Best Watch manufacturer
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 on China’s wristwatch industry, and explain the factors that matters 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.
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 shortlist of specifications applicable to watches:
- Case Material: e.g. Zinc alloy or Stainless Steel
- Case Plating: e.g. IP Rose Gold
- Movement: e.g. Miyota IL22
- Glass: e.g. Mineral glass or Saphire glass
- Strap: e.g. Italian 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.
So how is all this related to the supplier selection process? All Watch manufacturers in China are not created equal. Some are able to match your material and component requirements, while others cannot. If you haven’t listed all product specifications, you don’t know what to look for in a manufacturer, and you’re quite likely to end up with one that cannot manufacture a watch the way you want it.
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 a injection mold. This can easily be made by the supplier, or subcontracted, assuming you have a CAD design, or reference sample. However, the case design must be based on the actual components (e.g. movement and dial) that you intend to use.