May 8, 20173536 views

Timex vs. Vostok, cheap watch

I'm a teenager who had a nice Breda Rand until it was stolen out of my high school gym locker when I forgot to put the lock on before track practice. I came here to try and find a replacement that I could afford. I'm looking for something that I like around $35, and found two decent options. One is a Vostok komandirskie and the other a Timex
I'm not very sure about either. There are a lot of reviews for the Timex, but some suggest some concerns about the quality, mainly about the crown falling off. On the other hand, I don't know much about Vostok and its quality.
So I'm looking for a little feedback here. Any reviews, warnings or recommendations for a Timex or Vostok? Is there a better option for around $35, or will I need to save and spend more later to get a watch I can trust?
Thanks for the help!

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Besides the low cost of the Vostok Komandirskie, each watch is quality checked prior to leaving the factory. Also, they have a life of ten years without needing any servicing or cleaning since
they are completely waterproof. The "wobbly" stem mentioned, is a design for several reasons.
One being so the stem will not break if dropped during winding, another so that it can be wound
with gloves on. These watches were built to be used in combat, and are as tough as nails, and are
accurate straight from the factory, which is checked prior to mailing. For the money, which is little, the Vostok Komandirskie is the best product on the planet.
"best product on the planet".... thanks for the chuckle. Vostok does build a tough as nails watch, no arguement there.

Shoukd share some wrist shots man!

I am somewhat of a watch collector, mainly mechanical watches. I am familiar with Timex as well as Vostoks. Timex is well known as a durable workhorse at a reasonable price. Vostok make a diver's watch at close to $100.00, and also the Komandirskie for less than $50.00. For your situation, a Komandirskie would be a perfect match. The Komandirskie watches were supplied to the Russian military for many years, and are well known for their accuracy, ruggedness, and variety of looks. Although not considered a diver's watch, the komandirskie is waterproof to over 100 ft., and are factory made to withstand shock. My Komandirskie is one of my favorite watches in my collection, although not the most expensive. You can get most Vostok models from, or and even Ebay as well. I purchased my Komandirskie from for $34.90 plus shipping. Both of your choices are very good, but i would highly recommend the Vostok Komandirskie for your situation. They are tough as nails and very accurate. Youtube has many positive reviews on Vostok watches.
Timex are notoriously loud tickers. Unless you have slept with one on and know what you're getting in to, I would avoid them. I have a Casio Duro which is around the same price as a Weekender and has been a much better buy, if you can live with the non-existent lume and have $10 for a nato strap.
I think if you raise your budget a bit Timex has some great pieces. Vostok is a love or hate relationship. Some love Vostok and others don't. Look at Seiko as well. You can find some used seikos at great prices. Seiko 5's.
A note: you're paying slightly more before shipping if you purchase from Meranom. This is the link to the watch from the maker.
Timex are not interesting timepieces, vostok are. I would raise your price a little and check out vostok amphibians, as they have a great quality movement and are probably the most sought after Russian watch there is.
Vostok is garbage. I have had 3 different kinds, including limited special addition ones. All broke down after3-6 months.
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Are you responding from two different accounts? Because it really seems like you're responding from two different accounts.
I have owned many Timex. No problems with them. Great value for money. Plus if there is a problem they are an American brand and will fix it. Vostok they are OK, but would go.Timex every time!
The seiko arrived and I just got it set with a new strap, bond style!
May you enjoy it for years to come.
Well I got the Seiko 5 ordered last night, as well as a replacement bond style NATO strap in memory of Roger Moore. Pictures will be here as soon as it arrives. One more thank you to everyone who contributed, whether you advocated the Seiko or not the mix of suggestions and opinions was way better than I expected. Have a good day everyone!
Congrats Wyatt! Look forward to the pics friend....

I used to get cheap Russian/Soviet watches when I was younger. I ended up replacing them about every two years or so as they failed on me. Then I got a Seiko 5. It's lasted well for the past five years. With the other watches, I'd always have to pay special attention to wind it properly and to take care about dropping or bumping it. I don't have to mind about the Seiko. I've taken quite a severe tumble off my bike with it and I regularly leave it on when shooting. It's a workhorse.
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If you think your tone is polite, you need to get outside some more. You've done this in like nearly every comment. Look what the original post was asking. He was asking about feedback on a $35 Russian watch. I gave him advice about $35 Russian watches. Advice which you agree with. I suggested a $60 Japanese watch because I have experience with it, because it is popular, and because it has a massive secondary market for modding. There doesn't have to be just one correct answer. Like you said, sure, maybe the amphibia is just as good. That's great. So what. It's just as good.

He says he's a teenager looking for a budget watch. Maybe $60 isn't so cheap for him, who knows.
" Key word being "cheap" here. Spend 60+ on a vostok and you will not be replacing them every 2 years. "

^ please explain what is not polite about that that necessitated you degrading the conversation to sarcasm and defensiveness.

If you weren't meaning to compare a 35 dollar russian to a 60 dollar japanese watch then my apologies, the way the post is worded made me assume you were trying to say Russian watches are bad because more expensive japanese watches are better. I agree that either the Seiko 5 or the amphibia would be leagues more reliable than the aforementioned 35 dollar watch.
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Thank you. It's a Vostok Watch Amphibian Classic 150346 with a 22mm nato I got off Amazon.
Thanks for showing it off here. The band suits the watch pretty well, I'll probably grab a nato strap off of amazon myself when I order my watch.