Saturday, September 15, 2007

Vostok Ministry Amphibia Review

Bracelet detail

Caseback detail

The signed clasp

The subject of this review, the Vostok Ministry Amphibia is mechanically very similar to the previously reviewed Vostok Amphibia. Both watches feature 200 meter water resistance, a thick, domed acrylic crystal, Vostok's rugged 2416b automatic movement and the company's trademark crummy lume. Where these two models differ is in the case design. Both are made of stainless steel but that is where the similarity ends.

The Ministry Amphibia is much larger than previous Amphibia designs. The cushion case measures 40 mm in width (43 mm including the crown), 14 mm in thickness and 45mm lug to lug. Additionally, the band lug width of this model measures 22 mm instead of the usual Vostok 18 mm standard. The overall effect is a much more solid feel on the wrist. The stock bracelet on this model is a stainless steel folded link design. The overall quality of the bracelet is somewhat better than that of previous Vostok models. It’s still not great (nothing a nice Watchadoo couldn't improve on) but it suffices.

Ministry Amphibias aren't the most common type of Vostok and their availability can be hit or miss. I picked up this one on the global tag sale from Zenitar's store for a pretty reasonable price. If you are a Vostok or Russian watch collector, a Ministry Amphibia would make a fine addition to any collection to say nothing of a good daily wearer/beater.


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2:20 AM  
Blogger Speedmaster said...

I like the color scheme on that dial. Nice review too.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks. Good to hear you liked it.

11:19 PM  
Blogger James said...

Very nice watch. I like it so much I just ordered one from Zenitar's eBay store. Thanks.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

I picked up another one from him myself.

8:03 AM  
Blogger James said...

Received my Vostok Ministry Amphibia from Zenitar today. Blue dial looks great in the sunlight. Very hard to go wrong for $52.00 plus shipping. I changed the band to a retro rubber dive strap. Can we upload photos?

4:56 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

I have the same combo now myself. I don't think blogger allows uploading though

7:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, love the watch - just ordered the same one myself! Has the blue faded at all for you? There's stories of them going to purple in sunlight...

7:32 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

No fading on my example thankfully.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Thank you for the Amphibia report. I just received mine from Zenitar

1:46 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Good stuff. Zenitar is the guy to get one from.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got 2 Ministrys from Zeintar. "Ministry" case Amphibia is great watch, beats anything up to 100$! Bracelet is awful, lume is weak. Dial on currently available Ministrys is great, I have analysed it with 15x magnifier.

After simple regulation, they run at -2 to +2 per day!?

11:29 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Hard to beat an Amphibia for the $

12:06 PM  
Anonymous viagra online said...

Why you don't post the second part of this review Sir?

10:58 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

It is available at this link:

11:15 AM  

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