Someone made an homage/copy of the vintage Ma'anshan Shiba worldtimer!

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Someone made an homage/copy of the vintage Ma'anshan Shiba worldtimer!

Post by AlbertaTime » February 2nd 2023, 11:08pm

Someone made an homage/copy of the vintage Ma'anshan Shiba worldtimer watch!

Found on Taobao - search: 世界时间手表

The last photo is the original vintage watch.

Beijing 北京 time on this watch (the big red star) is 10:20:31
Wellington 惠灵顿 time (thick red arrow for GMT) is 2:20:31
The thin red arrow is Tokyo.

The homage:

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The black on the caseback is a reflection.

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And here's the original...

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And my original post on the Ma'anshan Shiba:

viewtopic.php?f=63&t=20221&p=196951

The Taobao price is 450 RMB (here, if you can see Taobao: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1 ... 37demn4IKL) or about $90CDN or $67USD. I asked for EMS shipping, so it was more expensive than slow post--still not that quick (23 days) and my total came to about $148CDN/$112USD.

The original is very hard to find these days, and I think it's nicer watch--but this isn't a bad second choice, given the price--and as far as worldtimer watches go, I think this is pretty cool.

The biggest visual difference is the homage puts the "cities wheel" (the central disc as an hour hand) over the minutes/hours ring, not under, which is why I like the original better. But functionally, it's just as useful.
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Re: Someone made an homage/copy of the vintage Ma'anshan Shiba worldtimer!

Post by Mark1 » February 2nd 2023, 11:49pm

Interesting complication. Kind of makes sense, but only after your explanation. Why the notch in the caseback? Some kind of special wrench to open it?
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Re: Someone made an homage/copy of the vintage Ma'anshan Shiba worldtimer!

Post by AlbertaTime » February 3rd 2023, 6:43am

Mark1 wrote:
February 2nd 2023, 11:49pm
Interesting complication. Kind of makes sense, but only after your explanation. Why the notch in the caseback? Some kind of special wrench to open it?
The black on the caseback is a reflection. It's a typical Chinese decagon/10 side caseback. And, yep, using the central disc in place of the hour hand is a pretty slick idea, really.
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Re: Someone made an homage/copy of the vintage Ma'anshan Shiba worldtimer!

Post by AlbertaTime » February 3rd 2023, 6:47am

codguy wrote:
February 3rd 2023, 5:46am
Those watches are cool as hell!
I prefer the inset center dial on the original, but for the price---
That's my thinking, too. "For the price" because I can see why putting the wheel underneath would be more difficult. But *any* functioning non-digital world timer for that price is a decent deal.
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Re: Someone made an homage/copy of the vintage Ma'anshan Shiba worldtimer!

Post by AlbertaTime » February 3rd 2023, 6:48am

conjurer wrote:
February 2nd 2023, 11:16pm
I like world timers. They give me a goddamn erection.
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Re: Someone made an homage/copy of the vintage Ma'anshan Shiba worldtimer!

Post by AlbertaTime » February 3rd 2023, 6:00pm

DoctorIvey wrote:
February 3rd 2023, 2:53pm
That is a damn fine looking wartch for $67. I’d buy one if I thought there was a way in Hades I could ever read it.
I think you'd be OK as long as you could learn to recognize just the time zones where you stay.

Over the years, I've learned to read a small but fun amount of Chinese, just through repetition.

I still remember the day I was in Shijiazhuang with my brother Ma Rong and I read a street sign that had no English.

I just read it, realized what it said...and then realized I'd just read it like normal. I almost jumped for joy!!

Don't get too impressed, though. I still can't read most stuff.
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