Our most popular post on the site is our review of the Seagull 1963 Chinese airforce chronograph. Readers are clamouring for more information on the watch, so we have launched a new resource full of information about it. You can visit Seagull1963.co.uk to read more, and we would love to know your thoughts and what else you would like to see on the site.
WRUK launches a dedicated Seagull 1963 Website
In the 1960s, Chinese chronographs were almost exclusively imported from Switzerland and the Soviet Union. Uncomfortable with this situation, China’s Ministry of Light Industry launched an initiative to break the dependency and develop the production of timepieces made in the People’s Republic. Given the code number 304, the project set out to develop, test, and source nationally manufactured chronograph wristwatches for the Chinese air force.
Tianjin purchased the Cal.175 designs and machinery from Venus and promptly upgraded the original 17-jewel movement to their own ST19, a 19-jewel movement. The second round of prototypes was completed by 1963, the year which is added to the watch’s name by collectors outside of China. (Inside China the watch is named after the project code, and is referred to as the ‘304 Airforce chronograph’.)
This popular watch is a reissue of a design first created in the 1960s for pilots in the Chinese Air Force. At the new website, you will find guides, background information and links to where to buy a Seagull 1963 in the UK.
Buy a Seagull 1963 in the UK
More information about the Seagull 1963 Chronograph
We have a sister website dedicated to this popular wristwatch. Visit Seagull1963.co.uk to read more about the watch, its variants and the history of Chinese watchmaking.