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Use and service of Vostok

  1. As well as any mechanical watch, Vostok demand rather careful relation to themselve. It is undesirable to throw them, to drop, shake, overheat or overcool, to subject to influence of powerful electromagnetic fields.

Though Amphibia are reliable watches and you can hear many stories about their survival in extreme conditions, it isn’t recommended to do if you don’t want to damage your watch.

  1. Always reliably twist a carving clockwork head after installation of time. Hit of moisture in the mechanism — perhaps the worst of troubles which can occur with hours.

Of course there are cases of a production defect when hours aren’t tight initially, but much more frequent reason of “fogging” or drops on glass — not twirled rather well clockwork head. Not incidentally all “Amphibians”, as well as the majority of diving hours are equipped with the automatical winding that need for untwisting of a clockwork head was as seldom as possible.

  1. In ideal conditions everything that is required for your watch is a preventive maintenance in a watch repair shop one time in 3-4 years. During this procedure watch will be completely dismantled: details will be washed out, repaired or replaced if necessary, then gather with new lubricant and the pressurizing laying.

But in the real world it isn’t excluded that Amphibia suddenly will cease “to work like clock-work” — will begin to lag behind more than on 20 or to hurry more than for 60 seconds a day, date will cease to be put, watch will cease to be wound or go at all. In this case you besides should address the watchmaker — in a warranty workshop or any watchmaker who has experience with the Russian watches and spare parts for them. Anyway don’t forget to receive the document on the carried-out works with date and a name of the master.



How to look after the mechanical watches (part two)

It is necessary to specify separately skeleton watches where operation of the mechanism is visible and it is possible to watch work of all details. Very low and too high temperatures are absolutely contraindicated to this watches. The matter is that oiling of this mechanism at a low temperature becomes dense and at high dries intensively. It is desirable to preserve skeleton watches against direct hit of bright sunshine.

It is absolutely undesirable to drop the mechanical clock. Their falling even from insignificant height can lead to a spring damage. Such breakage will be possible to be eliminated only in the service center. Nevertheless, theoretically, watch’s falling from height 20 cm without serious consequences is possible.

There are certain rules of leaving and operation concerning directly mechanical watches which observance guarantees long and excellent work:

First of all, it is necessary to exclude mechanical damages of complicate and expensive products. They shouldn’t get under the ultraviolet rays, dust and other harmful substances making aggressive negative impact. Extra care needs to be observed in the address with watch of the Swiss firms having a large number of additional functions. For reliable storage are provided the special caskets allowing to maintain the working condition of hours. The matter is that the most complicated mechanisms in case of their stop can be started only by means of the skilled professional in this area.

Timely oiling of clockworks is of great importance. Watches which stand and doesn’t work need to be greased. In separate designs of the mechanical watches in case of their idle time oiling can become too dense. It can lead to a considerable overload of thin details at start and resumption of work of the mechanism. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to allow stops of watches on a considerable period. For this purpose there are special modules in caskets for storage which are carrying out the automatic subplant.

Not all mechanical models like water. If watches have no bathing function, they shouldn’t be wetted at all. It concerns also branded leather straps which strongly suffer from effect of moisture. Therefore to fans of bathing with watches are recommended the models steady even for salty water, with more practical rubber straps.

Indispensable condition of reliable and steady operation of the mechanical watches is their regular check, cleaning and oiling. At the same time adjustment of accuracy of the course is also carried out. As a rule, these operations are performed with frequency once in three or four years in the specialized service centers.

It is strongly recommended to remove mechanical watches from a hand before the rewinding. Thus it is possible to avoid the uneven pressure upon a crown of the plant and its exit out of operation. Especially as this detail belongs to the most vulnerable elements of watches. Rewinding should be carried out daily, at the same time, by rotation of a clockwork crown to the right side against the stop. Rewinding with the autosubplant is made once a week on condition of constant daily carrying.

Use of the mechanical watches by extreme sports and in operating time by tools isn’t recommended. At this time there is a strong return on watches significantly reducing the accuracy of the course and service life. At strong loadings can’t  sustain even the steadiest shock-proof mechanism and steady functionality.


How to look after the mechanical watches (part one)

Despite of a huge number of equipment and devices with the built-in electronic time indexes, the mechanical watches continue to play an important role in everyday life of people. Except the direct appointment, they emphasize the social status of the person in society. Unlike products of last years, the majority of modern watches represent expensive, difficult and thin mechanism demanding careful attitude, special storage and operation conditions.

First of all, it is necessary to follow the rules of a saving and caring obligatory for all types of watches, irrespective of their design:

-Storage of watch shall be performed separately from other objects of private use, desirable in the same packaging in which they were sold.

-It’s recommended to remove watch for the night as they can be damaged because of the uncontrollable actions made in a dream.

-Handling of the waterproof watch is made by means of soap solution then they are wiped dry.

-If the crack was formed on glass or it has completely broken, you need to make an obligatory replacement. It is connected with a real possibility of motes hit in the clockwork, what finally will break his exact course.

-Before adoption of various water procedures, watches are recommended to be removed. Especially it concerns visits to a bath or shower, as strong heat and high humidity can lead to serious damages of watch.

-Athletes aren’t recommended to use leather hour bracelets which quickly spoil under the influence of sweat. Metal or rubber bracelets will be the most optimal variants.

Among all variety of watches, mechanical designs are considered the strongest. Nevertheless, they demand the accurate using and observance of certain rules in use too. Conditions of their storage also have significant effect on service life of the mechanical watch. First of all, the mechanism has to work constantly, otherwise there will be a stagnation and additional adjustment will be required. Especially, it concerns watches with automatic subplant. For their storage are used special caskets where is provided continuous rotation and respectively the constant plant of watches.