Seagull 1963 Hand Wind Mechanical Chronograph with Sapphire Crystal #6488-2901C-S


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Product Code: 6488-2901C-S
Island Watch Price: $379.00

Seagull 1963 Hand Wind Mechanical Chronograph with Sapphire Crystal #6488-2901C-S

This special edition watch is an official remake of the 1963 Chinese Airforce chronograph, a unique and classic masterpiece now coveted by collectors nearly as much as the original. This updated version has a 42mm polished stainless steel case with a mineral crystal exhibition case back (the original was a smaller 38mm size). The goldish-brown dial features goldtone numbers and markers and a red star under the 12:00 position. The hour and minute hands are dark blue in color. The 21 ZUAN on the dial indicates the movement has 21-jewels. The movement is a Seagull No. ST19 mechanical (hand winding) chronograph with 21,600 VPH and shock protection. Power reserve is about 45 hours on a full wind without the chronograph running. The S in the model number indicates that this watch has a scratch resistant sapphire crystal that provides a sharper view of the dial and hands.

The Seagull chronograph uses a column wheel. In this design, the key component is a small rotating cylinder with teeth at the top, not unlike a castle turret. As the chronograph buttons are pressed, the column wheel rotates and levers fall in between the teeth to drive the functions. The column wheel movement is considered by most watch enthusiasts to be the most desirable, since it requires the greatest skill to design and build correctly and it is thought to be the most durable.

The sub-dial on the left is the running seconds counter and the sub-dial on the right is a 30-minute timer. The red seconds hand is activated when you click the pusher at 2:00. The outer portion of the dial is marked in seconds. The lug with is 22mm and the watch now comes with a gold-brown and black striped NATO-style strap.
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Product Features
  • Movement:Seagull Hand Wind Mechanical 21-Jewel Chronograph
  • Case:Polished Stainless Steel, 42mm x 13mm thick
  • Back:Exhibition window back
  • Crystal:Scratch Resistant Sapphire
  • Band:NATO-style gold-brown and black stripe strap, buckle closure. 22mm lug width
  • Water Resistant:30 meters
  • Warranty:1 Year

Customer Review

29 Reviews

  • 5
    I'm smitten

    Posted by Kevin Sharpe on Mar 7th 2021

    I ordered the 38mm version because I thought it was more in keeping with the era of the original, plus I'm growing a tad tired of 40mm plus watches mostly on offer these days. I'm glad I did. For the first few days I was very happy with the dial, until one day I saw it under bright light. It lit up like a Chinese New Year. The gold of the numbers and around the red star positively shone, The blue of the hands revealed itself to be a bright shiny blue metal, almost like tinsel. And I was smitten, totally smitten. This has to be one of my all time favourite watch faces. The only con for the watch is that the blue on the 2 push buttons is a tad patchy. A small disappointment that some times feels like a part of the watch's charm - and sometimes doesn't. Despite this I am so happy with this watch. If this is a limited release I can only say grab one before they're gone. I don't think you'll be disappointed

  • 5
    Great value and awesome first chronograph

    Posted by Unknown on Nov 6th 2020

    I have to say I was very impressed with this watch. For the money I think it is amazing and the movement is even more beautiful in person then in the pictures. The chrono action is also very smooth and it’s a pleasure to wind and play around with. The only negative I can think of is that on the underside of the glass caseback there is a small white piece of foreign material but for the price I can forgive it and frankly I’ve seen worse on watches around this price point.

  • 5
    Seagull 1963

    Posted by Andrew Gannon on Oct 23rd 2020

    Great watch for the price. The display caseback is very neat, and gives a great view of the movement. Shipping was prompt, and I got everything I expected.

  • 5
    Modern Vintage

    Posted by MARVIN BENSON on Oct 20th 2020

    I waited for the 42mm with sapphire version of this piece to be restocked. I'm glad I waited. I have an extensive collection but have been wearing this one non stop.

  • 5
    Good Watch

    Posted by Kenneth J Bedford on Sep 17th 2020

    Delivery could have been little faster, everything else was great.

  • 5
    Beautiful movement

    Posted by Michael Mondello on Jul 22nd 2020

  • 5
    Fast service Great Product

    Posted by Brian Bowman on Jun 21st 2020

    I ordered and received the watch in a very timely fashion. And I absolutely love the watch and it will be in my collection for years to come.

  • 5
    Worth the hype!

    Posted by Alex Lamas on Jun 7th 2020

    My 1963 Sea Gull lives up to all the hype it has online. I did go with the non traditional 43mm with Sapphire crystal but it's definitely worth the extra expense. The larger size is more eye catching and you can't go wrong with sapphire.

  • 5
    Stellar Watch

    Posted by Adam on May 4th 2020

    I have nothing bad to say other than the stock NATO is a bit rough. Otherwise this is a gem. Mine stays within +5 secconds a day.