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    Why so many used watches from the Philippines?

    I've been checking out used watch auctions on ebay, and a ton of them are from the Philippines...especially Seiko Dive watches. Quite a few modded versions as well.

    Is there any particular reason why?

    Where the heck do they get them all?

    Just curious...

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    Re: Why so many used watches from the Philippines?

    US armed forces stationed there so plenty of stock. Seller told me this years ago, don't know how true but sounds plausible.

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    Re: Why so many used watches from the Philippines?

    I visited while working, and expected it to be a buffet of second hand watches everywhere to pick up, but couldn't find any. It sure is odd.
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    Re: Why so many used watches from the Philippines?

    It does seem plausible, but there are other places with armed forces, and I don't see the level of used/modded dive watches elsewhere. It just seems like they have a small, cottage industry going on there, and maybe I'm a little jealous that they have a line on used Seikos
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    Re: Why so many used watches from the Philippines?

    I've wondered the same thing. Where India specializes in (repainting) old dress Seikos and Citizens, the Philippines seems to be the land of cleaned up and modified Seiko divers. Related: How is the quality on them? Sometimes I am tempted but I always decide they can't be any good.
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    I just purchased an all original 6309 got lucky so there are some good things coming out of the Philippines, not alot lol but i was told because there in the same hemisphere and alot closer to japan
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    Re: Why so many used watches from the Philippines?

    Filipinos are very into fashion/luxury, especially when it comes to the collecting of luxury goods (mainly shoes, menswear/sportswear, women's purses). Pride in one's sense of style is somewhat ingrained in the culture, those with the means anyway. In fact, it many circles it's shameful not to be in style. There's a Tagalog word for it, "baduy." Do not call your Filipino friends this; they will be offended, haha.

    Anyway, they do have their own online forum, Philippine Watch Club. Looks like a pretty active watch community.
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    Re: Why so many used watches from the Philippines?

    I've been traveling back to Manila since I was a kid. Seiko divers were really popular there when I was travelling with my folks back in the 80's and 90's. As a cultural reason, I suppose as other posters noted - maybe it came from seeing US military wearing them when the bases were there. Anyhow, all the watch stores in Manila were well stocked with them back in the day and every male seemed to own one. At the time I actually begged my parents for one. It was my first watch grail but sadly un-attained. instead my parents got me some cheap Made in Hong Kong version where the markings on the cheap rubber bezel rubbed off after a month - lol.

    One can see why they were popular - Those divers are perfect for the Philippines (the way they were perfect for US servicemen in the Vietnam war)... built tough to withstand tropical humidity and monsoon rains. Also - being (usually) mechanical movements and every town in the Philippines having a sidewalk watch repair stand - these things were/are kept alive indefinetly. I think the later is the reason one needs to be careful with buying watches from there. They may be in rough shape and have random parts fitted in by some small town repair guy to keep it running for the owner.

    Nowadays, I think G-shocks seem much more popular there.
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    Re: Why so many used watches from the Philippines?

    Be aware that you may not get a Seiko worth owning if you go that route. I purchased a 6309 from the Philiipines with the idea I would send it to a restoration specialist here in the states. The watch ended up being in such bad condition on the inside of the case and the movement, that it ended up being a parts watch for the restorer. It cured me of buying watches on EBAY from that country. The humidity apprently raises cain with the case metal.
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    Re: Why so many used watches from the Philippines?

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiko Neiko View Post
    I just purchased an all original 6309 got lucky so there are some good things coming out of the Philippines, not alot lol but i was told because there in the same hemisphere and alot closer to japan
    I purchased a used 6139 for less than $100 a few years ago, one of my first of many ebay watch buys. The chrnograph hands wouldn't reset, which wasn't disclosed. I've never bought from the Phillipines again.
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