One of our most popular reviews is of a variant of the Seagull 1963 watch produced by Eddy Tse, aka HKED. Ed was kind enough to answer a few of our questions for this Christmas special interview feature.
WRUK – How did you first get into collecting watches?
HKED – My grandfather loved watches and I guess it must have rubbed off on me. He gifted a watch to me before he passed away and has become my family heirloom.
WRUK – What about coordinating the production of watches? Was that a natural progression from collecting?
HKED – Yes, although it was more a case of being at the right place at the right time.
WRUK – We first come across you thanks to your involvement with the Sea-Gull 1963. How did you get involved in that watch?
HKED – Funnily enough, the first time I met our watch manufacturer Thomas was to purchase a 1963 watch from him in 2011. We chatted about the possibility of making watches for a bunch of enthusiasts and things progressed from there.
WRUK – You are a familiar name on the Watchuseek forum, and have played a pivotal role in several Watchuseek Project watches now. Which has been your favourite to work on?
HKED – Probably the ST5 project, where we used vintage Chinese movements or the 38mm ED63. Both are affordable vintage-style watches I can wear every day without worrying about them getting scratched etc.
WRUK – We’ve also seen your name pop up in association with one of your favourite new brands – EMG watches. How did you end up in that collaboration?
HKED – We met on a watch forum of all places! I helped EMG find a manufacturer for their first DL63 watch and we hit it off immediately. Eric and Derek later invited me to join the EMG team and here we are.
WRUK – We reviewed the Emperor Diver recently, and we know you are working on the EMG Nemo diver with the same case – is there anything else you are working on now?
HKED – We are working on a GMT watch and I’ll be bringing out 42mm versions of my ED63 this year.
WRUK – What is your favourite watch in your collection?
HKED – That’s a difficult question as I like to wear a different watch each day. However, the two watches I would never part with are my grandfather’s Datejust and an heirloom 1675.
WRUK – What are you wearing right now?
HKED – My ED63 Blue Reverse Panda on custom made Iyonk strap.
WRUK – Thanks for answering our questions, and good luck with your projects!
The latest project from Ed is the HKED Nemo diver, in association with EMG watches. The Kickstarter campaign ended in October, but any remaining stock can be ordered from the EMG website. HKED’s other watches: the Emperor Diver and ED63 Seagull 1963 can be ordered from his website https://www.hkedwatches.com/.