• 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:

    • List of Watch Manufacturers in Shenzhen
    • 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?

     

    watch factory in shenzhen

    List of Watch Manufacturers in Shenzhen

    Shenzhen is known as an electronics manufacturing powerhouse but is also the worlds largest industrial base for watch manufacturers. A few years ago I was told there are more than 3000 companies, both watch factories, and component suppliers, in Shenzhen’s Bao’An district aline.

    Below follows a list of Shenzhen based watch suppliers that’s been around for a while:

    • Shenzhen Aiers Watch Co. Ltd
    • Shenzhen City Yonghao Clock And Watch Co., Ltd
    • Shenzhen City Yongda Clock And Watch Co., Ltd.
    • Shenzhen Kastar Timepieces Co., Ltd.
    • Window’s Clock & Watch Co., Ltd.
    • Shenzhen Zhongshi Watch Co., Ltd.

    Note that all listed suppliers require that you provide a clear product specification for your watch, complete with design files, bill of materials and logo design.

    Product Scope

    While these companies all make watches, they are also specialized in certain types and materials. Here are a few examples:

    • Stainless steel watches
    • Zinc alloy watches
    • Plastic watches
    • Wooden watches
    • Digital watches

    The role of the Watch manufacturer

    The truth is that a ‘Watch manufacturer’ don’t really manufacture the watches. They assemble the watches and procure all individual components. The Watch case, crown, hands, clock face, and even the indexing are all produced by specialized subcontractors.

    This also applies to movements, which are often procured directly from Miyota, Seiko or Ronda.

    The Watch supplier is essentially managing these subcontractors, and assemble the final products. In general, all Watch suppliers have access to the same subcontractors. As they don’t invest much in R&D, this means that all suppliers in the industry have access to the same materials and components.

    Does that mean that all suppliers are equal? Definitely not. Watch manufacturers differ on the following factors:

    a. Product compliance: Most suppliers are not aware of EU and US product regulations,  such as REACH and RoHS. Hence, they may supply a product with excessive amounts of lead and other restricted substances.

    b. Quality management: Managing a large number of subcontractors is not an easy task. At a minimum, the supplier must have established procedures for checking incoming materials and components – and checkpoints on the assembly line.

    c. Management: Some people are just better at taking care of their customers and running businesses than others. This is also how it works in China’s watch industry.

    So, what about pricing? The price difference between two different suppliers is normally small, assuming you get quoted based on the same product specification. As mentioned, the suppliers are buying materials and components from the same network of subcontractors.

    Materials and Components

    Chinese Watch manufacturers are accustomed to producing goods in part, or entirely, according to the buyer’s product specifications.

    A product specification is any piece of information that defines the design, functions, and durability of a product. Below follows a short list of specifications applicable to watches:

    • Case Material: e.g. Zinc alloy or 316L Stainless Steel
    • Case Plating: e.g. IP Rose Gold
    • Movement: e.g. Miyota IL22
    • Water retardance: e.g., 3 ATM or 5 ATM
    • Glass: e.g. Mineral glass or Sapphire glass
    • Strap: e.g. Italian calf leather

    That’s not the full list of specifications you need to cover, but I think the point has been made. As Chinese manufacturers are accustomed to this “make to order” approach, they will not manage the product development for you.

    They are manufacturers, and offering a free of charge design service would force them to increase their prices, which in turn would result in most buyers taking their (free) designs to the next manufacturer.

    Note: Watch suppliers normally create a 2D rendering of the Watch, effectively illustrating the final product from all angles. However, the rendering is based entirely on specifications provided by the customer. Do not expect any creative input from the manufacturer, as this is outside their business scope.

    watch cases
    Watch cases in a factory in Bao’an district, Shenzhen

    Design Customization

    While you shouldn’t expect free product development services from any manufacturer, most are able to realize your customized watch designs.

    The major component is the watch case, which requires an injection mold. This can easily be made by the supplier or subcontracted, assuming you have a CAD design, detailed images, drawings or reference sample.

    However, the case design must be based on the actual components (e.g. movement and dial) that you intend to use. There are also limits to how far you should go when designing a wristwatch.

    You can custom design any component, including the hands, crown, and indexing. That said, all OEM (custom designed) components require tooling, which cost more time and extends the product development time. it can also affect the MOQ requirement.

    If you are about to launch your first product, you may want to consider using ODM (factory standard) parts to the extent possible.

    On the contrary, the watch case, clock face, and straps are easier to customize. For most small businesses, it makes sense to strike a balance somewhere in between and mix between custom designed components, and “factory standard” components.

    Most Watch manufacturers keep high volume components in stock. These components are assembled on most models, which allows the supplier to offer a fairly modest MOQ requirement per watch design.

    The best way to simplify the product development process is by first asking the supplier to send PDF or Excel files listing the standardized components they can offer, and then adjust your watch case design accordingly.

    Importers in the United States and the European Union should also note that specific labeling requirements apply to wristwatches. Never make the assumption that your manufacturer ‘should know’ how your watch should be labeled, according to regulations in your country.

