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I've been looking into picking up a Komandirskie to serve as both my first Russian watch and my first hand-winder. I saw this one being sold by Zenitar on eBay (seller's pic) and am a bit curious about the dial. I've never seen it before in any of the reviews/pic threads on here, and even a quick Google image search for "Komandirskie" doesn't bring up any other examples of it. Should I be at all concerned about its authenticity? Also curious to see if anyone has more pics of this specific dial, as it has really struck a chord with me! On a separate note, will I probably want to switch out the strap, and does this type of Komandirskie case wear big or small? Thanks in advance!
 

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It's a Type 811 case and 398 dial, totally correct. Vic (Zenitar) sources watches from Vostok directly, so they're all kosher. You might want to change the strap: it's usable but not very elegant at all!
 

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Fantastic, thanks for the quick replies! I'd read good things about Zenitar on here but wanted to be sure. With the dial number Seele gave I managed to dig up one other thread about this watch here. From the pics someone posted there it turns out the dial is actually blue, which I like even more!
 

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Thought I'd revive this thread as I ordered the watch in question and it arrived yesterday. I'm really impressed with it - it feels like a solidly built watch for such a low price. The blue dial is very nice, not too flashy (almost black under certain light) but a very pretty shade of blue in the daylight. I'm not a huge fan of the strap so a dark brown strap with white stitching is on its way in the mail. Thanks everyone for your helpful advice which led me to pick this up!
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Congratulations on your new arrival, it does look rather nice!

I found that blue dials are very difficult to photograph to get the right colour, perhaps one day I'd go the whole hog and use my 4"X5" camera and Apo-Artar lens to photograph one and see if it works better!

It's interesting to know you elected to go for a brown strap with white stitching, my first impression would be something more like a black strap with blue stitching, perhaps one with a "carbon fibre look". Let us know how the new combination looks.

Personally I do not mind the look of the dial, I just find it a little wacky: the minute hand points at the hour scale, and the hour hand points at the minute scale...
 

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The new strap is in and wow, what a difference a change of strap can make! I'm loving the brown and blue look. Seele, a carbon fiber strap is an interesting idea, I might have to try that one day. Here are a few pics, including a wrist shot.
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I was sort of expecting a dark chocolate sort of brown, but this mid-brown is surprisingly handsome; kudos to you. You must have got a fair few envious looks since you have it!
 
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