If you haven’t found yourself a decent dive watch yet—a Submariner doesn’t come cheap—the horology buffs over at Hodinkee tipped us off to an entry-level diver that’s off the beaten path (one that begins in Russia).

The Vostok Amphibia has lived a curious existence, which began when a sturdy mechanical watch needed to be built behind the walls of Communism—without the aid of Swiss machinery. They began to trickle into the West once the policy of Glasnost relaxed trade restrictions (in fact, the watches were even handed out to US troops during Desert Storm), but still haven’t gotten much recognition outside of a cameo on the wrist of Steve Zissou.

Finding one will require a bit of legwork, but at under a hundred bucks a pop, they make for a pretty safe bet.

—N.B.

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  • Najib Benouar