3 Bambinos

February 10, 2017 Ray 0

Most readers would be aware that I have always found Orient Bambinos to be great value for money Simple, classic design with a pretty decent automatic movement that ages well. In my opinion, there are very few other watches that one can get for under $200 that ticks so many boxes and many of my friends have over time acquired one – based on my recommendation of course. It was quite a happy coincidence when I turned up to work one day and where 3 of us were wearing our Bambinos. The Thai version commemorating 20 years of Orient watches Read More

Favre Leuba Sea Chief

May 5, 2016 Ray 0

Not sure if I have blogged about this before but the first watch I bought when I seriously stared collecting watches was a Favre Leuba Sea King that I bought off ebay for less than $10. A few hundred watches later, I still like the Favre Leuba brand name and I sometimes wonder why no one has bought and re-launched the brand along the lines of what has happened to Titus, Pronto, Camy, Titoni and many other brands. Most Favre Leuba watches that I see on sale come from India (and that may have something to do with why the brand has Read More

The WATCH to get for 2016!

January 3, 2016 Ray 2

I heard this the other day as a suggested New Year’s resolution and thought it was quite good. Watch your Words as these normally accompany your Actions which belie your Thoughts which indelibly are part of your Character which if repeated become a Habit – good or bad. This WATCH will control your Destiny, here or in the thereafter. Easier said than done (for me at least) but I find this to be good advice and will at least think about it. In the meantime, I wish every reader a wonderful 2016!


November 29, 2015 Ray 2

Had a colleague staying at Park Hotel in Alexandra and we ended up walking around the new mall beside it after dinner and stumbled across Watch Fusion on the second floor. Melvin seems to be off to a slow but steady start and I hope to be able to support him in the near future. Always happy to see someone ‘new’ on the watch scene and we wish Melvin every success in his new venture! (Can anyone tell me what NKOTB stands for?) 🙂

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What Should I buy?

November 29, 2015 Ray 0

The two most common questions I get asked by readers is what watch should I buy and where should I buy it. Obviously, there is no hard and fast rule. A lot depends on your budget, where you live and your “reasons” for buying a watch. I received this email from Andrew: Hi Ray, I am looking for my first nice watch and am considering two watches. The new oyster perpetual 39mm in grey rhodium and the rolex explorer 1 39mm. Which do you think would be a better buy considering both use the same 3132 movement. I am unsure Read More

A surprise find…

July 27, 2015 Ray 0

After more than a year I found myself visiting my favourite watch haunts in Singapore last week. I have written about Ken’s Vintage Watch before but I have not been there in almost two years. We walked in last Friday and the place was like a market. Business seemed to be thriving. Aside from the treasure trove of new and old and not so old watches, Ken had three tubs filled with NOS and previously owned watches that he was selling at $15 each. In one tub were old Seiko’s and Citizens but in another were these NOS Golet, Parco Read More

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Watch modding

June 1, 2015 Ray 2

Simon introduced me to “watch modding” a few months ago. This is a trend that is gaining popularity amongst watch aficionados. The most popular model to mod is the Seiko SKX007 like the one you see in this picture but you can mod any number of different Seiko models. This watch shown here has been modified very slightly and was actually purchased that way. It’s bezel has been changed from black to a dark blue and has a 22mm NATO strap from Superchrono.com You can mod other watch brands as well but none are as popular as Seiko. I think Read More

Orient Bambino SG50

June 1, 2015 Ray 4

We all know I like Orient watches. I was at a regular watch haunt on Saturday the 23rd of May and saw these Orient SG50 watches for sale. I considered buying them but dismissed the idea as I already had the one I bought in Thailand a few months ago and I was not really in the market for a new watch. The next day, on Sunday morning, Simon, another buddy and a couple of readers of this blog sent me messages asking me about these watches. Seeing heaps on them for sale the day before I said, “don’t worry, Read More

Orient Bambino – Thai version

January 2, 2015 Ray 4

Readers know that I like the Orient Bambino and a few of my friends like Alex, Mohan and Andrew have ended up owning one based on my recommendation. I have however always held off owning one myself and aside from the fact that prices have slowly been creeping upwards these last few years, I am glad that I did. We were in Bangkok last week for a short break and I just walked into this watch shop in MBK on a whim and saw this limited edition Bambino for sale. It was the rose gold version and I bought it Read More

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Buying, Selling and collecting watches

October 13, 2014 Ray 8

Whilst I have not been posting on the blog, I have been quite busy with a few projects. Just bought another Japan, Monster posted on the Rolex Forum that was less than a month old for about 75% of the brand new price. We also have a couple of genuine Swiss Mickey Mouse watches in for repair, a Seiko Chrono from the 70’s and a Seiko Diver’s watch. It is still quite cheap to get a watch repaired in Singapore but prices are creeping up. A regular ‘3-hand’ watch still costs about $40 but a chronograph will set you back Read More

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