Orient Crown Watch Winders

August 30, 2015 Ray 2

I was walking around Marina Bay Sands a couple of months ago and came across this very professional display area by Orient Crown. It was the last day they were going to be there and they had some fairly decent offers. If you have been following my blog, I am not really a fan of watch winders. Then again, I do not really own any high end watches and only service my watches when they stop working or keeping accurate time. Some of the reasons why I do not use watch winders are: (1) Costs. I have close to 40 Read More

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Superchrono.com at Sim Lim Square

August 23, 2015 Ray 0

Dropped in to superchrono a few days ago to get some watch straps and was pleasantly surprised to see that they have launched their own brand of watch. Good for them! Have bought a few watches, straps and accessories from them over the years and despite their “lacklustre” reputation on-line, I have always found their prices to be fair and had no issues when dealing with them. It looks like they lost the domain name to their website and you can now find them at Superchrono or this site that appears to be a WIP. Not sure why there are 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

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

Counterfeit Watches vs Tribute Watches

July 20, 2015 Ray 1

It was reported in the Singapore Straits Times today that the sale of counterfeit watches is on the rise. Personally I am NOT a fan of fake products, but to each their own. Counterfeit watches or fakes should not be confused with tribute watches. Tribute watches are watches that look like a particular, more expensive watch but does not try to pass itself off as one i.e. the dial does not have the name or logo of the watch brand on it and the buyer clearly knows that whilst the watch they are buying closely resembles the “real” thing, it 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

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Seiko Marinemaster

January 2, 2015 Ray 0

Because of Simon, I’ve started looking a lot more closely at Seiko watches these last few months. This latest acquisition was purchased from a contact that was made off the Rolex Forum. Readers will know that I am quite cynical about paying more than $1000 for a watch that is not an Omega or Rolex so when I was asked to pay that for a Seiko I was quite hesitant. I changed my mind as soon I got my hands on the watch. The build quality is almost as good as that of a Rolex. The clasp is probably the 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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Hamilton Watch

December 21, 2014 Ray 2

Hamilton is a brand that has slowly been gaining popularity over the years. Whilst this is a good thing, the negative is that you will be hard pressed to find a new Hamilton Watch for under S$1000 nowadays – where previously you could. What is a little odd though is that I have subsequently sold any Hamilton Watch I bought and now I do not have any. 🙂 DS and I were out a few months ago and we picked up this nice Pan-Europ for about $840.00. Nice daily beater that looks really unique. One of the questions I am 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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