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In soviet russia, time tells you!

This movement is a Vostok 2414a, and the watch is a Kommandirskie (that's a transliteration of what it says on the dial - it means commander). I don't know when the movement was desgined, but the watch series dates to 1965 when they were first commissioned by the army. This one is probably from the 80s, and was produced for civilian use.


The 2414a is known for being extremely reliable, and it's very soviet - no frills, it just keeps working forever. Most decent mechanical watches were intended to be serviced every few years to keep them working well. The 2414a was probably expected to be worn for 10 or 15 until it stopped keeping good time. It's probably my favorite mechanical movement, and incidentally, the factory in chistopol (Чи́стополь) is still cranking these out 40 years later.


This dial design dates to the 60s too - and is still made today. It's my favorite Vostok dial, so when I saw a soviet-era version of it very cheap on ebay due to a cracked crystal, I went for it. I expect once I sell the other watch I had to buy with it, the whole watch should cost me about $5-7.


The watch happens to be almost exactly the most attractive time possible - 10:10. It was pure coincidence - you can see from the EXIF data that I took it at 10:15, so I guess I messed up the time when I was removing the crown. The second hand right at 30 was just a bonus - the 2414a doesn't stop running when you pull out the crown. That feature, called hacking, is what's known in horology as a "complication", and if that doesn't explain to you why this movement doesn't do it, you weren't paying attention to the part about soviet design.

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Taken on January 12, 2007