    The labeling information (e.g. Country of Origin markings) shall be part of the artwork files, and not left out as a gap for the supplier to fill.

    Heavy metals, phthalates, and other restricted substances

    Compliance with labeling requirements is relatively easy, not barely related to the manufacturers’ expertise. As long as you get the artwork files right, things rarely go wrong in this aspect.

    I wish I could say the same thing about compliance with substance regulations (e.g. REACH in the European Union, and California Proposition 65 in the United States).

    Importers in the US and EU are required to ensure compliance with all applicable product regulations. This should, at least in theory, be quite simple.

    But the reality is very different

    I know from personal experience that most Watch manufacturers are unable to provide test reports, or other compliance documents, showing that their products don’t contain excessive amounts of restricted chemicals (e.g. lead, cadmium and phthalates).

    Indeed, it is possible to submit a sample to a testing company such as Asiainspection or SGS, but this is only of use if you can ensure that the very same components are used on the sample, as on the final product. Replace a material, color or coating, and the watch may be rendered as non-compliant.

    This issue stems from a lack of control of incoming materials and components, from the manufacturers’ subcontractors. As a watch is made of a large number of components, these are not all made under the same roof, but purchased from specialized manufacturers.

    Combine this with the general lack of transparency and knowledge of substance regulations in other countries, and you got a potent – and dangerous – mix.

    Compliance is essential when selecting a supplier

    It’s therefore critical that you select a Watch manufacturer that is able to prove extensive, previous, compliance with European and American substance regulations.

    That is, however, only the first step, as previous compliance is a mere indication of capability, rather than a guarantee for future compliance.

    Buyers are therefore wise to submit batch samples for compliance testing on a regular basis, to minimize the risk of non-compliant, and thereby illegal, products from entering the market. Importing non-compliant products is illegal, and may result in a forced recall and heavy fines.

    Also note that it’s always the importer that is held responsible, not the foreign, in this case, Chinese, manufacturer.

    shenzhen baoan
    Most watch factories are based in Shenzhen, Guangdong

    Product Packaging

    Watch manufacturers subcontract the making of their product packaging to specialized packaging producers. The majority can also offer a number of standardized models, offered in fairly low quantities.

    Branding is also possible but may result in a slight MOQ and price increase.

    Making a custom designed packaging is another alternative, but requires certain packaging design expertise, as it must be based on the design and dimensions of the watch.

    Relying on the supplier to apply the final adjustment is rarely a wise choice, and may result in a large number of useless packages.

    MOQ Requirement

    The Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) Requirement is the minimum number of products a supplier is willing to sell a certain item. Watch manufacturers generally set an MOQ of around 300 to 500 pieces per model.

    The definition of a model is, to most manufacturers, the watch case. The MOQ requirement is therefore multiplied based on the number of different watch cases you intend to purchase.

    Small buyers are therefore advised to find other ways to differentiate the product, rather than buying several watch case designs, which quickly adds up to an MOQ of thousands of units.

    As touched upon previously in this guide, the MOQ requirement is greatly affected by the design customization. Certain components and design aspects have a higher impact on the MOQ requirement than others.

    Below follows an overview of various components, and to what degree they are likely to affect the MOQ set by the manufacturer:

    • Leather / Nylon straps: Low
    • Case Material: Low
    • Case Plating: Low
    • Custom Logo: Medium
    • Custom Dial: Medium
    • Custom Case: Medium
    • Custom Glass: High
    • Custom Hands (Minute / Hour): High
    • Custom Indexing (Clock face): High

    The MOQ per case plating is often as low as 100 pcs. Assuming that the total order MOQ is 500 pcs, you can then create 5 different cases in the same order.

    Watch MOQ Examples

    • Order MOQ: 500 pcs
    • Watch Case MOQ: 500 pcs
    • Watch Case Plating MOQ: 100 – 200 pcs
    • Dial MOQ: 100 – 200 pcs
    • ODM Strap MOQ: 100 – 200 pcs
    • OEM Strap MOQ: 500 pcs

    How do I know if the supplier can make my watch design?

    All watch manufacturers use the same supplier base for procuring materials and components. As mentioned, the watch manufacturer is more of an administrator, than a proper factory.

    The watch manufacturer assembles the watch parts, while another workshop makes the clock face, while another one makes the hands.

    As such, there is no proper difference between suppliers when it comes to product quality. All watch manufacturers make products based on the spec sheet.

    What you get is what you specify.

    In theory, you’d get the exact same product from two different suppliers, as long as the spec sheet is the same.

    There are no suppliers that can provide fancy movements, or space station grade alloys. They simply don’t exist.

    In reality, there are some differences though:

    1. Some suppliers focus on stainless steel watches, while others focus more on wood or zinc alloy watches. Or even plastic watches. Make sure you go to a watch factory that is specialized in your type of watch.

    2. All suppliers in this industry are relatively sloppy. However, there’s a big difference between suppliers that can keep a 1% defect rate and those that run with a 30% (or higher) defect rate.

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  • 132 Responses to “Watch Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide

    1. Shane at 12:51 pm

      Hi Fredrik,

      I have been scouring the net and reading all your articles. I have learned more in the last few nights about importing watches from reading your work than I have from any other source.

