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    Getting a watch repaired

    After dropping it on the floor, I need a new glass face and one of the numbers has come loose so that also needs reattaching.

    Recommendations? Anywhere close to Sukhumvit would be ideal.

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    What watch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    What watch?
    Police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    What watch?
    I haven't worn a time piece in 20 + years....

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    As in you're police watching, or is that a brand?
    If it is , never heard of it.
    Rolex I know.
    Sorry.

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    if it is a valued watch and you want genuine oem parts then the emporium and the other high end shopping malls have watch repair departments. they will send the watch away and it will be expensive.

    otherwise any of the street watch repairers should be able to replace the glass and re-attach a number to the dial for a couple of hundred baht, and do it whilst you wait.

    there is a street watch repairer outside the 7-11 on sukhumvit at the junction with soi 22, and another one on sukhumvit near villa supermarket by prom pong station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    As in you're police watching, or is that a brand?
    If it is , never heard of it.
    Rolex I know.
    Sorry.
    Police

    My missus bought it as a present a few years ago and it cost her a reasonable amount, so I'd prefer to get it fixed if possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    if it is a valued watch and you want genuine oem parts then the emporium and the other high end shopping malls have watch repair departments. they will send the watch away and it will be expensive.

    otherwise any of the street watch repairers should be able to replace the glass and re-attach a number to the dial for a couple of hundred baht, and do it whilst you wait.

    there is a street watch repairer outside the 7-11 on sukhumvit at the junction with soi 22, and another one on sukhumvit near villa supermarket by prom pong station.
    Nice one. I'll see what they can do at Emporium and also check out the fella near Villa at PP. It's a decent watch and I'm looking for decent glass so I'm willing to pay a bit more if necessary.

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    I avoid the street guys after a farcical episode. I've been to Central Chidlom a couple of times - there's a repair shop on the ground floor and they've done a good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    As in you're police watching, or is that a brand?
    If it is , never heard of it.
    Rolex I know.
    Sorry.
    Police

    My missus bought it as a present a few years ago and it cost her a reasonable amount, so I'd prefer to get it fixed if possible.
    Do that brand have a head office in Thailand?
    Probably the best place to start.
    If not, must have a regional Asia office so start there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    What watch?
    I haven't worn a time piece in 20 + years....
    Invaluable input.



    Time is such a western concept.

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    there is a good watch repair guy next to that awful chippy on soi 23, it is at the front of the barber shop.

    he has some lovely vintage omegas and longines for sale too.

    police is an italian fashion brand, the watches use a japanese movement and are made in china. they sell on style, and if the japanese movement is a quality one then they will be accurate timekeepers.

    sounds as if the glass might be an odd shape or size and not easy to source on the street. probably cheaper mineral glass rather than sapphire glass though if it broke when dropped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
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    What watch?
    I haven't worn a time piece in 20 + years....
    Invaluable input.



    Time is such a western concept.
    Actually, it's not at all. Presumptions.
    Such concepts, as most everything was, were introduced through cultural diffusion from more developed civilisations lending extensions to the more backward Europeans.


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    the concept of time may well have been thought up by an ancient "siwilaisation", but it was european genius, skill and practicality that worked out how to actually measure it properly, as opposed to sitting idly around watching shadows move and scraping lines in the ground with a stick.

    The Salisbury cathedral clock is a large iron-framed clock without a dial located in the aisle of Salisbury Cathedral. Supposedly dating from about 1386, it is claimed to be the oldest working clock in the world,[1] although a similar claim is made of the clock in the cathedral of Beauvais in France (said to date from 1305).

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    ^^Fuck off Jeff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    the concept of time may well have been thought up by an ancient "siwilaisation", but it was european genius, skill and practicality that worked out how to actually measure it properly, as opposed to sitting idly around watching shadows move and scraping lines in the ground with a stick.

    The Salisbury cathedral clock is a large iron-framed clock without a dial located in the aisle of Salisbury Cathedral. Supposedly dating from about 1386, it is claimed to be the oldest working clock in the world,[1] although a similar claim is made of the clock in the cathedral of Beauvais in France (said to date from 1305).
    Same old Eurocentric illusion regarding most everything.
    And wrong again, per usual.

