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Thread: In North Korea, they wear Moranbong!!!

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    In North Korea, they wear Moranbong!!!

    Checking the archives, I note no mention of North Korea's indigenous Moranbong watches, so I thought TZ-UK readers would enjoy a look at one version of the now-closed "company's" product (??? equals Moranbong or, in English, "Peony Hill").

    With thanks to WUS moderator Chascomm, I am aware that the movement is very close to a Semag ES95. Any formal connection, however, between North Korea and Semag is uncertain.









    I don't know much about these watches. I think the very worn out crown might/could be original since I've seen other old Moranbongs with the same rounded crown, but others have something much newer looking and less rounded if that describes what I mean, so it could be "aftermarket" (using that term very loosely) but, either way, it looks like it's taken the same beating the rest of the watch has.

    The movement looks like it might be pieced together, too. I don't know. Normally watch movement bridges and cocks have similar finishing but I've noticed that lots of Moranbongs have a very un- or differently finished balance cock, so ??? Anyways, I tried to take a nice big and clear movement shot.

    (And the crystal took a lot of Polywatch)

    Anyways, it seems to keep time off the wrist so far :)

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    Re: In North Korea, they wear Moranbong!!!

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,

    Plug

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    Re: In North Korea, they wear Moranbong!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Plug
    Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,

    Plug
    +1

    john

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    Re: In North Korea, they wear Moranbong!!!

    Interesting to see :) I don't suppose many of them get out.
    "I looked with pity not untinged with scorn upon these trivial-minded passers-by"

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    Re: In North Korea, they wear Moranbong!!!

    Interesting. That movement looks like it's the watch equivalent of an AK-47!

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    Re: In North Korea, they wear Moranbong!!!

    Thank you AlbertaTime for shairing this tótally off the beaten track watch!

    Makes one wonder what they wear nów too.

    Probably something like ?? ?? ?? :idea:


    Quote Originally Posted by Gould
    That movement looks like it's the watch equivalent of an AK-47!

    That position is already taken by the Vostok Amphibian 2209, 2409 and family.

    http://www.arteorientalis.com/bluedialt ... vement.jpg

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