Friday, March 24, 2017

Is Hong Kong Still a Shopping Paradise for watch?

Is Hong Kong still a Shopping Paradise?
There has been saying HK is the shopping paradise.  In fact it was.
Nowadays still there are mostly honest watch sellers in Hong Kong.
You know why some of the dishonest people running for fast money as if they want only to have, what they have sold the whole say is not able to cover the daily rental fee of the shop, sad!
On the other hands, many of Rich buyers are tire kickers; they negotiate down two digit dollar for a $100K Rolex.
Back in 2013, It was Rado that holds a record high HK at Causeway Bay of monthly Rental of hefty $1.6M .. .
Imagine how many Rado watch they have to sell in order just to cover the rent?
In HK there is a lot places that they sell watches… there are about 80 outlet selling Rolex AD watches. There is so may boutique and AD agent selling other Swiss Branded watches not mentioning over 300 dealers working at Facebook and network sales.
The largest Rolex Boutique in Asia, say the HKIA Rolex shop, I guess that they have to pay $3M a month for rent. And guess how may watches they sell every day? No one will tell you but you can stop by and count, most of the time the number of Staff is more than the visiting client.
Any Risk in buying brand new watches in AD
I can say, there is zero risk at all as the shop are properly managed by larger company, mostly public listed, same for gray dealer who has good reputation.
What I am trying to say us these shops selling pre-owned watch … And sometimes they are looking for prey for buying their “Frankenwatches…”
I trust that they all know the situation of the watch… but there is still many cases reported by PWC members to me that there is some mis-operation on watch sales in HK…

Someone was buying a Rolex with Warranty card, but when the watch was submitted to Rolex Philippines after his return, it was rejected for reason of 1: the crystal is not Rolex Original, and 2, the bracket is not the matching model of the Rolex watch. The customer later called the shop and saying that bring the watch there will replace the bracelet with the original matching one… but how about the crystal? Problem is he won’t come to HK before August.
The Moral of the case is: =
1 . A Rolex watch with a warranty card does not guarantee that watch is not a FrakenWatch.
2. On the Invoice it was printed, once watch is sold is not returnable nor refundable, but how can you know beforehands?
3. Rolex service slip is also crap, as once after the watch is authenticated truly real good stuff at Rolex Service centre, you he she can also take out the bezel, hands and whatever… what can you do?
4. More Risk is the watch is selling at a “good price”!
So next time when you buy Rolex … check the comment of the shops first or go to a more reliable shops.
So I get back to the topics, is Hong Kong Still a Shopping Paradise for watch? I could say Yes.
HK Snob

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Classic Watch Repair's latest Watch Examination Report service

This is a sample of Watch Examination Report of a Rolex Explorer 1016.

In case you need this service you can go to Classic Watch Repair or thru me if you are in the Philippines.

This is critical that if you have a potential buy of a Vintage Rolex and this Authentication may give you a clearer picture of what kind of watch you will buy... or you shall not buy!

HK Snob

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

IWC New 2017 Preview

MSRP HK$103,000

Ref 502703 MRSP HK$373,000

MSRP HK$101,000

Pink Gold and Steel

Preview on Latest 2017 new IWC design at Pacific Place Boutique today.

Amongst those, l I like the grey dial Perpetual Calendar watch in steel most.

HK Snob

BaselWorld 2017 Rolex preview

We have guessed it right, there is Single Red Line for SeaDweller Rolex to be released this year.

43mm with Cyclops, What a nice watch after 50 years since the first launch of SeaDweller in 1967.

Definitely there will be little stock available for People like I. And We hope that supply should be larger than Submariner.

HK Snob

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Watch Authentication Services

Watch Authentication service


As many of us may need an knowledge certification body to authentic your watch  no matter is a new Rolex, Vintage Rolex or a Special Edition one
There are a few channels you can do that, Pawn Shop, Expertise , Rolex Service Centre,

Pawn Shop used to keep a file of the watch stolen, depending the individual Pawn Shop, they sometime cannot tell if your watch is really authentic or not

Rolex Service Centre,

It takes time, usually days to weeks for your watch authentication, Local AD is faster, overseas gray dealer imported watch take 2 weeks. Charges is Free in HK, but chargeable in some other countries like Singapore.

How about we can offer a certification body that could is professional enough to tell your watch authentication?


Send your watch to Classic Watch Repair Centre

They will take picture of your watch usually 8 shots of different position and they will inform you by means of a report that the watch us authentic or not. We can open the watch and inspect the movement too.

Report will be issued within 2 -3 days

Charges is HK$800

Contact Classic Watch report for such service…


HK Snob

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rolex 18KT Motif Pin in Orginal Rolex Box

Interesting Rolex Motif  Pin set in 18KT yellow gold comes with Rolex Box.

HK Snob

A Rolex Submariner Ref 16610LN with T25 Dial on Sale

This is Rolex Submariner Ref 16610LN with T25 dial, it comes with paper.
A 1995 watch without any polishing at all,

We have checked the time keeping function and it is in par or even better than some of the current watch in production from Rolex.

It is on sale at HK$42,000

HK Snob

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak offshore Jarno Trulli on Sale

We are bringing you this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Jarno Trulli Limited Edition Ref. 26202AU.OO.D002CA.01 launched in 2010 during the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix.

While Italian F1 driver Jarno Trulli only had a short stint in Formula One from 1997 to 2011, driving for Minardi, Renault and Lotus Racing amongst others, he was able to have Audemars Piguet immortalize him with his very own Royal Oak Offshore Limited Edition after becoming an AP ambassador in 2008.

