Likely early 1980s
Meihualu (Sika Deer) 梅花鹿
Jilin City Watch Factory 吉林市表厂
Nice. I wish I had discovered the wonders of Chinese horology earlier. Beautiful examples in every post.
It's still very possible to get good collectable pieces from Taobao if you use an agent. The prices aren't like they were 10 years ago, but there are many good examples at $100USD or less, especially from lesser known (but equally well built) factories.
Is amazing how subtle and yet marvelous so many VCM dials are.
I agree. VCMs mostly aren't as, say, demonstrative as same-period Soviet dials -- but they do have charm and personality :-)
...and then, of course, there's the thrill of the hunt, because it's not as easy as hop over to Amazon or Long Island Watch or... 😉
Nice one! To all those here who aren't aware, there's nobody in North America who knows Chinese horology like Mr. AlbertaTime. He has, quite literally, written the book on this niche of This Thing of Ours.
Fine Sika AT👍
I got a strong feeling that here I can learn something. I start to follow.
Y'know, conj, (so cool you're here), re: " there's nobody in North America who knows Chinese horology like Mr. AlbertaTime."
I'm very pleased to say I don't think that's true. I can think of 6 or 7 people I'm sure know more than I do, at least about large and important parts of the business end and company structures. There's saskwatch. Monkey_like_watch, and HoustonReal, and Chascomm...
I'll accept some credit for opening some doors--or eyes. I think my travel stuff is fun, human and...broadly informative. But those guys--brilliant, all of them.
Curator: Alberta Museum of Chinese Horology in Peace River; Member: China Horologe Association; Chief Expert: China Watch Overseas Working Committee (CWOWC); Sino-Canadian Horological Cultural Affairs...