      I am in the early stages of starting a micro-brand watch line of diver-style watches. I will be using standard factory cases for the first several models, and was hoping you could email me so I could ask you a few questions.

      Hope to hear from you,

      Shane

      1. Fredrik Grönkvist at 8:33 pm

        Hello Shane,

        Happy to hear that! I’ve already replied you by email

        1. Jake B at 3:01 am

          Hi Fredrik

          I’ve been doing some research into watches and already have a website started.

          Would you please do me the biggest favor and share some info on the best quality watches from Chinese manufacturers. I am happy to pay a bit more because if quality is not there, the brand will suffer. Ideally looking for manufacturers that can work with designs and work towards them together.

          Sorry, I see you’ve had many replies already but if i could manage to get a little bit of info from you it would be much appreciated and would hopefully set me on my way.

          Kind Regards,
          Jake

          1. ChinaImportal at 3:02 am

            Hello Jake,

            We will contact you by email

    2. richard stern at 6:06 pm

      Hi Fredrick,

      Im starting a very innovative watch company and I need some help in finding suppliers…. If you could please help me out by replying my email or calling me at +1 9175294420 I would gladly appreciate.

      Richard

      1. Bryan Ong Tze Yaw at 3:55 pm

        Hi
        I am Bryan from Singapore and i am intending to create a brand for my watches to be sold online.
        Is there anyway we can have a collaboration.

      2. Frederick at 5:08 am

        My Name is Frederick I `m interested in distribution & design of new watches. contact me

        1. ChinaImportal at 3:41 am

          Hi,

          We will contact you by email

    3. Agedew Aleme at 7:09 am

      Hi Fredrick, I’ve a proposal to get a new watch having geez numbers in it and its color. First I need a sample watch then I will crate the market for to make good business for your company and me. So if its possible, may I wait your respond as fast as possible?
      Thank you!
      Agedew
      From Canada
      +15877194160

    4. Maxwell at 1:36 pm

      Hellow Fredrick,
      I am looking forward to starting a small retail business in wrist watches particularly for men. I am looking for a genuine supplier from china. I don’t need cons and that’s why i am doing this research before I make any payment. Could you please list for me a few genuine suppliers you know.
      N/B its a start up business and so i do not need to do a lot of importation at the beginning but as time goes by, i am hopping to increase the volume. my email is kennymax254@gmail.com

    5. Maxwell at 1:46 pm

      Hellow Fredrick,
      I am looking forward to starting a small retail business in wrist watches particularly for men. I am looking for a genuine supplier from china. I don’t need cons and that’s why i am doing this research before I make any payment. Could you please list for me a few genuine suppliers you know.
      N/B its a start up business and so i do not need to do a lot of importation at the beginning but as time goes by, i am hopping to increase the volume. my email is kennymax254@gmail.com

    6. Simon at 7:00 pm

      Hello fredrick!

      I will start some small watch brand. so maybe you could send me an mail to check some possible cooperation ways.

      best regards

      Simon, weinevents@live.at

    7. Stelio and Sandro at 9:44 pm

      Hi Frederick!

      We are two young guys from switzerland, who would like to start up a watch brand and need your help for finding good and reliable manufacturers.

      Looking forward to hear from you

      Thanks
      Stelio and Sandro

    8. MAT at 3:50 pm

      Hi Frederick,

      Mayby can I get your e-mail address ? I have to you few question about manufacturing watches in China and importing them to Europe.

      Or if you could e-mail my would be great.

      Thanks! MAT

    9. masoud at 11:56 pm

      Hi ferederick,
      Thanks a lot for give us information a bout importing,
      I’v read all of your articles about import watches.I,d like to know more about the best cities & bazar of China for buying wholesale watches…could u please send me some qualification?..
      Best regards
      Masoud daliri

    10. Dom Newton at 10:32 pm

      Hi Ferederick,

      Me and a partner are looking to set up a time piece brand out of the U.K., and are looking at the possiablities of using the Chinese market to source and supply these.

      I am looking for a supplier to help with my ambitions and goals.

      Any feed back would be gratefully appreciated.

      Kind Regards,
      Dom

    11. Amanda at 3:30 pm

      Hi Ferederick,

      I am an upcoming watch entrepreneur and would like to speak to you about the manufacturers in China. I have dealt with a couple manufactures via emails over the past 4 years, however I am worried about my Intellectual Property. I have designed a one of a kind watch type which most of the companies are able to do, however I am sticking with my most trusted manufacturing company.

      I have a lot of questions and I’m looking forward to hearing back from you.

      Kind regards,

      Amanda

    12. Qahir wassiee at 1:34 pm

      Hello,
      I’m looking to set up my on brand of watches and I would love it if you would help me with finding suppliers and manufacturers ?
      Thank you.

    13. Mark Goonetilleke at 4:49 am

      Hi,

      I am looking at starting a business of selling branded watches which are fully designed by myself and partner. Could you point in the right direction in regards to suppliers on China. I have already found some through AliBaba however many do not pay enough attention to detail and many specs and design elements are incorrect.
      If you can help me in anyway it would be appriciated.

