Vostok Amphibia Zissou – Special Edition

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Jacky Chou

The Vostok Amphibia Zissou is the world's first diving watch, certified to a depth of 500 meters. This luxury timepiece will be available in black or silver and retails for $2,950.

The "vostok amphibia zissou 420526" is a special edition of the Vostok Amphibia Zissou. It has been made with an olive green dial and black rubber strap.

Many people consider the Vostok Amphibia to be the ultimate diving watch since it is distinctive and historically significant.

This diving watch is really Russian, unlike the majority of dive watches on the market. They first began producing them in 1967 at a facility that had previously produced military hardware. 

They were unable to imitate the Rolex approach, which was becoming the industry standard at the time, so they had to fundamentally rethink how dive watches maintain their waterproofness.

The History Of The Vostok Amphibia Zissou

Vostok Amphibian Automatic Mens Wristwatch Self-Winding Military Diver Amphibia Case Wrist Watch...
  • Classic Vostok model made by the official supplier of the Defense...
  • 200 m (20 Bar) Water Resistant
  • Dimensions: approx. 39x46x15 mm. Lug size 18mm
  • Automatic VOSTOK self-winding movement with 31 ruby jewels (no...
  • Luminous hands and dots. The watch assembled for US sales by...

Since then, among watch collectors, the Amphibia has taken on a kind underdog or cult classic status. It's inexpensive (typically around $100), odd, and quite distinctive in the watch industry.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou stars Bill Murray as the eccentric Steve Zissou, thus it seems to reason that they picked this watch for his watch.

As Cousteau was known to do back in the day, an unique model dubbed the Vostok Amphibia Zissou was created for the film to offer Steve Zissou a personalized timepiece to wear.

Below, you can view a Zissou next to an Amphibia 1967 and Scuba Dude to show how they vary from one another in terms of appearance. 

The Amphibia collection has a number of distinct styles, so the results may range greatly depending on which one you choose.

Characteristics Of The Zissou

The Amphibia Zissou has the same mechanical design as all other Vostok Amphibias. The facial distinctions are what matter most:

  • There is a sizable ship's wheel at 12 o'clock.
  • An equal-sized and colored anchor is at six o'clock.
  • There are number marks at 2, 4, 8, and 10.
  • There is a rope wrapping around the face's edge.
  • There is a rope wrapping around the face's edge.
  • The bezel is dotted in black and red.

Specifications for Amphibia Zissou

You care about more than just the cosmetic changes, so I've also included the specifications below:

  • 31 ruby diamond automatic self-winding movement (2416B)
  • Handwinding is an option.
  • a 31-hour running stored
  • Waterproof to a depth of 200 meters (660 feet).
  • resistive to shock
  • Size of case: 40 x 12 mm
  • 18mm stainless steel strap
  • difficulty: date

Zissou Amphibia Issues

Although it is a true cult classic and a fantastic collector's item, this watch is not faultless. Keep in mind that this is a budget diving watch produced in Russia and not Switzerland. Therefore, it has certain drawbacks.

The strap that comes with this watch when purchased, according to several owners, is exceedingly uncomfortable. So, be ready to trade it in for something more fashionable and cozy when you acquire it, like a Nato or Perlon.

Many individuals have complained that the bezel is difficult to turn and operate since it is not the world's most precisely manufactured. However, because most of you won't be diving or timing anything with it, this won't be a major problem for you.

Availability Of The Amphibia Zissou

Getting a hold of this watch is perhaps one of the hardest things. No, they are not pricey, however as of the beginning of 2018, it is not sold on Amazon. However, there are quite a few other amphibians there.

Either Christopol directly or on eBay is your best option right now.

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Jacky Chou

Jacky Chou is the co-founder of Uberwrists and has gotten into watches from his father from a young age. His first watch was a black G Shock that was comedically large for his wrist. He appreciates watches from Seiko to a Patek Philippe.

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