Sunday, September 12, 2010

Qingdao 青岛 Meigui 玫瑰 19J (Rose)

Model : Meigui 玫瑰
Manufacturer : Qingdao Watch Factory 青岛手表厂
Year of Production: 
Case Diameter : 
Weight w/o strap: g 
Movement Model : (19 jewels) 
Type : Hand Wind

Meigui 玫瑰 (Rose) is my first watch from Qingdao 青岛. Qingdao is a major city in Shandong Province. I know Qingdao because of its Tsingtao Brewery, founded by a German-British joint venture in 1903 that produces Tsingtao beer, the most well-known Chinese export beer. But little known to the foreigners is the Qingdao Watch Factory which produces one of the popular watch brands in China i.e. Jinmao (Golden Anchor); this Meigui is also one of its product lines.

There is a section dedicated to Qingdao Watch Factory in the Chinese Watch Industry Wiki here with detail information.From its humble beginnings as a watch repairers cooperative in 1956 to now   a full fletch enterprise known as Qingdao Zinxin Industrial Co. Ltd.

This is a 19 jewels standard movement. There is a production code under the balance wheel which is "M 07B"; probably means M (Meiguei) 07 (the seventh year of production) B (date version).

The caseback is exceptionally charming. You can see a beautiful rose at the centre surrounded with words "QINGDAO MEIGUEI"  and “玫瑰” but there is an error in the pinyin of "Meigui"

More shots are here:
The Portrait
The Dial
The Movement and the Caseback
The Production Code

My other Qingdao watch:
Qingdao 青岛 Jinmao 金锚 19J (Golden Anchor)