|Jewels:||19, 21, 22|
|Hands:||30 Minute Chronograph Hand at 3:00, Central 60 Second Chronograph Hand, Central Hour Hand, Central Minute Hand, Hour Hand at 6:00, Small Seconds Hand at 9:00|
|Distinguishing Technical Characteristics|
Clockwise Balance Cock
The Sea-Gull ST19 family is based on the design of the Venus 175 family, which was sold in the early 1960s to the Tianjin Watch Factory after it went out of production. Tianjin upgraded the 17-jewel Cal. 175 to 19 jewels, with the first prototype completed in 1963, a date that has become associated with the movement today. The first test batch was produced for “Project 304”, with an initial run of 1,400 watches delivered in 1966 to the Chinese Air Force.
When Tianjin Seagull Corporation was created in 1992, production of the movement was re-started, with commemorative “Sea-Gull” chronograph watches using the ST19 movement appearing in 2005. Since then, the ST19 family has been expanded and has found favor among budget-minded watch collectors worldwide.
Among the additions in the ST19 is a curious hour hand subdial at 6:00. Unlike most chronograph movements, which show the cumulative measured time on their hour register, this is simply a second timekeeping hour hand. It shows a 12 hour scale on Cal. ST1902 and more useful 24 hour scale on Cal. ST1903.
The ST19 family is also sold by Tianjin as the TY2900 family.
As of 2022, Cal. ST1901 retailed for US$139.Images are taken from official publications and are used here for commentary and educational purposes. Copyright is held by the original owner as noted.