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July 04, 2012 03:01PM
I bought this Budlet because I like the pattern of the indices.



The batch number, 202, indicates that it is an early model.







Under the balance: BC SS7 above 中国 上海 (China Shanghai), dating it to March 1975. According to a price list I saw at watchstore.com.cn, a Budlet cost RMB 125 in April 1975. WUS moderator soviet said,

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The price of RMB 125 for a Chunlei in 1970's is a big sum! It was about 3 months wages of a young worker.


Chunlei automatics were manufactured considerably later than the old Budlet. I found one I particularly like.



It came in a red Shanghai box…



…and on a brown Shanghai strap.





The automatic movement looks like the unusual movement in my But(ter)fly, and I think it has been established that it originated in Xian. Christian (watchguy.co.uk) posted an excellent teardown of it at his website.

There is a difference, however.





The rotor is inscribed with SHD7ZS. I think this is the movement's designation. It’s interesting that the dial and all references to the movement I’ve seen say 26 jewels, but the rotor says 28. Unlike my Butfly, the quickset date and day can both be adjusted by turning the crown in the middle position.
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saskwatch457July 04, 2012 03:01PM

And the VCM gems keep coming. I love the crown on the Chunlei and...

AlbertaTime118July 06, 2012 04:26PM



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