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    The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    First, my thanks to Zhao Yanyan ( lingdianliseller at Ebay ) for his friendliness, speed of delivery and willingness to combine shipping for this order.

    Two of the three are modern copies/lookalikes of sought after Chinese vintage watches, but not fakes. The first is...I'll explain below... 8)
    They're made by the Shanghai Watch Factory and they're sold in China clearly marked as tribute or nostalgic/remembrance items.
    They wouldn't fool a Chinese Chinese vintage collector for two seconds :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    The crystals are acrylic :D (which I generally prefer to mineral glass), and the cases are 35mm w/o crown.
    They all contain identical mechanical and very reliable and accurate SB1H (Shanghai B) movements and have signed crowns.

    I'm really happy with all three of them. All three came on a perfectly serviceable black genuine leather 18mm strap, but I had other ideas :twisted: ...

    The first is an homage to a watch that Shanghai actually never made at all as far as I've ever seen , but they should have because I really like it.
    This wonderful "fantasy-vintage" watch has the early type of zuan (jewel) sign and is clearly made to have a vintage look and feel.







    This next one is a modern homage to the quite well known Druzhba (Soviet built) USSR-China "Friendship" watch (new version).
    Judging by the small characters in the small red circle below the hands-where the small second hand goes in a real Druzba--it wouldn't surprise me if this recreation first saw life as a "gift" watch at a Chinese sporting (soccer?) event.

    The original Druzhba (from Joel Chan's wonderful Micmicmor):



    and the modern tribute model...









    This last piece is an homage/tribute to the 1956 prototype Heping (Peace) watch from Shanghai Watch factory, the first watch made by Shanghai before ramping up to assembly-line production:

    The original (from Joel Chan's Micmicmor):



    and the modern recreation...







    And a crowd shot...



    My favourite is the black dial, but all three are gonna be fun to wear :D

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    A dangerous individual you are............after your post about the Chinese Military Reissue I chased one down and love it and now you wave these lovely examples about......... :twisted: ...am really liking the "peace" watch.

    Great photos too... 8)

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    Not to my taste but different none the less !

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    And now for something completely different............... :)
    Very nice, makes a change over the usual suspects.

    Cheers,

    Daddel.
    Got a new watch, divers watch it is, had to drown the bastard to get it!

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chartman69
    Not to my taste but different none the less !
    +1

    At least you're happy, that's what counts :thumbup:

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    Lovely selection. I may have to indulge myself of some of those, someday.


    Thanks for posting that.


    Brian

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    Nice haul Ron, especially the black one :thumbright:

    Great to see something different around here, keep them coming :wink:

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper
    Nice haul Don, especially the black one :thumbright:

    Great to see something different around here, keep them coming :wink:
    +1 A refreshing change. :)

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    Ron,

    The Chinese numerals on the 'Friendship' watch makes it so different from the norm.

    Lovely watches, thanks for uploading.

    Pete aka ObiWan

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    nice post, i really must try to find something one day. i did see an interesting chinese watch at the car boot last week, it was an automatic and a full dial portrait of (i think) Mao, and had a waving second hand! sadly it was already on hold for another buyer or i would have snapped it up.
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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    Great watches - very nice pics too

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    Excellent post, as usual. Nice to see something different. :D

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    Any chance of some movement shots?

    Cheers,

    Daddel.
    Got a new watch, divers watch it is, had to drown the bastard to get it!

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    Got one at home !
    But not so nice & colorful...



    On the wrist




    :)

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    That has a serious case of SHS (short hand syndrome) :shock:
    Cheers,
    Neil.

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    http://www.freewebs.com/neil271052

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    Three nice watches, congrats 8)

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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    Quote Originally Posted by birdynamnam
    Got one at home ! But not so nice & colorful... :)
    I love the strap on yours (much better quality than the straps on my three here)--and it's a very classic Shanghai; I love mine and they run beautifully...I'm thinking ZSH (standard) movement?? without seeing the back...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daddelvirks
    Any chance of some movement shots? Cheers, Daddel.
    I haven't opened these watches, but the SB1/Shanghai Bs mechanicals all look like this (some more recently without the B)...it's an upgrade to the former "Unity" or Chinese Standard movement and the movement was a collaborative design between the Shanghai Watch Factory and Diamond/ZuanShi


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    Re: The Shanghai Three arrive... (very pic heavy)

    The strap is a Timefactors one :wink:

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    Very nice , like the first one(black dial) best. :)

    Narrowly missed out on the 1963 Segull reissue on SC yesterday :cry:

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