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Beijing ZhuFeng (Everest) update to add the 3.0

Post by svaglic » March 15th 2022, 8:03am

A couple of years ago I saw the blue and red spiral textured dial Beijing Beihai, I stalled on getting it, I thought I’d be able to pick one up used for cheaper. Well, a couple of weeks ago I looked for one and they are not for sale new or used, I missed the boat on it. I will keep looking and will eventually find one, but that day is not today. I looked for their anniversary Beihai and can’t find them either. The people buying these like them and they just don’t go up for sale much.
I really wanted the B18 movement and found this Beijing ZhuFeng for sale, used with no box. I hesitated, but saw the same watch new for sale for $745.00 and decided the box wasn’t worth the used to new price difference of over $500.00.

I got lucky and got this for a great price.
It reminds me of the Mido all dial, which I was able to remove from my list when I got and saw this.
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Here is the bracelet, a butterfly clasp, and it melts onto my wrist. It is so comfortable and is very well made.
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Side profile with a signed crown. The curve fits my wrist perfectly.
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The B18 movement, it is beautiful. This set up is so nice, plus the finishing is tops.
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I’m not seeing anything wrong with the build of this watch, I see quality. I was hugely surprised when I got it in my hands. Of course I messaged Ron to show him and I told him “I get it now”.

You guys know how much I love my hked, I have no intentions of ever parting with the 63 by him because I love that watch, but the quality of this watch is unbelievable and more above the hked.

I will never stall on a Beijing watch again, I am a fan now. This is going in my higher end watch box, along side my Oris, Rado, Eterna Zodiac Calame, Kurono etc…. This watch was a very pleasant surprise in quality.

38.5mm w/o crown (41.5 w/ crown), 34mm dial, 8.5mm thickness, 44mm lug to lug, 20mm band width
WR 3atm
Imported Stainless Steel
Beijing B18 movement
White enamel dial with applied or raised Arabic numerals
Date at 3 o'clock
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Post by AlbertaTime » March 16th 2022, 5:23pm

Gorgeous watch. Love everything about it. Is the bracelet as comfortable as it looks?
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Post by svaglic » March 16th 2022, 7:17pm

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Gorgeous watch. Love everything about it. Is the bracelet as comfortable as it looks?
It is, they put a lot into the bracelet. I was surprised by all the attention to detail that they did on this watch.
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Post by svaglic » April 7th 2022, 11:44am

You know, this watch has really got me into wanting more high end Chinese watches. I really wasn’t expecting what I got. I told Albertatime that I get it now. I have other Chinese watches, but this is the one that sealed the deal for me with wanting more.
I wouldn’t hesitate to put the quality up by my Oris, it’s that nice.
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Post by koimaster » April 7th 2022, 11:51am

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You know, this watch has really got me into wanting more high end Chinese watches. I really wasn’t expecting what I got. I told Albertatime that I get it now. I have other Chinese watches, but this is the one that sealed the deal for me with wanting more.
I wouldn’t hesitate to put the quality up by my Oris, it’s that nice.
good to hear. Once upon a time here at WL we disparaged chinese watches and I think rightfully so but over the years they have stepped up their game and I think can compete with the best German and Swiss brands. A couple may even be able to compete with some of the higher end independent brands as well.

atelier wen is a good one. Ciga Design is not my cup of tea but if I remember correctly one of their designs beat the Swiss in a competition. https://www.cigadesign-europe.com/watches/
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Post by svaglic » June 8th 2022, 10:17am

My second Beihai.
38mm, a great size for me. I’ve seen people claim these at 36mm and 37mm, my battery in my caliper is out, I’ll change it later and get a specific size.
The Beijing Watch Factory started in 1958. The Beihai watches are an anniversary edition line, I believe.
The movement is a hand-winding, hacking calibre B18. It is listed as in-house but is thought to be built on a heavily modified Myiota 8200 series movement.
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Getting a good shot of the red has proven to be impossible for me, it’s not like I’m great with pictures anyway.
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This looks to not have been worn at all, perhaps a time or two for short periods judging by the lizard strap.
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I will change out the strap and put this one in the box. I usually try to do this to save the original strap for the next owner. It’s not like I get rid of many watches I have, but the day will come when my family sells them off and I always thought an original strap would be a nice touch for the new owner.

It came with the box, outer sleeve and booklet. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase, especially since I got it for about a third of what I have seen others sell for.

Unless they come out with a drop dead hot watch, these will probably be my only two Beihai’s. I would not hesitate to replace either of these if something happened, that’s how much I appreciate the quality and looks of these.
I don’t think the usual asking prices of these are out of line. Any other Beijing’s I get will likely be vintage.

I only have one other red dial and it’s a GSX that hardly gets worn, this red with this dial is perfect for my collection. It has been hard to find a red dial that I like.
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Post by svaglic » June 8th 2022, 12:10pm

I took these on the back patio, I’m not sure if they are better.
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Post by AlbertaTime » June 8th 2022, 7:31pm

Your Beijing watches are beautiful, and the quality *is* there.

I was so pleased when you told me about this new Beihai and, yeah, the Beijing red is very difficult to nail in a photo but your photos are super.

Good catch! And i really appreciate your comments on the quality and the capabilities of Chinese watchmakers.
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