Zhaozhouqiao at the AMCHPR...more or less :-)

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Zhaozhouqiao at the AMCHPR...more or less :-)

Postby AlbertaTime » December 13th 2017, 8:39pm

So there's a story to this one.

石家庄市手表厂赵州桥手表 国产手卷表。应该是ZJS不SZN。依然漂亮,但不是真正的古董。我不是在抱怨。卖方的广告是诚实的。我想要石家庄的纪念品 所以我很高兴。

It's a Shijiazhuang City Watch Factory "Zhaozhou Bridge"...except the movement should be be ZJS not SZN, so far as I understand--and all the vintage *looking* Zhaozhouqiao I've seen have ZJS movements. The newer ones, not so much. I've even seen ZSE in one of those.

Now, as it happens, I'm quite sure this is a recent redial, and maybe the entire thing is a total assembled-recently-from-parts watch, but...I still love it

I can keep my eyes open for a fully correct piece, but mostly it's just I love the dial and logo so much. It's still a cool memento of Shijiazhuang, a city that's close to my heart, and the radiant sure plays nice when the light hits. And even the subdued lighting dial colour is appealing and a bit outta the ordinary enough to keep me happy.

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At Wiki University I learned that "[t]he Anji Bridge is the world's oldest open-spandrel segmental arch bridge of stone construction. Credited to the design of a craftsman named Li Chun, the bridge was constructed in the years 595-605."

Not my photo (I'll credit this guy for a great post on the bridge)

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Re: Zhaozhouqiao at the AMCHPR...more or less :-)

Postby biglove » December 13th 2017, 9:11pm

Dang, A-T, redial or not it is lovely.
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Re: Zhaozhouqiao at the AMCHPR...more or less :-)

Postby Racer-X » December 13th 2017, 9:19pm

Very cool. I even dig the caseback tool.
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Postby artman » December 13th 2017, 9:30pm

Another cool find AT. Nice addition to your impressive collection.
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Postby AlbertaTime » December 13th 2017, 10:34pm

Racer-X wrote:Very cool. I even dig the caseback tool.


If you visit this page, you can see my collection of VCM wrenches (many which work on other watches as well), polygons and slotted. They sure work better than the usual two or three point wrenches.

http://www.amchpr.com/parts-and-tools.html

Just for fun, if you like that kinda stuff...these are Sea-Gull factory wrenches from some time ago (1970/80ss?)

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Postby Racer-X » December 13th 2017, 10:46pm

Thanks, those are neat, I like the wooden case holder too. I've got a thing for trade tools and those wrenches are such a relief from the 'three-pronged scratch monster' if I can't get the sticky ball to work...
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Postby AlbertaTime » December 13th 2017, 11:10pm

Racer-X wrote:Thanks, those are neat, I like the wooden case holder too. I've got a thing for trade tools and those wrenches are such a relief from the 'three-pronged scratch monster' if I can't get the sticky ball to work...


I agree, and polygon and slotted western caseback wrenches also come up from time to time, too, on Ebay. And I think they're a good investment. Wooden case holders are nice for extra tight casebacks because the wood won't really mark the steel--but it will grip much tighter than I can grip with bare hands.
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Postby conjurer » December 14th 2017, 10:03am

Interestingly, A-T is able to post a learned and informative article about a corner of horology few know about, for free, while the big names in online watch reporting can only post stuff that nobody gives a shit about, and get paid for it.

Excellent post, as always, A-T!
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Postby 3Flushes » December 14th 2017, 12:51pm

conjurer wrote:Interestingly, A-T is able to post a learned and informative article about a corner of horology few know about, for free, while the big names in online watch reporting can only post stuff that nobody gives a shit about, and get paid for it.

Excellent post, as always, A-T!

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I like radiant dials, that's nicely done. Very cool looking watch A-T.
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Postby bobbee » December 14th 2017, 1:02pm

Brilliant thread sir, love the tools and the watch is fantastic. Quite a large size by the look of it, but I suppose it had to be to fit that name on the dial! :)
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Postby AlbertaTime » December 15th 2017, 8:53pm

conjurer wrote:Interestingly, A-T is able to post a learned and informative article about a corner of horology few know about, for free, while the big names in online watch reporting can only post stuff that nobody gives a shit about, and get paid for it.

Excellent post, as always, A-T!


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Re: Zhaozhouqiao at the AMCHPR...more or less :-)

Postby AlbertaTime » December 15th 2017, 8:55pm

3Flushes wrote:
conjurer wrote:Interestingly, A-T is able to post a learned and informative article about a corner of horology few know about, for free, while the big names in online watch reporting can only post stuff that nobody gives a shit about, and get paid for it.

Excellent post, as always, A-T!

Yup
+ all the cool stuff about China and Chinese culture!

I like radiant dials, that's nicely done. Very cool looking watch A-T.


My thanks, 3F! I like radiant dials too--and that's one area that the Chinese dial makers have down.
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Postby AlbertaTime » December 15th 2017, 8:57pm

bobbee wrote:Brilliant thread sir, love the tools and the watch is fantastic. Quite a large size by the look of it, but I suppose it had to be to fit that name on the dial! :)


:-) Thanks, bobbee. it's about 36/37mm w/o crown if i recall, likely 36. But I'm really comfortable with that size.
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Re: Zhaozhouqiao at the AMCHPR...more or less :-)

Postby Wasp » December 16th 2017, 5:27am

Xi should extend ambassadorial status. You be representin!

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