This is going to be a bit of an unusual series of posts for the blog. Whilst this is supposed to be 100% a watch blog, a few of us spent 5 days riding dirt bikes from Hanoi, Vietnam to China in December. Along the way we had some good stories and some good pictures – which I thought were just too good not to share.
The inspiration for trip came from the Top Gear episode where they rode bikes from Saigon to Hanoi. We were originally thinking of doing the same thing but firstly it would take a longer time than we had to spare and more importantly, they rode primarily on roads. We wanted to include some trail or more “extreme” riding conditions on our trip. WE DID!
Once we decided what we were going to do, the next step would be who would be going. My two brothers-in-law who suggested / agreed that we do the trip, backed out. At the end of the day, 3 other guys who were supposed to join the ride had to back out as well so only 5 of us completed the ride.
The 4 watches picture above shows the watches we wore on the trip, Josh is wearing his boy / ladies size Luminox 7051 with the original Luminox strap. His favourite watch at the moment – although he is eyeing a few of my other watches 🙂 . Not sure what happened but on Day 3 of the ride, the illum on the second hand stopped working. It has not been dislodged as you can still see it, but it just does not illuminate anymore.
I am wearing the full size version which I bought for $105 the day before the trip from a 2nd hand watch shop I found in Singapore. It did not have the original strap but a good quality, after market canvas style strap that looks like a ZULU style strap. Josh, has been after me for some time to get the same style watch as him but like I said on my post on shopping around before buying there are deals out there. We just need to have the time and know where to look.
Craig is wearing a hardy and ever faithful Quartz Seiko 7548 Diver’s watch. I gave him an automatic version that I bought in Vietnam and had serviced in Cambodia (for $10) the day before the ride but we felt the Quartz would be able to take the punishment of the trip. Interesting fact about this watch is that General Norman Schwarzkopf, Commander of Operation Desert Storm owned one.
My favourite watch of the trip was the Casio Quartz Al wore. This is a $15 watch that was exposed to tough vibrations, rain, salt water and all round tough conditions and still looked ‘good’ at the end of the trip. There are some people on the net who are so enamoured with this watch that there are even youtube videos on it.
Great watch for the price.
Finally, this is a picture of the 4 of us at the end of the ride. More updates to come – hopefully over the next few days.