Tianjin Seagull

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Tianjin Seagull Watch Group Co. Ltd.
IndustryWatch
Founded1955
Headquarters,
ProductsMechanical watches, mechanical watch parts, precision machinery
Ownerstate-owned
Number of employees
3000 (2011)
Website www.sea-gullmall.com

Tianjin Seagull Watch Group (Chinese :天津海鸥) is a watchmaking company located in Tianjin, China. Founded in 1955, it is the world's largest manufacturer of mechanical watch movements, producing one quarter of total global production by volume. [1]

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History

The company was originally formed as Tianjin Watch Factory in January 1955 with four craftsmen on order of the People's Republic of China government. In 1990, the Tianjin Watch Factory was awarded the status of a national company, and in 1992, the Tianjin Seagull Corporation was founded. That same year, the decision was made to discontinue the production of mechanical watches in favour of quartz watches; five years later it came to a complete reversal of this decision. It has since produced exclusively mechanical movements and watches.

In 2000, Tianjin Seagull Watch Group went public, and in 2003 a representative office in Hong Kong was opened. In 2010, the company moved to new production and administration facilities near Tianjin Airport. [2]

Tianjin Seagull has recently gained substantial expertise in the manufacture of advanced tourbillons including a multi-axial orbital tourbillon movement. [3] [4]

Brands

The following brand names were used for watches produced by Tianjin Seagull. [5]

YearBrand Name
1955-1958WuXing
1958-1966WuYi
1966-1974Dong Feng (East Wind)
1974–presentSeagull

Movements

Movements used at both SeagullHK and tjSeagull. TY code used at SeagullHK. ST code used at tjSeagull. [6]

Movements unique to tjSeagull/USSeagull website

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References

  1. 'Tianjin Sea-Gull Watch'
  2. 'Sea-Gull - La nouvelle fabrique (french)'
  3. 'Seagull multi-axial Tourbillon (chinese)'
  4. 'Patent: Dual-axis tourbillon for a mechanical watch'
  5. amchpr.com: 'Short Overview of Sea-Gull Watch history' Archived 2011-08-27 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Does anyone know how many chinese Mechanical watch".
  7. chouprojects.com: 'Sea-Gull M182SK Review'