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Affordable Automatic: Vostok Retro 2415

Affordable Automatic: Vostok Retro 2415

Here at worn&wound, we aren’t bashful about our appreciation for Russian watches.  Last summer, we kicked off our Pairs Well With section by coordinating a vintage Raketa with an outfit to get you through the most blazing days of the year, and recently, we posted a short summary of Russian watch brands . Today, we’re back to feature the Vostok Retro 2415 , a reverence to an exemplary vintage WWII field watch, accessible for well under $200.

The Retro 2415 is accessible in two styles, each including remarkable case and dial subtleties that allude back to the two vintage Vostok K-43 models originally gave to the Soviet military in 1943.  I’ve pulled a picture of every vintage style side-by-side  originally presented on the watchuseek Russian watches discussion *.  As you can see, the two styles contrast principally in their dial plan, with one including more luxurious, content numeral hour markers.  Each share a few essential plan components, including a small second hand subdial at the 9 o’clock position and inner 24-hour scale, predictable with the military field watch tradition.

Looking at the two Vostok Retro 2415 models accessible (ref. 540 and 550 ), the differentiations in dial configuration have persisted.  Meanwhile, Vostok has additionally separated the two references through extra adjustments to both case and dial.  The ref. 540 model highlights the more clean, utilitarian 12 and 24 hour numeral markers, also the expansion of “K-43” printed at the 3 o’clock position, and the words “automatic, 31 jewels” in Russian at the 6 o’clock position.  There is additionally the incorporation of the Vostok B logo at 12 o’clock (Boctok).  Along the external edge of the dial, you will likewise discover lumed specks at every hour position, and small hash markers at every moment.  Taken together, these plan components give the ref. 540 with an undeniably more deliberate, military stylish.  Here is a pleasant shot of the 540 with its unique K-43 partner .

Meanwhile, the ref. 550 Retro is more sensitive in appearance, with customary content numeral hour markings, unique hash markings along the external dial, reliable with the first K-43, and minimal extra content beside “Bostok 31 jewels” at 6 o’clock.  In actuality, the conventional 24-hour scale has been taken out from the ref. 550 completely.  The ref. 550 likewise includes a smoothed outer bezel, interestingly the ref. 540’s layered bezel, just as a presentation case back.

There are obviously a few plan similitudes shared by the 540 and 550, tieing them to the Retro 2415 name, for the most part the small second subdial at 9 o’clock, reliable with the first K-43.  Each likewise includes similar classically styled hands with iridescent spots, onion crown and authored case siding.  Each reference likewise includes a similar case size, 44mm by 12mm, silicate glass precious stone and, obviously, the 31 gem, 2415B programmed development, which beats at 19,800 beats for each hour.

Vostok has worked really hard of giving proper respect to an exemplary watch, yet playing on the subjects of that watch to create two, particular watch plans.  There is something to like with every Retro 2415 reference, regardless of whether you’re looking for a customary military field or something somewhat more refined or dressy.  With each, you’ll be getting an alluring programmed mechanical watch with genuine recorded roots.  At just $175 – $185 from , you can’t really turn out badly.   Best of all, the Retro 2415 is only one of the many, numerous reasonable Russian watches from Vostok and different producers that are accessible today.  So if the Retro 2415 isn’t very your style (both of them), make sure to check out what else the Russian watch world needs to offer.

By Blake Malin  

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