It has been a pretty crazy year for me. Some of you have probably been wondering where I’ve gone over the last few months. At the start of the year, I packed up my things, left my job in London, and moved back to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
For me, the last two years has been quite the journey in this world of watches and this is what it has all culminated to. While I’ve always loved writing here on BEXSONN.com about watches and even more so when they’re vintage, I’ve always loved hunting for vintage pieces so it only makes sense that I follow this love. In the early days, I was scouring eBay for 50 pound watches – broken divers, and cheap chrome case pieces before I was moving on to the markets on Portobello. That feeling of finding a gem, is seriously transportive to my childhood days of treasure hunts and digging in the beach all day for sea shells.
With that in mind and the fact that while in London, I was professionally working at this capacity, I decided it was time to find my niche and go at it alone. After spending the better part of this year planning and building, I can finally say that I am now a fully-fledged vintage watch dealer, working furiously behind the scenes to set up an online vintage watch shop. SSONG.com.
So, what does this mean for BEXSONN and I? The progression has been a crazy ride and don’t worry, I will continue to write here on BEXSONN. I think Chris may miss me too much if I disappeared completely! I will be based out of Kuala Lumpur and perhaps a new title is in order? Foreign correspondent perhaps?
On a serious note though, I felt it was important that I disclose this here to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. BEXSONN is meant to be a platform to communicate and share knowledge and that is exactly the reason why I began writing in the first place. I don’t intend this to stop despite my new venture – I am always learning and writing continues to be the best way to do this.
Writing here, buying and selling in the past, I feel very lucky that I am able to do what I love. Through this silly little hobby, I’ve met so many people who I now can consider the best of friends and it is really this that makes me want to continue. At the end of the day, and for many people, it really isn’t about the watches, but the relationships you build and the interactions between like-minded people that makes it so gratifying. How sad it would be to collect in solitude; I’d rather have cheap watches with friends than 50 Patek’s alone.