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.
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.
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.
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.
Rolex has in 2016
updated the 214270 Explorer I. The Explorer I is a very good entry-level model
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.
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!)
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Here are some of
HKWF’s recommendations of the Rolex Daytona – not in stainless steel
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
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
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.
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 abrown 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.
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.
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?
way of wearing a GMT?
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).
people who wears two watches at a time. HK Snob
The late Hunter S
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.