Saturday, August 27, 2016

How to make your watches more special by pairing them with different watch straps?


Walking on the streets of Hong Kong, you often see people wearing the watch you are wearing. However, you may not have enough to buy a limited edition of some sort or a full gold Rolex. So, how can you sport your Rolex in a different way than others? Putting them on straps can be a cool idea.

 

1.      Leather Nato straps

It is quite common for us to wear our Rolexes on Nato straps. However, it is important to choose leather Nato as nylon Nato will make your watch look cheap. Leather Nato straps, on the other hand, are thicker and can well support your watch without looking loose. It is a way more elegant choice.



 
 
2.      Bund strap
The bund strap was used by jet fighter pilots to prevent electric shock. Today, it has become a trend. Paul Newman wore his Daytona on an alligator bund strap. John Mayer and David Beckham also wear their Rolexes on bund straps.
 
 


 
 
 
Doesn’t it make you stand out from the crowd? A bund strap is indeed very stylish.
 
Putting your watches on different straps can keep your watches fresh and make you stand out from others. In the next episode, we will talk about more on strap materials. Please keep tuning in.
 
HK Snob

 
 


Friday, August 26, 2016

A comparison of the models of the Rolex Explorer I


Rolex has in 2016 updated the 214270 Explorer I. The Explorer I is a very good entry-level model for many.
 
However, there are three references that can be confusing to some of us. The 14270, the 114270 and the 214270 are all one can consider when looking for an Explorer I. Let’s have an in-depth look at them.

 
1.      The Rolex 14270
 
 
 
As the successor of the ref 1016 Explorer, it was produced from 1989 to 2001. At 36mm, the watch has a Caliber 3000 movement. It has white gold markers filled with tritium and 3,6,9 numerals. From around 1998, Superluminova replaced tritium as the filling materials of the markers and the hands. A used 14270 is around 20-30k HKD. (the older the better condition more expensive!)
 
2.      The Rolex 114270
 



 
 
Produced from 2001 to 2010, this watch has a different movement than the 14270. It has a Caliber 3130 movement. Also, the bracelet has solid end links. The overall aesthetics did not change much. It still has a 36mm case. Price wise, a used 114270 is around 25k-30k HKD.
3.      The Rolex 214270
 
 
 
Introduced in 2010 and updated in 2016, this is the reference where more drastic changes have taken place. The 214270 has a larger 39mm case. It has a Cal 3132 movement. The bracelet has the Oysterlock and Easylink for length adjustment. The updated 2016 version has a longer minute hand and a longer hour hand. Also, Superluminova is not filled into the 3,6,9 markers so that they can now glow at night.
 
 
 
If you ask me which is best? I like 14270 or even earlier one, then the latest Ref. 214270 2016 Version.
 
Good news starting last week HK has the latest 214270 stock, though the supply is still limited.
 
 
 
HK Snob

Pre-owned Rolex Sea Dweller Ref 16600 on sale.

 
F series Rolex Sea Dweller Ref.16600 Unpolished, Keep Excellent time., No Hole.
With Warranty paper. No Box
 
HK$43,500
 
HK Snob


Vintage Time- Rolex Ref 1803


Vintage watches are still in vogue today thanks to a lot of stars and celebrities wearing them. Vintage Rolexes are here to stay. We have brought to you some of the more popular vintage sports models. Let’s also take a look at the ref that is gaining popularity - the Day Date 1803.
 
 
 
 
 

Modern Day-Dates sell for more than 150kHKD. If you want to get the newest Day-Date 40, you have to pay over 200kHKD. However, going vintage can be a good idea if you want a taste of the Rolex Day-Date.

 

 

A Day-Date 1803 yellow gold sells for around 100k on President Bracelet. Without the bracelet, it sells for around 50k. Paying that amount of money to get a solid gold Rolex is not a bad deal. The 1803 features an acrylic crystal which is domed in shape. At 36mm, the watch offers many versions of dials. The more interesting dials are those which have aged to obtain a certain hue of other colors.
 
