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Spot the Watch: The Everyday Watch – Patek and Rolex on Singapore Public Transport (link fixed)

by Peter Chong on April 12, 2018

Singapore is well known as a city of watches. Many serious and high end collectors live, work and play in the city state which Deployant calls home. In this episode of Spot the Watch, we went on a mission around town to spot interesting watches. Believe us, it was not a difficult task to spot the watches. The difficulty was to take the photograph candidly, without disturbing the owner or attracting any attention that we were wrist perverts. What did we spot? For this week, we have Patek Philippe Nautilus and Aquanaut, Rolex Daytona and an IWC Portuguese Chronograph.


Right off the bat, we start with a Patek Philippe. We spotted this Patek Philippe Aquanaut on a gentleman in a public bus somewhere in Newton.


Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5167 in a public bus.


On the same bus, same day, a lady was wearing a Rolex Daytona in Everose. Positive ID seems a bit tricky due to lighting, but our spotter confirms that she saw the watch in live and it was Everose.


Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, probably the one in Everose gold Ref. 116515LN


Rolex Daytona Ref. 116515LN in Everose.


And in another bus in town, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-axial.


On the bus, a Singapore Armed Forces Military Expert 2 with his Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Coaxial.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-axial.


And the Rolex Deep Sea Sea Dweller in a bus at Potong Pasir.


Rolex Deep Sea Sea Dweller D-Blue Ref. 126660.


We turn from public transport to random public spaces. In a coffee shop somewhere near Lavender, an IWC Portugieser Chronograph on the wrist of a young man, relaxing with his friends over a cuppa.


IWC Portugieser Chronograph Ref. IW371445.


Finally, the big one, at a car park lobby at Ion Orchard, while waiting for the lift, we spotted this lady engrossed with her phone sporting a Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A, a highly desirable and very difficult to obtain watch.


The Patek Philippe Ref. 5711/1A on the wrist of a lady.


We were very happy to be able to spot these nice watches in the wild. These means that these watches are being worn and enjoyed.

On other occasions, we have spotted numerous Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshores, various Rolex sports models like the Submariner, the Sea-Dweller, GMT-Master-II, Explorers, as well as the near ubiquitious Datejust. But as mentioned, photographing them in the wild was less than convenient.

This concludes this episode of Spot the Watch. Tell us if you  would like to see more features like this in the comments.

Editor’s note: Spotters and photographs taken by Chelsey Chen, Daniel Chua, Peter Chong. None of the images were posed, or arranged. 100% candid, and unbeknownst to the owners.




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