My friend Matt, saw my post on shopping around for a good deal and sent me this email a few days ago. You may want to check it out: Hi Raymon, I hope you are all well. I’ve been enjoying your watch blog and recently picked up a Luminox 8401 for $USD269 with free postage (a temporary special) to Australia. Came from www.jomashop.com Arrived in Australia in 5 days. List price in Australia is $690.
I mentioned in my original post that this watch uses and ETA movment. What I did not mention is that it uses a new ETA A07 231 movement. This fairly new movement is used on watches like the Longines Master Collection Chrono and in some Chopard models. Some technical details on thise movement are: Frequency 28’800 A/h ø 16½’’’ – 36.60 mm Height 7.90 mm Winding Automatic Power reserve 46 hours Accuracy – 5 +15 sec./day Base calibre ETA A07 231 Jewels 25 The ETA A07 231 is being touted by some as a replacement for the Valjoux 7750. As Read More
My first experience with Valjoux movements was in Vietnam. Along Dong Khoi street and in the roads behind the big bus station opposite Binh Thanh in Saigon, I used to see a lot of empty Swiss watch cases from brands like Enicar, Breitling, Tissot in the display cases of shops selling genuine watches. After getting to know some of the watch sellers reasonably well, I asked them why they had so many of these old watch cases and one of them candidly told me that they use these movements to make replica’s of higher end Swiss watches like early Rolex Read More
Just arrived in Auckland and had a couple of hours to kill so I went to the front desk at the Rydges where I am staying and asked the guy at the counter whether there were any pawn shops in the area, as I wanted to see what sort of watches these shops had for sale. Without batting an eyelid he gave me directions to Karangahape Road or “K” Road as the locals sometimes refer to it. I went up to my room, did some work and came back downstairs about an hour later to confirm the directions and this time Read More
Hamilton watches first caught my attention when like most Singaporean servicemen, I was given a nice looking 40mm Hamilton Quartz with the Singapore Army Crest, after completing 12 years of service. I received mine about 5 years ago and after the original leather strap wore out, I replaced it with an Olive Green NATO strap and use it when I am in Australia. Nice looking watch with a bit of personal history, to wear on casual days at work and on weekends. A couple of years ago, my friend Ivy, bought a Hamilton for her husband when she was in Singapore and as Read More
I bought this Swiss Military Hanowa Bataillon Automatic earlier this week as a gift for about $370. It came with a Techno Sablier movement. I had never heard of this type of movement before and did some searching on the internet. Their website TechnoSablier.ch.does not provide much information on their background or history and I suspect that this is because they use Chinese ébauche’s that are shipped to Switzerland and completed there. This last stage of the build process allows the watch to be called a Swiss Watch. An ébauche (also known as ‘movement blank’) is a collection of unassembled Read More
Most novice watch enthusiasts like myself would have come across or owned watches with Swiss ETA movements. ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse (ETA SA Swiss Watch Manufacturer) or ETA as they are commonly referred to, designs and manufactures quartz, winding and automatic movements. ETA traces its roots to 1793 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Swatch Group. ETA movements and ébauches are used both in watches of some of the Swatch Groups 19 subsidiary brands and in the watches of competitors. Through a series of mergers, ETA has become the largest manufacturer of Swiss watch movements and controls Read More
I was out shopping for a watch for XXXXXXX and was visiting one of my favourite pre-owned watch shops in Singapore – Tootokei in The Bencoleen. I have known the owner for years and bought one of my favourite watches from him – a Sandoz Submariner – for about $165, years ago. I have also sold or bought a few other watches from him over the years and have always gotten an honest and fair deal. He had the usual Rolex’s, Tag’s, Omega’s and IWC’s on display but I was looking for something a lot cheaper but with an Automatic Read More
Watch this space for watches that I will be putting up for sale over the next few weeks!
My son Joshua and I were out getting a new strap for his F1 Tag Heuer and while waiting to get the new strap fitted we chanced upon a shop in Bras Basah Complex (in Singapore) that sold Luminox watches. After trying on a few models we settled on the 7051 as he liked the look and fit. It had a recommended retail price of $490.00 and after some tough bargaining managed to knock it down to $325.00 I asked the shopkeeper if he would accept $260.00 for the watch as I thought I remembered seeing it for sale at that Read More