Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fenglei 风雷 Xiongmao 熊猫 I (Panda)



Model : XiongMao 熊猫 (Panda)
Manufacturer : FengLei Instrument Factory 国营风雷仪表厂
Year of Production: 1970s
Case Diameter : 34mm
Weight w/o strap: 35g
Movement Model :   Standard Movement (17 jewels)
Type : Hand Wind
Anti-shock (Fang Zhen) : Yes

Panda with textile dial really makes this watch a unique piece. The words below Panda logo "Xiong Mao" (熊猫) mean Panda and below 17 Zuan is "Zhongguo Zhizao" (中国制造) which means China Made. Centre of the caseback is the Panda logo surrounded with the words "熊猫", "Quangang" (全钢, all stainless steel), ”风雷“ and "Fangzhen" (防震, anti-shock).风雷 is the name of the watch factory; Feng (风) Lei(雷) mean wind and thunder respectively.

This watch is powered by standard movement (17 jewels) with a beat rate of 21,600 bph. Unlike other watches, the Fenglei movement is clean with no inscription on it.

This watch was produced by FengLei Instrument Factory, a state owned company which was declared bankrupt around 2008. The factory located in Xi An city (西安市) and was established in 1960s and later, in 1979, some of the staff from the factory set up  ZhiQin Watch Factory (知青表厂) which produced LingYang watch (羚羊牌手表).