I do not update my blog as regularly as I could. Life gets in the way but I am always encouraged by the emails I get from friends and readers from around the region.

Just responded to an email from Ross in Newcastle NSW about where and how to get his Rolex GMT serviced in Australia and Jet (who lives in Bangkok) and I have been exchanging emails about where to buy an IWC or Panerai watch in Asia. Jet has kindly allowed me to post his email on the blog as an example of the sort of questions we receive.

Always happy to get questions or feedback and learn more about watches, so please keep those questions and comments coming.

Dear Ray!

Thanks for your great and interesting information about watches.

I have a questions for you.

I have a plan to buy either a IWC or Panerai watch. I think I like the Panerai watch more, but not sure yet.

Where is the best place to buy these brands (cheapest place)? I live in Bangkok, Thailand. Here is Thailand they seem to be quite expensive compared with the US for example.

Also, do you know any place where I can buy these brands second hand? The watches I am looking for to buy are
Panerai models pam 321, pam 347, pam 233 and pam 347. IWC I’m interested in the double chronograph pilot’s watch. I been
to a shop that sells these watches and Panerai feels more genuine and high quality. What is your opinion about this?

If, you pass by Bangkok we could meet up.

Thanks for your great blog.

Best Regards, Jet

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  2. Dear Ray,

    I’m currently looking into learning watch repair, do you know where i can get cheap automatic movement for practice?? Would be great if you can help me with it. Look forward to getting your reply. Cheers ^^

  3. Kayla,

    Thanks for your question.

    Are you looking at (i) repairing old automatic watches or (ii) are you looking at buying a new automatic watch that is working, disassembling and then putting it back together to see if you can do it?

    This may sound like an odd question but the former i.e. taking a watch that is not working well i.e. running slow or in need of service and getting it to work 100% requires a higher level of skill than dis-assembling and then re-assembling as a way to get a good working insight on how an automatic watch works.

    If you are looking at (i), you can get such watches, normally with ETA movements for less than $20. If you want to do number (ii), I have been told that a Seiko 5 movement is probably the best movement to buy and practice on. You can buy a simple Seiko 5 for about $60 or $70.

    Please let me know where you live. I may be able to get you a couple of old Swiss watches for you to practice on without costs.

    Lastly, can I post your question on my blog?


  4. Hi Ray,

    Thank you for your reply. Like you say it really requires alot of skills to actually get a faulty movement to work well. I’m looking into to start with disassembling and assembling then to repair. I’m fine with either old or new movement if it’s not too expensive. I live in Singapore. Will be great if you can advise me.

    And sure to post my question on your blog. Hear from you soon. Great day.

    • Kayla,

      I would start with buying old working Seiko 5 watches.

      I have seen some of them go for sale at The Bencoolen for as low as $30 and of course you can buy a new one from Mustafa’s for about $70.

      Also, you might find this link useful. It is by a watchmaker in Sydney who was generous enough to put this manual together. –

      I hope this information helps and if you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


  5. Hi Ray,

    It’s so interesting to read on your website! I’m just curious, are Tissot watches good? I just bought one, I love it so I bought it but I’m wondering if it was worth the price I paid for. And future, should I consider Tissot again?

    • Ethan,

      Thank you for your question.

      Yes, I think Tissot watches are fine. I in fact bought a few in 2012. One of them was a 6 hand with a Valjoux movement and the other is the Sea-Touch.

      Automatic Tissot watches use ever reliable ETA or Valjoux movements so you should have no problems with them however because they are ETA or Valjoux movements, $1000 is about all I would spend on an Tissot.

      The Sea-Touch and the the other Touch series watches are quite unique and you can sometimes get older versions (but brand new) on-line for about $400. I have heard that if you wear them when you travel, going through an x-ray could mess up the watch but I do not have any first hand knowledge of this happening.

      The only negative I can think of when it comes to the Touch series of watches is when it comes to changing a battery. Most watch shops will recommend you go back to the agent to get this changed so it will cost a bit more than the $8 it usually costs to get this done.

      Lastly, I have a couple of posts on this blog about Tissot. If you have any other questions, please let me know.


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