I often receive e-mails from people asking me where to purchase Japanese watches in Singapore. Unfortunately, I don’t always have time to reply them. Here, I would like to list out the shops that I have bought from and in future, I will just refer people to this post.
There are three major places to purchase Japanese watches in Singapore. They are The Bencoolen, Bras Basah Complex (pictured above) and People’s Park Complex. Here are the shops I have patronized (past and present).
Prestige Time/Kwang Guan Watch and Pen
These two shops are located at Bras Basah Complex and are owned by the same owners. I bought most of my Seiko and Citizen watches here when I started collecting years ago. You will find a good range of Seiko, Citizen, Orient and Casio/G-Shock watches here. They only carry watches that are distributed by the authorized distributors. This is a family run business and they are some of the most friendly people around. I have not bought from them for many years but they are still friendly to me whenever I pop by.
Location: Block 231 Bain Street, Bras Basah Complex #01-25 (and #01-37), Singapore 180231
Wins United Watches
This shop is located in The Bencoolen. Here you will find Seiko, Citizen, Orient (including Orient Star) and Casio/G-Shock watches. I have purchased two Frogmans from here. They are the biggest G-Shock dealer in The Bencoolen.
Location: 180 Bencoolen Street, The Bencoolen #01-37, Singapore 189646
H2 Hub (Parkway Parade)
This shop is near my workplace and has a good range of Seiko watches including Sportura and Premier models. You can also find Citizen and Casio/G-Shock watches here. I got my G-Shock’s from here as well.
Location: 80 Marine Parade, Parkway Parade #B-101, Singapore 449269
Update: This H2 Hub outlet has ceased operation on 30th April 2014.
K2 Watch Co.
A watchmaker who repairs and services Japanese and Swiss watches. This shop also carries Seiko watches (mainly Seiko 5 and Superior) from the distributor as well as parallel imported ones. I have been getting Seiko watches from here in recent years. Besides watches, K2 has a wide range of affordable watch straps.
Location: 845 Geylang Road, Tanjong Katong Complex, #03-K1, Singapore 400845
Big Time is the exclusive distributor of Orient watches in Singapore. This shop also carries JDM Seiko’s that are imported from Japan. This is my source for Orient and JDM Seiko watches. Big Time is known for their friendliness. Most of the time, you will be served with water or coffee while you are trying out the watches.
Location: 1 Commonwealth Lane, One Commonwealth, #03 -24. Singapore 149544
Other shops I have bought from:
Twinkle Electronics: My last purchase at this shop was many years ago. At that time it sold home audio products as well as Seiko and Citizen watches. I remember they had a mixture of parallel imported and distributor stock. I last visited them recently and saw that they are now focusing on Citizen watches with only a small selection of Seiko and G-Shock watches.
Location: 1 Park Road, People’s Park Complex #02-33, Singapore 059108
Excellent Watch: Bought a Seiko Kinetic from here many years. Service was excellent and price okay. They carry Seiko, Alba and Citizen watches from the respective distributors. No parallel imported watches in this shop.
Location: 109 North Bridge Road, Funan DigitaLife Mall, #01-22, Singapore 179097
Mustafa Centre: This is a huge Indian departmental store. Bought Seiko watches here many years ago. This place carries Japanese watches from authorized distributor as well as parallel imported sources. I believe you will find full range of local market models and models from other markets here.
Location: 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704
King Wah Watch and Pen: Bought Seiko watches from here in the early to mid 2000s. Price was good and payment was cash only. Owner did not like to entertain people who go there to try on the watches. This shop used to be located in Peninsula Plaza but has to has shifted to Peninsula Shopping Centre across the street. I have not been to the new shop. (Update on 18th Dec 2014: This shop has ceased operation)
Location: 3 Coleman Street, #01-03, Peninsula Shopping Centre, Singapore 179804