 

You can pair your 1803 with different straps for different styles. While dial variations are very interesting to play with, a 1803 will certainly stand out in a forest of sports models. There are also special dials such as the Stella enamel dials and the gem stone dials. They are very good choices to pair with your vintage style clothes.

 
 



 
 

Picking up a 1803 now is a good choice as its price is still lower than it should be. Nobody knows when the price of it will increase drastically after one of the stars wear them and starts the hype.
 
Remarks
A Stella Dial Day-Date is a rare example of a 1970s watch that came with a colored, hard enamel dial.  They came in a variety of rich, bright colors.
They are solid enamel, they are prone to cracking, so perfect examples are quite rare.  Over the past few years, they have become rather popular, and valuable, with some examples hitting the $30,000 at auction, though we should say the average Stella dial sells below $20,000.  Collectors often put these enamel dial Presidents on matching leather straps.



HK Snob

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

To gold or not to gold – The Rolex Daytona


How much are you willing to pay to be extraordinary? I am talking about your watches. A Rolex Daytona is not rare scenery in Hong Kong. You can see a lot of people wearing the same watch in the MTR or in the restaurant you dine in. When two men walk past each other on the street in Hong Kong, the battle starts instantly. The battle is about your looks, which are based on your clothes, your sneakers and most importantly, your watch. To become superior, going gold may well be your choice.

 

Here are some of HKWF’s recommendations of the Rolex Daytona – not in stainless steel

 

1.      Rolex 116508 Green Dial
 
 

The new 2016 Rolex yellow gold Daytona will leave you breathless and your potential competitors impressed. The watch has a very sharp sunburst green dial with red accents next to every hour marker. Also, the sub-dials are surrounded by red rings which complement with the green color very well. With the color of Rolex on a yellow gold Rolex cult icon that now has the accuracy rate of +2/-2 per day, what more can you ask for? It also has a new-style tachymeter bezel that has been used only on rose gold, white gold and Daytonas of precious metals on straps. To get one green dial 116508, you have to have around HKD200k. It will be worth your money.
 
 
 

 

2.      Used yellow gold 16528
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Do not want to pay a premium for a yellow gold Rolex? No
Problem. At below 150kHKD, you can always find a 16528
ellow gold Daytona in good condition. It has a movement
modified from the famous Zenith El Primero movement and
has less shiny sub-dials than the newer 116528.
 
 
 
 
On the wrist, from a layman’s view, it looks like you are wearing a 200k+ Daytona.
 
3.      Rolex 116515 (new or used)
 
 
Want a ceramic bezel but want it not on the new steel 116500ln? The rose gold 116505 may well be your choice. As the ref has been out there for quite some time, you can get a bnib 116505 with some discounts or get a used one at a fairly reasonable and affordable price. What you are getting is a rose gold Daytona with a  brown ceramic bezel on a nicely made alligator strap. The price? Bnib 116515 costs you around 160k HKD while used ones cost you around 120k-130K HKD.
5.      Used Rolex 116509
 
 
 

Afraid of yellow gold? Want something more understated? You should get your hands on any used Rolex white gold 116509 Daytona. It will cost you around 140kHKD. If you want to impress, do try to save up for the diamond paved dial. Your watch will shine like a star under any proper lighting.

 

 

Some of us always hold a negative attitude towards yellow gold watches. However, a yellow gold watch is always there to catch your attention. If you can afford one, it is never a bad thing to wear one.
 
 
 
 
Usher wearing a 116528 Paul Newman dial
 
 

Rolex 116528 worn by actress model Brooklyn Decker.
 
HK Snob
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Can you sport two watches at a time? – HK Snob weighs in

You never really see this often – a man in suit wearing a white dial Daytona 116520 on his right wrist and a GMT Master II 116710 on his left wrist. What is the deal with wearing two Rolex watches at a time?





 

The GMT way of wearing a GMT?

