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    Re: Where to start in Chinese Watches?

    If I can be so bold, also check the 2017 project here. This year we will work on a field watch. You can still join and participate. Previous project watches were well received.

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    Re: Where to start in Chinese Watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silvertouran View Post
    How about a 1963 Chinese Airforce re-issue.

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    This! These are great looking pieces and won't break the bank.
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    This is a legitimate question and not designed to offend anybody.

    Why would one buy a Chinese watch? I have a really nice collection of Swiss and German watches and I simply can't come up with a reason why Chinese watches would attract anyone.
    Clearly, I am just not getting it and would love to hear opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tifoso48 View Post
    This is a legitimate question and not designed to offend anybody.

    Why would one buy a Chinese watch? I have a really nice collection of Swiss and German watches and I simply can't come up with a reason why Chinese watches would attract anyone.
    Clearly, I am just not getting it and would love to hear opinions.
    Because, clearly, you are curious. And it won't cost much to satisfy your curiosity.

    For more reasons, just read this forum. Some people are drawn to value-for-money, or the opportunity for complications that would be out of reach if made elsewhere. Others appreciate the simple quality of vintage Chinese watches. Or the history. Or styles that are simply not made elsewhere (like 'real' open-hearts).

    The biggest mistake would be to think that 'Chinese' only means 'cheap' and therefore buying the cheapest you can find will tell you what Chinese watches are all about. It won't.

    What genres of watches are you interested it? Maybe somebody here can suggest some options.
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    Re: Where to start in Chinese Watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by tifoso48 View Post
    This is a legitimate question and not designed to offend anybody.

    Why would one buy a Chinese watch? I have a really nice collection of Swiss and German watches and I simply can't come up with a reason why Chinese watches would attract anyone.
    Clearly, I am just not getting it and would love to hear opinions.
    I don't have any Chinese watches, but I think you're confusing your own personal situation with "everyone". It's a bit like saying you own a Ferrari and don't understand why anyone would buy a city car or value hatchback.

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    Re: Where to start in Chinese Watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by tifoso48 View Post
    This is a legitimate question and not designed to offend anybody.

    Why would one buy a Chinese watch? I have a really nice collection of Swiss and German watches and I simply can't come up with a reason why Chinese watches would attract anyone.
    Clearly, I am just not getting it and would love to hear opinions.
    No offense taken. Your honest question is appreciated. Chascomm provided some useful insight. I'll add:

    Here's two websites to look around to get an idea of China's horological history and capability, mine and that of a colleague:

    AMCHPR: vintage and modern Chinese watches and clocks - HOME

    My VCMs: Vintage Chinese Mechanical Watches

    And from another writer:

    Opinion: Rethinking “Made in China”

    And, taste is taste, but I'll leave these here:







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    I would suggest something vintage ,with quality, and Chinese flavour for history.







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    Re: Where to start in Chinese Watches?

    HKED’s 1963 watches are really well liked and on my list.

    But I could also suggest Perpetual.

    Good Chinese Mechanical Watches/Direct From Hong Kong Workshop/$170

    I have the moonphase chronograph, which is beautiful and very, very accurate (and is my every day watch), and the (sadly no-longer made) regulator.
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    Re: Where to start in Chinese Watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chascomm View Post
    Because, clearly, you are curious. And it won't cost much to satisfy your curiosity.

    For more reasons, just read this forum. Some people are drawn to value-for-money, or the opportunity for complications that would be out of reach if made elsewhere. Others appreciate the simple quality of vintage Chinese watches. Or the history. Or styles that are simply not made elsewhere (like 'real' open-hearts).

    The biggest mistake would be to think that 'Chinese' only means 'cheap' and therefore buying the cheapest you can find will tell you what Chinese watches are all about. It won't.

    What genres of watches are you interested it? Maybe somebody here can suggest some options.
    I am always interested in learning. So, I enjoy complications - perpetual calendar, chromo, or even minute repeaters and grand sonnerie and I like it dressed conservatively - with other words sophisticated and stylish, not tons of bling nor huge in diameter. Lastly, I would not be interested in a watch that pretends to be something else
    If you could point me in the direction I would really enjoy studying the subject.

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