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Timepieces for Individualists - Vostok Wristwatches

The Lithuanian brand "Vostok Europe" offers an interesting selection of shapely and extremely robust quality watches. In terms of price, they are positioned among the high-quality utility watches. Their direct competitors are Casio Edifice, Seiko, Pulsar and some Swiss manufacturers such as Traser. Vostok watches are therefore not luxury objects, but they represent their wearer in an excellent way. Made of proven components, it can easily compete with all watches in its price range. However, through small details and a consistently pursued brand strategy, Vostok watches can clearly differentiate themselves from their competitors.

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Wostock, Bostok or Vostok Europe? We enlighten!

Vostok watches come from the manufacturer "Vostok Europe". They are not related to the "Wostock" brand. Their name is often mistakenly spelled with V. However, the watches of the brand from Lithuania are offered exclusively under the name "Vostok-Europe". The watches themselves can be easily distinguished by the lettering. The Lithuanian brand writes the name in Western script, the traditional military stamp uses Cyrillic letters. For European eyes, it reads like "Bostock". Finally, there is the price. Vostok-Europe's watches start at around 220 euros and go up to just under 1000 euros. Russian watches have their price cap where Lithuanian watches begin.

Special features of a Vostok

Vostok wristwatches are characterized by the following factors in a special way:

Vostok wristwatches are utilitarian objects. They are designed to reliably take the time in tough outdoor use. This makes them a good companion, especially for athletes, hikers, divers and aviators. However, they are not intended for military use. In the cheapest variant for 249 euros, it is equipped with a date display. However, chronographs from Vostok are already available for an additional 10 euros. Up to approx. 350 euros, there are straps made of genuine leather or silicone for Vostock watches. Multi-link bracelets made of steel are available from about 20 euros more. In this price range, chronographs dominate the range of Vostok wristwatches.

The large housing is not necessarily to be understood as a particularly martial design element. Rather, the construction of Vostok watches requires a certain amount of oversizing. This is particularly evident in the interplay between the lamp and the glass. The lone ends in a sharp-edged ring and falls off inwards. This makes it possible to engrave particularly large numbers. This is particularly practical in diving applications. With a water resistance of up to 300 meters, the matching Vostok watches can certainly be counted as professional devices. The inward beveling of the lenses makes it possible to sink the glass. With this, it is well protected from lateral bumps. Vostok uses hardened mineral glass with a thickness of up to 3.5 mm. Here, many will probably turn their noses up and remark that a sapphire crystal belongs in a watch in this price range. But Vostok did have something in mind when using this material. As resistant as sapphire crystal is, when the breaking load is reached, it shatters into thousands of splinters. These then settle throughout the watch. In the case of a sapphire crystal, glass damage therefore usually means a replacement of the movement. However, mineral glass breaks along a clean breaking edge. The watch is then no longer waterproof, but the dial, movement and internal mechanics survive the damage without any problems if you visit a watchmaker immediately.

The recessed glass and the raised flap give the watch an unusual 3D effect. The view of the dial thus has a particularly fascinating and almost slightly hypnotic effect.

For whom are Vostok watches suitable?

Vostok wristwatches should not be bought blindly. The powerful timepieces do not look good on every wrist. If the dial already looks larger than the palm of the hand, then Vostok watches are rather disproportionate to the wearer. A normal muscular man will always find the right model in the Vostok wristwatches. This is especially true for athletes or builders. However, it is not a work clock, it is too big and too valuable for that. Seiko or Casio offer usable models here. Vostok watches are therefore more like sports equipment that accompanies their wearer during all outdoor activities. Sports with high physical stakes are therefore excellently complemented by Vostok wristwatches. In addition to free climbing, diving or survival camping, this also applies to practically every motorsport. With Vostok wristwatches on the wrist, rally drivers, pilots and motorcyclists will always find a reliable and suitable companion

What's in Vostok watches?

Vostok wristwatches are available with quartz movement or as automatic watches. The quartz movements come from Myota, the vending machines are purchased from Seiko. In doing so, the Lithuanian manufacturer is relying on the proven quality from Japan.


Vostok Europe succeeds like hardly any other manufacturer in combining exclusivity, commitment and a reasonable price. The watches from Lithuania therefore enjoy a steadily growing fan base. Assuming you have sufficient physique, you can never go wrong with Vostok wristwatches, but you always do everything right. The low price also makes Vostok wristwatches ideal gifts. With this accessory, you show more than clearly the appreciation you have for the recipient.