Watch Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

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Millions of watches are assembled in China every year, primarily in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. With hundreds of watch manufacturers to choose from, it can be somewhat tricky to find one capable to manufacture your watch design.

In this article, we share our experience of China’s wristwatch industry and explain the factors that matter when selecting a manufacturer. We also explain what importers must know about design customization, and how this has a direct impact on pricing and minimum order quantity requirements.

This is covered:

  • The role of the Watch manufacturer
  • Materials and Components
  • Design Customization
  • Heavy metals, phthalates, and other restricted substances
  • Product Packaging
  • MOQ Requirement
  • How do I know if the supplier can make my watch design?
  • List of Watch Manufacturers in Shenzhen

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Importing Watches from China: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import watches from China? In this article, we explain how you can implement our framework to go from design drawing and prototype to mass production and quality control.

This is covered

  • Product Specifications
  • Watch Movements
  • Design Customization Options
  • Straps
  • Product Packaging
  • Tooling Costs
  • Unit Prices
  • Prototype Development
  • Watch Standards and Regulations
  • Quality Control
  • Watch & Clock Trade Shows

Product Specifications

Watch Case

The biggest price factor is the watch case material. You have two options: Stainless steel or Zinc alloy. The latter is only used in low-quality watches, retailing for less than $50. Watches sold for above that price are almost always made of Stainless Steel, if exclude other less common watch case materials, such as plastic and silicon. Continue reading Importing Watches from China: A Complete Guide

Watch Strap Manufacturers in China: Prices, Custom Design & Samples

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Looking for watch strap factories in China? In this article, we list some of the leading strap manufacturers in Shenzhen and Dongguan.

In addition, we answer the most important questions about importing watch straps:

  • Watch kind of strap materials are available?
  • How much should I expect to pay?
  • Can I get my custom designed strap made?
  • What is the MOQ?
  • Can I use imported leather and other materials?

What kind of watch straps can I import from China?

Chinese factories produce all types of watch straps, including the following:

  • PU / faux leather watch straps
  • Genuine leather watch straps
  • Nylon watch straps
  • Stainless steel watch straps
  • Zinc alloy watch straps
  • Wooden watch straps
  • Ceramic watch straps
  • Waxed cotton straps

We’re also noticing that some suppliers also offer their customers the integration of RFID chips and sensors, in watch straps – to enable compatibility with smart watches and IoT devices. Continue reading Watch Strap Manufacturers in China: Prices, Custom Design & Samples

Watches & Jewelry Trade Shows in Asia 2020: A Complete Guide

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There are thousands of watches, jewelry and accessories manufacturers in China, and other Asian countries. While you can start sourcing right now on Alibaba.com or Globalsources.com, many importers prefer to meet suppliers face to face, negotiate prices and check samples.

In this guide to watches and jewelry trade shows in Asia, you get a complete overview of the top events in 2020, in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan (ROC), Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

Hong Kong

HKTDC Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair

The Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair will take place on September 1-5, 2020 in Hong Kong.

In most cases, you can attend the fair without a visa as Hong Kong offers visa-free entry to the nationals of 170 countries for short-term visits.

Organizers of this fair include Hong Kong Trade Development and Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd.

The fair is one of the most acknowledged Watch and Clock Fairs in Asia. More than 800 exhibitors are expected to exhibit their products at the show this year. Around 20,000 buyers are also likely to visit the fair.

The products will be displayed in the following categories:

  • Watches and Clocks
  • Machinery & Equipment
  • OEM Smart Watches
  • Packaging, Parts & Components
  • Trade Services

The admission to the exhibition is free but only 18 years or older are allowed to attend the fair.

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Importing Automatic and Mechanical Watches from China: A Complete Guide

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This year, we have seen a trend with many startup brands, in the Watch industry, shifting  from Electronic Quartz Watches, to Mechanical and Automatic Watches. While closely related, there are various differences in terms of components, quality issues, applicable regulations and labelling requirements that overseas buyers must know, when importing Automatic and Mechanical Watches from Chinese manufacturers. In this article, we explain what you must know before getting started.

What is the difference between Quartz, Automatic and Mechanical Watches?

As we are frequently referring to Quartz, Automatic and Mechanical Watches (Movements) in this article, we begin by explaining the differences below:
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Behind the scenes of a Chinese Watch Manufacturer – Interview with Ningle Zhong

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I met Ningle Zhong at the HKTDC Watch fair in Hong Kong back in September 2012, while representing a client. Since then a lot of things have happened in life and business for both of us. Ningle Zhong is the founder and manager of the watch manufacturer Shenzhen Babylon Watch Co.Ltd. In this interview we look into how he got started, his views on the industry and what he thinks about the future.

Before you started Shenzhen Babylon Watch Co., Ltd. you were working for a Trading Company in Shenzhen. How come you decided to start your own factory?

When I was working for my previous employer I received a lot of customer complaints regarding quality issues. Each time I was being put into a position where I had to find a solution to these issues, I started thinking if I could make a difference. I spotted the opportunity and decided to give it a try, I started my own business. Continue reading Behind the scenes of a Chinese Watch Manufacturer – Interview with Ningle Zhong