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Well, six years later, the five beautiful watches in today's post arrived yesterday--more watches from Henry!!--and I'm once again astonished and grateful for the support my efforts receive. I don't have words good enough, and my photos won't meet that bar, either--but here they are.
Henry: Wow!! Seriously: Wow!! Note: all of these watches came to me on brand new Ofrei genuine leather straps, too!
As it happens, I didn't have a Lanque in the collection, although I've always wanted one, and same with Kuihua, if I recall correctly.
Dongfeng, from Tianjin Watch Factory, prior to Sea-Gull branding, with an ST5 movement:
Zhufeng, with a ZLN (Laioning) Tongji/Standard movement. Back in 2011, I was advised by a source I trust that Zhufeng watches likely came from the factory with any of a number of movements: ZLN, like this one, or ZTZA, or STZ. This is not unfitting, given Zhufeng's status as a 2nd grade watch. But every Zhufeng I own runs really well, and I have a few just because I love the caseback. I also have Zhufeng with differing casebacks, again likely factory direct so far as my sources advise.
Lanque watch from Tianjin Watch Factory, with an ST5 movement. Lanque was a Grade 2 or 3 watch, and often came with case backs with a polished out logo.
Tianjin from Tianjin Watch Factory, with an ST5 movement.
Kuihua 奎华 Sunflower from Jieyang Wristwatch Factory, w/17 jewel SN2 movement. The 17 jewel was Jieyang's top grade SN2 variant. And: I *love* the caseback
I am a very fortunate collector, and I'm *always* grateful. Again, thank you Henry. This was an extremely kind addition to the AMCHPR collection! That's especially so since I'm off work these days due to COVID, so I haven't been buying any watches, and I'm trying *not* to spend the $$$ I'd saved for this year's now-postponed trip to China in hopes of returning next year.
Oh, an extra note: As it happens, I had the exact fitting caseback wrench for all five of these watches, so no messing around with one of those "hope the two pins don't slip and wreck the back" openers, and no wrestling with a sticky rubber ball, either. Life rawks!!
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