My HMT Jawan “frankenwatch” arrived from India yesterday. Price paid was $16 (Australian), including delivery from Dehli. I assume the face is new/aftermarket, but the movement is most likely HMT, and the caseback is stamped HMT. At this price, I’ve already had $16 worth of fun from it.
I’d read enough warnings about buying “restored” or “reconditioned” watches from India, and was expecting to receive a beaten up hand painted piece of junk. I was pleasantly surprised. It’s in great condition, and even though the yellow face is definitely an acquired taste, I’m quite happy to have a watch that is totally different from everything else I would normally buy. The domed acrylic crystal is as good as I’d hoped – I’ve already bumped it, scuffed it, and polished it with toothpaste. I can see myself wearing this watch on those days when I shouldn’t be wearing a watch.
I can think of far worse ways to spend $16.
Another incredibly inexpensive Chinese watch… The Rosivga 252 is currently available at GearBest for $3-4. I was already buying some stuff from GearBest, and thought I’d better get yet another watch while I was at it. I set myself a maximum price of $7, and spent a good half hour looking at what I could get. The Rosivga 252 caught my eye, and even with the black on black hour hand, I though it was worth a shot. At this price, I’ll be happy if it arrives with a working movement and an intact crystal. These cheap Chinese watches are a great way to inexpensively test different styles of watches before investing in a “real” watch with a similar design.
The Jinhao X750 roller ball is proudly made in China, and is great value if you want something a little bit more interesting than a typical executive style pen. They’re around $4 delivered, and are available in a variety of designs. Refills are available in packs of 10 for around $10. The same roller ball case is also available as a fountain pen. The Jinhao X750 roller ball has a really nice weight to it, and a lovely matte satin finish. This is one of the classiest roller ball pens you can buy under $50, and at under $5 it’s an absolute bargain.
The simple answer is nowhere. I’ve spent the last week looking for an SKX007 in various jewellers in Melbourne, and those that actually have the SKX007 in stock (on the stainless Jubilee bracelet) are just dreaming if they think I’m going to pay that close to retail for one. $499 is their ticket price. And it’s like getting blood out of a stone to get them to move under $450.
So how about we cut that in half, down to $250 and get it from Singapore instead. Retail in Australia is an absolute joke. I’m prepared to pay a bit extra for “the retail experience”, but not double the price. If you want to buy an SKX007 in Australia, then buy it from Singapore or Malaysia for half the price.
You can buy Garmin Vivofit Jr replacement bands for $5-$7 to replace your damaged or lost band, or just because you want a new colour or design. This is way cheaper than what Garmin is selling them for. They will fit the original Garmin Vivofit JR and also the Garmin Vivofit JR Version 2.