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    ^Jesus Christ Jeff do you ever think before you hit Submit?. The OP asks a genuine question that other posters were good enough to help with, but for some obscure reason you decide people must be informed that you don't wear a watch. Here's a heads-up, no one gives a fuck!.

    Then - and we all knew it was coming - you go into "Yoda on bad acid mode" and start posting shit nobody sane has any interest in reading or deciphering about Europeans and cultural diffusion presumptions and other such full-retard gibberish. Yeah that'll help the OP out big time

    I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but fuck off Jeff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thaimeme View Post
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    What watch?
    I haven't worn a time piece in 20 + years....
    Invaluable input.



    Time is such a western concept.
    Actually, it's not at all. Presumptions.
    Such concepts, as most everything was, were introduced through cultural diffusion from more developed civilisations lending extensions to the more backward Europeans.

    " When the cock crows thrice, and the barn owl hoots no more, it's time for kippers. "

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    Has the watch been repaired now?
    Just to pass the Time , if Time allows it, Greenwich mean Time was a Maritime invention for the calculating of longitude. John Harrison timed it.

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    Hi good watch repairer, speaks ok english 2 or 3rd floor Fortune Tower Rama 9.
    MRT to Rama 9, up near where they sell DVD's camera's , opens 10am ..
    While you wait..

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    there is a good watch repair guy next to that awful chippy on soi 23, it is at the front of the barber shop.

    he has some lovely vintage omegas and longines for sale too.
    Seems like you have an interest in watches. Thanks for the heads up on soi23, do you know of any other little hidden away places that sell quality pre-owned watches? I'm aware of what's on offer pre-owned at Central World and MBK and all that's available new in the larger Malls, but it would be great to know the type of places that aren't easy to find.

    I've just moved to Bkk from Korat (result - lol) and already found this place in Thonglor. Great shop - terrible website.

    WORLD WIDE WATCH - ??????,?????????2,???????,jewelry,rolex,omega,tag heuer,Audemars Piguet,Baume et Mercier,Breitling,Breguet,Bvlgari,Catier,Channel,C hopard,Christian Dior,Corum,Dunhill,Ebel,Fendi,Franck Muller,Gucci,Hermes,IWC,Jaeger-LeCoultre,Longi

    Thanks for any help.

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    i do enjoy watches and have a small collection of mainly omega watches from the fifties and sixties back in the uk.

    i have never bought a vintage watch in thailand, they ask high prices and one is never sure of the originality of the movement or some of its parts and the high humidity here plays havoc with the internals of old watches with their less than perfect waterproofing and sealing,

    i have been tempted occasionally by one or two of the watches at the soi 23 stall i mentioned, but his prices seemed high and he was reluctant to open them up for me to have a peep inside.

    the mbk sellers seem to specialise in the more blingy gold stuff which i am not fond of.

    jajujak has some dealers, but again the prices can be silly given that you can never be sure of what you are actually buying.

    interesting link you posted, thanks.
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    I have an interest as well, although generally with more modern watches. But I would be quite happy to add a couple of vintage pieces if I came across the right ones. I'm in Thonglor so intend to go back to that shop shortly and have another look. When I called in, after stumbling across it when checking the area out, it was quite late and the guy that runs it was getting ready to close. Looked like a bit of a treasure trove to me!

    It's interesting that you talk of prices for vintage watches being high, whereas my experience with modern watches is that discounts are available here that can't be matched in the UK. I've bought a few and have secured discounts of a 3rd off, 42% off (that included 12% for using a certain credit card, which the other half has) and just a couple of weeks back, 50%. These are generally at special events or at the regular 'watch fairs'.
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    Leng Watch Group is my recommendation for high end used quality watches.
    542/17-19 phetchaburi road near Panthip plaza.

    Watches are 100%,reasonably priced, not cheap. Discount is not given, I tried a few weeks ago and was given only a 2k discount and a free clean for my own watch on a 400k purchase.
    You can sell the watch back to them at a 15% discount in the future should you wish to upgrade.

