Watch Hunting in Bangkok - Jatujak Market 12th August 2002
Part I, Part III

Now it was time to enter the abyss or labyrinth called Jatujak Weekend Market. You have to walk around there to understand why I choose those names. We had an appointment with 2 friends at a vintage booth which normally features interesting Universal, Wittnauer, Omega and Rolexes. I chose to walk outside the market until I spotted that shop, otherwise it could have taken days to get there :-)

We had a look at many other vintage watch booths in Jatujak, my friend bought an interesting TUGARIS hand wind with beautiful lugs and case from the 40ies, if he did not buy it, I would have bought it. I was still thirsty for more watches :-)

While we were actually on the way to the restaurant to have a small snack before returning home, I spotted a Tutima Chronograph in a small vitrine. I stopped, because one does not find too many Tutimas in Bangkok, in Hong Kong they are a lot more popular.

But then I found a bunch of NOS Seiko's and Citizen's on the lower shelf of the vitrine, on the shelf that only people with healthy vertebras will be able to look at :-) Yes! That was exactly what I was wishing for. And I found 3 nice watches on that lower shelf!

Here is the first one:


Seiko 17 Jewels Caliber 2205 HiBeat with interesting hexagonal insets and a really interesting acrylic crystal. Though virtually impossible to photograph, wow, that was an exercise!

I already had a Hi-Beat that I had purchased on my first Jatujak Trip together with Tommy T.S. from Phuket, but not in NOS condition! And this one sure is brand new:


Production date March 1968 most likely for this very interesting Hi-Beater - the watch is unworn and does not even show handling hair lines or scratches, what a find!

I did not open that watch case yet, it looked so virgin, and I had barely time to photograph all those watches, because yesterday Rob and I had been working all day: an assembling tuition, oiling, assembling shock protections etc.

So I will just include a picture of my Ladies' Diver 2205. And here is a link to the trip I had purchased the previous Hi-Beat 2205.


Caliber 2205, Hi-Beat, Ladies' watch - picture from Ladies' Diver with same movement

The next watch in handled showed a surprise in the very beginning: it wound like honey! Maybe I own too many 7S26s with no hand winding capability, so I really love to feel that there is a winding mechanism in an automatic watch. And this one being also from the 70ies wound so smoothly and the crik-crik-crik sounded so sweet, I had to have it. I also liked that Titanium-like finish as Rob described it. And the shape of the watch does not look like 30 years to me, what do you think?


Beautiful blue dial and a very interesting rounded case design, vintage NOS Citizen from the 70ies. And yes, that is "Citizen" in Thai language on that paper tag below CITIZEN.

The case back, that was another story. In case you store old watches or you wear the watches with the sticker still on that back, please look closely:


Ayah!, is that really stainless steel as the case back suggests? I am not that familiar with Citizen's serial number notation, my guess is, it is from the late 70ies or early 80ies. If you know how to interpret Citizen serial numbers, please mail me, thank you!

I had been working on this case back this morning. I removed the sticker, then used Scotch tape to peal off rubber and glue residues, soaked that back in a kitchen cleaner and rinsed it off with hot water, and miraculously it looked like this after about 15 minutes work:


That is quite a difference, is it not? I will buy some rust remover for the case, because I dare not use Crystal Clear or any abrasive polishing material on that satin brush finish. Checking with the finger nails on those rusty spots makes me believe, that this rust is very superficial and it should be easy to get wrid of it.

But the movement, a real beauty, see for yourself please:


I do not know why, but I really love those Japanese movements, they seem to be so well designed! Hand wind, hackable and in excellent untouched condition,  what else could one wish for?

And since the movement looks so pristine, a close-up:


Since I had been working on shock protection spring assembly yesterday, I have to mention that peculiar shape of this one. I guess this would be another tricky one to assemble

And if there were not enough good finds and surprises from that last lucky Saturday, the third watch was the most interesting of them all, please click on Part III to read on.

Part I, Part III