Eaglemoss Military Watches Collection.

MWC 85 - 1970s Chinese Army Officer

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The differences in communist ideology between The Soviet Union and China caused a split between the two countries that verged on open war for nearly three decades, the cold war had driven the Soviets to major military advancements and increases in military hardware and personnel. Border skirmishes were not unheard of and many troops were killed and equipment captured, including a Russian t-62 tank which gave the Chinese a huge advance in armoured capability when they learned its secrets.
Mao Zedong was keen to emphasise the superiority of his people over technological advances, hardly surprising as Russian hardware was far superior in design and capability, the sheer numbers of Chinese in the Peoples Liberation Army far outnumbered the Russians, this was not the case during The Cultural Revolution, when many high ranking members of the Army High Command were removed from their posts, internal differences and arguments halted funding and training and 2 million of the PLA's troops were concentrated on domestic law and order functions.
Watches for senior ranks were supplied from within China, such as the A623 made by the Shanghai Wristwatch Factory and the Taihang brand made by Shijiazhuang Watch Factory in Hebei

Polished 35mm case, 38mm with crown, 8.5mm deep, 43mm Lug to Lug, 17.5mm lug width
Interior diameter 31.2mm, 7mm deep, 5mm crown, 28mm flat glass
Gold coloured band around the edge of the dial

Cream Dial with black printed minute scale at the outside edge.
Hours indicated by applied Gold colour bars at 5-minute intervals
Polished gold coloured baguet shaped hour and minute hands and a slim seconds hand with a red infiltrate circle near the tip

Brown PU Leather "Lizard" effect strap 17.5mm wide at the lugs, narrows to a 16mm polished buckle, approx. fitting 175/220mm


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