Curator: Ron Good / "AlbertaTime"
while ago, a friend on the internet made a joking reference to my collection of
(mostly vintage) Chinese mechanical and automatic watches, calling it "The
Alberta Museum of Chinese Horology"...
His inspiration. My madness.
With many thanks to
Joel Chan, "Soviet", "Chascomm", "Gigfy",
"Pawl Buster" aka "Alpha-Getty", "Lysanderiii", "Alfanator" and
all the other
vintage Chinese mechanical (VCM) wristwatch
fans whose research and efforts before
I ever started have helped me greatly with this ongoing project.
Very very special thanks to
Mr. Cameron Ma
(Mr. Ma Rong) of Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China. His early and continuing friendship
and trust--and passion for
Chinese watches--was instrumental in developing my sincere love of these vintage
Chinese mechanical (VCM) and automatic
Rong's Taobao shop is here.
After a too-long time getting to know each other just on the Internet, I was
fortunate enough to
meet Ma Rong and his very cordial and welcoming wife Qi Ran in Shijiazhuang,
Hebei Province, China.
( Thank you, Xiaoma, my brother
谢谢你 Xiaoma 我的弟弟.
People's Republic of China (PRC) has a significant history of domestic
watch-making that goes back well over 50 years, starting about 1955 and entering
mass-market domestic production by 1958 with, for example, the Shanghai A-581
While there are other terrific sites (listed below on this page) that go into much more detail regarding the history and technical background of Chinese (PRC)
horology, this site is intended to provide "tip of the iceberg" history during an enjoyable layman's tour of only
*some* of China's beautiful watches.
The hope is to ensure that the
excellent efforts of hard-working and highly skilled Chinese designers,
watchmakers and factory line workers are recognized for their well-earned place
in the world's horological (watch-making) tradition and history.
All the vintage
Chinese mechanical wristwatches in this collection were built in China and--with only a few
(generally very early) exceptions--are fully Chinese designed with the
movements manufactured "in house" as well.
(mid-late 1950s) exceptions used designs and tooling legally purchased from
other countries like Switzerland (or the Soviet Union in one case). The few more
modern watches noted as "homage / lookalike" are included to provide
some historic perspective.