Crown & Buckle Watch Straps

May 29, 2016 Ray 0

I was just today sent the link for this watch strap company that is based in Florida. According to their website, Crown & Buckle is an online watch strap store offering custom-styled, high-quality nylon and genuine leather straps. Prices for their ‘regular’ NATO and leather straps are very competitive and their Black Label, American Made and Collaboration lines are a little pricier but still appear to represent good value. I have not bought anything from them as yet but plan o do so very soon. If any readers have any feedback on them, please do not hesitate to share it 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?) 🙂

How often should I service my automatic / mechanical watch

July 26, 2015 Ray 4

I got this boy size Rolex watch from my Dad, 39 years ago! When I got it, the watch was already more than 10 years old and it needed a new crystal and was not keeping time. My Dad had it repaired (for a princely sum in those days) and gave it to me as a birthday present. I used the watch regularly when I was in primary and secondary school and in the 70’s and 80’s it was very unusual for a kid my age to wear a Rolex watch to school. Many people thought it was a fake Read More

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Where can I get my watch repaired cheap?

July 20, 2015 Ray 9

Jamie one of the readers of this blog sent me this post a few weeks back. Because of my new job, not only have I not been posting on the blog regularly, I have also been delinquent in responding to queries from readers of this blog. Sorry. Hi Ray, Stumbled across your blog and am finding it extremely interesting! I picked up an old Seiko 5 at an overseas flea market recently, with 7009 movement and Spanish/English days. Unfortunately it is in pretty bad shape, with scratches and faded lumens. Would like to ask you for some recommendations on where 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 You can mod other watch brands as well but none are as popular as Seiko. I think Read More

Watch winder for manual watches

November 14, 2014 Ray 0

I do own a watch winder but I only use it on occasion as part of a process to test if a watch is keeping time. Automatic watch winders can be had for as little as $50 but I read the other day about a watch winder for manual wind watches which I thought was unusual. The Orbita Sempre is, according to the company that produces it, the only such winder on the market. It is intended to wind, without ever overwinding, virtually any manually wound mechanical watch. The Orbita watch winder accomplishes this feat with a system of precision 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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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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