Project 304 re-issue arrives at the AMCHPR

Project 304 re-issue arrives at the AMCHPR

Postby AlbertaTime » January 16th 2015, 11:57pm

All honour for the arrival at the AMCHPR of the watch described in this post is originally because my friend Ed Tse met my friend Li Wei (of the China Horologe Association).

At some point in their time together, Ed noticed Li Wei's original 1963 Air Force chronograph watch (with the original PLAAF 304 squadron logo), as did I when I met Li Wei for the first time in Beijing, 2013. Here's Li Wei's utterly rare, original real deal.

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Ed went to the work of arranging for 150 of two re-issue models (details at the link), a cream dial version and a black dial...both bearing the original logo, and both containing the ST-1901 column wheel chrono movement. I have two cream dial 1963 re--issues already, one from WatchUnique and another a limited version normally distributed only in China, so I decided on the black dial and asked for a red second hand instead of the normal white second hand on most black dial versions.

I can't tell y'all how happy I am with this. I'm grinning from ear to ear. It's a classy, vintage sized 37mm without crown, beautifully built, and nicely polished. Transparent caseback, acrylic crystal and signed crown. I present the 63ED...

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Note: the logo predates Star Trek by three years ;-)
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Re: Project 304 re-issue arrivesd at the AMCHPR

Postby Horse Feathers » January 17th 2015, 12:31am

Beautiful watch, would love to have one of the cream color dial versions.

Was quite surprised by the price, was expecting it to be much higher.

Well done.

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Re: Project 304 re-issue arrives at the AMCHPR

Postby Kahuna74 » January 17th 2015, 7:37am

Beautiful, I too like the cream dial.
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Re: Project 304 re-issue arrives at the AMCHPR

Postby svaglic » January 17th 2015, 7:58am

That black dial looks like the vintage ones that age to a nice chocolate color.
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Re: Project 304 re-issue arrives at the AMCHPR

Postby biglove » January 17th 2015, 9:05am

Sweet Jeebus, that is beautiful! Love the serial number!

I, too, am shocked that the price is so low. Wow!

Congrats on a beautiful watch and thanks for sharing the back story with us.
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Re: Project 304 re-issue arrives at the AMCHPR

Postby koimaster » January 17th 2015, 12:47pm

Beautiful watch. Congrats are well deserved. By the wY, how about a pictoral tour of the museum in the future
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Re: Project 304 re-issue arrives at the AMCHPR

Postby AlbertaTime » January 17th 2015, 3:50pm

koimaster wrote:By the way, how about a pictorial tour of the museum in the future


Thanks for the kind words, Alain.

When I get the displays looking like I want the, sure, absolutely :-) ... but with my 2 full time job work schedule that might be a while. :roll:
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Re: Project 304 re-issue arrives at the AMCHPR

Postby AlbertaTime » January 17th 2015, 3:55pm

Thanks, folks, for the kind comments. I'm just thrilled with the thing, and it's a great companion to my other two 63's.

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Re: Project 304 re-issue arrives at the AMCHPR

Postby svaglic » April 10th 2015, 1:15pm

Thanks for the help on this. I have a cream and black dial waiting to be dispatched from Hong Kong.
Ed was great to work with.
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Re: Project 304 re-issue arrives at the AMCHPR

Postby AlbertaTime » April 10th 2015, 1:35pm

svaglic wrote:Thanks for the help on this. I have a cream and black dial waiting to be dispatched from Hong Kong.
Ed was great to work with.


You're more than welcome.

Ed is a great guy. I'm looking forward to seeing...both?!?!?!?!? How cool!
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