      Regards
      Mark

      1. Sarah at 7:03 pm

        Hi Fredrik,

        I have been designing a range of watches to start my own business, mainly for women at the moment. I just wondered if you could help me and answer a few questions about finding a manufacturer when I can’t get to China as I’m in the UK.Who do you put your trust in? And what do they require off you in order to make your product? Does it need to be on photoshop or CAD??
        Your help would be greatly appreciated

        Thanks in advance
        Sarah

        1. Fredrik Grönkvist at 3:32 am

          Hi Sarah,

          Dealing with overseas manufacturers is not a matter of trust, but risk management.

          As for the design: Both 2D and 3D files are good. The suppliers normally make a technical drawing before making the prototype, that in turn is based what has been provided by the buyer. Hence, you don’t need to produce an entirely accurate design drawing yourself.

    14. Calvin at 2:02 pm

      Hi Frederik,

      Me and a partner want to start a small timepiece company branded and owned by us, we are looking for a manufacturer that can help us choose different models (doesn’t have to be a unique design) because we have an idea how it should look like. Could we keep contact through email? Please send me an mail if you are willing to discuss something.

      Calvin Le Duc
      ducanhkle@gmail.com

    15. Adam at 6:57 pm

      Hi Frederik,

      We are a fashion brand currently operating within the UK, and are looking to expand our lineup to watches. We have some proposed designs already and basically just need somebody to make a watch and customize the face to our design.

      Is this possible? How should I contact somebody for a quotation and who should I contact? I have no idea, so any help will be appreciated.

      Thanks

      1. Fredrik Grönkvist at 3:23 am

        Hi Adam,

        We will get in touch with you

    16. Bipin Acharya at 2:16 am

      Can I suggest. Why don’t u create high end copy of watch like “a lange and shone “. I am sure many will love to buy

    17. Rizwan Ifrahim at 1:32 pm

      Hello Frederick,

      Thanks for a very informative article. I am in the process of starting a small unique watch company and could do with advice as to manufactures in China. I’ve contacted many, some have been great in getting back, with emails and Skype chats etc. Others not so great! Would be great if you could get in touch and offer some advice regarding trustworthy manufacturers.

      Many Thanks

      Waqt

      1. ChinaImportal at 4:48 am

        Hi Waqt,

        I think our team has already contacted you. I also suggest you check out our Buyer’s Guide: Watches

        You can get it right here: https://www.chinaimportal.com/watches/

    18. Ary at 8:12 pm

      Dear Sir,

      I am looking for a reliable Chinese manufacturer of watch.
      I would like to start with a MOQ (the smallest possible one) for the time we will start.
      I need a unique model for men or women, the will have include some specific functions lie :
      – GPS inside,
      – etc… (more details will be given vi private email).
      Could you please help me ?

      Regards,
      Ary

      1. ChinaImportal at 5:37 am

        Hi Ary,

        Did you get our email?

    19. Mark at 11:57 pm

      Hi

      I am looking for a watch manufacturer for coin watches .Can you please recommend somebody please

      thanks

      Mark

      1. ChinaImportal at 5:23 am

        Hi Mark,

        We will contact you by email!

        1. Mark at 12:09 pm

          Thank you very much

    20. Thijs at 3:52 pm

      Hi,

      I have been looking for a manufacturer for some time now and cannot seem to find one that lives up to my standards of professionalism.

      Do Chinese manufacturers not work with catalogs of stock parts they produce (dials, hands, cases, bracelets (wristbands), types of glass and crowns, including materials and dimensions)?

      Alternatively, do you have some suggestions on good Chinese OEM watch manufacturers?

      My best,
      Thijs

    21. Dennis at 7:44 pm

      Hello.
      Im looking for a watch manufacturer in China.
      I want to design my own watch and have a good work between the manufacturer and me.
      Could you please help me?

      Kind Regards, Dennis

      1. ChinaImportal at 4:34 am

        Hello Dennis,

        I suggest you check out our Buyer’s Guide: Wristwatches

        You find it here: https://www.chinaimportal.com/watches/

        It explains how the process works when importing Watches from China, from A to Z

    22. Hadique Jamaludeen at 10:33 am

      Hi,
      I have been doing some research into the wrist watch business. I found this article to be really helpful. Could you send me some of the catalogs of the available components you mentioned. Hope to receive your reply as soon as possible.

      Hadique

      1. ChinaImportal at 4:52 am

        Hi Hadique,

        We have already contacted you by email.

        You can also check out our Buyer’s Guide: Wrist Watches – https://www.chinaimportal.com/watches/

    23. Tyler at 8:04 am

      Hey was wondering if you could email me some manufactures that I can trust overseas.

      1. ChinaImportal at 4:51 am

        Hi Tyler,

        We can, but that is a paid service. We invest a lot of resources to screen manufacturers in certain industries – and nobody would give that away for free.

    24. Barry at 9:42 pm

      Hi,

      I am currently researching my own watch brand which is based on a unique idea requiring an OEM build, I have a CAD and 3D artist and full description, logo, branding etc… but the next step being prototype building and design/manufacturing I am unsure how to find a suitable manufacturer in China. I want to ensure risk is kept low and time is not wasted getting designs and misinterpretations correct.

