Shanghai Watch Factory June 17th 2019

I've always just liked the photo.

I was guided to the Factory by a Shanghai friend, David Rodriguez, an artist and owner of small but dedicated Shanghai WeChat watch group called Watch-a-Holics. 

We hadn't made any arrangements but I'd hoped if we just showed up at the factory maybe we could/would be allowed to come in for a bit. David speaks Chinese and I offered my China Horologe Association membership documents and business card, and...the rest of the story unfolds here...

https://www.amchpr.com/shangwatchfact.html 

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Thanks again Ron for a real look at watchmaking in China.

You never cease to amaze me with your knowledge and connections.

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Very nice. I can't imagine what the machines do exactly (probably some hocus pocus of mechanical variety) but it's eye opening to see what an old-school watch factory looks like. 

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Honestly, Foggie, no one is more amazed than me at the places I've managed to find myself. I entirely didn't see this part of my life coming at all. 

I do know some stuff, now, but I've been blessed to meet so many of the real experts that I understand I still just scratch the surface when it comes to knowledge. 

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TalkingDugong

Very nice. I can't imagine what the machines do exactly (probably some hocus pocus of mechanical variety) but it's eye opening to see what an old-school watch factory looks like. 

I'm in exactly the same boat when t comes to understanding the machines. If you liked that, I was also fortunate enough to see Guangzhou Watch Factory in 2014--a very early factory.

https://www.amchpr.com/guangzhou-5-goat-more-june-25.html

For modern, check out Zhuhai Rossini (visited that same year)
https://www.amchpr.com/guangzhouzhuhai-june-24.html 
 

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Looks like a place that I could sit for hours and just watch the action. 

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biglove

Looks like a place that I could sit for hours and just watch the action. 

Fully understood. I can only imagine what this was like at its busiest.

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AlbertaTime

I'm in exactly the same boat when t comes to understanding the machines. If you liked that, I was also fortunate enough to see Guangzhou Watch Factory in 2014--a very early factory.

https://www.amchpr.com/guangzhou-5-goat-more-june-25.html

For modern, check out Zhuhai Rossini (visited that same year)
https://www.amchpr.com/guangzhouzhuhai-june-24.html 
 

Nice. 

Here's hoping they could make the next workhorse movement. 88 configurations, sheesh. If that doesn't scream Chinese to you I don't know what is (it sounds close to fortune and good luck which anybody in business would want).

Huh, I didn't know know Rossini was a Chinese owned brand. It's a mall watch here with a reputation of ok worksmanship at good prices. Usually a couple's watch we gift in engagements/weddings. Thanks.

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How cool is that!! Thank you for sharing Ron🤝

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Just a note that it's a large image with quite a bit of detail if you download it.