Chinese watch timeline
This timeline lists milestones in Chinese watchmaking in chronological order. In order to provide historical and technological context, the timeline also includes some major events in Chinese political history and in the watch industry around the world.
- China's first watch, the WuXing is produced.
- Watches worldwide: The world's first electric watch, the balance wheel-based 500 Model, is released by Hamilton, USA.
- Tianjin WuYi Watch Factory established.
- Chinese history: Great Leap Forward begins
- Beijing Watch Factory established.
- Guangzhou Watch Factory established.
- Liaoning Watch Factory established.
- Shanghai Watch Factory established.
- Production of A581 watches begins at Shanghai Watch Factory.
- Production of BS1 movements begins at Beijing Watch Factory.
- Chinese history: Sino-Soviet split begins.
- Watches worldwide: The world's first fully electronic watch, the tuning fork-based Accutron, is released by Bulova, USA.
- Chinese history: Great Leap Forward ends.
- Production of BS2 movements begins at Beijing Watch Factory.
- Chinese history: Cultural Revolution begins.
- China's first 100% natively designed and built watch, the DongFeng is released by Tianjin Watch Factory.
- Production of A581 watches ends at Shanghai Watch Factory.
- Production of SS1 movement begins at Shanghai Watch Factory.
- Chinese history: Cultural Revolution is declared over.
- Watches worldwide: The world's first quartz wristwatch, the Astron, is released by Seiko, Japan.
- Watches worldwide: The world's first, second and third automatic chronographs are released; exactly which came first depends on who you ask (either the Caliber 11 by Heuer, Breitling and Buren, the El Primero by Zenith or the 6139 by Seiko).
- Chinese standard movement project begins.
- Production of SM1A movements beings at Shanghai ZuanShi Watch Factory.
- Chinese standard movement blueprints finalised.
- Hangzhou Watch Factory established.
- Production of Baoshihua watches begins at Shanghai No. 2 Watch Factory, the first watches using the new Chinese standard movement.
- Export approval for the ST5 movement is granted, and Sea-Gull branded ST5 watches are the first exported Chinese watches.
- Chinese history: Mao Zedong dies.