About Seagull Tianjin
Seagull Tianjin is one of the biggest watch manufacturers in the world and you probably never heard of it. Seagull (天津海鸥) was founded in 1955 in Tianjin. By order of the Chinese Government, a national initiative was started to create a watchmaking industry in the north of China. Four men in a tiny workshop, equipped with limited tools, created China’s first wristwatch. The Wuxing (五星) or ‘Five Stars’ the prototype was created and approved by Mao Zedong for production. The watch only managed to reach limited production levels. But the Wuxing would prove to be the humble beginning of what today is probably the largest mechanical watch enterprise in the world. After the Wuxing Seagull launched the first 100% Chinese watch, the first Chinese ladies’ watch, the first ladies’ chronograph, and the first Chinese watch for export. They created Dual-Axis Tourbillons and beautiful tourbillons for less ridiculous prices. In a word, Seagull is proudly Chinese made, right up to the ends of its watch straps.
Leftside: Mao Visiting the factory, Above: the "Wuxing"
First Mao named the company DongFeng (East Wind) he gave this name to several companies following his anti-occidental slogan of "the east wind blows stronger and harder then the west wind." in 1974 the name changed to Seagull because this name would be better to sell international, seems fair doesn't it?
Ten years ago already at BaselWorld 2008 the biggest watch fair in the world, two very angry men rushed into the Sea-Gull stand located in Hall 5 and declared, “You have violated our patents in your double tourbillon!” When called before the commission for intellectual property, the whole affair fell apart in a few minutes. “This caliber is original,” concluded an independent and impartial expert. When their complaint was dismissed, the accusers took up the counter-example of the Chinese ‘copy watch’. Seagull was able to develop world-class tourbillons for a noticeable price reduction. It wasn't necessary anymore to have a six- and seven-figure salary to purchase a tourbillon.