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Of all the mechanical watches made in China, the ones that command our interest the most are their tourbillon. Note the term tourbillon is often used incorrectly to describe a watch with a hole in the dial showing a traditional watch escapement. That is not a real tourbillon. A real tourbillon is a complicated mechanical movement with a rotating cage housing the watch balance and accompanying pallet, and this cage rotates 360 degrees. The idea of the tourbillon is to neutralize all the positional affects on the balance by having it rotate constantly. There are two types of tourbillons, offset ones where the balance is slightly offset in the cage and a centre tourbillon where the balance is centered in the cage. Swiss tourbillons are the finest available but can cost from $30,000 upwards and are therefore unattainable for many collectors. The Chinese tourbillons are far lower cost, reasonably well made— enough to be enjoyed by the collector— and allow the collector experience a watch complication they may not otherwise be able to. The Chinese movement manufacturer Seagull makes some of the finest Chinese tourbillon movements. This watch contains the Seagull movement. We changed the crystal to a high quality domed German-made one because we felt the watch would be better looking and more enjoyable with it. We show pictures of that work. We paired the watch with a beautiful ZRC strap made in France.
Manual Wind, Tourbillon
New ZRC leather watch strap, made in France. Regular length.
We estimate the watch was manufactured in approximately 2003
We performed comprehensive testing and performance measurement.
Watch is in like new condition.
Comprehensive ClockSavant Testing. Performance measurement results for this watch are provided below.
14-day return period provided that watch is returned in condition received.
Care and Use
All mechanical watches, and especially vintage watches, require special consideration in handling, care, and use. In order to obtain warranty support or to return an item, it is necessary that the customer did not cause damage to the watch. See the Support page to learn more about how to protect and care for your investment.
North Carolina residents will pay sales tax
ClockSavant Watchmaker Testing, Certification, and Performance Measurement
All the watches we sell go through a comprehensive series of ClockSavant-developed functional, stability, and performance tests and are only approved for sale if they meet or exceed the criteria we have established. Performance measurements for this watch are provided below. See the Support page of our website for an explanation of watch performance measurements and guidance on interpretation. The watch performance values provided do not necessarily reflect the accuracy you will experience based on your unique watch wearing habits. You may experience a gain or loss by as much as approximately 1 minute per day with vintage watches.
Legend: Rate, Amplitude (Amp), and Beat Error (BE) are provided for Dial-Up (CH) and Dial-Down (FH) positions. Averages (Avg) are also provided. These represent the average performance of the watch across all 6 traditionally measured watch positions which, in addition to dial-up and dial-down, are the vertical positions of Crown-Up, Crown-Down, Crown-Left, and Crown-Right. Rate is expressed in seconds gained or lost during a 24 hour period. Amplitude is in degrees. Beat Error is in milliseconds. Lift Angle used in measurement is unique to the particular watch calibre.