This may be somewhat old news, but I thought it’s still a worthy mention in Quartzimodo’s Time Journal.
If you haven’t already read the superb interview at the GMT+9 blog, here’s the inside scoop on the man who has been highly instrumental in giving watch enthusiasts around the globe access to Japanese market Seikos that are normally not sold outside of Japan.
While there are several online watch vendors in Japan, unfortunately many do not sell to overseas customers, including yours truly. It’s most probably due to the English language barrier itself or a lack of interest in opening their online business to the outside world.
Above: Higuchi’s brick-and-mortar store in the city of Chuomachi, Oita Prefecture in Japan.
Thanks to sellers such as Katsuhisa Higuchi, who runs Higuchi Inc, Seiko watch lovers all over the world have been enjoying the privilege of buying Seiko models that are not generally available elsewhere but Japan. Without the likes of Katsu-san, I wouldn’t have been able to acquire my Ti Samurais, SBBN007 Tuna Can and SBDC001 Sumo divers at reasonable prices.
It sure beats having to fork out money for an expensive return flight ticket to Japan, not to mention the accommodation, traveling and food expenses just to get that Grand Seiko or Prospex diver that you’ve been wanting! Of course, if you happen to be traveling to Japan that’s a different story altogether!
Without further ado, please check out my good friend P.Y. Lee’s exclusive interview with Mr Higuchi himself!
Originally posted 2008-11-12 23:19:10.