When I had decided to put my hands on movement other than just collecting, the one that was introduced to me by a local watchmaking class, was this one. The Chinese made standard movement SZ-1 7120.
This movement has a long history, launched in China in the mid '60s, it is still being manufactured nowadays, as of 2019. A standard movement, that means that the movement design is shared among the major movement manufacturers in the country, that they share the same parts which are interchangeable. This saved them a lot on research and development and minimized manufacturing cost.
The movement design is said to be a copy of an early Enicar 1010, which I had checked out a photo of it, it looks so similar to the SZ-1. This is the first movement that I had taken apart and put together successfully, after numerous trial and error, and learned a lot by mistakes. Great simple movement for me to learn all the basis on how a watch works. The best thing is, since it is still widely available at a low cost, I can get replacement parts easily and cheaply. Perfect for anyone to start the watchmaking journey.
Eric has been a gadget lover for decades and had been collecting affordable vintage since the nineties. With his passion for vintage watches, he had been sharing thoughts and photos in interest groups, with his intention of raising public interests on forgotten classics.