What’s better than a pint of home-brewed Russian Vodka and a piece of toasty waffle? A pair of well-built Russian military watches of course! – Most of the people out there don’t really know about Russian military watch models, or even have a clue about how good they are. In fact, you too may not have seen or heard about such a thing until now. Despite those not being as famous as their Swiss-based cousins, the popularity of Russian army military watch models are slowly gaining ground – and we couldn’t be any happier about it!
With the boost they got from their recent world cup limelight and the fact that top Russian watch makers like Vostok and Volmax are becoming more and more famous and better distributed throughout the world, the niche of Russian military watches for sale are gaining better recognition than ever before and by my opinion. It’s time the world got a better taste of what Russia and their wearable are all about.
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Best Russian Military Watches in 2018
In this review/buying guide, we are going to see about the top best Russian military watches that are now making waves across the world. Built to last and endure, these watches have grown a lot since their beginning in 1930 and have since then turned themselves into something that which have, on all accounts, a stature and quality exceeded only by the more potent Swiss timepieces.
To give you a better sense of what these Russian military watches are all about, here is a quote from the ever-charming Russian collector Mark Gordon’s equally wonderful website;
“Soviet clocks and watches were the first timepieces in space, they provided time signals for navigation and targeting in Soviet strategic aircraft and naval vessels, they timed world chess championships, they controlled lighthouses and marine buoys in the Arctic seas, they coordinated traffic on the world’s longest railroad line (the Trans-Siberian Railroad) and of course, they graced the wrists of millions of Soviet citizens and the walls of their homes, factories, schools, and offices”
Great way of putting everything into perspective Gordon, I owe you one.
Russian military watches are perfect in every sense – here’s why I think so
When you are vacationing out there and is found spending huge bucks on high streets, it’s rather easy to assume that Switzerland and Japan are all that that produces timepieces that are better worth your attention.
From the ever-inspiring Rolex to the samurai legends of the Seiko, nearly all of the watches ever sold around the world would almost always belong to these two great nations. However, for those guys who are in the “know”, there is a third and great player in the field who commands just as a great shot of his own – Russia
Soviet-era vintage Russian military watches were the products of Joseph Stalin’s dream of self-sufficiency. Partly made to limit the import of western made goods and mainly to bring affordable and quality time keeping top the masses, in many ways, the creation and development of Russian military watches have helped greatly to democratize a good that was once exclusive and was limited to the use of rich and powerful.
Great Russian military watch brands to keep an eye out for
Brands – when it comes to the quality of Russian military watches, there is nothing out there that can influence it better than the brand from which it is named after. Therefore, If you are a guy who likes to get his hands dirty, the main brands to look out for when hunting quality Russian military watches are, Raketa, Vostok and the space-faring Polijot.
Fun fact – when the Soviets made their first manned mission to space, the watches the cosmonauts had on their wrist were made by the Polijot watchmakers, which incidentally, is also the first ever watchmaking company to form under Stalin’s directive. Cool, right?
Polijot – The Cosmic connection
Easily the most prestigious of the bunch, the ultra-durable Russian military watches from Polijot is still a fan favourite for all the watch collectors out there. Known for their simple but well-built watches, Polijot was a rather big name in the business when the Cold war was at its peak, but after the USSR fell, they turned to make new and attractive models but often with unadjusted movements which of course earned them a very bad rep with the crowd.
Despite being a pale shadow of their former selves, they are still in business, and surprisingly, they are making a rather great comeback with their newest crops of quality wearable that are scoring big on every little aspect.
It’s all about second chances, huh?
Raketa – The old guy with a story to tell
Another legacy brand, Raketa is rather well known for their cheap but reliable Russian military watches that albeit all comes with a barebone finishing. Weaving their magic wand from a factory that was put in place during the 1700s, the Raketa brand has over the years, has amassed a great clientele that is filled with the likes of Red Army, Soviet Navy, north pool expeditions and even their secret forces.
Ironically, for a company that was named after the Russian word for “Rocket”, Raketa had a rather pitiful near demise when the USSR fell to the ground.
