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    Appreciating the classics

    Zuan Shi SM1A-K 1982 all steel



    Voted 10 times China's best wristwatch

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    Hmm.. I really need to start looking for one of those "classic" Chinese watches to use as a dress watch. One of the ones that's not apologetic about being Chinese. All I have in the "Chinese Mechanical" category is Chinese movements hidden in watches that are pretending to be Swiss or German.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chascomm View Post
    Zuan Shi SM1A-K 1982 all steel



    Voted 10 times China's best wristwatch
    My favourite one; that runs less than 1 sec slow per day; has a ratty chrome case but the dial and hands still look good...


    I had 5 of these but two have gone to friends

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    Nice Diamond, Chascomm!! Here is a few of mine I haven't shown. Sorry for the quick and dirty pics.

    The first 3 Sea-Gulls are in pretty good shape and the bluesky is NOS. I've never even heard of bluesky.








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    Here are my classics.

    Jie Fang






    NOS 29J Sea-Gull ST5D Auto





    NOS Sea-Gull ST5 (1984 Antarctica Exploration)





    WuYi ST2A (circa 1963-65)




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    Just to name a few:
    Sharkey SBDX001 Sharkmaster
    Seiko White Stargate SKZ323
    Hamilton Pioneer Mechanical H60419533
    Hamilton Limited Edition Pocket Watch H51459013
    Timex Camper Mechanical (May 1991)

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    Minorva Crazy Hours Mechanical
    Shanghai Military Diver Model 114 - 24 Jewel SS4 Automatic

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    I am seriously jealous, Walter. Especially of that ST5D.

    My very similar Wuyi is still at the watchmaker's Raffles Time sold it as working, but it had the wrong hairspring My watch guy had parts for the FHF 25 (Swiss ancestor of the ST2) but no hairspring. He got in a replacement that he's adjusting now. The trials of vintage watch ownership

    What's inside the Bluesky?

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    These 'real Chinese' watches are beautiful! My interest in them is really growing. I see them come by on EBay every now and then, but I have no clue (yet) which ones are great and which ones are so-so.

    What are the brands I should be interested in?

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    Re: Appreciating the classics

    Quote Originally Posted by Martin_B View Post
    These 'real Chinese' watches are beautiful! My interest in them is really growing. I see them come by on EBay every now and then, but I have no clue (yet) which ones are great and which ones are so-so.

    What are the brands I should be interested in?

    Regards,

    Martin
    Diamond/Zuan Shi are very fine watches, however most of them had plated brass cases which tend to deteriorate badly. Hence my considerable pride in owning a steel example (thanks Zhang!)

    The Sea-Gull ST5 is certainly a classic, and the movement is usually decorated

    (that's an aftermarket caseback BTW )

    Then there's the Beijing SZB1-C 40 jewel automatic, but that's rarely seen outside of China.


    Occasionally you'll find something that outwardly seems fairly ordinary but is of historical interest, like the Baoshihua SZ-1, the first of the now ubiquitous Standard/Tongji watches.

    Also keep your eyes open for the Nanjing SN-1 Zhongshan 'poor man's watch'. It's great quality for an mere 9 jewel watch, and the embossed dials are often quite spectacular. Mine's a bit of a mess so I'm too embarrassed to show it :oops:

    For more classics, check out the reference sub-forums of this forum

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    Re: Appreciating the classics

    Sorry to report the bluesky doesn't have a 'classic' movement. Just an unjeweled "japan" movement.









    Cheers,
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    Just to name a few:
    Sharkey SBDX001 Sharkmaster
    Seiko White Stargate SKZ323
    Hamilton Pioneer Mechanical H60419533
    Hamilton Limited Edition Pocket Watch H51459013
    Timex Camper Mechanical (May 1991)

    -Gone
    Minorva Crazy Hours Mechanical
    Shanghai Military Diver Model 114 - 24 Jewel SS4 Automatic

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    Wow!

    I didn't thing that Japan had produced anything that 'inexpensive' ince 1950

    Looks to have at least one jewel although there is no anti shock system and there is no shortage of plastic bits.

    I got to open up a watch not long ago that had plastic bridges as well as plastic pin lever escapement. It was not marked at all but the watch was stamped 'China' on the case back. It looked to be about the same quality as this one...clean and simple if not well made.

    Do you know how old this watch is?

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    Timeless designs that will look just as good in another 20 years.

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