The first explanation (or do we need one?) is that the man has to track the time of two places. This can actually be done with a GMT watch. However, he might also need to time his travel or something with the Daytona at the same time. By that it means he is an extremely important and busy person who has to time something while tracking time of 3-4 places (GMT Master II allows you to track the time of up to three places).



Prominent people who wears two watches at a time.
HK Snob

 

 
 
The late Hunter S Thompson

Mr. Hunter S Thompson literally invented Gonzo Journalism and he used to wear his trademark GMT Coke with a Tag Heuer.
 
 
 
Mr. Fidel Castro also wore two Rolexes at a time. One is a Day-Date and the other one is a Submariner. In the picture above he was in The Kremlin having a meeting with Khruschev.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Maradona constantly wears two Hublot watches on both wrists.
 
 
 

And recently wearing two Rolex Daytona Ref 116520LN White.
 


Everyone can choose to wear two watches at a time. You can also choose to wear three or four watches at a time. When you have too many watches and too few occasions to wear them, you can wear them all at a time. Wearing a GMT Master with any other watches is a bad idea because you can already track the time of three places on the GMT Master.
 
Wearing a Daytona with another Daytona shows that you are a rich man who wants to time everything precisely with your double chronograph gear. Wearing two DEEP SEA means that you are a guy who works out a lot.
 
There are different combinations. However, you really have to be as outstanding a person as Fidel Castro to be said to be cool wearing two watches or more at a time. If you are not as prominent as he is, you may be said to be showing off your poor collection.
 
Nevertheless, it is a different story if you are a watch dealer. You might want to show your clients how the watch looks on your wrists. Meanwhile, it is not recommended to wear two watches at a time unless you want to have them both stolen when something bad happens.
 
HK Snob
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Rolex Ref.16613 On sale


Rolex Submariner Ref. 16613 18KT two tone yellow gold in Blue dial on Sales. HK$49,000 Cash

Note that is a watch of ultra accuracy, we tested this watch seeing that it gains about 0.1 second a day in an averaging of all six positions.


HK Snob

Style is what personality is got to have, not the money that you can put on your watch.



Have you think of making a special Watch for your Girl friend Birthday?

Have you ever think of making such a great thing by putting name of your Girl friend on the Rolex you are going to give her on her BDAY?

Well, that is not just a great idea, but great Romance to her... and Big WARNING to those opponents coming to your Girl Friend...

Think of Personalization, think of your style...

Send me your Rolex and Design scratches and I will return these watch made perfectly by a team of Expert in HK

Special Offer for those HKWF readers at PWC Members....
I am glad to deliver such a Rolex two weeks after in your own design...

Charges is merely HK$4,700 per dial.

HK Snob

This could be the Pulitzer prize winner of the year for Watch



When you see people wearing two watches , please don't be surprise... as if there is such a need for people does not carry a GMT Master, he might have to carry a GMT Master II on the left hand adjusted to the HK local time, and a Daytona Ref 116500LN on the right hand adjusted to Tokyo time...

This is a picture taken by one of the HKWF members 9ary ( the Wing Chun teacher black belt) in MTR Hong Kong.

The handsome man in suit is wearing two Rolex whilst browsing on a smart phone, whereas the most irony part of the picture is the man standing in front has no Right hand for watch....

Is this world fair?

Well, I am not trying to say anything about people who lost one hand, and most of the time, if I were the owner of the company, I would like to give more priority in promotion to those people who is not perfect physically, but 100% working better than we are...

HK Snob




the Moral of the story: It is expensive to buy, but Cheap to use!


After 25 years, what would be the value of these stuff!?


From left to right: Rolex Explorer I Ref 14270, I bought three watches in Singapore people's Plaza back in 1996 with HK$14,000 each,

Rolex Day Date Ref 18039 white gold, that was sold at $130,000.

Explorer II Ref 16570 was only $19,500, whereas the Louis Vuitton was $1,900.

What is the current market value after 25 years?
well,
The Explorer I is $32,000
The Day Date is $115,000
The Explorer II is $34,000
The Louis Vuitton is selling $1,500 ( at Brand Off)

The Moral of the message is:-

They are Expensive to buy, but cheap to use!

