The history of China watch
The Chinese watch industry is about 270 years old, but Chinese watch manufacturers have only been around for about 50 years. Before the liberation, there was no watch industry.That means Chinese can’t produce mechanical watches independently. Therefore compared to countries like Switzerland and Germany, China’s watch industry can be said to be in its adolescent years.
Tianjin watch factory produced he first mechanical watch in 1955 with the support of the Chinese government. That watch is called 5 star watches. Over the next three years , the factories in Shanghai, Tianjin and Beijing became the leaders of the Chinese watch industry. And at this time the watch production has risen steeply. But because the machines were imported directly from Switzerland and Russia, the movements and watches made in China were copies of their Swiss and Russian counterparts.
Thanks to the continuous innovation of Chinese watch manufacturers, the Tianjin Manufacture achieved a breakthrough with the ST5 movement. ST5 is the first movement to be designed and produced in China.
Entering the 1970s, Tianjin Watch Factory also launched Seagull women’s watches to fill the gap of women’s watches. Again in the mid-1970s, China moved into the development of analog quartz watches and started the stage of quartz watch production in China.
In the 1980s, China’s watches began to keep up with the international market, thanks to the country’s reform and opening up. After more than 30 years of development, China has become the world’s leading producer of watches.. In this, a number of high
Top 10 Chinese Watch Brands
Let’s take a look at top 10 top Chinese watch brands and what makes them special. These brands are capable of producing high-quality watches that are stylish and affordable.
After more than 60 years of development, Seagull Watch has become a watch production base integrating R&D, production, assembly and sales of watch movements.
Sea-gull has become the leading enterprise in China for automatic mechanical watch and movement manufacturing, with an annual production of 5 million pieces.
Sea-gull brand watches are awarded as Chinese famous brand in China and have a good reputation in foreign countries.
Beijing Watch factory was founded in 1958. Focusing on craftsmanship and artistic aesthetics, Beijing Watch is dedicated to the expression of oriental beauty and perfectly blends high-end watchmaking skills with cultural connotations.
Beijing Watch specializes in fine watchmaking crafts such as inlay, enamel, embroidery, micro-engraving and skeletonization. Each Beijing watch is an expression of the wearer’s unique attitude towards life.
In 1958, the Shanghai Watch Factory was established and produced the first batch of Shanghai watches. This was a significant event in Chinese history, as it showed that Chinese people could not only repair watches but also create them. Shanghai watches not only have multi-functional movements, but also have developed towards jewelry and fashion. It also caught up with Swiss watches in terms of technology, such as tourbillon watches, and some technical data surpassed Breguet watches, the top ten watches.
In 2005, when Shanghai watch tourbillon watches were presented at Baselworld, Switzerland. Swiss watchmakers were amazed and felt great pressure on the innovation ability of Chinese watch industry.
FIYTA was founded in 1987 and is the only listed company in the watch industry in China.
After years of hard work, FIYTA has grown into a leading Chinese watch company, with a nationwide marketing network and operations in foreign countries. The company specializes in watch research and development, design, manufacturing and sales.
FIYTA,a professional watch brand, has accompanied the Chinese astronauts in their many space missions and has made a legendary name for itself with its outstanding performance.In 2003 FIYTA Successfully developed and manufactured the first watch for astronauts in China
Memorigin is a Hong Kong-based brand specializing in tourbillon watches. It was founded in 2011 by William Shum and established a subsidiary, Memorigin Watch (Shenzhen) Co., in 2014.
The brand’s watches are all made with in-house tourbillon movements. Watchmakers assemble these movements one by one and test them to make sure they meet the brand’s quality standards.
Memorigin uses the intersection of Chinese and Western cultures in Hong Kong as the design concept, referencing and inheriting the 5,000 years of Chinese cultural heritage.
The predecessor of Peacock Watch Group Co., Ltd. is Liaoning Watch Factory, which was established in 1957,located in Dandong City. and is the main base of mechanical watch production in China.
Through these years of development, Peacock has formed a complete mechanical watch production system from parts and components production to assembly. Now the company has a professional production factory of 4 watch parts, a movement assembly factory and a finished watch assembly line with more than 1000 employees.
7. Longio watches
LONGIO was founded in 1996 in Hong Kong, starting from the initial OEM, ODM processing. After years of hard work, LONGIO finally became a national brand known for its original watch designs, manufacturing, and marketing. The company has become increasingly famous in both the domestic and international markets.
In 2011, Longio debuted its first purely handmade lamb’s-eye watch, the “Corridor – Myth,” at the 40th Baselworld in Switzerland. Since then, the company has been invited to participate in prestigious exhibitions like TOP MARQUES MONACO and LUXURY CHINA. Longio is well known and recognized by the international and domestic watch industry.
In 1988, Mr. Dong Guanming officially founded the brand “Tien Wang Watch” in Shenzhen, China.
With annual sales of over 2 million watches, Tian Wang has always led the Chinese watch industry in terms of annual sales and market share.
Over the years, the Tian Wang brand has cooperated with many universities in China and established the R&D Center in 2010. Tian Wang has successfully developed diving watches with depths of 2,000 meters, 4,000 meters and 105,000 meters.
In 1984, Rossini was established in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.
From 1996 to 2000, Rossini was the only domestic watch exhibitor at Baselworld in Switzerland, attracting the attention of the world for five consecutive years. and Rossini’s black titanium-plated quartz watch was the most expensive Chinese watch on the international market, selling for $380.
It has grown into the only “Top 500 Asian Brands” in the Chinese watch industry after years of market operation and brand accumulation.
EBOHR was founded in Shenzhen in 1991. It owns many brands, including EBOHR watches, Kana women’s jewelry watches, and EC men’s mechanical watches.
It is also the exclusive agent of Swiss brand Haute Horlogerie in the Asia-Pacific region.
The prices of EBOHR watches are reasonable and affordable.
In 2011, EBOHR was awarded as a famous brand in China and has been on the list of China’s 500 most valuable brands for 12 consecutive years.
Which watch brand is best in China？
From our introduction to these brands, you can see that all these watches are made in China, so Which watch brand is best in China?
We think it’s Seagull.Because Seagull watches manufactured the first domestic watch May Day watch in 1955. It developed the first batch of May Day watches in 1957 and the first Dongfeng brand watch with ST5 movement in 1966, which was the first independent property right. Seagull watches have created many firsts in China.
I hope this article will let you know about Top 10 Chinese watch brands.Email us if you think we’re missing any Chinese watch brands, or if you want to know more about them.