Seagull 1963 40MM Sapphire Crystal ST1901 Movement Men's Chronograph Watch 1963 SU1963S40

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Seagull 1963 40MM Sapphire Crystal ST1901 Movement Men's Chronograph Watch 1963 SU1963S40

Seagull 1963 40MM Sapphire Crystal ST1901 Movement Men's Chronograph Watch 1963 SU1963S40

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In the golden age of Swiss watchmaking, there were three major movement manufacturers in Switzerland– Venus, Valjoux, and Lemania. Seagull has faithfully remade this 1960s piece - albeit with a larger 40mm case. They’ve taken an iconic aviation watch and recreated it down to the smallest details. I don’t have any problem with the power reserve. About the movement, sometimes I used the timer, and it worked fine. If you’re a fan of The Slender Wrist, you probably want to know if this watch will fit a smaller wrist. Rest at ease — with 38 mm, 40 mm and 42 mm diameter versions, Seagull’s got us small wrist dudes covered.

You wouldn’t think that gold, red, blue, and brown colors would look good next to each other, but somehow, the Seagull 1963 makes it work. I do not have experience with other straps from Seagull, but the watch is an ultimate strap monster. You can change the straps if you want to find the best. Spoiler alert, it will work on most. Pros and Cons The Dual Time is a reasonably chunky watch with a 42mm case. This has the trademark double crowns of a Super Compressor style watch. In this model, the second crown rotates an inner bezel that records a second time-zone - making this is a GMT watch. The case is made of polished 316L stainless steel. On mine, the crystal is acrylic. This is more authentic and easier to polish. Faithful to the original, both versions of crystals are domed, lending a vintage feeling.The box that it arrived in looks like a military ammo box. It’s made of wood and painted olive green with a red star on the top of it, reminiscent of the watch’s military origins. To me, the most exciting part of the watch is its movement. The Seagull 1963 has a hand-winding column-wheel mechanical chronograph movement. Over the years, they’ve released multiple takes on the Seagull 1963. There are many different remakes, each emphasizing different design elements. Special features have included: 19 and 21 jewels, different dial colors, acrylic crystal and sapphire, and a range of dial sizes. Beginning in the mid-1950s, China began to build watches based on Swiss designs. Out of this, emerged the ‘ big three’ factories - Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin . This chunky piece has a deep blue bezel and a matching sunburst dial. Along with the white contrasting hands and indices, the effect is of a very clear dial. It’s easy to read. There’s also a cyclops lens above the date window. All very practical.

It works for me. And it’s very affordable. Particularly if you factor in the in-house mechanical movement. You’d pay significantly more for a German equivalent. Yes, it’s updated. The case is bigger and it has a sapphire crystal. But aesthetically, it’s true to the spirit of the original. It looks like a military watch from communist China. I’d definitely take this German-inspired minimalism over the multitude of mediocre Scandinavian influenced designs.

In the 1960’s Venus needed more space for the caliber 188 chronograph movement. They put the rights, plans, and machinery necessary to manufacturer their older model, the caliber 175, up for sale. The Tianjin Sea-Gull Watch Group, commonly referred to as simply “Seagull,” is one of the biggest watch manufacturers in China by volume. By volume, Seagull’s Tianjin factory is the largest watch manufacturer in China. That makes it one of the biggest in the world.

It takes its design cues from similar dive watches from the 1950s and 60s. It’s less obviously Chinese than the 1963 Chronograph but it still represents tremendous value for money. In my opinion, these reissue watches are all “copies” of the original, so I wouldn’t worry about this. Just enjoy this bit of Chinese watchmaking history on your wrist. Initial Thoughts I want to show you something much better. Still affordable and still Chinese. Watches that represent great value for money but also have excellent workmanship and an interesting heritage. The colour palette, the bold numerals and the 24mm canvas strap. They all look practical for a military or field watch. Like the 1963 chronograph, this piece feels authentic.After several prototypes, the final version was unveiled in 1963, becoming the official watch of the Chinese Air Force. Despite the monumental effort it took to develop ‘the 1964,’ only 1400 watches were manufactured. Seagull 1963 As the Chinese watch factory grew, they began making watches and movements under the English name, ‘Seagull.’ The crown and pushers are well proportioned with the rest of the case. The crown has an engraved star on it — a nice touch on Seagull’s part.

It’s a bit of a tank itself. The case is 44mm and has prominent angular crown guards that really do their job. And that’s what I get from this watch. It looks like it was designed with a purpose in mind.The cream dial is authentically vintage and cleverly uses colour to separate the different functions. The numbers and indices are gold, the hour hands blue and the chronograph hand is red. The effect is impressive. The Tank Commander is up there among my top Chinese watches. It’s unashamedly Chinese and references their military history. It’s a great alternative to the 1963 chronograph if you want something more rugged.

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