PRC -- Peoples' Republic of China
PLA -- Peoples' Liberation Army
PLAN -- Peoples' Liberation Army Navy
PLAAF - Peoples' Liberation Army Air Force
I genuinely enjoy PRC military naming conventions, where everything starts with the PLA acronym. Of course, it makes sense, since Mao Tse Tung had only an army when he wrested control of mainland China from Chiang Kai Shek in 1949. Hence the PLAN and PLAAF. As an aside, I can't help but wonder if, when they complete their aircraft carrier, the former Soviet Navy TBILISI, they might name their naval air forces the PLANAF; there is precedence, after all.
But I digress. As usual.
I recently acquired this remake of the 1963 PLA Air Force Mechanical Chronograph, after a wait of a year or so. I have to admit that I nearly bought one back then based on looks alone, but that's something I haven't done since, well, those long ago Invicta daze.
And it is a looker.
The shape and feel of the 42mm (4mm larger than the original 1963 model) case is both attractive and comfortable without seeming too big or too heavy. And, of course, what communist watch would be complete without the presence of the "commie star," as my dad used to call it...
The 21-jewel Seagull ST19 mechanical chronograph movement is pure beauty from behind its mineral exhibition case-back, but you have to pretty much remove the 20mm NATO strap to see it -- which really isn't that big a deal, all things considered.
Of course, I make no secret of the fact that I'm a fan of Seagull's movements and vintage pieces, especially the ST5 that truly put them on the international map back in the 1960's. As such, it's no surprise that this amazing watch is such a great piece, something even a lover of vintage watches such as myself can enjoy and be proud to both own and wear.
As always, many, many thanks for stopping by...(and, yes, that really is a PLAAF jacket) 8-)