    How do I find out about the "watch fairs" and "special events"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    Leng Watch Group is my recommendation for high end used quality watches.
    542/17-19 phetchaburi road near Panthip plaza.

    Watches are 100%,reasonably priced, not cheap. Discount is not given, I tried a few weeks ago and was given only a 2k discount and a free clean for my own watch on a 400k purchase.
    You can sell the watch back to them at a 15% discount in the future should you wish to upgrade.

    How do I find out about the "watch fairs" and "special events"
    Thanks for that - another one to check out.

    The 'main' watch fairs are generally held at the event halls at Central Chit Lom, Siam Paragon or Emquartier and are pretty well advertised throughout the stores and on hoardings around Bkk. I'm sure if you went in and asked they could give you the dates.

    The watch galleries at Central, Paragon and Emporium tend to have separate events, which the concessions don't always join in. These tend to be advertised locally at the stores.

    As I say, until recently I was in Korat and visited Bkk regularly, that almost always included a trip to look at watches, so that's how I learnt about them. Sometimes my trips coincided with some of these events, or I would make a special trip down.

    Other times you just get lucky. For the whole of May, Pendulum were offering up to 50% off on a selection of Bremont watches but only at their concessions in the watch gallery at Paragon and Central. I got one! I only learnt of this when I was browsing and saw the 50% off sign on top of their stand. About this time last year, I started looking at a watch in the Chopard Boutique at Central Embassy and they offered me a 20% discount, I decided to think about it, a couple of months later I went back and the offer was gone. A while later, in November, I looked at the same watch at PMT the Hour glass at Paragon, because I knew they also sold Chopard (they're also available at Gayson & Emporium) and much to my amazement they offered almost a 3rd off. I bought the watch!

    Happy hunting!

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    i have been looking for one of these for a while now.

    the rolex explorer 1. for a rolex i think it is beautifully understated and elegant.



    in the uk, examples of this watch are around the 2500- 5000 mark and i am as yet reluctant to spend that much. i did see one a couple of years ago in a dealers shop in MBK, the it was B150,000, it was the 14270 as described in the article quoted below, but it had no paperwork or box and he seemed uninterested in my enquiries about it. it was "take it or leave it, up to you"


    This time it’s the classic, tough as nails, yet often underrated Explorer I. The Datejust, Daytona, GMT, and Submariner are all instantly recognizable, even to those with little to no knowledge of horology.

    The Explorer I, however, is the most non-Rolex Rolex, which is perhaps what is most appealing.

    Similar to the Sea Dweller, it’s not a watch one simply stumbles upon but one that those with the knowledge of its history and capabilities seek out. The spartan 3-6-9 black dial is elegant while emanating purpose-built minimalism.

    Its understated looks are functional, beautiful, and can be worn in virtually any situation without looking out of place or in-your-face. Spanning five decades of production, the references we’ll dive into are the 1016, 14270, and 214270.

    1016



    It’s hard imagine a watch that better fits Rolex’s history of the tough tool watch. Sure, one could argue for the Submariner; however, I think in terms of purpose-built toughness, the 1016 Explorer takes the cake.

    Produced from 1963 till 1989, the 1016 is one of Rolex’s longest running references. This Explorer had no superfluous frills or complications — each feature of the watch served a specific purpose. In a situation with little to no light, the luminous tritium markers made identification easy.

    Its Oyster case and screw-down crown provided 100 meters of water resistance. The second generation 1016 featured an upgraded Caliber 1570 movement and more secure Oyster bracelet, replacing the folded link one. Everything you need, nothing you don’t.

    Depending on age, condition, and service history, and various other factors befitting a vintage Rolex, prices can vary from around $6,000 to over twice that amount. Obviously, the early gilt dials are going to be more desirable and expensive, but a nice matching dial and hands on a later version with the updated movement is a great option.


    14270




    In 1989, Rolex unveiled the reference 14270, which showcased numerous changes to the beloved Explorer. There was a new case, dial, movement, sapphire crystal, with only the hands remaining the same.

