I used to come here as a ACS school boy, change out of my uniform, and bet on horses.
I was then 15.
I never gambled on horses since. But I actually made good $$$.
But..why do I collect watches? memories...not as far back, but read more..below
Today, I drive my German made Porsche 911 carerra in the mornings to drop off my daughter at the SMU.
And I give an Italian proffessor a lift.
Imagine, axis forces...fighting here just 70 or so years back.
Singapore was a MAJOR big league U boat base during world war 2.
The germans had HUGE parties and their own version of Tatler!!!
All here in Singapore.
The men aboard lived in dastardly conditions...and met terrible deaths.
Today, at the lower right corner, is a famous night life clubbing area!!!
The younger people, me included, cannot imagine how it was like 70 years back.
This watch, the one on the left, is the ACTUAL watch that was on one of the B29 planes that bombed Singapore!
I got it about 12 years ago thru an american who served as an air crew gunner on a B29 that bombed our island..cool ???
It works FINE.
It is a monopusher chronograph used by the bomb/navigator.
It keeps super accurate time.
Speaks volumes for how well made these watches are...look at the DIRT!!!!
But it works!!
And look at how it was once repaired by a watchmaker in the 1940s!
It was the Teutonia, a club for German high society.
I chuckle when Lange owners are unaware of the watch's history!
You can see that this watch was owned by a ranking german officer, as the Nazi emblem has neeb removed, and the holes are still there!
A most apt name really.
Lange owners should get a Lange pocket watch and a Lange marine chronometer, I hunted these down, and bought them in 1996.
I once worked here when I was stationed here as a doctor for the Singapore Special Operations Unit as a part of my national service.
They met terrible deaths later.
Works PERFECTLY, last serviced in 1948. Chuckles!!!
Isn't watch collecting wonderful as you trace history back?
Holding a watch from 1944/45?
A watch from a Uboat or an airman.
I can imagine that the watches I have today, made in 2006 and on...are going to last for centuries.