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Chinese Lesson Time

First about the watch:

This is a vintage (mid 1970ties) Chinese wrist watch Seagull (海鸥) ST5-D (29J automatic movement). It came with original manual and original bracelet, but shown here on a steel mesh bracelet.

Nice silver pie pan dial.

The ST5-D was the first indigenous Chinese automatic movement, made by the Tianjin Watch Factory (天津手表厂).

 

That pocket dictionary used as a prop is not too good, but it has the character 表 at the right place for the photo.

 

Now for your Chinese lesson:

The character 表 biǎo has many meanings, more than given in that dictionary, most usage in a technical context is for anything with a dial. Depending what other characters it is combined with one gets the actual meaning.

 

Examples:

表带 biǎo dài watchband

手表 shǒubiǎo wristwatch

钟表 zhōngbiǎo clock

压力表 yālì biǎo pressure gauge

高度表 gāodù biǎo altimeter

 

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Taken on December 18, 2020