modifying a Guanqin watch

2022.10.18 (updated : 2023.09.10)

After seeing a review on Youtube, I ordered a Guanqin watch from a website in China. I really like the case design and the way it fits - it's perhaps the best fit for my wrist that I have. The model number is GJ16034; it was only ¥8,700 when I bought it (it's now much more). The manufacturer claims that the case is "tungsten steel". I'm not sure how to verify that, but I do enjoy the look of the highly-reflective bezel in particular.

So far, so good. But as the months went on I decided that the white hands, though attractive, were hard to read on the silver dial. I cast about on various websites and found a pair of blue hands to replace the white ones. I also decided that I'd prefer the lugs to be brushed, so I did that too. I have all the tools and I've done this before, but you'll note that despite my efforts I managed to scratch the dial while replacing the hands. I love the result nonetheless. The big silver dial tends to shine like a beacon on my wrist, and the slender blue hands are the perfect offset. If this watch was still as affordable as it once was, I'd order a second one and some brown hands for a change of pace.

a watch on a singularly unpleasant piece of marble

I put the thing on a bracelet I'd previously purchased from strapcode. It's a "Miltat" and it's terrible despite costing as much as the Guanqin itself. I had to sand the underside to prevent it from hurting my wrist -- something I didn't get to before it had raised a varicose vein in my wrist. You can see the end-link has rolled back strangely in the pic above -- it doesn't have anything to stop it from doing so. Thanks Miltat!

I don't have much else to say about this model: it's got a reliable NH36 movement from Seiko, and sapphire crystal. It's rated to "3 bar" water resistance, which I believe because the crown does not screw down. The crown itself is too small for the case, I have a heck of a time winding the thing.

I'm pleased with the watch and have developed a taste for modding. So I put the original hands from the Guanqin on another of my watches!

but that's another story

P.S. Enjoy the comments below, this page wound up a dumping-ground for them because the site is old and I re-use page ID's over the years.

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