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However, with an undying Russian spirit powering them on, they can still be found churning out watches that makes for a breath a fresh air. Granted, their new iterations aren’t nearly as good as their old Olympics era ones. But, hey! When it comes to Russian vintage pieces, you can’t really do better than the ones produced by these guys
Vostok – Pole bearer for Russian quality
Arguably. the most relevant Russian watch brand of today, Vostok is a name that pretty much sums it up what Russian quality and comfort are all about. Known for their rugged and durable timepieces that could whether through anything, the Vostok made watches are great in the sense that they sport a robust and simple frame that could appeal to the less endowed and more.
Founded in 1942, Vostok, like many in those times, enjoyed a great dream run throughout and beyond the Cold war era. However, when the USSR fell, it too filed for bankruptcy and things are never really the same with them ever since.
Their current watchmaking quality may not be as good as their pre-war era greatness; however, the Russian ingenuity and ruggedness are still there shining through giving out hopes for a better future. Vostok in Russian means “Victory” and as odd as it might seem, it’s a name that is still revered throughout the watch-loving world and hey! I love them and given a chance, you may too…
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A favorite for the Russian navy and their department for defense, the Vostok Amphibian is essentially a durable diving watch that is designed to withstand the perils of the world to a great level of degree. Water resistant up to 200 meters, the device sports a shiny steel build that is accentuated by the use German silver and toughened sapphire glass.
The device draws power from an automatic self-winding movement that uses 31 ruby jewels as a quarts alternate system to better hone its accuracy levels. Virtually soundless, the mechanical movement is far better in the sense that it requires no winding action from the user side to function properly.
Powered by a luminous system to improve on its visibility, the dials and markers are easy to read in whatever the situation and lighting conditions be. Shock and vibration resistant, the steel made casing can withstand some serious beatings if needed. Unfortunately, there is no antiglare coating on its screen, which can be a real bother when using it under heavy lighting.
- Stunning design with military aspects
- Water-resistant up to 200 meters
- Automatic self-winding mechanical movement
- 31-hour power reserve
- Luminous hands and markers
- A tad bit on the heavier side
- No antiglare coating
Another crown jewel from the Vostok line up, this handsomely made Russian Vostok military komandirskie watch boasts of a steel build that reminds me an armored tank charging up to fire. Built to endure and survive, this fine timepiece comes with a set of advanced features like IP68 rating; luminescent markers and fish-eyed sapphire glass to better serve its wearers needs in the battlefield.
Water resistant up to 200 meters, the watch can handle splashes and submersion’s quite well, and In fact, this watch draws its roots from a line-up that is famous for their diving ready wearables. Embossed with a Russian star, the watch face carries a set of dials and markers that are coated with bio-luminescence for better visibility. The slightly beveled sapphire glass top not only give this watch a rather great look but also protects it from the perils of bumps and drops in a general basis.
- Stylish form factor
- Tough sapphire glass top
- Shock resistant steel casing
- Self-winding movement
- Luminous hands and markers
- Small watch face
- The silicone band is too stiff
A vintage timepiece with a great story to tell, the Polijot Shturmanskie Gagarin Russian military watch comes with a rather unique watch face that can really catch the eye with its colorful persona. Tinted neon with a green tone on top, the dials and markers really pop against its white background and since it is specifically made to glow in the dark; low light time telling is a real breeze with this gorgeous watch on the wrist.
Following a rather minimal design factor, the watch comes with a rather strong steel build that can really take and endure a hit if needed. Medium sized, the watch is lightweight and despite its rather thick steel-based build, the whole thing is rather comfortable to wear owing to its minimal footprint and comfortable leather made band.
Water resistant up to 100 meters, the watch can handle occasional splashes and submersion’s. The vintage design can really appeal to the senses and since it is nicely paired with a leather strap, this military watch can also be used as a dress wearable if the occasion calls for it.
- Vintage minimal design
- Neon colored dials and markers
- Pigskin made leather band
- Mechanical self-winding system
- Sapphire glass top
- Subpar water resistance
- A bit too pricey
Made specifically for soldiers who serve in submarines and other underwater vessels, the Russian military Vostok submarine watch is water resistant for up to 200 meters. The sturdy steel frame that protects his watch may not be as good looking and stunning as their other offerings are, however, its purpose-driven design can ensure that in the event of a problem, the watch will always be by your side no matter what.
The vintage styled watch face with a picture of a submarine emblazoned on it is rather an eye candy. It’s unique, classic and has a certain 40s charm with it that can be rather irresistible. The dials and markers that are featured here are rather bold and bright, not only it can help make a tough statement, it can also aid beautifully when the sun goes down.