HK Snob

Rolex Ref 68273 31mm Lady Date Just on sale Full Set



Pre-owned Lady Date Just Ref 68273 18 KT yellow Gold with Computer Rolex Dial on sale.

Full set:-
Invoice, Warranty paper, red seal, Calendar, Booklet, manual, Box, two Rolex leather holder.

Just been serviced with Overhaul with time check computer print out with Excellent time keeping as good as it was just rolled out from Rolex SA Switzerland...

HK$23,328

HK Snob

Monday, August 22, 2016

Panerai Limited Edition Automatic Stainless Steel 1,000M Diver's Wristwatch with Date and Helium Release Valve on Sale

Rolex DD36mm in comparison as for the size
 



Panerai PAM00243 Limited Edition Automatic Diver's wristwatch with date and Helium Escape valve signed officine Panerai Luminor Submersible, 1000M, Firenze 1860
Nickel-finished lever movement, black matt dial, luminescent Arabic and baton numerals, luminescent hands, magnified date aperture, eccentric subsidiary second at 9 O'clock, large cushion-shaped water-resistant-type case, unidirectional bezel calibrated to 60 units, helium escape valve, screw back, crown with protective bridge with security block, case, dial and movement signed, stainless steel Panerai buckle
44mm dia.

An awesome pre-owned watch Full Set, asking HK$44,000 only in cash.

HK Snob

Casio G Shock Frogman Collection






 
 

Frogman is one of the famous diving watches G- Shock made for you; a man full of power, energy and sportive mind.

The Camouflage is for men and the purple one is for her.

The Blue One is HK$5,500 and Purple one is HK$8,000

Well, it is hard to find as much as the Rolex Hulk and Batman.

HK Snob

HKWF gets a supply of BNIB IWC, JLC, Montblanc and some Discontinued Rolex Models

These are models we have now

IWC
329001
329003
371445
371446
376801
377706
377709
500705

JLC
1288420
1278420
1548420
1428421
1368420

Montblanc
105805 time Walker

Rolex BNIB 5 years Warranty
Submariner 16610LN HK$74,000
14060M HK$67,000
16610LV soon Available Price TBA

HK Snob

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Which discontinued Rolex models should you buy? HK Snob weighs in

We all know that discontinued Rolex watches are like blue-chip stocks. You almost always make money from them after a period of time. Even if you do not make a profit, you do not lose. Except for common vintage models like the 1680, 1665,5513 and the Paul Newman Daytona, there are a few other choices for you to purchase discontinued Rolex models.
 

1.      Rolex 116520 Daytona
 
 
 

 
The recently discontinued legendary 116520 Daytona is one
of the best investment items. Priced at $90000 HKD, before
the 116500LN was released, the 116520 could be had at
around $94000HKD for the black dial version and around
$86000 HKD for the white dial versions. Some grey dealers
may offer even better prices. However, just like all the
discontinued Daytona references, the price of the 116520
has been soaring after the 116500LN Daytona Ceramic was
released. We expect that the price of the 116520 will only go
up in the future especially for NOS watches.
 
2.      Rolex 16610LV
 
 

Since the release of the 116610LV “HULK”, the 16610LV 50th anniversary edition has been one of the hot items on the market. The price has been going up as the watch features very different aesthetics than the new 116610LV. The green aluminum insert features a different kind of green than the “HULK” while the dial is black in color with oversized hour markers. A NOS 16610lv now retails at around 80k HKD while it used to retail at around 60k HKD when it was in production.
 
3.      Rolex 16710 Pepsi
 
 
 
Rolex released the white gold GMT Pepsi a few years ago. However, you have to pay well over 200k HKD to get one. Therefore, a lot of people turn their eyes on the way cheaper Rolex 16710 Pepsi. It features similar aesthetics with the white gold Pepsi GMT with ceramic red-blue bezel. A NOS 16710 Pepsi can be very expensive up to HKD$100,000 or more as prices are expected to go up in the future.
 
HK Snob