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New Sea-Gull D304 China 1st aviation chronograph vintage watch limited edition

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Currently D304 comes with instructional manual only, without the collection certificate and elastic nylon band enclosed in previous packages. As a result price has been reduced significantly. This is good news because you want this watch, not a piece of plastic card and nylon band.

Although D304 looks simple without fancy features like calendar, self-winding, flying wheel, power reserve indicator, it has a legendary yet mysterious past.

  • At 12 o'clock is a Sea-Gull logo instead of a traditional red star
  • Willow leaf shaped hour and minute hands in shining polished silver
  • Hour marks are shaped like a pair of wings in shining polished silver
  • Independent second hand at 9
  • 30-minute cumulative counter at 3
  • Red chronograph second hand at the center
  • Black genuine leather strap. Also included is a green aviation nylon strap with embedded elastic rubber band.

The watch is not big, 36*11mm, not heavy, 53 grams, but visually it looks heavy and big.

Engraved on the back is a big August 1st red star on top of three blue stripes. Below is Sea-Gull and limited edition #  (photo shown 01669 is sold.  It's a demo photo). Above is China air force first aviation watch reissue edition.

Dominated by glistening silver white color, the watch stands for a solid jet plane. The wing-shaped hours represent jet flying high in the sky. The willow-shaped hands match wing-shaped hours very well.

Instead of reproducing the original exactly as is, modern elements have been added to the traditional. Obvious is the difference in hands, hours, logo and text. D304 is a perfect combination of the classic vintage and contemporary style. Exquisite craftsmanship, innovative design, D304 is a world class masterpiece well worth $950.

Getting rid of fetters imposed by the air force, D304 has reincarnated to start a new lease on life.

Free express mail service included for valued customers. You are welcome to ask me questions at any time. Thank you for looking at this product.

Brief introduction to D304

In April 1961, commissioned by the first ministry of light industry, Tianjin Watch Factory embarked on a secret project coded D304 to research and develop aviation chronograph for the Chinese air force. Borrowed design ideas from Venus 175, the special task force managed to trial-produce 32 pieces by December 1963. 1964 was the year to make improvement. D304 passed accuracy, high-low temperature, vibration, anti-magnetic, anti-moisture, all tests in October 1965. Jointly approved by 21 administrative units in December 1965, it went into batch production, caliber # ST3. By October 1966, 1400 pieces were produced. Total 3000 pieces were produced by the end of 1968. D304 was made exclusively for the air force, never commercialized for sale to the general public, thus it remained unknown until recently.

Sea-Gull started to rework on ST3 in 2002. The structure of escapement system was modified to be more reliable; modification was also made to the structure, size and cosmetic appearance of some parts, the material of lever and spring, the versatility of various small parts. The improved ST3 is the current ST19 serials.

Movement: Sea-Gull ST1901 chronograph, hand-winding
Size: 36 x 11 mm
Matching strap: Green nylon with elastic rubber band
Weight: 53 grams
Case material: Premium stainless steel
Limited edition with serial#
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