The IWC Portugieser Automatic 7 Days is one
of the most popular IWC models seen on the wrists of watch enthusiasts.
little less than 43mm, the watch has a very proper size without being too
small. It gives you enough wrist presence with the very well-polished and
shaped case. The thickness of 14.5 mm makes it also a watch for sportier occasions.
With formal attire, this watch complements
your looks very well as the dial is finished with classic Arabic numerals. The
two sub-dials display the running seconds and the power reserve, which, when
fully-wound, is 7 days. At 6 o’ clock is the date window and the watch comes
with a very well made alligator strap. You can also buy Santoni alligator
straps from IWC. They are very impressive straps with patina you will not see elsewhere.
Panerai has been in vogue for a long time. It
has brought to the world of horology some very cutting-edge elements. For
example, watch size has revolutionized because of this brand. Vintage-style
watch dials and patina colored numerals are also two elements brought by the
The Pam422 is a very loyal iteration of the
brand’s deep-rooted history with the military. The watch comes with a domed
sapphire crystal and a polished bezel and case. At 47mm, it is absolutely a
watch to behold when worn.
It has a manual-wound movement on which a
power reserve indicator is located and can be seen through the sapphire case
back. The hands are gold in color and they complement the beige numerals. This
is a fun watch to have as you can wind the watch looking at the power reserve
indicator and get a taste of history on your wrist. The watch comes with a
Panerai assolutamente strap which is very finely textured.
Deep Sea D-blue
The Rolex Deep Sea D-blue has been a very
popular watch since its release in 2014. The watch has a gradient blue-black
dial with green letters “DEEPSEA”. The color combination has successfully
revived a watch that would otherwise be a dull big brick on your wrist. Surely
the black dial version is good looking as it looks professional.
D-blue looks obviously more interesting. The ceramic bezel stands out more as
there is color contrast between the dial and the bezel. The bracelet comes with
the Glidelock clasp which is very useful. You can adjust the bracelet according
to your wrist’s conditions. The 44mm case with its 18mm thickness together
gives you very good wrist presence. It is indeed a heavy watch and a watch that
can hardly go unnoticed.
The price of this watch will not drop too
much due to limited supply. So, it is one of the best watches to retain its
Rolex Daytona 116520
What!? The 116520? What about the 116500ln?
The new Daytona Ceramic?
Unfortunately, the 116500ln cannot be bought
below 100k. So, if you do not have a Daytona yet and do not want to pay a
premium for the new Daytona Ceramic, you can go for the 116520.
To many people,
the price for a stainless steel Rolex should never exceed 100k. The new Daytona
Ceramic is great but some of us may find it a bit expensive. The 116520, on the
other hand, has been discontinued. That means the price of this watch will not
go down. It is a very good investment for you at this moment when you can still
easily find NOS 116520. As one of the most iconic Rolexes for 16 years, the
116520 is worth your money.
Jaeger-Lecoultre Geophysic True Second Universal Time
This is the watch
for you if you travel a lot. Even if you don’t, this is also the watch to have
below 100k. In short, this is a world-timer with a mechanical movement while
the second hand ticks instead of sweeps. The rotor is in solid gold. At 40mm,
this watch offers a lot.
It is an
interesting thing to behold when you see how the mechanical movement actually
makes the second hand tick instead of sweep. The dial is finely executed with a
world map on it. It will be your best travel companion.
A diver may be the
most frequently seen watch in Hong Kong. When paired with formal attire or
casual wear, it serves its purpose well – not to dive – but to tell the time
without yielding to conditions such as shock, water spills and extreme weather.
A diver is reliable as it is water-resistant to certain meters. It is a very
good everyday watch. Here, we have three contenders from three brands today. Let’s
see which one wins your heart, and how deep you can dive.
representative of Rolex – the Deep Sea 116660
The Rolex Deep Sea
116660 is the crown’s deepest diver ever made. It is water-resistant to 3900m.
But is it really its limit? No. You will not test it, though. The fact is that
it must be capable to withstand the water pressure at over 3900m’s depth in
order to have the official number of 3900m water-resistance. At 44mm wide and
18mm thick, it is a beast on the wrist. Two dial options are available which
are the black and D-blue dials. Price wise, the black dial is around 20k
cheaper with discounts. If a Sea-Dweller or Submariner cannot give you the
solid feeling a diver should have, go for the Deep Sea and you will not regret.
water-resistant 100m more than the Rolex Deep Sea, this Hublot is a monster
watch on the wrist. The dial is very legible with an inner rotating bezel which
can be turned by the crown at 4 o’ clock. It is 48mm wide and thicker than the
Deep Sea. The main difference is the weight. As the case is made of titanium,
it does not wear as hefty as the Deep Sea. It is a good choice for you if you
are into something special.
Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
A diver with a
display case back? Here you have the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore which
is now offered with a see-through case back. The watch is “only”
water-resistant to 300m. However, the polishing and the shape of the case as
well as the finishing of the movement are top-notch. It is really a joy to see
the well-decorated solid gold rotor on your diver, isn’t it? The watch has an
inner rotating bezel which can be turned by the crown at 10 o’ clock. It is
worn on a thick and well-crafted rubber strap.
