Just realised that I have not added to this blog in over a month. Been on holidays for about a week and for one other reason or another I have not gotten around to positing any updates.
This does not mean I have not been making any watch purchases 🙂 or visited my fair share of watch shops in Penang, Vietnam and Singapore – where I have been this last month.
I was on holiday with the family in Penang in June and was pleasantly surprised. I was not really that keen to spend a holiday in Penang as I had last been to Penang more than 10 years ago, for work and was not that impressed.
This time around we stayed at the Traders Hotel in Georgetown and rented a small coach to take all seven of us to visit the major tourist spots on the island. We even managed to drive across the bridge to the mainland and spent a bit of time in Prai and Butterworth.
We did not find any shops selling second hand watches (of note). The only one I found was across the road from the Hotel that specialised mainly in old clocks. The shop did have a few old Rolexes, Omegas and other swiss watches for sale but they were ridiculously overpriced.
On the ground floor of the Komtar Plaza, which is adjacent to the hotel, we did come across this big watch shop that had been there for years. They had a good selection and we ended up buying two Casio watches from them.
I ended up buying a cheap Casio Divers Watch for about $18, to use for swimming and my sister ended up buying a Casio that looks a bit like an IWC Big Pilot’s watch for about $70. The watch looked quite good after we got a NATO strap for it when we got back to Singapore.
We were quite tempted to buy a Luminox and a really nice looking Seiko 5 but when I checked on line, I found that I could get both for a lot less.
On a lark we also did buy a Mickey Mouse watch for $2.50. The watch was cute but what got us was the fact that it came with a 6 month guarantee on the movement and battery – as you can see on the receipt in this picture. We thought the odds of someone coming back to the shop to get a $2.50 watch repapired or replaced was quite low but there was actually someone doing just that when we were in the shop. Malaysia boleh!