Vintage Chinese watch portal
The "vintage" period of Chinese watchmaking began in 1955 with the construction of China's first watch, the WuXing, and had its "hey day" in the 1960s and 1970s. The transition between the vintage and modern periods did not happen quickly at a particular date, but was a gradual process driven by mainly by the quartz revolution and Chinese economic reforms. The gradual ending of the vintage period can be loosely equated to the decline in prevalence of the Chinese Standard Movement or the "Tongji".
Noteworthy vintage brands and models
- WuXing: the first watch made in China
- Project 304 chronograph: the first chronograph made in China
- DongFeng (powered by ST5): the first 100% Chinese watch
- Baoshihua: the first watch to use the Chinese Standard Movement or "Tongji"
- Seagull ST5: this watch was produced during Tongji-era due to its high quality, was issued to China Rail officials and used on the 1984 Chinese Antarctic Expedition
- Zhongshan (powered by SN2): this watch was produced during the Tongji-era as an ultra-affordable watch
- Zuanshi (powered by SM1A): this watch was produced during the Tongji-era due to its high quality
Special interest watches
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