Introduction
 
 

My name is B. H. Chua. In 1986, at a garage sale, I saw and bought several old steel Rolex watches.  It was my first encounter with vintage Rolex watches and I was truly fascinated with the timepieces, especially the ageing dials which gave the watches a characteristic charm that new watches lacked.  Over time, I began to source for more old watches from the local antique stores and flea markets.  In those days, a gold bubble back would have stirred quite delirious excitement amongst the many local dealers and collectors. The following years saw several major Indian watch dealers flocking to Singapore with plastic bags full of vintage watches including Rolex bubble backs, cushions, Princes etc…. 

The craze for old watches was getting feverish in Singapore with overseas dealers coming to Singapore to buy and sell their pieces.  Many watches that surfaced then were seen for the first time and information about such time pieces was indeed scarce.  In view of the dearth of information, I subscribed to Sotheby’s auction catalogues and requested friends in overseas to buy and send me all the watch books that were available then.  After some time, my collection reached a point where I needed to sell some of the more common pieces.  Gold bubble backs were becoming quite common in my collection and at one time, I had a box full of them.  As my contacts with watch dealers and collectors became more extensive, I was offered more watches than I could buy. 

 
 

Watch Boutique

In 1992, I set up a watch boutique, dealing in fine and rare watches - new and vintage.  Over the years, I had worked and helped many collectors to build up extensive and impressive collections consisting of rare exquisite pieces. I  had a complete set of Rolex Oyster Moonphase ref. no. 6062 with star dials consisting of a yellow gold, a pink gold and a steel.  A Japanese collector who bought it, took the watches to M/S Rolex, Geneve and was told that only 2 examples of ref. 6062 in steel with star dial were produced. It was one of two sets known to be in existence and the other set is in the collection of another Japanese collector. 

Many rare watches passed through my hand and being a dealer, sometime with much regret and reluctance, I had to sell, due to various reasons-persistent requests by regular customers to purchase them etc. Many times, I was asked this question," How did you manage to get all these rare watches?" I borrowed the answer from a watch book," I paid tomorrow's prices".

Important Notice:-

I have closed my shop some years back and this website is maintained as a contact point for customers who may need help for watches purchased from me previously. It is also my desire to share with all collectors- my Collection of Chinese Antiques and other Collections. Any comment on any of my Collections is much appreciated. If you have an interesting item, I may be interested to buy to add it to my collection or if you like any of my items, we can do an exchange.