      Would really appreciate an email if screening and suggested manufacturers is something you provide?.

      Thanks

      Barry

      1. ChinaImportal at 4:33 am

        Hi Barry,

        We have already contacted you by email. I hope you received it?

    25. Antonio at 11:14 pm

      Hello! i`m reading all your articles thanks for sharing good practices, so in case i can choose a ready case and add logo and small changes on crown, hands. cause i want to create my own brand and bring pieces from China. Then i have a doubt regarding copyrights when the proposal is to use a catalog case/watch from China factory, how can i guarantee to avoid copy issues? or in case of watches that are so similar each model then does not apply this exclusivity? sorry i forgot to mention that i live in Brazil and want to make a contract with a China factory to start a new brand here. Also are there any way to secure quality for production pieces? something like a parts production assurance plan? or can we safe choose some suppliers that is well secured to deliver good parts or receive claim/refund. thank you, regards! Antonio

      1. ChinaImportal at 11:43 am

        Hi Antonio,

        The truth is that there’s no simple way to be sure that you don’t infringe on design patents.

        As for quality, you need a quality assurance procedure. This is a process that begins with drafting a product specification, and is managed throughout the production procedure.

    26. Sachin at 9:46 am

      Hello Fredrick,

      Thanks for a very informative article. I am looking forward to starting a business in wrist watches for men and women. I am looking for a genuine supplier from china. I don’t need cons and that’s why i am doing this research before I make any payment or before I contact somebody. Could you please list for me a few genuine suppliers you know.

      1. ChinaImportal at 5:48 am

        Hello Sachin,

        We will contact you by email!

    27. GC at 5:28 pm

      Hi Fredrik,

      I’m currently looking for manufacturers of high end custom watch cases. Design is ready to go.

      Please contact me to discuss specific services you provide.

      Thanks

      1. ChinaImportal at 10:10 am

        Hello Graham,

        we will contact you by email!

    28. Johnson Chon at 2:16 am

      Hi Fredrik

      I have a few questions about paying the manufacturer.
      Please contact me at your convenience :)

      1. ChinaImportal at 9:24 am

        Hi Johnson,

        Did you receive our email?

    29. Johnathan at 4:52 am

      Hello I’m from the Caribbean. I am interested in starting my own watch company and I would like to know if you can supply watches of custom designs that I come up with. Can you get back to me via email as soon as possible. Thanks in advance.

      Regards,

      John

      1. ChinaImportal at 3:22 am

        Hello Jonathan,

        You should have received our email by now.

    30. Linda at 12:23 pm

      Hi Fredrik,

      I am in the very early stages of starting a micro brand watch line. In the first models I will be using standard factory cases and was hoping you could email me so I could ask you a few questions.

      Hope to hear from you,
      Best regards
      Linda

      1. ChinaImportal at 3:44 am

        Hi Linda,

        You should have received our email by now

    31. Thomas Small at 8:56 am

      Hi Fredrik,

      Very informative article, many thanks. I am currently starting the hunt for a manufacturer of a mens/unisex 24hr analogue movement who can also produce a custom face and hands. Standardized cases straps etc. MMQ 500-1000.
      Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
      Many thanks
      tom

      1. ChinaImportal at 3:40 am

        Hello,

        We will send you an email with more information

    32. Kristian at 8:01 am

      Hi Fredrik,

      We will soon be launching a new watch brand in Europe, and would love to receive some assistance with selecting the right manufacturer. We have selected a number of them, however, we are having a difficulty of evaluating them against each other.

      Thanks.

      Best,
      Kristian

      1. ChinaImportal at 2:56 am

        Hey Kristian,

        You should have received our email by now. We can help you with this.

    33. Giorgio at 1:48 pm

      Hi Fredrik,

      Can you please email me your fees for advising manufacturers in china for high end wrist watches.

      Thank you so much
      Giorgio

      1. ChinaImportal at 2:54 am

        Hello,

        We will contact you by email

    34. Erlend at 2:05 am

      Hei Fredrik,

      We are two entrepreneurs from Norway, and would like to get in touch with you. Can you send me a mail?

      Thanks!

      Best regards,
      Erlend

      1. ChinaImportal at 2:49 am

        Hello,

        We will contact you by email

    35. Martin at 1:23 pm

      Hi Friedrik

      Im also interested in manufactor from Chine,
      please contact me.
      thanks

    36. mieguery at 4:31 pm

      hi friedrik
      im a young student .im interested in starting my own watch company in future .please can i have your e-mail address ,i have a lot of questions t ask if u don’t mind

      1. ChinaImportal at 3:29 am

        Hi,

        We will contact you in a few hours by email

    37. Oskar at 5:55 pm

      Hello Fredrik.

      I am Currently looking for manufacturers and already in contact with some. My question is if you can help me find a reliable manufacturer where quality is ensured. I am ready to pay for your services and help.

