My main interest in these watches lies in the fact that they represent a nice piece of old Soviet history. Unlike other Vostok pieces this particular one above has a proper identification number stamped at the case back and thus makes it a genuine Soviet era military watch. The cyrillic inscription 3AKA3 MO CCCP on the dial translates into "By order of the Ministry of Defense of the USSR". The B above the wording Komandirskie stands for Boctok and means "East". Other Cyrillic inscriptions on the case back indicate "Water resistant, dust resistant ". This watch case is also known as the Infantry Divisions model primarily worn by Soviet Army offiicers, and was produced in the '70s.


This other piece below is a 2-register aviator's chronograph exclusively made for the Soviet Air Force in the '60s. The date window is located at 6 O'clock on this light colored dial. It is interesting to notice the presence of 2 crowns: the first one at 3 O'clock winds up the mecanical movement, and the other one located at 9 O'clock controls the inner bezel underneath the crystal. Notice the nice aviator's emblem stamped on the caseback, below the cyrillic wording for "Sturmanskie". The word Poljot means "flight" and Sturmanskie describes "Navigational watch".


VOSTOK Red Star Komandirskie


Infantry Divistions stainless steel case

Id. 018745

Caliber 2414

17j. manual-wind movement

Recessed crown

Bi-directional bezel

Water resistant, dust resistant

POLJOT Sturmanskie Soviet Air Force

1rst generation of its type

2-register chronograph

Inner rotating bezel

Chrome plated case

Id. 018745

Hacking 31659 handwind movement

Date-stamped movement

Screw-down crown, screwed back