the least you can do to atone for your sins.

Just thank god that 90% of your other possessions were made in China. Imagine the guilt you'd have to bear if that was a country built on political and social oppression and slave lab... Oh wait...