Saturday, August 21, 2010

Shanghai 上海 Budlet 春蕾 7524-207


Model : Budlet (春蕾)7524-207
Manufacturer : Shanghai Watch Factory 上海手表厂
Year of Production: 1975
Case Diameter : 
Weight w/o strap: g 
Movement Model : ( 19 jewels) 
Type : Hand Wind

Budlet 春蕾 was made by Shanghai Watch Factory and was for export market.春 is spring and 蕾 means flower bud: flower buds in spring. Spring is seen as a time of new life or rebirth and flowers in the season are always colourful and beautiful; so a flower bud in spring could symbolise the begining of a colourful and beautiful life. Well, disclaimer: this is not a literature site;use it at your own risk. In later years, the English "Budlet" was changed to 春蕾 pinyin "Chunlei"

Being an export product, it was made in higher quality. One  notable feature  is that  the case has a groove to hold the rubber ring  to improve its water resistance. 

The dial was colored with two tones with the stripe at the middle in lighter tone. Also, the 3,6,9 and 12 markers are more elaborate than the others to emphasize  for easy sighting.

The movement is engraved with Budlet logo with "19 jewels" beside. Below the balance wheel are the words "中国上海“ (China Shanghai) and the date codes of "BB 967". If the 1974 is the first year of production, then the first "B" shall mean 1975 and the second "B" shall be February. So it should be the 967th movement made in February 1975 --- a 35 year old watch.

The caseback has its logo at the centre surrounded with the words: “中国” (China),“春蕾”(Budlet), “上海” (Shanghai), “Budlet" and "7524-207". I think 7524 is the model number and 207 is the sub number. I came across a note that sub number 203 or earlier would have specially polished movement! [Update: well, this is not true; see my latest Budlet]

If you like details, here are the shots: