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Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby AlbertaTime » June 27th 2012, 8:37pm

An honestly Chinese affordable limited edition...It's the WatchuSeek 2011 Chinese Mechanical Watches forum 2011 "project watch" with an interesting development history that started with this WUS post. The watch is the end result of a collaboration by some interested folks on the WatchuSeek Chinese Mechanical Watch forum, and most of the collaboration went right past me as I was involved in other stuff. All aspects of the watch (style, dial, indices, crown etc) are the result of separate votes, leading to this final result.

...and I almost missed out on this because only 150 were made and they were all sold except about 5 that were held back for a time in case of any "first out the door" issues.

Well, anyways, it appears there were essentially no heavy-duty "first out" issues and so even though I was quite late to the asking (begging) and missed the original distribution. I'm very grateful to the project coordinator for his kindness to me; one of the last available pieces was made available (it's hard to sit down with such a firmly placed horseshoe).

The movement is a Sea-Gull ST2528 true moonphase 21,600 automatic (not just day/night) with custom blue rotor and it handwinds and hacks. The small pusher by the crown sets the moonphase and the small pusher at the 10 PM side of the case sets the date. Sapphire crystal, textured creme dial and very nice quality leather strap. This piece is #145 of 150...

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I'm thrilled with the piece as a memento of my hobby and as an attractive dress watch, but I also think it's a very neat example of what can happen on a collaboration project.

The watch is honestly Chinese with a delivered price of $200 CDN and I think it's great value for the dollar even on it's own terms as a timepiece without the history.
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby jason_recliner » June 27th 2012, 8:47pm

Nice looking watch. Good price, and the style is more cohesive than many of the forum projects. I like it!
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Postby bigedsurf » June 28th 2012, 2:19am

Good catch AT.......
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby Guest » July 8th 2012, 5:43am

Constantin Weisz designed in Germany made in China,price $118.

black face w/moonphase.Black leather strap.Oh forgot,it's an automatic.As soon as I figure out how to transfer pictures from my webcam I'll just keeprying.
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby themadhungarian » July 8th 2012, 10:34am

Stetson you continue to prove you are in way, way over your head by posting some bullshit in someone else's new watch thread.

Start your own fucking thread or, better yet, just read more until you understand what is actually going on here.



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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby BigCheez » July 8th 2012, 12:28pm

AT, that's a beautiful watch! I'm not enough of a WUSsie to be thrilled with the LE or "W" on the dial, but it wouldn't stop me either.

If you ever find another at that price, or a regular Seagull with similar specs and appearance, please let me know.
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby timc. » July 8th 2012, 12:41pm

i like it
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby AlbertaTime » July 8th 2012, 1:41pm

BigCheez wrote:AT, that's a beautiful watch!...If you ever find another at that price, or a regular Seagull with similar specs and appearance, please let me know. :cigar:

Enjoy it! It's a nifty piece.


Thank you. I'll keep my eyes open for you. The closest Sea-Gull that's currently available is the M308S, but I like this better, and the price was better as well. Still, someone might sell theirs...(not me, though)...
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby Hawk » July 8th 2012, 3:35pm

AlbertaTime wrote:
BigCheez wrote:AT, that's a beautiful watch!...If you ever find another at that price, or a regular Seagull with similar specs and appearance, please let me know. :cigar:

Enjoy it! It's a nifty piece.


Thank you. I'll keep my eyes open for you. The closest Sea-Gull that's currently available is the M308S, but I like this better, and the price was better as well. Still, someone might sell theirs...(not me, though)...


I actually own the remains of an M308S. It went tango uniform after I reset the moonphase about 200 times (I got all obsessive over trying to get it "just right"). It's the first time Kevin didn't answer one of my emails and rather soured me on hunting bargains via SeaGull. I wouldn't mind trying again with something like yours.
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby Dr.Morningwood » July 8th 2012, 4:07pm

I have 16/150. I was interested in this watch from the beginning, so I was able to cast my votes as far as the design. Its a very nice watch. I think you can get this exact watch without the WUS logos from the maker of the watch.
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby themadhungarian » July 8th 2012, 4:08pm

Who is the manufacturer?
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby AlbertaTime » July 8th 2012, 4:11pm

Dr.Morningwood wrote:I have 16/150. I was interested in this watch from the beginning, so I was able to cast my votes as far as the design. Its a very nice watch. I think you can get this exact watch without the WUS logos from the maker of the watch.


That's very likely true.

You could ask Thomas at lhczthomas@gmail.com. His English is decent but it helps to be clear and concise. He's very friendly and very accommodating.
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby AJC » July 8th 2012, 4:30pm

Stetson wrote:Constantin Weisz designed in Germany made in China,price $118.

black face w/moonphase.Black leather strap.Oh forgot,it's an automatic.As soon as I figure out how to transfer pictures from my webcam I'll just keeprying.


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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby Samdwich » August 24th 2012, 5:03pm

Wow i liked that watch mostly for the meaning and the project wich i had known about this, Congrats man good ctach it looks really nice and dressy! ive been looking for a watch with chinese letters (or numbers not sure if i wrote it right)
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Postby Northwestguy » August 24th 2012, 5:16pm

Very Nice Ron! Super clean and love the moon phase. What size is it?
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Postby foghorn » August 24th 2012, 5:55pm

Samdwich wrote:Wow i liked that watch mostly for the meaning and the project wich i had known about this, Congrats man good ctach it looks really nice and dressy! ive been looking for a watch with chinese letters (or numbers not sure if i wrote it right)




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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby conjurer » August 24th 2012, 6:17pm

Sorry I missed this the first time around, A-T. Nice looking watch, and your pics are excellent, as usual.
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby Kahuna74 » August 24th 2012, 7:07pm

Nice score Ron. Nice looking dress watch.
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby AlbertaTime » August 24th 2012, 7:31pm

Northwestguy wrote:Very Nice Ron! Super clean and love the moon phase. What size is it?


Thanks (and thanks everyone for your kind words), this was a project watch that worked out pretty well as far as design and not ending up looking too much like a horological salad. The watch is 40mm with 20mm lugs.
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby AlbertaTime » August 24th 2012, 7:33pm

conjurer wrote:Sorry I missed this the first time around, A-T. Nice looking watch, and your pics are excellent, as usual.


I appreciate the comment on the photography. I love taking photos and I'm trying to improve as I go along :-)
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby chef p » August 26th 2012, 8:10am

That sir, is a beautiful looking watch......
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby AlbertaTime » August 27th 2012, 6:08am

themadhungarian wrote:Who is the manufacturer?


I'm sorry, I missed this question earlier...the manufacturer was Sea-Gull HK aka Tsinlien Sea-Gull of Hong Kong, a Tianjin Sea-Gull owned subsidiary OEM company with a separate catalogue of models from Tianjin Sea-Gull.

chef p wrote:That sir, is a beautiful looking watch......


Thank you :-)
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby elau » August 27th 2012, 7:48am

A very clean design and I like how easy it is to read. With Made in China proudly written on the dial says it well. It is a Chinese made watch and not a Swiss poser. I like that a lot and thank you for sharing your watch with us.
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Re: Moonphase automatic limited edition and affordable...

Postby itfc1959 » August 27th 2012, 10:17am

Agree with all the positives. This is a lovely looking piece and unashamedly Chinese.

I'd seen a couple of sites that were running a 'project' piece and thought, oh shit, here comes a camel. But that looks like a fine example of collaborative working. Hats off, Gentlemen! Hats off!
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Postby elau » August 27th 2012, 11:57am

Don't mean to hi-jack your post. Would you minding showing me how to post pictures? I just got a new watch today and don't mind sharing.
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