Saturday, August 21, 2010

Jilin 吉林 Meihualu 梅花鹿


Model : Meihualu 梅花鹿
Manufacturer : Jilin City Watch Factory 吉林市表厂
Year of Production: 1970s
Case Diameter : 
Weight w/o strap: g 
Movement Model : Clean (17 jewels) 
Type : Manual

This is the fifth watch from Jilin City Watch Factory 吉林市表厂 that I have acquired. The earlier four are Jixing models which were for military use; see the posts here and here. Meihualu is pronounced in three sounds in pinyin i.e. meihualu 鹿; it is spotted deer in English.

I am always thrilled by dials with patterns, or mixture of colors or  tones; this is one of them. The dial surface has protruded lines forming rows of fine channels running across it.

Unlike Jixing models (link here) in which the movements are signed with the factory code "ZJL", the movement is clean --- with no factory nor any date code. I am not able to ascertain the date of production save only to estimate that the watch should be made in 1970s.

The caseback is the spotted dear logo surrounded with the  characters: 梅花鹿 (Meihualu), 防震 (anti shock), 全钢 (all stainless steel) and 吉林市表厂 (Jilin City Watch Factory); 12  characters in total. I think, among the China made vintages, this is the caseback that has  the most characters on it.

My other collections from Jilin City Watch Factory;
Jilin 吉林 Meihualu 梅花鹿 XL Size
Jilin 吉林 Jixing 吉星 I
Jilin 吉林 Jixing 吉星 II

For more shots, see here:
The Watch
The Dial 1
The Dial 2
The Movement
The Movement and the Caseback