First of all, let me say that when I found this watch all I knew was that it was one of the coolest skeleton or mechanical watches I'd ever seen. And what I loved most was the contrast of a flashy detailed shiny watch placed on a rugged simple heavy leather snap band. But what I've found out since that first impression has made me love this piece even more. It came from the estate of a man who in 1981 went to open a factory for a US company in Shanghai. He hit the "Tongji," or Chinese Standard Movement, which was a mechanical watch movement developed as part of China's fourth Five-Year Plan in the 1970s. From a Wikipedia entry on this movement: "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...Once production of the new watch was established in existing factories, many new factories were built also to make the standard watch. In most factories the complete watch was manufactured in-house, thus the required skills and technologies were distributed more widely across the nation. By the end of the 1970s there were more than 30 complete watch manufacturing enterprises in China; and possibly as many as 50. Watch production in China increased from 6.564 million in 1974 to 33.01 million in 1982. About 82% of Chinese watches produced in 1983 had Standard movements." What we know about this watch is that is was mass produced, by one of those new companies, Goer. We also know that this particular watch was purchased sometime after he arrived, but we don't know exactly when, and he had the simple watchband produced there based on his specifications. The leather is not the highest quality--it's actually a bit dry from age, but it is genuine leather. It has two snaps.
The watch face is about 1-1/2" in diameter. Watch band measures just under 3/4" wide and total length is 9-1/2" from end to end of leather straps. Measuring for size, the smallest it will go is 7-1/2 to 8" and the largest is just under 8-1/2 to 9", so use that as the guide for wrist size. The leather is worn but also dry, and there is a spot where the person who cut the leather made a little detour into the edge. The watch face itself and frame have some scratches from use--this appeared to be a well-used watch--and you can see where the back was opened, as there is a gouge mark left behind. Not sure if this watch will work--I am selling it for the gorgeous look regardless of whether it works.
A fabulous piece of China's mechanical watchmaking history!
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