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    Iconic VCMs

    For my post 1000 I thought I would do a thread on some iconic vintage Chinese watches. Got a question a while back about which the truly unique Chinese watches were. After a few years being interested in VCMs this is what I have come up with. None of the watches are mine btw.

    Let's go brand by brand

    Tianjin/Seagull/DongFeng
    5 star - First Chinese wrist watch built (1955) - impossible to find



    Early WuYi (5.1 - May 1st) - Rare



    PLAAF (People’s Liberation Army Air Force) Chrono - very rare (around 1400 produced)

    China hadn't produced a chrono before, so no machines existed. Chinese government bought designs and tooling for the Venus 175


    DongFeng ST5A (1966)

    First 100% Chinese designed and built watch. (19 jewels 18000 bph)


    Later improvements to ST5 lead to the common mvmt in many Seagull watches (21600 bph). There is also a ST5D (automatic)


    Shanghai
    114 - Very rare
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    Chinas first military dive watch (SS4 24Jewel)
    Here is an interesting look at the movement:
    http://watchguy.co.uk/service-shanghai-24-jewels/


    A581 - black dial (for every 1 black, 30 white were produced)
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    Beijing
    BS-1 (copy of Roamer MST 371) - Extremely rare (3762 made)
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    So what are your thoughts? Please add others or elaborate on the ones I have compiled






    Information and images borrowed from http://www.amchpr.com , http://micmicmor.blogspot.se/ and http://chinesewatchwiki.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by meijlinder View Post
    For my post 1000 I thought I would do a thread on some iconic vintage Chinese watches. Got a question a while back about which the truly unique Chinese watches were. After a few years being interested in VCMs this is what I have come up with. None of the watches are mine btw.

    Let's go brand by brand

    Tianjin/Seagull/DongFeng
    5 star - First Chinese wrist watch built (1955) - impossible to find



    Early WuYi (5.1 - May 1st) - Rare



    PLAAF (People’s Liberation Army Air Force) Chrono - very rare (around 1400 produced)

    China hadn't produced a chrono before, so no machines existed. Chinese government bought designs and tooling for the Venus 175


    DongFeng ST5A (1966)

    First 100% Chinese designed and built watch. (19 jewels 18000 bph)


    Later improvements to ST5 lead to the common mvmt in many Seagull watches (21600 bph). There is also a ST5D (automatic)


    Shanghai
    114 - Very rare

    Chinas first military dive watch (SS4 24Jewel)
    Here is an interesting look at the movement:
    http://watchguy.co.uk/service-shanghai-24-jewels/


    A581 - black dial (for every 1 black, 30 white were produced)



    Beijing
    BS-1 (copy of Roamer MST 371) - Extremely rare (3762 made)


    So what are your thoughts? Please add others or elaborate on the ones I have compiled






    Information and images borrowed from http://www.amchpr.com , http://micmicmor.blogspot.se/ and http://chinesewatchwiki.net/
    this one catches my eye
    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    Thanks for starting this, meij, a very handy resource!
    It's the final countdown! PM me before they're all gone!

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    Great piece of work mate. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhDark30 View Post
    Thanks for starting this, meij, a very handy resource!
    Quote Originally Posted by Strela167 View Post
    Great piece of work mate. Cheers
    Thanks. So what have I missed? Was thinking there should be a few more pieces but couldn't think of them.

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    well here is some of mine if that helps for you to remember can't seem to find pics of all but here's a few
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    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

    https://emgwatches.com/
    http://www.instagram.com/iyonk_strap/
    http://wristwatchreview.co.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by is that my watch View Post
    well here is some of mine if that helps for you to remember can't seem to find pics of all but here's a few
    We def. need to do a thread on the ones with holographic dials. Seen 3 different versions I believe

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    Quote Originally Posted by meijlinder View Post
    We def. need to do a thread on the ones with holographic dials. Seen 3 different versions I believe
    did have a go at doing one way back when

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    has any one else seen a guan yin holo watch

    can re-use it or go fresh am easy
    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

    https://emgwatches.com/
    http://www.instagram.com/iyonk_strap/
    http://wristwatchreview.co.uk/

    ЖИЗНЬ НЕ ОСТАНАВЛИВАЕТСЯ, ПРОХОДИТ ТОЛЬКО ВРЕМЯ.
    Russian Watches



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    Quote Originally Posted by meijlinder View Post
    Thanks. So what have I missed? Was thinking there should be a few more pieces but couldn't think of them.
    Double rhom , peacock, everest (the first) , peony, 120/611 etc. Pretty sure you've got these mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strela167 View Post
    Double rhom , peacock, everest (the first) , peony, 120/611 etc. Pretty sure you've got these mate
    The 40 jewel Beijings should probably be in there as well

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