The countdown has begun! I will guide you through my watch flipping journey. One by one. From the first to the last. What made me buy it? What made me sell it? More than 350 watches has come and gone during the years. Instead of boring you with too much technical details I will try to focus on giving you my thoughts and refelections and at the same time trying to add a personal touch to my journey by sharing some moments when the watches has accompanied me through life. Read and enjoy!
No 07, 12, 14 & 15 - Kronos SBS Diver
The most of us watch buyers have spent hours browsing
through all what eBay has to offer and I think the majority of us has somehow
ended up in the eBay store watchesu571 belonging to Ray Wong a.k.a.Ray on the bay. I knew nothing about CWC at
the time and didn’t do much research on the SBS Divers before ordering a bunch
of watches from Ray. To me they just looked like cool army divers. The
specifications do look good on paper but I would never bet that the watches actually do live
up them. The first one I ordered came on an orange zulu strap and I ordered an
extra 20mm rubber for it. The lume was almost none existent which made me a
#7. The first Kronos I bought from Ray in June 2009.
I didn’t like the no-date version so I quickly sold it and bought one with a date. Ordered an extra steel bracelet for it and was lucky that it actually fit quite well.
#12. The second one on a steeltype bracelet.
Caseback of the second one.
The second one broke. The stem just snapped one day when I
pulled out the crown to set the date. I wrote Ray and said I wanted to return it and get my
money back. Instead he offered me two new ones. “Why not?” I thought to myself.
I didn’t get exactly the same version; the two new ones were without orange
hour hands. Whatever. I sold one of them and kept the other one.
#14. One of the two I received as a compensation which I sold at once.
#15. In the studio rehearsing with Jaganata a late evening in November 2009.
I later sold the forth one as well. It didn’t do it for
me. A CWC doesn’t cost that much more than these Kronos that Ray sells and the
quality difference is huge. A CWC is worth every penny. So do yourself a favor
and go for the real deal at once. You won’t regret it. Also stay away from a
brand called MWC. I haven’t bought anything from them but from what I’ve read
and heard they manufacture really cheap copies of the CWC SBS Diver and other brands.