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Orient Mako v Seiko SKX007

August 17, 2014 Ray 2

Paul read my review of the Orient Mako and asked me whether I would choose the Mako over the Seiko SKX007. It is a tough call and at the end of the day it all depends on how you feel when you have the watch on your wrist. To me the Mako can be used both casually and in the office. The Seiko looks a little more ‘rough’ but it is also the quintessential Seiko Dive Watch. It also depends on whether these watches are worn on a rubber or steel band. I have never been a fan of the Read More

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Catch Up Time

August 17, 2014 Ray 1

Have been working on some commercial projects and travelling quite a fair bit so we had a backlog of watch projects that we finally got around to working on yesterday. The limited edition America’s Cup ‘6-hand’ Speedmaster you see here belongs to Oli. It has been sent back to Omega in Switzerland at least once before and has all sorts of things wrong with it. Looking at the patina on the dial and the insides, it is obvious what has led to it’s sorry state. The watch has had some serious water damage at some point in its life. Probably Read More

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Back after a short break

July 28, 2014 Ray 2

Just wanted to say a BIG thank you to all the subscribers and followers of this blog who sent me an email when they saw that the site was down. I was pleasantly surprised that so many people noticed. We were ‘off the air’ for a month but are now back in full swing. If you have a question that you sent me which I failed to respond to, my apologies. Please re-send it to me and I will respond ASAP! Thank you once again for your support!

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A reasonably priced watch with ‘street-cred’

May 16, 2014 Ray 0

Buying a watch for $3000 – $10,000 dollars is easy. If you are a Singaporean male the choice is even easier. You buy a Rolex Submariner. 🙂 What I often have a challenge is finding a “good watch” for less than $1000 or even $500. For me the choices in this price range was always either a Seiko or Tag Heuer. Seiko’s are still great watches but Tag’s have become a little too pricey over the years and it seems to be the default, ‘high end’ watch for Australians. I just can’t seem to bring myself to pay more than Read More

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VINTAGE BIG ROSE TUDOR OYSTER

May 1, 2014 Ray 0

VINTAGE BIG ROSE TUDOR OYSTER SWISS ETA STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL WINDING WATCH This watch is in excellent condition and has recently been expertly refurbished and overhauled. It will suit the fussiest collector as there is absolutely nothing that needs to be done to this watch!. Movement: Original movement in excellent condition Case: Original case in good condition Dial: Original and redone, very good condition Band: Not Original, fits wrist of about 20cm Crystal: Original plastic top Crown: Original (SCREW DOWN CROWN) Size: 34mm excluding the crown Condition: Overall in good condition, movement running strong PRICE – $560.00 SOLD

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Mido Commander Automatic

May 1, 2014 Ray 0

As promised here is that “starter” vintage watch I mentioned in my post from yesterday. A Mido Commander Ocean Star Automatic Model 8269 First launched in 1959, the design of Mido’s most famous collection – Commander – has basically remained the same over the decades. It is one of the very few real classics of the watch industry that can be identified by its unique one-piece case styling. It is a watch that is appreciated by connoisseurs and collectors of Swiss timepieces and is meant to be a daily wear watch and not locked away somewhere. Featured inside the highly Read More

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Watch this space

April 30, 2014 Ray 2

This is my only entry for April and it is basically a quick update. I have not included any new posts as I have been busy with work but I will over the next couple of days have an update on a complete rebuild of a Rolex 6694 and a number of watches that are available for purchase – including an IWC for less than $500 and a Mido Commander for less than $150. The latter will be a good vintage “starter” watch. Robust enough to be a daily wear timepiece and able to be fully serviced for about $50 Read More

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Non-COSC certified Omega’s

March 13, 2014 Ray 2

Hey Ray, how do u do ? I would like to ask, most of the Omegas I saw from the 50s or 60s, they do not have the COSC print on it, including the Speedmaster as well. Were they like Patek in the sense that their standard was better than COSC or that their watches were not COSC certified ? Thanks! This is an email I received from a subscriber just this morning. There are a number of reasons for this, primary of which is the fact that COSC in its current form was only established in 1973, so watches Read More

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Yeoman’s Watch Review

March 12, 2014 Ray 0

I came across “Yeoman’s Watch Review” a few days ago. Quite a good blog on his experience’s buying watches in Singapore – and he appears to be an Orient Watch aficionado as well. We would have unknowingly crossed paths many times as we both visit pretty much the same shops here in Singapore. Certainly a site worth looking at if you are looking at entry to mid level Japanese timepieces.

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Seiko Kinetic watches do not reset themselves…

January 31, 2014 Ray 1

Chong came into the office the other day with a Seiko Kinetic Perpetual Calendar watch. It looked alright but the fact that it was a perpetual calendar watch was what made it interesting. Most perpetual watches costs thousands of dollars whereas this watch cost about $650.00 They have built-in sensors that tell the wearer if the watch has been inactive for at least 24 hours. If the watch senses this, it will automatically put itself in sleep mode. To awaken the watch, the wearer simply gives it a shake of the wrist, and it will automatically reset the time and Read More

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