Let us know which
of the above your diver of choice is. To us, the Rolex Deep Sea is currently
the winner as the price, the function and the value it can retain are the best
among the three.
When we talk about
watches, we always talk about Rolex. When we talk about Rolex, we always talk
about…errr… the Submariner? the Daytona? Or… the Day-Date?
Have you wondered
why Rolex has been so successful all over the world? HK Snob weighs in.
In Hong Kong, Rolex
stainless steel watches are around 30k-90k. It means a stainless steel Rolex is
never over 100k HKD (now it may be different with the new Daytona). That has
been the case for many years.
A Rolex is a symbol of status in Hong Kong and
many of us do not mind buying a symbol of status under 100k HKD. It is a mental
trick. Rolex understands how big the amount of money we are willing to spend on
Be it a Submariner,
a Daytona or a Datejust, we can always recognize a Rolex easily. When worn on
the wrist, you are wearing something that you know others will envy. There are
so many iconic designs in the Rolex collection. Each of them has its own
features and character.
This successfully makes people want to buy more and
more after they own their first Rolex. Of course, movie stars wearing Rolex
watches contribute a lot to its success, too.
Every Rolex is
tough. Every Rolex movement is an unbeatable workhorse. Yes. This is the image
of Rolex – its being super practical.
Although you may not dive with your
Submariner or check the other city’s time with your GMT Master, these watches
are made with practical function and outstanding durability.
You seldom hear
that a Rolex is not accurate or it breaks down easily. Each Rolex watch has its
own practical function. It has nothing excessive. The image of each Rolex model
is so clear that laymen understand easily.
We do not see
people wearing the Day-Date in Hong Kong very much as most of us seem to prefer
sports models of Rolex. However, when the one standing next to you in an MTR
compartment is wearing the same 116710 as you do, why not stand out by wearing
something different – the most prestigious watch of Rolex- the Day-Date?
Some of us may feel
that the Day-Date belongs not to the young but to the grandpas who are over 60
years old. The impression is formed because of the overall design of the
Day-Date which is very elegant and classic. The President bracelet is, together
with the Jubilee bracelet, seen as something that the young will not want to
wear because the overall style is too formal and mature. Nevertheless, what is
notable is that when you look at NBA stars and young musicians in the West,
they wear their Day-Dates and they wear them well. That brings out one point:
when you are young, it does not make you look old wearing a Day-Date. What is
more is of course about the choice of the right size and the right dial.
The 36mm Day-Date
has been around for so many years. It is the more standard size of the
Day-Date. However, for younger people, this size is not recommended. If you are
under 30, you can go for the Day-Date 40. To stand out, choose dials of darker
colors instead of champagne gold or light silver colors. These dials pair with
yellow gold or rose gold very well. The 2016 olive dial on the 228235 Day-Date
40 rose gold is a great choice. If you prefer yellow gold, go for the black
diagonal motif dial. Surely, you can go for the white gold versions which offer
blue and grey stripe motif dials. They look stunning with the President
bracelet which reflects light like nothing else.
If you would like
to have a more formal style, then go for the lighter dial colors such as the
sun dust motif dial of the rose gold version. It is a very special color. The
Rolex Day-Date 40 is indeed a better choice than sports models which you can
find most people wearing on many occasions. It is a watch that is made only in
precious metals. It is a watch which makes you stand out.
Sea-Dweller (not the Deep Sea) has been one of the best-selling Rolex models.
It has a professional image and very proper size and weight. Unlike the
Submariner, the Sea-Dweller is preferred by professional divers as it is
water-resistant to 1200m. As the latest member of the Sea-Dweller family, the
116600 is a must-have for any Rolex collector.
predecessor 16600, the 116600 has a ceramic bezel on which markers from 0-60
minutes are engraved, just like the bezel of the Deep Sea. It makes the watch
look more professional. The lume on the markers and the hands is now Rolex
Chromalight which is blue in color and it is stronger than previous luminous
materials. At 40mm, the difference between the 116600 and the Submariner 116610
is now more obvious. Other than the bezel markings, the whole watch weighs more
and has thicker case and bezel ring. The helium-escape-valve on the 9 o’ clock
position is also another feature that differs it from the Sub.
Unlike the Deep
Sea, the 116600 has more proper size and weight. On the wrist, it feels very
comfortable and you do not have to have big wrists in order to wear the watch
well. The cosmetics upgrades are very well done. The watch looks more like a
luxurious dive watch now than ever. The Glidelock clasp is included which gives
the 116600 a more professional touch. You can adjust the bracelet whenever you
The 116600 is the
ultimate diver of choice. You will understand how well-made the Sea-Dweller is
if you compare it with other 1200m divers. The Deep Sea is of course an
engineering marvel. However, the size and the weight make it hard to a lot of
people to wear. The 3900m water-resistant ability is not really needed to, at
least, most of us. On the other hand, the 116600’s 1200m water-resistance is
just about right. It is not just an ordinary diver with 300m or 600m
water-resistance. It is one solid watch to have and wear every day.