We have just taken delivery of only three vintage Vostok Russian submarine clocks, such is their rarity these days. We will try to find more but it is becoming increasingly unlikely. Our three are pictured together in the second image of the photo gallery.
A genuine original vintage clockwork Russian submarine clock manufactured by Vostok in the 1980s.
These are beautifully designed, iconic collectible timepieces that are rapidly going out of circulation. The red Soviet star sits at the 12 o’clock mark, beneath which is Vostok’s submarine-at-sea emblem including the word ‘Komandirskie’, which is Vostok’s trademark. The curly B beneath the spindle is a Russian V, which stands for Vostok.
The hour and minute hands are original and painted black; the colour of the longer seconds hand matches that of the Soviet star.
The clock is wound by the original key, supplied, inserted above the anchor icon. Either side of the anchor are the Russian words ‘sdelano v SSSR’, which translates as Made in USSRÂ (the former Soviet Union – later versions show ‘sdelano v Rossiya’, manufactured after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991).
The clock has a 12-jewel movement and runs for seven days on a full wind (be careful not to over-wind).
These clocks were originally painted on-board submarine: usually a light blue-green or nearer khaki. Ours have been stripped and polished back to the shiny aluminium, though the original colour can often be glimpsed on the rear of the clock.
The clock is opened using the same key that winds it, given a quarter-turn of the key in the hole in the side, alongside the number 3. This accesses the hands and the winding hole. (Please note: our current limited batch features the narrower font as seen in the main image, not the thicker font of the photograph depicting the opened glass.)
Each Vostok Soviet submarine clock weighs 2 Kg with a diameter of 21 cm and a depth of 7.5 cm. The original clockwork mechanism and key are in place and the clock is fully working.
We can never guarantee to restock these stunning, collectible timepieces, though we are always trying!