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The People's Republic of China (PRC) has a significant history of domestic watch-making that goes back well over 50 years, starting about 1955 and entering mass-market domestic production by 1958 with, for example, the Shanghai A-581 model.
While there are other terrific sites (listed below on this page) that go into much more detail regarding the history and technical background of Chinese (PRC) horology, this site is intended to provide "tip of the iceberg" history during an enjoyable layman's tour of only *some* of China's beautiful watches.
The hope is to ensure that the excellent efforts of hard-working and highly skilled Chinese designers, watchmakers and factory line workers are recognized for their well-earned place in the world's horological (watch-making) tradition and history.
All the vintage wristwatches in this collection were built in China and--with only a few (generally very early) exceptions--are fully Chinese designed with the movements manufactured "in house" as well.
The early (mid-late 1950s) exceptions used designs and tooling legally purchased from other countries like Switzerland (or the Soviet Union in one case). The few more modern watches noted as "homage / lookalike" are included to provide some historic perspective.
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