Sept 15th update: AMCHPR China Tour 2023

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Sept 15th update: AMCHPR China Tour 2023

Post by AlbertaTime » September 15th 2023, 12:20am

Well, my cup continues to runneth over...and more posted here first.

Knowing I was coming to Tianjin, I'd contacted my old friend Marco Kong, who has one of the two authorized Sea-Gull repair shops & ADs in Tianjin, if we could meet to hang out and maybe have dinner, but he'd responded he was in Shanghai so that wouldn't be possible. Disappointed me Image

Since that conversation, a friend in Australia had asked me if I could obtain a few ST16 crown stems (no crown needed, just stems) for an old Alpha he's repairing. So, I called Marco to see if he knew where a few could be obtained. He said, sure, just go to my shop--I'll arrange for them to be there. How very cool of him.

I arrived and they were there, no charge. More coolness.

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So, anyways...a couple of years ago, Sea-Gull re-issued its ST7 model, a watch that was never really generally released. Here's a Chinese video about the re-issue watch, released back in 2022.



I have an original ST7 and they're very rare, and not something I'd want to wear out of the house. Some photos I've taken over the years...

Some deeper dive details, here

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I'd contacted Prestige Time (the folks with the video) to see if they had any left to purchase, but they'd sold out, quickly they'd said. Dissapointed me Image

But, lo and behold: I spotted one in the counter display at Marco's store!!!!!

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So, I asked if they took VISA and they said YES!!!!

Very cool--so I asked to purchase it. They told me to hang on a sec and got Marco on the phone for me because I'd arranged for the stems, and handed me the phone.

Marco stated an amazing price for me, so here it is: my brand-spanking new ST7, which he had brought down for me, checked and timed. It's not coming out of the wrapping plastic till I get home.

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It's amazing I can sit anywhere with the size of the horseshoe I must have placed so firmly up my butt.

Here's an unwrapped photo of the watch from Prestige Time:

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And a description:

Movement: Seagull ST2100 automatic winding movement, 28,800 bph
Case: 316L stainless steel, 39mm diameter, 12.5mm thickness
Crystal: sapphire crystal
caseback: Sea soar to sea pattern
straps: Swiss NAPA
Waterproof: 50m living waterproof (splashes, or a very quick 1 meter immersion is no issue--but don't swim with it.)
Curator: Alberta Museum of Chinese Horology in Peace River

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Re: Sept 15th update: AMCHPR China Tour 2023

Post by AlbertaTime » September 16th 2023, 6:30am

3Flushes wrote:
September 15th 2023, 1:10am
Cool - what an epic trip, man.
codguy wrote:
September 15th 2023, 3:16am
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smellody wrote:
September 15th 2023, 5:50am
Fantastic Ron. Nice score!!! What an amazing journey.
And here I am, reading these comments, sitting in my hotel room in Bejing, now, and which even after 7 trips now is still "I'm in freaking Tianjin!! I'm in freaking Beijing!!"

I write and I don't know how to put into what I encounter here into words. I try--and you see what makes it through my brain to paper, or at least pixels, but ...what I'm trying to say is it's epic even to me.
Mark1 wrote:
September 15th 2023, 7:56am
Very nice I like that one. It helps to know people.
Thank you, and true. It does.

That's the one area I'll take some credit for. I'm a poor student of wonderful, very learned, very generous and kind teachers in China, but I actually do attend the classes. So the real professors treat me nicely.
Curator: Alberta Museum of Chinese Horology in Peace River

"That stone buddha deserves all the birdshit it gets. I wave my skinny arms like a tall flower in the wind." Ikkyu
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