    Like the rest of the lineup, Rolex updated the Explorer with a glossy dial with numbers and markers lined with white gold surrounds. The new number typeface and glossy dial definitely throws out the vintage charm of the 1016, but it remained in place as a minimalist tool watch.

    Like the other Rolex watches at the time, the 14270 used tritium for its lume up until about 1998, when the switch to Superluminova occurred.

    Curiously, Rolex didn’t apply the lume to the numbers, just to the stick markers and 12:00 triangle. The new 27 jewel Calibre 3000 movement had a higher beat and greater shock resistance. Proportionally, the case still has the classic Rolex feel without being too bloated like many modern examples that followed.

    Although differing significantly from the vintage 1016, the 14270 represents the perfect blending of modern features yet still in keeping with the history that that made the Explorer so great. The 14270 was produced until around 2001, when the 114270 took over.

    We’re going to mostly gloss over the 114270, as the only changes were the slightly upgraded caliber 3130, the addition of solid end links, and the subtraction of lug holes. A quality example of the 14270 can easily be found for under $5,000, which is a tremendous value when it comes to Rolex watches. And as far as collectibility, the only 14270s pulling in significantly more money are the “blackout” Explorer I’s produced for a very short period of time in the early 90s. The numbers were done in black instead of the typical white, and the low production numbers command a solid premium (if you can even find one).

    214270





    Rolex’s 214270, released in 2010, was a completely new Explorer. One of the most immediately noticeable differences is the size. By today’s standards, the previous generations’ 36mm size is quite small, so Rolex decided to increase the Explorer to a larger — but still fairly modest — 39mm. Aside from the case, the main update was the new Calibre 3132 movement.

    In addition to the larger diameter, the overall case design and proportions changed slightly as well. You’ll notice a beefier appearance, which is in line with other current Rolex models.

    There were significant changes to the dial: the words “Explorer” were moved to the lower part of the dial, the white gold surrounds of the 3-6-9 markers were replaced entirely with white gold, and the rehaut was engraved. This creates a slightly flashier look, as flashy as Explorers get, anyway.

    In comparison do the increased dial diameter, the hands were also shorter. The minute hand does not reach the minute markers at the edge of the dial and the hour hand looks disproportionately short. It almost looks like Rolex had left over hands and didn’t want to go through the trouble of designing new ones with the proper length.

    Although 39mm is still relatively small by today’s standards, let’s hope Rolex resists the urge to increase this any further as they did with the 214270’s counterpart, the 216570 Explorer II, ruining its proportions in my opinion. Visually, the 214270 is more the part of a dress watch than a tool watch, although, rest assured, it is sure to be the toughest iteration with its modern 904L steel, sapphire crystal, Oysterlock bracelet, and 3132 movement with Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. It’s the Explorer for the 21st century, and hovering around $5,000 depending on if new or used, it’s still a great value.

    Conclusion

    I’ll get the obvious out of the way first, each one is a fantastic watch that will make its owner proud. And since the Explorer is a Rolex that can be had for relatively little as far as Rolex watches go, it’s one of the best values on the entire Rolex collection. There’s got to be a winner, however, so let’s get to it.

    In the modern era of watch collecting, it seems that size and proportions are some of the most frequent and important aspects when choosing which piece to purchase.

    Taking that into consideration, the relatively small 36mm size 1016 and 14270 might be enough to dissuade potential buyers, leaving the 214270 a more practical choice for those desiring a larger watch.

    That being said, I feel the 36mm is that classic size for this historical piece. It’s a size that anyone can wear comfortably, and suits the understated style of the Explorer perfectly.

    You can always put it on a NATO or Bund strap to increase the visual size and wrist presence. So, it’s between the 1016 and 14270. For the buyer that may want a little more modern reliability and construction, the 14270 would probably be their choice. For my money however, the 1016 is the clear winner when it comes to the Rolex Explorer.

    It’s the quintessential tool watch. Thanks to its long production run, many permutations with varying degrees of quality, patina, and rare features like underline dials, gilt dials, and chapter rings means that there’s a 1016 for every type of collector.



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