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Two more from Xian: Yanan & Butfly

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February 27, 2013 02:29PM
I’ve wanted one of these for a while now. It’s an early tongji movement Yanan.





ZHQ-104 was the first batch of tongji movement watches produced by Hongqi Watch Factory in Xian. I’ve seen references that date it to 1972 and 1974. I don’t know which is correct, but I suspect it is the latter. As is usually encountered with Yanan brand watches, its crown is not signed.



Under the balance is XH above SHZ1A. I think it has been established that the first letters of HWF date codes run in reverse alphabetical order.

Approximately six years after the watch’s production, the factory changed its major brand name from Yanan to Butterfly. Later, on a few models Butterfly was abbreviated to the unfortunate Butfly, and this is one example.



The inscription on the back reveals that it was manufactured after the factory changed its name to Hudie Watch Factory in March 1987.





Inside is an unusual Xian-made manual movement. There’s an excellent teardown post of its automatic counterpart at watchguy.co.uk.





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/2013 02:29PM by saskwatch.
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saskwatch374February 27, 2013 02:29PM

That Yanan caseback is new to me...I've never seen one like that before. Well done, Jon! (n/t)

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