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April 24, 2013 04:33PM
Sometimes a factory added a slight variation to what could be the most recognisable VCM design – the white dial watch with red dot second hand. For example, this Taishan from Liaocheng has an unusual textured dial.



Light reflects in different ways depending on the angle from which the dial is viewed.



Liaocheng Watch Factory’s history began in 1967, when Yantai Clock Factory moved its 6th parts factory to Liaocheng. The new factory was named 烟台钟表厂聊城分厂 and produced wall and alarm clocks, as well as clocks for the Navy. It began to manufacture watches in 1969, releasing its first trial watch, Xiangyang brand (not to be confused with the brand of the same name from Shanghai), in 1970. Full production of Taishan brand watches, named after the well-known mountain, began in 1975, and the factory’s name was changed to Liaocheng Watch Factory at about the same time.

After a period of success, it faced the same difficulties as other Chinese watch factories in the 1980s and 1990s. It went bankrupt but was revived as Shandong Liaocheng Zhong Tai Watch Company, which produces movements for PTS Resources of Hong Kong.







Under the balance of the ZLC tongji movement are the letters L and J. Between the L and the J is a smaller character. I don’t know what it is, but it looks like an r or a 厂.

YanShan brand watches were produced by Beijing No. 2 Watch Factory and were named for a mountain range near the city. This YanShan has the classic white dial/red dot design, but its case has an unusual shape:



Otherwise the watch looks like a typical YanShan, except for the crown, which is signed with the Shanghai logo. Even though I have loads of experience taking photos of incorrect Shanghai crowns, I couldn’t get a clear picture of this one.



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