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Into the Cold: The Vostok N1

Category Jewellery & Watches
Published 1 January 2018

Into the Cold: The Vostok N1

An incredible watch based on an amazing expedition. Vostok is a luxury watch brand with distinctive designs and a rich history behind the name of each model, all of which honour a Russian technological, architectural or cultural achievement.

This watch is influenced by the North Pole-1 expedition, which was the first Soviet manned drifting station in the Arctic Ocean, primarily used for research.

The Vostok Europe Gents Expedition N1 Automatic Watch

High performance, exceptional quality, premium specification. The Expedition North Pole watch was named after the first Soviet, manned, drifting polar station. The North Pole-1 polar station was opened on June 6 1937 some 20 km from the North Pole and operated for 9 months during which the ice floe travelled 2,850km. The expedition ended 75 years ago .


  • Movement: Automatic 2432 Vostok russian movement
  • Jewels: 31 jewels
  • Water resistance: 20atm suitable for all high impact water sports and scuba diving at depths not requiring helium gas
  • Lens material: Anti-reflective mineral crystal, 4.5 mm thick, semi-domed
  • Case material: 316l surgical grade stainless steel
  • Date window: Between 4 and 5 o'clock position
  • 100% Russian made movement
  • Genuine leather strap
A frozen expedition inspiring quality
Incredible Russian engineering

A drifting station is a manned research station built on the ice in the high latitudes of the Arctic Ocean. They are important contributors to exploration of the Arctic. Named "NP" then followed by a number, "NP" drift stations carry out the program of complex year-round research in the fields of oceanology, ice studies, meteorology, aerology, geophysics, hydrochemistry, hydrophysics, and marine biology. On average, an "NP" station is the host for thousands of research measurements and research-balloon launches. Regular measurements of the ice floe coordinates provide the data on the direction and speed of its drift.

The modern "NP" drifting ice station resembles a small settlement with housing for polar explorers and special buildings for the scientific equipment. Usually an "NP" station begins operations in April and continues for two or three years until the ice floe reaches the Greenland Sea. Polar explorers are substituted yearly. Since 1937 some 800 people were drifting at "NP" stations in the Arctic.

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North Pole-1, after which this watch was named, was established on 21 May 1937 and officially opened on 6 June, some 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the North Pole by the expedition into the high latitudes. The operation Sever-1, led by Otto Schmidt, had been airlifted by aviation units under the command of Mark Shevelev. "NP-1" operated for 9 months, during which the ice floe travelled 2,850 kilometres (1,770 mi). On 19 February 1938 the Soviet ice breakers Taimyr and Murman took four polar explorers off the station close to the eastern coast of Greenland. They arrived in Leningrad on 15 March on board the icebreaker Yermak.

The expedition members, hydrobiologist Pyotr Shirshov, geophysicist Yevgeny Fyodorov, radioman Ernst Krenkel, and the commander Ivan Papanin, were awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union title.