The first teaser of the AMCHPR 2023 China Tour...

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The first teaser of the AMCHPR 2023 China Tour...

Post by AlbertaTime » August 26th 2023, 3:01am

I actually got to hold this beauty...

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This is the only existing original with the dove on the dial in China (the owner said "in China" but I presume he meant the world) of what would become Shanghai Watch Factory's very first prototype Heping (Peace) wristwatches. The dove on the dial was not seen again until Shanghai's also very rare 30 year anniversary 1985/86 Heping re-issue.

Very few Heping watches were produced at all as they were not marketed, but instead were built (partly by hand) and used as prototypes to perfect the tooling for full production of watches, and both models were built very closely together.

From the Chinese Watch Wiki:

"From the Wiki: "With external sources of movements disappearing after the revolution, the Shanghai Light Industry Bureau and the Shanghai Watch Industry Association organized 58 enterprises to participate in a project to develop an entirely Chinese-made watch. Trial production occurred between 1955 and 1957 until the quality was adequate to justify full production. The 17 jewel, centre second design was based on the Swiss AS 1187, and these first trial watches bore the names He Ping (Peace) and Dong Fang Hong (The East is Red)."

The characters below the handwritten style Heping (和平) and the halfwreath/garland) are: 17 zuan (jewels) in a handwritten style, and Zhongguo Shanghai.

The owner has both rarities, both from 1956, and both in the same spectacular condition. Photos of both (and more rare pieces) will follow in an article about my visit to see him.
Curator: Alberta Museum of Chinese Horology in Peace River

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Re: The first teaser of the AMCHPR 2023 China Tour...

Post by AlbertaTime » August 26th 2023, 7:42am

Racer-X wrote:
August 26th 2023, 7:04am
Oh yeah, here we go.
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Re: The first teaser of the AMCHPR 2023 China Tour...

Post by AlbertaTime » August 26th 2023, 7:45am

smellody wrote:
August 26th 2023, 6:16am
Wow Ron! That's amazing. Really cool watch and history!! Can't wait to see more!
Thanks, Christopher. I admit, I was shocked when he pulled it out of the box and even more shocked when i saw what else he had. There's some fun stuff coming.
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Re: The first teaser of the AMCHPR 2023 China Tour...

Post by AlbertaTime » August 27th 2023, 7:39am

3Flushes wrote:
August 26th 2023, 5:28pm
Wow - very cool to see from whence it all sprung. Looking forward to the tales of your travels,
Thanks, 3F, I'll do my best to make the future posts worthwhile :-)

conjurer wrote:
August 26th 2023, 7:02pm
Fucking Ron, you never know what he's going to find next!
Burst out laughing at this one, John.

I was at Guo Ming's (AHCI candidate) shop at the Shanghai Watch And Clock Culture Museum with Mr. Ming and AJ, the watch writer, and I was showing them the forum and opened this post...and, well, now they understand the spirit of the place Image
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