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Vintage Chinese watches
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Well I took up the challenge, seeing if there is something to Chinese horology - and there is! This below is from a Wiki page...

Wristwatches have been manufactured in the People's Republic of China since 1955, and despite the popular association of China with counterfeit goods and low-quality clones of Western products, the nation in fact has a strong horological history and has produced several high-quality, entirely original watches and movements. This tradition has continued to the present day. The best of the early Chinese watch factories survived the quartz revolution and continue to produce mechanical watches today. Some have even begun producing watches with high-end complications such as tourbillons and minute repeaters - using their own original designs and selling at a fraction of the traditional Swiss prices. As well as entering the high-end market, today's Chinese watchmakers are also producing basic automatic watch movements in very high volumes and selling them to other watch manufacturers at very affordable prices - one Chinese watchmaker now produces a quarter of the world's mechanical watch movement. This trend has led to a flourishing of extremely affordable Chinese brands producing both original watch designs and homage watches (and, inevitably, illegal replicas, which have an unfortunate tendency to "steal the limelight" from the legitimate industry).

The vintage Chinese watches of the 1950s through 1980s, the high-end watches with sophisticated complications which appeared in the 21st century, and the ultra-affordable automatic watches sold all over eBay have all found dedicated fanbases among watch enthusiasts and collectors from around the globe.
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Thanks for the interesting thread start Paneristos. I will move it into its own forum.
Adminishing the #$@ out of it
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Credit where credit is due, another wiki excerpt. Just great to read it here I guess...

Watchmaking in China has a rich history dating back to the 1950s. The history divides fairly neatly into 4 different eras, with some overlap, and the structure of this article follows this division.

The first watch made in China was built in 1955, based on a Swiss design. The first era of Chinese watchmaking stretches from this point until the early 1970s, with several factories produced watches in China, each factory producing its own distinct movements. In the earlier days these movements were built using foreign designs and/or tooling, but in the mid-60s, truly native watches appeared, 100% designed and built in China using Chinese manufacturing technology.
In the early 1970s, the Chinese government ordered all watch factories in the country (with a few exceptions) to discontinue producing their own movements and concentrate on the production of a single, standardised watch movement, and many factories (each with their own brand identities) were built all over the country to facilitate large scale production of simple and affordable but accurate and dependable watches for the Chinese population. This is the second era of Chinese watchmaking. This era began to dwindle in the mid 1980s in the face of major economic reforms in China and the global the quartz revolution.
From about 1985 to the end of the 1990s, the Chinese watch industry went through a turbulent transition period. New companies, were established as joint foreign ventures in the newly established Special Economic Zones. Often using cheap imported quartz movements from elsewhere in Asia, these new companies presented stiff competition to the established factories. Some of the old factories were able to adapt to the changing times by producing their own quartz movements, developing automatic mechanical movements, or selling movements to overseas manufacturers. However, many more factories were unprepared for the rapidly changing global market and went bankrupt.
By the new millennium, the dust had settled and the sun rose on the modern era of Chinese watchmaking, which continues to the present. This era is more complex, globally distributed and horizontally integrated. The domestic market is dominated by relatively young brands established during the transition period who mostly use imported movements. The surviving factories from the vintage period continue to produce mechanical movements, the majority of which are exported to watch manufacturers all over the world. Watches made entirely in China belong to two distinct market segments. The largest and most technically sophisticated factories from the earliest years of the industry are attempting to move into the high-end luxury watch market, producing movements with elaborate complications such as tourbillons and minute repeaters. At the same time, there is a flourishing "affordables" market, featuring many brands which are sold only on the internet.
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Better response on post RE: Vintage Chinese watchesI like these 2 vintage chinese watches on ebay.
Not sure if they are worth buying.

   
   
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Nope, I have seen better quality! Maybe the bottom one will do...?
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A good find! Where do you find Chinese vintage people? I don't know... Maybe on the Japanese auction sites?
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Ah Sea\-Gull - hugely underestimated..
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I like the Sea\-Gull vintage logo, reminds me of the Citizen cosmotron! Look it up..
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Yeah Sea\-Gull, they only make the highest value of watch movement tin the world... Do not underestimate them..
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