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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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Omega – milking it for all it is worth

July 28, 2014 Ray 0

You have to hand it to them, the folks at Omega really know how to get maximum mileage with minimal risk and effort. What am I talking about? Omega has over the last decade made modifications to a couple of their iconic models but kept the overall look of these watches the same. With the moonwatch for example, we have seen the release of the all black ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and the ‘Blue-Titanium’ in the last year. At first glance they both look very similar to a moonwatch – and Omega is milking this association with the original Read More

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Are you a lefty?

May 16, 2014 Ray 0

I was in a discussion yesterday with some people and this topic came up. If you are left handed, do you wear your watch on your right or left wrist and why? A few of my friends who are left handed use their watches on their right wrist. I have never found any reason to do this. I am left handed and wear my watch on my left wrist. Please let me know what you do if you are lefty or just your comments if you have any to make about this post.

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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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Tag Heuer to use Seiko parts

May 1, 2014 Ray 1

Sorry for this very long post and this may be “old news” to many of you but some readers may not know about this and the monopoly Swatch has is a major bugbear of mine. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ZURICH, March 21, 2014 (Reuters) – Watchmaker Tag Heuer, squeezed by a cut in supplies from Swiss rival Swatch, said on Wednesday sourcing parts from Japanese peer Seiko will not tarnish its prized “Swiss made” tag. The move by Swatch, for decades the main supplier to the Swiss industry, has sent watch companies scrambling to build in-house production or form alliances with alternative makers 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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