      Thank you
      Oskar

      1. ChinaImportal at 3:28 am

        Good morning Oskar,

        We’ll send you an email later today

    38. Cornelius at 12:12 pm

      Hi.

      I’m looking to begin a relative low cost, bespoke watch brand, could you please give me more information regarding this, I am interested in purchasing the information packages, I would just like some more guidance on this before I proceed.

      Kind regards

      1. ChinaImportal at 1:23 am

        Hi,

        We sent you an email a few days ago. You should have received it by now.

    39. Jack at 3:56 am

      Hi Fridrik,

      I am in the process of launching a watch line, and have setup everything business related except the actual sourcing. As such, I need to filter out reliable suppliers from non-reliable ones. Perhaps more guidance would be welcome.

      Thanks,
      Jack

      1. ChinaImportal at 2:57 am

        Hi,

        We will contact you by email

    40. Alvin Lee at 8:30 am

      Hi Fredrik,
      I have chanced upon your website and is interested to find out more on the manufacturer list pertaining to the manufacture of smart watches with specific functions and requirements. I am looking at an initial small quantity. Appreciate your response.

      Regards,
      Alvin

      1. ChinaImportal at 2:53 am

        Hi Alvin,

        What is the estimated volume and the target market?

    41. Yuz at 4:59 pm

      Hi Fredrik,

      I seek your kind assistance in providing more information in regards of outsourcing reliable manufacturers and guides on working with them. Appreciate if you could email me at the soonest.

      Regards

      Yuz

    42. Jack at 1:34 am

      Hi Fredrik,

      I am a student looking to start my own fashion watch business and am in the process of designing. I have a CAD model but also require help to complete the design as the CAD model is more outer aesthetics than designed for water resistance etc. Are the manufacturers helpful in completing the design?

      Also what can I do to minimize the risk of the manufacturer taking my design and selling it on as a white label watch to another company in the future?

      Thank You!

    43. Isaac Hor at 9:23 am

      Hi Fredrick,

      Thanks for such informative article, it helps a lot. I am now planning to launch my watch brand, in order to cross selling with my core business’s product. Currently looking for a genuine and quality manufacturer from China.

      Questions:
      1) Are they helpful in completing the design?
      2) How to protect the design from selling it to other?
      3) Is there MOQ required? I will start from small quantity and introduce it to market first.

      Hope you can email me some reliable watch manufacturers in China. (Of course i know that there is no free lunch in this world)

      Thanks and regards,
      Isaac

      1. ChinaImportal at 3:42 am

        Hello Isaac,

        1. They make a rendering based on the spec sheet you provide them. Don’t expect any creative input, as they don’t do design work.

        2. For watches you can basically only trademark your brand name

        3. Yes. At least 400 pcs per watch case design, and 200 pcs per plating.

        As for supplier details: We don’t share that for free, as it goes a lot of work into verifying manufacturers. However, we do include supplier details as part of the Buyer’s Guide: https://www.chinaimportal.com/watches/

    44. Robert at 8:44 pm

      Hi,

      I would like to establish my own watch company. Can you help me with launching new brand?
      I am going to buy your Wrist watches guide, because I want to know, how to do everything.
      Can you send me an email?
      Thank you

      1. ChinaImportal at 3:36 am

        Hello Robert,

        We have contacted you by email. Did you get it?

    45. komborero at 10:52 am

      Hellow Fredrick,
      I am looking forward to starting a small retail business in wrist watches particularly for health matters. I am looking for a genuine supplier from china. I don’t need cons and that’s why i am doing this research before I make any payment. Could you please list for me a few genuine suppliers you know.

      N/B its a start up business and so i do not need to do a lot of importation at the beginning but as time goes by, i am hopping to increase the volume.please reply im new to this you are the help i have which i can trust .

    46. Jens at 1:30 am

      Hi,

      I am currently setting up a company for watch supplies. I already have suppliers in the EU and I’m looking to expand with suppliers from Asia.

      Any chance you can help? The main request is high standard finishing for the high-end watchmarket.

      Many thanks.

      1. ChinaImportal at 3:33 am

        Hello,

        We will contact you by email

    47. Rutika at 2:30 pm

      Hi
      I am looking for one particular model of what which i need to import from china or either produce . I need ilthat very urgenty can you please help me with that .

      Rutika

    48. Martin at 10:43 am

      Hi! Me and my friend are currently setting up a small watch company. Any chance you can help? We have some ideas how we want it! Can you send me an email?

      Best regards
      Martin

    49. Kas Kazmi at 4:24 pm

      Hi there
      Amazingly informative article. Thank you so much.
      Please kindly email recommended manufacturers that I would be able to work with to develop early stage oem wristwatch label.
      K

      1. ChinaImportal at 7:57 am

        Hi Kas,

        We will contact you by email

    50. peter at 5:00 am

      hi,
      im looking to start up my own small watch company and im currently at the stage of producing a prototype ill be using mostly factory pieces with an exception to the actual movement of the watch.. i am also looking for a trusted and efficient manufacturer.

      regards,
      peter

      1. ChinaImportal at 7:55 am

        Hi Peter,

        We will contact you by email

    51. Ayyub at 10:32 am

      Hi,

      I am in the stages of sourcing manufacturers for my new Private Watch Label. Really interested in hearing more from you on how you can help with manufacturers.

