Moranbong. (I'm serious)

Tried to find a real Moranbong to add to my collection of Communist watches, but real ones are all $300-$400. And for a questionably made, probably badly abused watch built in NK 40 years ago, I can't do that just for fun.

And I can't find any proof North Korea currently makes any watch at all. These claim to be NK, but I'm certain they are made in China then shipped to NK to foist on travelers "lucky" enough to visit the Hermit kingdom. As it says "international business gift" Anybody out there actually see one for real? The few reviews say its better than it should be. And I like the beveled crystal.

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Yeah, if anyone could go to North Korea and bring me one.

That would be PERFECT

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Yeah, if anyone could go to North Korea and bring me one.

That would be PERFECT

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I wouldn't wish that on anybody. I can get this from Aliexpress. I wouldn't last five minutes as a North Korean tourist. I'd be in that museum with the very silly drawings of UN troops eating Korean babies and I'd laugh my ass off. Then I'd be sent to a labor camp.

I have seen photos online of vintage quartz Pyongyang NK watches from the 1980s. I have wanted one ever since, for the historical appreciation of the watch ofcourse.

Apparently they did have a factory started in the 70s. But probably not anymore as you stated. Just from China.

I really want to get one, no matter of history and morality of this watch. There are lot of sale on Aliexpress, but non of them ships Germany, which makes me really sad. If someone has an alternative link or any other tips, you are welcome! This blue one you shown us on picture is a really beautiful piece

And to my knowledge, , these Chinese copies are the genuine products, because the Moranbong factory closed long time ago and production was moved to China, so even as a North Korean citizen if you buy a Moranbong this is what you get.

Since I'm stupid I bought one. And it better not have Pyongyang spelled wrong or I'm going to be very angry. There was a run of them for a while that did.

PanaSonyc

I really want to get one, no matter of history and morality of this watch. There are lot of sale on Aliexpress, but non of them ships Germany, which makes me really sad. If someone has an alternative link or any other tips, you are welcome! This blue one you shown us on picture is a really beautiful piece

Just bought one. I'm living proof that a fool and their money are soon parted.

Hey, there's a whole article in the New York Times about them. The reporter couldn't find out much about them either.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/fashion/north-korea-watches-moranbong.html

So, is the AliExpress version "real," knockoff, fake, homage? In any case, the novelty value might make be worth $85.

https://www.aliexpress.us/item/3256804175256916.html?

I've had a weird fascination with North Korea for years, and it was my dream vacation to see the Orwellian theme park that is Pyongyang. A few years ago it wouldn't have been that hard, just expensive, but alas, I missed my chance, and now it's completely impossible for an American.

wilfried

Hey, there's a whole article in the New York Times about them. The reporter couldn't find out much about them either.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/fashion/north-korea-watches-moranbong.html

So, is the AliExpress version "real," knockoff, fake, homage? In any case, the novelty value might make be worth $85.

https://www.aliexpress.us/item/3256804175256916.html?

I've had a weird fascination with North Korea for years, and it was my dream vacation to see the Orwellian theme park that is Pyongyang. A few years ago it wouldn't have been that hard, just expensive, but alas, I missed my chance, and now it's completely impossible for an American.

From what I can glean from the very little I can find, they sell to tourists and/or are given to visiting businessmen as souvenirs of North Korea. Some even say Made in DPRK on them but I expect its a fib. But I'm not ponying up $400 for a "real" one. I don't have it and its not worth it. :/

This is a fascinating find. My dad was a North Korean refugee from Pyongyang that escaped down to Seoul with his brother during the Korean War.

Ignoring the obvious crazy of the post 1950鈥檚 regime, I know that he always missed his home. I am definitely of two minds on this watch.