Vostok Europe watches are well-known worldwide. The stories of creating first collection, names of collections, expansion to other markets are very interested and good to know. So please check our article about the history of Vostok Europe brand and watches.
How Vostok Europe brand was created?
Company Koliz Laikrodžiai from Lithuania and Chystopol Watch Factory Vostok (Russia) signed an agreement to create new brand in August of 2003. The main goal of these companies was to create new watches which would be modern design and high quality. So watch brand Vostok Europe was created.
First days of Vostok Europe
First Vostok Europe watches collection was presented in Baselworld exhibition (Basel, Switzerland) in April of 2004. Only 5 pieces were included in collection. However model named “K3 Submarine” became bestseller very fast. All names of first five novelties were devoted to important achievements of Soviet Union science and technology. As well, all watches were with “Soviet Techno Design” details.
Both companies decided to develop two movements exclusively for Vostok Europe watches. So production for movement 2426 and 2432 were started by Runim Co. (part of the company Chystopol Watch Factory Vostok) in May of 2004.
First shipments to distributors from Poland, Greece, Germany and even USA were sent in August of 2004.
Vostok Europe expansion to other markets
One year later (February, 2005) Vostok Europe became official timekeeper of famous race in Russia named Murmansk-Vladivostok. Main sponsor of this race was Russian company “Expedition”.
Limited edition “Energia” watch presented in 2008
Fast growth of the company required to change the office and move to bigger area in 2006. One year later (2007) Vostok Europe had distributors from 30 countries. So it took only 4 years from the creating the brand to expand it to biggest markets.
First limited edition collections
“Energia” is the name of the first Vostok Europe limited edition watch series presented in 2008. Watch was created with unusual design, because “Energia” watch dial was completely asymmetric.
Brand started the cooperation with Swiss company “mb-microtec” in 2009. Main reason was to start manufacturing watches with tritium tubes on the dials. Very soon “Ekranoplan” series was released as first Vostok Europe watches with tritium illumination.
First divers watch with water resistance of 300 meters (30 BAR) and tritium tubes was presented in 2010 as “Anchar” series watches. Japan movements from company SII were used in these products. After presenting these watches Vostok Europe became the official timekeeper of Greek Football Federation.
First Vostok Europe ambassadors and achievements
A lot of good things happened in 2011. First of all, brand got new motto: “For Going to Extremes”. Later this year Vostok Europe watches became official watches of Free-Diving World Championship, Greek Institute of Marine archeology, Romanian auto rally competition and Enduro Rally in Lithuania. As well, Vadimir Moravcik from Slovakia became first ambassador. He is World Muay Thai champion.
Vostok Europe Anchar watch
Bikes racer from Lithuania Gintautas Igaris tested “Anchar” watch in the Dakar Rally in January of 2012. Test took for over two weeks in South America.
“VE Are the Champions” became new slogan leading the MMA One Fighting Championship in Singapore.
Vostok Europe makes limited edition watches for NATO army. Special watches were created for pilots of F-16 jets, underwater demolition units, pilots of attack helicopter Apache, submariners and for many other troops.
“N1 Rocket” watches with tritium tubes were tested during the expedition to the deepest cave in the world called Krubera-Voronia. Professionals from Lithuania and Ukraine participated in this expedition in July of 2012. They went down for other than 2 kilometers. This test took approximately 2 weeks.
One of the most awesome test with “Lunokhod” watch in 12th of April of 2013. This watch with Swiss made movement was launched out of the border of stratosphere (approx. to 16680 m. height). It is almost twice higher than Everest Mountain. Watch survived 1200 mkR/h radiation level, -44 °C temperature and 88mB vacuum without any damage.
Vostok Europe introduced first watch in the world in column-wheel automatic chronographic movement in 2014. Movement NE88 was made by Japan Company SII. Watches from collection “Mriya” were the first automatic chronographs in Vostok Europe history. They were dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the company. Watch design was inspired by the world’s largest airplane Antonov AN-225 Mriya.
More famous people became official ambassadors of Vostok Europe
Special and limited edition watch was created for Lithuanian pilot Jurgis Kairys in 2013. Watch with the signature of Unlimited Aerobatics World Champion was created by Vostok Europe.
Famous Lithuania racer Benediktas Vanagas became official ambassador for VE watches in 2014. He tested the watch same year in Dakar Rally. As well, all members of his race team received limited edition watch of Benediktas Vanagas.
Lithuanian Žydrūnas Savickas (“Big Z”) is well-known as the strongest man in the world. He won World’s Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man, IFSA Strongman championships multiple times. His special “BIG Z” watch was built on the “Lunokhod-2” series frame.
Vostok Europe Energia watch
Latest well-known Vostok Europe ambassadors
Dr. Giorgos Sakkas is a professor of exercise physiology at the University of Thessaly (Greece) and professor in Lifestyle Medicine at Cardiff Metropolitan University (United Kingdom). As well, he has been competing in all free diving and pool disciplines and coaching many athletes since 2005.
João Rainho is former Portugese marine, who start his saturation diver’s career in 2005. Saturation diving is one of the most risky professions. This technique allows to work in huge depths. João Rainho tested many Vostok Europe watches in real conditions of deep diving.
Hope you enjoyed this article. In the next article you will be informed about most famous Vostok Europe series and the origin of the names.