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Wholesale Watch Markets

Postby koimaster » August 30th 2017, 9:56am

There are three main watch and clock wholesale markets in China, the Guangzhou Watch Market, the Shenzhen Watch and Clock Components Market and the Yiwu Watch and Clock Market.

These markets are predominantly wholesale requiring minimum order quantities, however some small scale retail is also possible through select outlets.

From our experience most of these markets deal in products at the lower end of the spectrum and you are unlikely to find any of China’s leading watch brands and manufacturers about. However, these markets can be a fun place to browse for the horology enthusiast.


Guangzhou Watch Market





The Guangzhou Watch Market is one of the largest wholesale watch trading centres in China and most likely one of the largest of its kind in the world. These markets are located immediately adjacent to the Guangzhou Railway Station on its western side in a precinct encompassing Zhannan Road, Zhanxi Road, Zhanxi Road North Street and Baixing Street.

This Guangzhou Watch Market, as the name implies, is predominantly focussed on complete watches, watch components and related accessories and there is typically not a large selection of clock or clock related products. There are also many tools of the trade available for sale including testing machines, watchmaker’s tools and instruments.

There are thousands of small and large trading outlets located within the Guangzhou Watch Market precinct, predominantly operating from open-air counters and booths on the ground floor of each trading centre. Some trading centres also have upper levels, typically providing storage facilities and accommodating the many watchmakers and repair workshops.

The main trading centres within the watch market precinct include the following: Southern Watch Trade Centre, SanYi Clock and Watch Market, Guangzhou Southern International Watch Centre, Haiying Clock and Watch City, Rightway Watch and Clock Centre, New Kowloon Watch Centre, Xiu Shan Trading Centre, Wan Zhong Biao Cheng, Mongkok International Watch Centre, Billin-Fat Business Centre, Dongfang Watchmaker, Zhanxi Jiulong Watchmakers, West Station Clock and Watch City, Zhanxi Watch and Clock Town, and the Sanda Watch Market.

There are also other street sellers and open shopfronts in operation in the area.

As with other Chinese wholesale watch markets the Guangzhou Watch Market predominantly trades in goods at the lower end of the range and you are unlikely to see any of China’s leading watch brands and manufacturers present. Some individual stores do stock some mid-tier brands such as Aoshiqi, Sinobi, Pasnew, Bestdon, Gulang, Starking, EYKI, Binlun and Rosdn.

Bargaining on price can and does occur, however this can be limited. If you intend to do any serious wholesale purchasing we recommend you use a buying agent who is fluent in the local language and experienced in the local trading practices. In most cases, however communicating in English is generally not an issue.

Transactions are almost always furnished in the Chinese Yuan (RMB) and there are some small scale currency exchange dealers operating in the area.

At their busiest these markets can be a virtual beehive of activity with buyers, traders, merchants, hawkers, and distribution agents everywhere and with streets jammed with cars, ‘taxi’ scooters, bicycles, pedestrians and commuters going every which way. Everyone is generally courteous and considerate as they go about their business and personal safety is essentially not an issue.

By the end of each trading day the sidewalks and streets are typically lined with packaging material, merchandise, sack trucks and trollies, and all manner of general refuse, all of which has mysteriously been cleared and cleaned away by opening of trade the next day.

Operating hours can be up to seven days a week, often extending well into the night.

After dark it is not unusual to see workers busily completing shipping consignment notes under dimly lit street lights and building alcoves.

A wander around the Guangzhou Watch Market can be a rewarding and entertaining experience for any watch enthusiast.


Shenzhen Watch and Clock Components Market





Shenzhen, as a major centre for Chinese watchmaking and horology, also has its own watch and clock market. While somewhat smaller in size and prominence than their other Chinese counterparts, the Shenzhen Watch and Clock Components Market is well worth a look for the watch and clock enthusiast and is conveniently located in close proximity to other wholesale markets and retail shops.

Many whole watches, clocks of various types, watch parts and components, accessories and tools of the trade can be found.

As with other Chinese watch and clock markets manly goods in the lower end of the scale can be found at the Shenzhen Watch and Clock Components Market including many low price quartz and mechanical watches are available for wholesale and retail sale.


Yiwu Watch and Clock Market





The Yiwu Watch and Clock Market, located in Yiwu in the Zhejiang Province, is a constituent of a large number of wholesale markets in Yiwu known as the China Commodity City.

Yiwu’s China Commodity City markets collectively are one of the world’s largest wholesale market precincts and comprises of 5 districts covering a total area of 4 million square meters. Products traded at the Yiwu Watch and Clock Market come from over 40 industries and include merchandise such as jewellery, hair and cosmetic products and accessories, clothing, shoes and haberdashery, mobile phones and electronics accessories, eye-wear, kitchen and bathroom fittings, arts and crafts, toys, artificial flowers, tools and hardware products, and office supplies and stationery products.

The Yiwu Watch and Clock Market is located in sections G3, G4, D1 and D2 of the Yiwu International Trade City.

The Yiwu Watch and Clock Market comprises of over 500 suppliers undertaking wholesale trading of men’s, ladies and children’s watches, led and silicone watches, watch accessories and components, cuckoo clocks, decorative wall clocks, children’s clocks, grandfather clocks, watchmaking tools and all manner of associated watch and clock related products.

Yiwu also has a very large number of electronic and quartz watches and clocks of many types and styles, which along with small and wall clocks are its specialty.

The majority of watches and clocks at the Yiwu Watch and Clock Market are sourced from the Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Fujian provinces.

Minimum order quantities may apply, however this varies depending on the supplier and product type.

Like other Chinese wholesale markets quality and prices tends to be in the low to mid-range and the leading Chinese watch brands are virtually non-existent at these markets.
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