      Thanks,
      A

    52. ashish at 10:32 am

      Hi

      I am looking to outsource the existing designs and create a new line of watch, can you help me to get in touch with some reliable ODM/OEM from China

    53. Paul Edwards at 12:27 pm

      Hi,
      Im an avid watch enthusiast and am looking for a watch manufacturer in China.

      I want to have options/input when creating the piece, whether it design or movement. Can you please recommend any manufacturers?

      I look forward to your reply

      Thanks

      Paul

      1. ChinaImportal at 9:38 am

        Hello,

        We will contact you by email

    54. Jani at 11:32 am

      Hey,

      we are interested in the produce of watches. Do you have some suggestions on good Chinese or asian in generall OEM watch manufacturers?

      Best regards,
      JSD watches

      1. ChinaImportal at 5:34 am

        Hello Jani,

        We’ve contacted you by email!

    55. salomon Weiss at 4:10 pm

      Dear Fredrick,

      Our company is working in the watches & jewels industry over 40 years.

      I think it can great if I we can get in touch, I am sure this will be helpful for both of us :)

      Waiting for your mail
      Salomon

      1. ChinaImportal at 5:25 am

        Hi Salomon,

        We’ve contacted by you email!

    56. Klaus at 9:22 pm

      Dear Frederick,

      Thank you very much for this informative post.
      I’m currently establishing a Start-up in the watch industry and am looking for a reliable manufacturer. If you would be so kind to contact me via mail, I can give more specifications (material, movement etc.) to give you a more refined insight so you can give the best recommandation.

      Thank you very much for your help and time,

      klaus

      1. ChinaImportal at 3:41 am

        Hi Klaus,

        We will contact you by email

    57. Frederick at 5:06 am

      I would like not only to design but help distribute the new startup company watches.

      1. Photographers Watch at 8:35 pm

        Hi Frederick,

        I have a successful online shop where I am selling a single watch, my customers love it, but I would like to move further and design by myself the new series of watches after seeing the success in my store, and reading the feedback of my clients.

        For that I would need to present some designs that I have in mind to manufacturers in China.

        Can you please get in touch with me: info@photographers-watch.com

    58. Berth at 3:28 pm

      Hello,

      Awesome guide, I love it.
      One thing I want to ask, is it possible that a factory can steal your design?
      We have this awesome and totally new design, 3d renders and other files are ready. We are a bit scared that a factory can steal your design or the idea from it, maybe copy it.

      Does this happen?

      1. ChinaImportal at 3:03 am

        Hi Berth,

        Yes, that is possible. You can apply for a design patent in the EU or US, to protect your design.

    59. Bartek at 8:57 am

      Hi Fredrik

      I’ve been doing some research into watches.

      Would you please do me a favor and share some infos on the best quality watches from Chinese manufacturers. Ideally looking for manufacturers that can work with designs and work towards them together. I want to produce watches for kids – in my brand.

      Will be great if you could help me anyway.

      Kind Regards,
      Bartek

      1. ChinaImportal at 8:24 am

        Hi Bartek,

        We do offer supplier lists as part of the Starter Package: https://www.chinaimportal.com/watches/

    60. Sofia Oghiemosi Sedenu at 11:28 pm

      Good day
      I am Sofia Sedenu from Nigeria…. I want to produce my line of branded watches…… Can You Recommend a good chinese factory……Thank You….

    61. jose at 4:05 am

      hello my name is jose. please contact me. i have questions about reliable manufactures

      1. ChinaImportal at 9:14 am

        Hi Jose,

        We offer supplier lists as part of our Starter Package for Apparel: https://www.chinaimportal.com/watches/

    62. Rajesh Meempat at 4:27 pm

      Dear….I m from India. I would like to start a new watch marketing company. Heard that most of the first copy replica watches of famous brands are manufacturing in China. Can we take any of those successful design and alter little bit accordingly to our choices and market it here in our brand name. Hope you can give me some advice. Thanking You…..
      Rajesh M

    63. Muhammad Waqas at 10:48 am

      Hey,

      can you please contact me at my email address or mobile number. we are interested to import watches in bulk. we need a quotation and catalog if you have any.

      Regards,
      Waqas

      1. ChinaImportal at 4:29 pm

        Hello Muhammad,

        We provide supplier lists as part of our Starter Package: https://www.chinaimportal.com/watches/

    64. YOUSIF ALMEAMARI at 1:26 pm

      Hi,

      I would need your help on how to customize a specific watch design I have in mind. Its polycarbon in material and its been difficult to source a manufacturer that can do that. But I’ve heard there’s many in Shenzhen.

      Kindly communicate to with me via email. Hopefully we can collaborate.
      Thank you.

