Seagull 1963 Official Chronograph Watch
When it comes to iconic pilot watches, the Seagull 1963 chronograph stands out as a top contender for any aviation enthusiast. In 1961, China's Ministry of Light Industry tasked the Tianjin Watch Factory (now Sea-Gull) with a secret mission - to produce the nation's first chronograph watches for use by the Chinese Air Force. Named "Project 304", the initiative ran for over 2 years before resulting in the first domestically produced Chinese aviation chronograph in 1963. Seagull officially released 3 versions of 1963 chronograph watch, Original limited edition, 60th anniversary Times edition and Wind Chaser edition.
Ø 38 mm
Ø 40 mm
Ø 40 mm
Leather + NATO
Leather + NATO
Leather + Black
The reissue of China's first aviation chronograph military watch D304, was released in October 2018 with a worldwide limited edition of 5500 pieces, each with an independent number. Now less than 10 pieces remain. The price of the last 5 watches will increase to $999.
The retro round watch case, with eye-catching red, blue and yellow retro color design, shows off a dashing style on the wrist; The red star emblem engraved on the dial, symbolizing victory, exudes a strong sense of the times and Chinese characteristics; The red central seconds hand features a curved needle tip, sharp and precise like an eagle's claw.
The 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock and small seconds at 9 o'clock represent the fighting soul, striving for every second; The rounded domed crystal takes inspiration from a fighter jet canopy, exhibiting retro beauty; The caseback is engraved with a "中国 • 1963" (China • 1963) bas-relief logo, holding commemorative collectible value.
Marking the 60th anniversary of the legendary 1963 chronograph, Seagull pays tribute with a modern reissue in March 2023.
The 1963 Times Edition resurrects the most iconic design aspects of the vintage aviation chronograph. The dial and caseback designs are both sourced from the original 1963 blueprints, restoring the chronograph's long and short hand design. The dial has been upgraded from the original 38mm to 40mm. The vintage domed crystal is made of high hardness sapphire, wear and scratch resistant. An anti-magnetic base cover has been added inside the case to reduce interference from external magnetic fields, keeping the timekeeping precise and stable. The caseback is engraved with a "天津手表厂 " (Tianjin Watch Factory) "中国 " (China) "1963" bas-relief logo.
We take pride in our watches, and take every measure to deliver them intact for your enjoyment. Inside the vintage box we can find the Seagull 1963 chronograph watch with its black leather strap. In addition, a distinctive nato strap, a signed tuning fork and 60th anniversary commemorative badge were included as gifts.
The Seagull 1963 Wind Chaser series adopts the ST1901 movement, inheriting the lineage of the Seagull 1963 Original Edition. Drawing inspiration from the flight watch design blueprints in the Seagull Watch Museum's collection, it carries on the aviation spirit of the Seagull 1963 Original Edition - with a purely tough, retro style.
Go to windy places to explore, as one who chases the wind. The dial uses a graded sparkle pattern, displaying a sense of hierarchical texture; matched with the classic serpentine hands and sharp, eye-catching luminous numeric markers, the glow gets brighter as night falls.
The tachymeter scale on the outer edge of the dial resembles an aircraft instrument panel, exhibiting an extraordinary sense of speed. The chronograph buttons have a radiating texture design, tough and retro, exceptionally stylish. The transparent caseback vividly reveals movements in motion, appreciating intricate mechanical art.
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THE SOUL OF THE SEAGULL 1963
The Seagull 1963 is powered by a hand-wound ST19 chronograph movement. This 21-jewel (Seagull 1963 Original Limited Edition)、22-jewel (Seagull 1963 Times 60th Anniversary Edition) mechanical caliber was directly derived from the original ST3 used in the very first 1963 chronographs.
Winding the crown sets the mainspring which provides a 40+ hour power reserve. Vibration frequency of 21,600 vph (3 Hz), with high stability. The column wheel operated chronograph allows time measurements up to 30 minutes.
The flyback function allows the chronograph to be reset and restarted with a single push of the reset button rather than stopping, resetting and restarting in separate steps. This results in faster timing sequences.
SHIPPING & DELIVERY
Orders placed before 2:30 PM CET on business days, will be shipped on the same day! We will always ship to you within 24 hours on business days via DHL Express from the manufacturing facility. In this way we can ensure 3-5 business days worldwide delivery.
Timestamp and GPS location stamped pictures will be provided per request.
Factory Address: Seagull Watches Industrial Park, No.199 Huanhe South Road, Tianjin Airport Economic Zone · 300308 · Tianjin · China (天津空港经济区环河南路199号海鸥表业集团）
Warranty: We are the only online Seagull official store. 2 year warranty for the Seagull 1963.
The quality of the movements has been amazingly stable. The Chinese have been making mechanical movements for a very long time. Seagull is the strongest and the best quality.
Quality timepieces don 't have to cost a fortune. Seagull traces its roots to 1958, when the company was founded and it has been cranking out mechanical timepieces ever since.
That all changed when the Tianjin Seagull landed a cult hit with the ST19, a remake of the historical Venus 175 chronograph movement.
Seagull movements have a proven history, Swiss roots and allow for cool, intriguing watches for less than their Swiss and often Japanese counterparts.