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Category Jewellery & Watches
Published 1 April 2018
Arktika - "The Icebreaker" - was a fascinating ship, and the Arktika watch celebrates it.
Every month we bring you a new, fascinating Watch of the Month with an intriguing story behind it. This month we bring you the stunning Arktika collector's piece timepiece and information about the famous Arktika ship that the watch is based on.
A commanding and powerful Vostok-Europe design. The limited edition Arktika timepiece begins with a rounded rectangular rose-tone case crafted from surgical grade 316L stainless steel. Rivets adorn the case sides for an industrial look that replicates the design of the riveting on the Arktika ship itself. An exhibition case back and push/pull crown complete the design. This is a special limited edition: Engraved with a serial number to 3000 pieces – however ours is the last available in the world, you will never see this family of watches again. A must-have for collectors.
Beneath the protective mineral crystal, the rounded, rectangular, silver-tone dial features white, arrow-shaped, index markers at all hour positions except 12:00 and 6:00. A Russian 2432 Vostok Automatic movement with 32 jewels drives the luminous hour, minute and second hands, which also feature an Anchar effect to match the nautical theme of the rest of the piece. A 24-hour window extends from 10:00 and 2:00, a date window appears near 6:00 and day/night indicator shows between 4:00 and 8:00. Finally, as is fitting for a life at sea, the piece is set off with an attractive "waves" design on the dial.
The Arktika Vostok-Europe watch is inspired by the first surface ship to ever reach the North Pole in 1975. All of the elements of the watch are nautical in design, from the actual rivets on the case side to the anchor on the base of the second hand. The overall case design is reminiscent of the massive pates on the ship's hull.
The watch takes its name from the Arktika-class icebreaker, the first Arktika, which subsequently lent its name to an entire class of ships was the first surface ship to reach the North Pole on August 17, 1977, and was the first civilian ship to spend more than a year at sea without making port. Five more icebreakers would take the Arktika class name: the Sibir, Rossiya, Sovetskiy Soyuz, Yamal and the 50 Let Pobedy.
The Arktika is so strong because it's a double-hulled icebreaker, the outer hull is 48-50mm thick, and the inner 25mm, with the space between allowing for ballast. This pure weight and power can blast through ice up to five metres (16 feet) in thickness.
All Arktika-class icebreakers are fitted with and powered by two nuclear reactors, and can run for nearly 14 years on a single reactor core.
The original Arktika was in service from 1975 to 2008 after covering more than a million nautical mile and was given her own stamp design to recognise her achievements.
In August of 2003 an agreement was reached between the Vilnius Koliz company and the Chystopol Watch Factory Vostok on the establishment of the joint company Koliz Vostok. The goal of the new company was the creation of a new watch series that would have both the modern design and quality. Thus, the new watch brand Vostok-Europe was created. In April 2004 the first Vostok-Europe watch series was presented in the BaselWorld exhibition. The collection consisted of 5 models including the model “K3 Submarine” that became the first Vostok-Europe best-seller. The watch names were devoted to the most significant achievements of Soviet science and technology and were united by slogan “Soviet Techno Design”.
During May of 2004 the production of the movements 2426 and 2432 developed exclusively for Vostok-Europe began. The production line was developed by Runim Co.- a part of the Chystopol Watch Factory Vostok.
Soon afterwards Vostok-Europe watches become the official watches of the Greek Football Federation. In 2011 the slogan of the firm becomes 'For Going to Extremes'. Moreover, during the same year Vostok-Europe watches become the official watches of the Free-Diving World Championship, the Greek Institute of Marine archaeology, the auto-rally competition in Romania and the Enduro Rally in Lithuania. Lastly, world Muay Thai Champion Vadimir Moravcik (Slovakia) becomes a Vostok-Europe ambassador.
In July of 2012 Year 2012 the watches 'N1 Rocket' Tritium were tested in an expedition into the deepest cave in the world Krubera-Voronia. The expedition to the more than 2km deep cave took almost 2 weeks.