Seagull 1963 Panda Chronograph

$310.00

The Seagull 1963 watch has an easy to read and elegant dial. It also has the history to back up it’s vintage looks. Far more than being “vintage inspired”, it’s a reissue of the original “Project 304” watch produced for the Chinese air force in the 1960’s.

The hand wound movement also represents excellent value, having originally being based on a Swiss movement produced by the Venus Watch Company. The movement found in this watch today is largely unchanged.

 

A power reserve of 45 hours & a seconds sub dial ensure that this watch is also highly practical.

Perfectly sized at 38mm it will suit both small and large wrists.

Description

History Of The Seagull 1963

The story of the Seagull 1963 watch begins in Switzerland. To fund the development of a new watch movement, the Venus Watch Company offered their current movement (the Venus 175) up for sale. They initially approached the Russian military but it was the Chinese air force who were interested.

They purchased all the tooling required to produce the movement from Venus and quickly got to work. Named “Project 304” a number of test batches were produced before the watch was approved by both the Ministry for Light Industry and the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. Within 6 months, 1400 watches had been produced and issued to pilots.

Specifications

CASE
Stainless steel

CASE SIZE
38mm

DIAL THICKNESS
14mm

MOVEMENT
Sea Gull calibre ST1901 (21 jewels, hand winding chronograph)

STRAP TYPE
18mm Leather Pilot’s Strap

STRAP LENGTH
19cm / 7.5″

WATER RESISTANT
3 ATM

CRYSTAL
Acrylic

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