    65. Felix Kaufmann at 7:06 am

      hi Frederick,

      I want to start an Start-up with watches. I’m searching for a good quality watch factory in china. I had already found one http://www.embalmwatch.com.
      What do you think about this factory?
      Thank you
      mfg
      Felix Kaufmann

      1. ChinaImportal at 11:56 am

        Hi Felix,

        We have never worked with them so I cannot comment on this supplier

    66. Abey John at 7:22 am

      Hi,

      I am interested in starting a watch brand in Asia. I am interested in someone who can help design, customize, manufacture and then ship the products.

      Thank You
      Abey

      1. ChinaImportal at 12:58 pm

        Hi Abey,

        I suggest you watch our webinar to learn more about how we can help. It’s free, and you can sign up here: http://www.chinaimportal.com/webinars

    67. Titi at 11:19 am

      Hi Fredrik,
      I just emailed you. Please have a look.

      Many thanks
      Titi

    68. Alex at 10:11 am

      Hi Fredrik,

      We are starting up a watch brand, we are more of an electronics company, so we have been creating all the internals already. Now we need to get some help for manufacturing some prototypes of the actual watch itself and going into production. The main thing that worries me is finding the right supplier and managing quality control. Do you have any recommendations on suppliers? Please email me as well so we can discuss.

      Thanks
      Alex

    69. Alan Ramsay at 12:29 pm

      Hi Fredrik

      I’m looking for Electroforming companies in China to manufacture a few thousand small mechanical components, can you recommend any, or know where I can find a list of such companies. Thanks in advance. Alan

    70. Luis at 6:26 pm

      Hi, my name is Luis.
      We want from any months creating and designing a new watch brand.
      Basicly we have all styles and we found two manufacturers in Shenzhen that
      they have many years manufacturing their own watches and they doing OEM
      watches too.

      The manufacturers we see are: Meigeer and Aiers.

      But we dont know if these are a good option quality/price to quartz watches.

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 8:21 am

        Hi Luis,

        We are familiar with these companies, but we don’t comment on individual manufacturers.

        But I can say that there are no “great” manufacturers. It comes down to the way you manage the process.

    71. Roy Lozano at 1:43 am

      Aloha from Hawaii,
      I have been “thinking” of having a watch manufactured for a couple of years. You set me straight on the realities of that particular brainstorm. Great info. But, lets say I had this “idea” for a watch and I know I don’t want to do all the legwork (my brain doesn’t work that way). Do you know of folks who have been successful in building a watch from standard components and maybe a customized case and successfully importing it to US without going broke or thrown into jail who would for a service fee take my “idea” to fruition? And speak English.
      Mahalo,
      R. J.

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 11:36 am

        Hi Roy,

        Not sure what you are looking for? You want an agent based in China?

    72. Salaam Muhammad at 7:33 pm

      I am looking for a watch with Video / Audio and GPS. . I need for this watch to be align to my Desktop computer, Laptop, Ipad or smartphone. It is because I want to be able to know the exact location where the person is at, and also, be able to view them and have a two-way communication with them.
      I have the Patent to this watch in America. May I hear from you soon.

      1. Ivan Malloci at 7:05 am

        Hello Salaam,

        this looks like an OEM product (custom product). It’s certainly possible to manufacture it on China, however the MOQ (minimum order quantity) won’t be too low. How many pieces do you want to manufacture?

    73. Albert Lebar at 6:12 am

      hi
      I”m about to make small watch brand I”m designer doing my cad in 3D in house i know exactly
      what i need regard design

      about 50 pcs all in gold 14k
      how can i find good factory can create

      1. Ivan Malloci at 8:13 am

        Hello Albert, I suggest you to have a look at our Starter Package: Watched, which also includes a list of manufacturers handpicked for your specific product: https://www.chinaimportal.com/watches/

    74. Varun Sharma at 12:41 pm

      Hey, nice collection. Here are some of the best collection of watches that I found. That’s a really nice checklist and will serve any watch buyer very well. Thanks a lot for this information!

    75. Ravi Kumar at 7:30 am

      Great Blog! I am really amazed by this watch manufacture by China. This has really proven a great help help to me. After reading this article got tons of information regarding spotting a right watch. I’m a watch lover and this article is really helpful as this provides information and tips to choose my best fit watch. Thanks for such a great information on the important topic.

    76. Sunny at 6:23 am

      Hi Frederick,

      I am interested in watch retail business and i am looking for how i could find a good manufacturer or suppliers of quality watches, could you please recommend some companies to me. I love your article.

      Sunny.

      1. Ivan Malloci at 10:21 am

        Hello Sunny,

        we can certainly help you with this. First of all, in this article we share a lot of usefule tips. Second, we do offer suppliers lists as part of our premiunm service, the Starter Package. You find the details here: https://www.chinaimportal.com/watches/

        Let me know if you have further questions, you can also contact us privately here: https://www.chinaimportal.com/contact-us/

    77. Willam Zeng at 4:57 pm

      Hi Fredrik,
      This guide is very helpful to the watches starter, especially for those have no experience in importing watches from China.

      Could you please share more information about what certificates is required for USA, UK for importing watches?

      1. Fredrik Gronkvist at 7:03 pm

        Hi William,

        I suggest you look up our articles about CE marking and CA Prop 65 here on the website. Both are applicable to watches in the US and UK, respectively.

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