Vostok Amphibia “Ministry” watch has a rather interesting story. At the end of 1970s, Soviet Union government placed an order to produce a new high-end Vostok watch. Meant to be worn by representatives of the highest ministries in the USSR. The name was born and sticked — “Amphibia Ministerskie”, quite literally “Amphibia for Ministers”
An upgrade from the previous generation flagship for the government — “Komandirskie Chistopol” — the new watch shared Amphibia’s higher water resistance and stainless steel case. Most importantly, it proudly displayed applied dial indices, stock leather strap, automatic winding and a date complication — unprecedented goodies compared to standard Amphibias! This watch is easily worth 3-4 times more than standard Amphibias of the same age.
The “Ministry” Amphibia can easily recognized by its massive “pillow” case (#710
) and the dial which was never put into any other Vostok watch, nor produced for longer than the watch has been. Produced in a limited amount through the beginning to the middle of the ‘80s, this is a watch to make any vintage Soviet watch collection shine.