1963 Chinese Mechanical Chronograph (re-issue)

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1963 Chinese Mechanical Chronograph (re-issue)

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Seagull 1963 Re-issue, Mechanical Chronograph

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Its a nice watch. Had it for several years.

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Good movement other than a rather fragile clickspring on the ST19.
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Handsome piece- looks good on bracelet
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Its a shame that its so hard to get proper dials for this one. I've seen some stunning Panda-Versions but they're all kickstarters and the dials are too hard to come by.
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Ncrich wrote:Its a nice watch. Had it for several years.

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Good movement other than a rather fragile clickspring on the ST19.
I just wanted to thank you. I love everything about mine except I could never find a strap I was comfortable wearing with it. Various leather, nato, and rubber tropical all looked good with it imo but just didn't wear comfortable. After seeing your post I decided to order a straight end jubilee for it. It is now one of my favorite and most comfortable watches to wear.
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jbglock wrote: May 22nd, 2020, 12:56 pm
Ncrich wrote:Its a nice watch. Had it for several years.

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Good movement other than a rather fragile clickspring on the ST19.
I just wanted to thank you. I love everything about mine except I could never find a strap I was comfortable wearing with it. Various leather, nato, and rubber tropical all looked good with it imo but just didn't wear comfortable. After seeing your post I decided to order a straight end jubilee for it. It is now one of my favorite and most comfortable watches to wear.
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You are welcome. Amazing what a difference that little bracelet makes, isn't it. That looks sharp!
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Another NCRich disciple here......
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How much can you get these for? Looks like a great watch ...
[mention]Ncrich[/mention] , what is the issue with the click spring? Just weak or does it break?
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Tanukjaju wrote: May 22nd, 2020, 1:49 pm How much can you get these for? Looks like a great watch ...
@Ncrich , what is the issue with the click spring? Just weak or does it break?
Under $200. The click spring will break if you overwind it. I've repaired 3 or 4 of them. Its a 10 cent part. It won't be a problem if you don't overwind, but people forget. It doesn't happen frequently but I did it to my first vintage daytona rep. I've bought 2 or 3 from other people and fixed them. I ordered a pack of 200 clock click springs from Cousins for $5 a few years ago. Tedious job. Otherwise a great movement.
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Tanukjaju wrote:How much can you get these for? Looks like a great watch ...
[mention]Ncrich[/mention] , what is the issue with the click spring? Just weak or does it break?
I had gotten mine off of Alie Express for about $155 plus shipping. It came with a nice green nato and a brown leather strap with quick release pins. Mine is the acrylic crystal version. The sapphire crystal version wasn't much more but I had read that version has less of a dome.

I had read also that with this movement is you press the top (start/stop) pusher lightly you can lock up the movement. I have done that one time (second hand stopped) and managed to get it running again by slapping the 9 o clock side of the watch into the palm of my hand multiple times.

The watch has no water resistance. I have seen some say it is 30m wr. It isn't. Mine at least has no seals on the pushers.

I have also seen some without a display back for sale. I have never cared about that but in this case I do because the movement is gorgeous imo.

It may sound like I am negative about this watch but I am really just putting what I know about it out. It is such a joy to wear and a bargain that I have even considered buying a second one just to have.

As far as over winding it I haven't had any problems. It is easy for me to tell when it is fully wound.

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