Shangai watch

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biglove
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Shangai watch

Post by biglove » Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:10 am

Picked this little white dialed Shanghai watch up off eBay for a whopping $32. Love the color/texture on the dial and the watch is lightweight and keeps good time. The hour markers are a rose gold tone, raised metal, and the minute markers are painted rose color. This leads to the watch case, at times, with reflections that make parts of it appear gold tone; but, the case is straight up stainless.

Not a strap fan, as you all are well aware, and this little leather strap is actually quite short; however, it is comfortable and surprisingly well made for the price. The signed buckle is a nice touch.

The winding stem is a bit finicky with position and has a nice feedback when being wound. Setting the time is super quick with very little movement required to adjust the time. Have to admit that while the crown feels stable, I get the sense that I could easily break something inside if I am not careful? The crown seems to not want to seat well to wind.

I will be putting it on some sort of dressier bracelet once I figure out what will look best (any recs are appreciated). The lug width is 18mm. Let me clarify...inexpensive dressier bracelet. Think less than $20 eBay bracelet (thank you eBay bucks)!

Other specs:
36mm case width, 38mm with crown
10mm thick with domed acrylic crystal
45mm lug-lug
Shanghai SB1H automatic movement which is supposedly a reliable movement (thanks A-T for your guidance in all things Chinese!)

Some information about the movement from here: http://chinesewatchwiki.net/Chinese_Standard_Movement

"The Chinese Standard Movement, also known as the Tongji (统机), is a manual-wind, 21,600 bph watch movement which has been manufactured in various forms by a wide range of factories since 1972. It was designed by engineers from several early Chinese watch factories as part of a Ministry of Light Industry initiative to consolidate the industry, and with a few exceptions it became mandatory for all factories to discontinue the production of their own movements and to mass produce the standard movement. Because of this, the production of the standard movement defines an entire era in the history of Chinese watchmaking, though standard movements are still produced today...The changes to economic policy in the 1980s, particularly regarding imports and exports, (coinciding as it did with the rapid expansion of global quartz watch production) had a significant impact on the Standard watch. Shanghai Watch Factory and Shanghai No. 4 Watch Factory collaborated on a thinner, more refined replacement for the Standard, known variously as SS8, SB1H or simply the B."

Sorry for any blur in the photos as they were taken shortly after my pacer was put in. Hopefully will be buying an iPhone 6+ in January with a much better camera!

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Re: Shangai watch

Post by Ocean » Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:39 pm

Ron will be proud of you. Good looking classic watch. Looks like the hour markers have a patina to them.
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Re: Shangai watch

Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:02 pm

Excellent write-up/read, el Loafo...I have two Shanghai's and love 'em both. My only recommendation vis-à-vis a replacement bracelet is that you make it as plain as possible so that the watch itself stays at the center of attention. Just a thought...
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