The silicone made strap is rather good but the stiffness of it can be a major bother for some people. Nevertheless, it is soft, supple and has a certain cushy feel to it that can really help you get through those long termed missions without ever having to fret about your wearable.
- Sturdy purpose-built design
- Water resistant up to 200 meter
- Reliable self-winding movement
- Comfortable silicone band
- Glow-in-the-dark dials and markers
- Boring design
- The strap is too stiff and hard
When compared with the other such great players, Invicta might not be the oldest or experienced watchmaker present now in the Russian military watches scene. However, with designs, that embraces the past and quality that races towards the future, Invicta is fast becoming an option that is well worth splurging on.
The watch comes with an elegant gold and black toned system that can really catch the fancy of anyone. It’s bright, vivid and its shiny nature can perfectly go with any attire and can really help you make a statement both on and off the water.
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The 52 mm steel case and mineral glass window really work as it is advertised; it can protect the watch from some serious blows and can also lend it some much-needed heft and weight in the process. The polyurethane band is sturdy and it has just enough softness to make it a comfortable experience when sporting it.
- Powerful Swiss made movement
- Luxurious gold-plated design
- Thick and sturdy steel made frame
- Water resistant up to 100 meters
- Durable mineral glass window
- The strap is a sweat magnet
- The clasp leaves a lot to be desired
Sporting a very unique and fashionable design that can literally turn heads, the Oulum Analog sub-dial watch is definitely a rather worthy option to splurge on if what you want is a wearable that can make a statement and also back it up quite nicely.
Featuring a set of different dials that vary in sizes and function, the watch can come off as a rough-cut piece that needs some work. However, that’s all part of the look and I have to say, I really love the whole incomplete-vibe of it to a great point.
At 2-ATM, the watch isn’t really a dive watch that you could take to the beach and play around with, however, it has enough resistance to avoid the perils of splashes, light submersion’s and rains on a daily basis. The Swiss-made movement is rather good and its accuracy levels really leave no room for any complaint worth making.
- Unique multi dial design
- Powerful Swiss made movement
- Dual time zone feature
- Soft and durable PU leather band
- Handy inbuilt compass
- Subpar water resistance
- A bit too big for my taste
Made by Slava, this particularly handsome vintage timepiece comes with a dark-toned leather band that perfectly contrast its unique classic charm. The steel made frame is quite thick and since it is made to endure and survive, there is a light heft to it that provides a nice counterbalance to its otherwise minimal and small stature.
Water-resistant to a good degree, the watch can easily handle splashes and submersion. Moreover, since it is also IP67 rated, you can even do a bit of shallow diving if needed with it. Powered by a rather accurate Swiss-made movement, the watch can keep excellent time in pretty much all conditions.
The leather made strap comes with a ribbed look that can capture anyone’s fancy. Unfortunately, the leather is not treated and therefore, I am a bit doubtful about its viability in the long run.
- Vintage compact design
- Glow in the dark dials
- Comfortable leather made strap
- 3-ATM water resistance
- Mineral glass top
- The leather may crack over time
- Slightly on the heavier side
Featuring a more rugged design than the one, we saw earlier, this particular Oulm Made wearable comes with a super strong steel casing with raised edges and mineral glass for better protection.
The multi-dial system can look a bit messy for the uninitiated; however, for the more trained hands and eyes, this unique system can be a real boon unlike any. Powered by a movement that’s been imported from the Swiss mountains, this particular wearable can keep excellent time and also feature a dual time zone system tucked well under its frame.
The leather strap looks quite good and the ribbed design is eye catchy. The clasp made from toughened steel is quite good and its durability is worthy enough to last a few lifetimes if needed.
- Sturdy, well-built steel case
- Unique Multi-dial system
- Mineral glass window
- Ribbed leather strap
- Quite affordable
- Not water-resistant
- No EL back light
Final verdict About Best Russian Military Watches in 2018
Wearable with a rich background – that is exactly the best way to answer the question “What are Russian military watches? Built to last for pretty much forever, these ultra-durable watches are perfect for those who feel a kinship with the outdoors and has a penchant for durable timepieces.
Known for their tough, durable and minimalist exterior and quality innards, the Russian military watches are unmistakable, the newest trend to sport this summer season. With the world cup going on in full swing, there is also not a better time than this to catch the Russian bug anyway.
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