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328KF
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posted 09-27-2008 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone been able to see what type of watch the Chinese taikonauts are wearing aboard Shenzhou VII? I have not found a hi-res photo to get a good look.

Any idea what model watch that was on the outside of the Chinese EVA suit?

It looked to me to be a titanium case chronograph with a subdial at the 12 o'clock position, but the online video is not good enough to see it clearly.

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posted 09-27-2008 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know these aren't great, but they are the best I have found showing the watches:

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posted 09-27-2008 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Reading up on the web about Shenzhou V and VI watches, they were made by Fiyta:

It turns out Fiyta not only produced the watches for the taikonauts, but also offered them as commemorative edition timepieces.

Looking at the Shenzhou VII watches worn with their launch and entry suits, it sure looks like they have the same Fiyta tag seen in the photo of the Shenzhou V model above.

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posted 09-27-2008 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had come across that article as well, and it's not at all complementary of the watch or the Japanese movement it utilizes.

It does appear that the EVA model is something different, and was mentioned to be an all mechanical movement.

Hopefully, the manufacturer will come forward in the near future to brag about their product's selection.

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posted 09-28-2008 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a different view of the EVA watch worn by Zhai:

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