Via Rebecca McKinnon, someone in Canada is offering on eBay a “Tiananmen Massacre Medal Watch” provided by “an ex-PLA officer” to benefit an organization called the Tiananmen Mothers’ Campaign .
Bidding starts at $8964.18 (as in the eighteenth anniversary of the June 4 massacre of 1989).
The auction description states hopefully:
No local collection specialist has seen it before, it might be the only one existing outside China.
I’ve got one of these babies. A friend in Beijing gave it to me shortly after the massacre, so I’m quite sure of its authenticity.
Courtesy of the eBay listing, here’s a picture of the watchface in all its doofy glory, with the hands cleverly positioned to look like a TV antenna sprouting out of the bewildered grunt’s helmet.
My version has a fancy metal wristband (not leather, like the one on offer) and came in a red and white plastic case reading: Presented to the Capital Martial Law Force （ 赠首都戒严部队）.
Think I’ll hold on to mine for a bit.
You can bid on the eBay auction here .