While Jarno Trulli could never be compared to Michael Schumacher, at least their limited edition Offshores are somewhat up to par.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Jarno Trulli Limited Edition is one of the most fascinating watches ever designed by AP with Formula One in mind.

Fitted with cermet bezel, sand-blasted titanium pushers and crown, a 42 mm forged carbon case and a black rubber strap, the Jarno Trulli is one of the most unique looking Offshores and one that is truly hard to find in the U.S.  or Asia, as only 500 pieces were ever made of this timepiece.

Forged carbon case, cermet bezel, sand-blasted titanium crown and pushpieces, glareproofed sapphire crystal, sandblasted titanium sapphire caseback engraved with the legend “Royal Oak Offshore – Jarno Trulli” and with the “Jarno” signature appearing in red on the crystal

Ref #26202AU.OO.D002CA.01

Anthracite dial with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern, silver-toned counters, white gold applied hour-markers and hands with luminescent coating, silver-toned inner bezel

Black rubber strap with sand-blasted titanium AP folding clasp

List price was US$38,300 normally you get less 10% to less 15% Max.

Now I have one with 98% new full set, asking HK$180,000

HK Snob

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Omega Speedmaster "CK2998" limited 2980 Pcs is available BNIB at AD HK.

The Omega Speedmaster "CK2998"limited Edition.

The Original OMEGA CK2998 was released in 1959 and has since become one of the most Sought-after Vintage Speedmasters in the World.

Last year Omega has taken this classic Panda model as inspiration for the Omega Speedmaster "CK2998" limited as an updated model for a new generation of fans.

If you are keen in Collecting Omega, your drawer might have one of this watches. Well,  we could find one pieces in Hong Kong and We can offer you...

The lucky number is also look pleasing for you too.

If you are interested in, Please Whatsapp me at +639989811111


HK Snob

PS Watch Sold

JLC watch WANTED. JLC Grand Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface BLUE new or USED

My Client is looking for one BNIB full set or USED one if you have,

Let's me know if you want to let go this Watch...

Whatsapp me at +639989811111

HK Snob

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rolex : Stop Charging Premium for Daytona Ref 116500LN

Interesting Article about Rolex Singapore stops their main distributors to sell more than the list price.

But I don't think that Hour Glass, Sincere or whoever will be able to make a public open sales at MSRP SGD$18,000 (HK$98,640).

In HK, the current price of Daytona Ref 116500LN White is HK$131,000 lowest and Black is HK$124,800 (lowest) at gray dealer hands. Don't think you can get one at Rolex AD with List price HK$90,500.

I don't think Rolex Can call for a Fair price in sales in the open market where the demand and supply is still the  Golden Rule.

If Rolex wants to control the price of Daytona down to MSRP price , well make more production and ship more as they do for Date just...

If not, Price of Daytona is still as hard as Diamond!

HK Snob

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Jaeger LeCoutlre SIHH 2017 HK preview on 3 March 2017

JLC Boutique is situated at Central Hong Kong Station IFC tower, with neighbor watches shops Elegant, IWC, Hublot, Rolex and Audemars Piguet.

One of the most complicated watches unveiled at the show was the Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time (ref. 8126420). This has a domed-shaped dial in blue lacquer featuring a world map as well as a one-minute tourbillon on one edge, two complications that might be interesting separately but less so together.
This Platinum watch is selling with MSRP HK$1,090,000.

A Close up at the Tourbillon

The steel Master Ultra Thin Moon (ref. 1363540) is now available in white gold with a dark grey dial with the case being 39mm in diameter.


White Gold Perpetual Calendar auto estimated MSRP  HK$260,000

The Reverso Tribute Moon in stainless steel (ref. 3958420) is similar, with two time zones and the addition of a date and moon phase display on the front dial.


Larger at 29.9mm wide and 49.4mm long, it’s hand-wound and powered by the calibre 853A. It costs HK$120,900 estimated.

I was wearing a Pink gold Reverso similar to the one I used to have in 1989.... Miss those beautiful days with beautiful Reverso.
As many watch collectors say, "Who does not have one or more than one Jaeger Le-Coultre watch?
HK Snob

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rolex Coat of Arms of UAE dial for Date Just

The dial show here is made by Rolex with Coat of arms of United Arab Emirates.

The authentic Rolex dial is for Sale HK$52,000.

HK Snob

Omega Speedmaster 50th Anniversary Watch

Watch in a Sterling Silver Box

Surface of the Moon, shall we call it Moon face?
That is the Surface of the Sterling Silver Box

Omega. A Limited Edition Very Rare and Attractive 18k Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet, Certificate of Authenticity, International Warranty and Sterling Silver Box, Made to Commemorate the Speedmaster 50th Anniversary
Signed Omega, Speedmaster, Speedmaster 50th Anniversary Model.

Cal. 3201 mechanical movement, 29 jewels, black enamel dial, applied gold baton numerals, luminous accent, outer fifths of a second divisions, gold luminous baton hands, three subsidiary dials for 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, black bezel with tachymeter scale calibrated for 500 units, fluted lugs,  deployant clasp,  42mm diam.

Watch belongs to a Private Collector, There is additional Box for sale.

HK Snob

Rolex Submariner Hermit Ref 16610LV on Sale

Rolex Submariner Kermit Ref 16610LV Z Series, with paper and Box $72,000

HK Snob 

Vintage Rolex Date Just Ref 1601 with A4 size Certification of Swiss Chronometer test report

This is an awesome report for the Date Just shown.

Date Nov 11, 1965 which is half a century ago, but the report shows that the time deviation was merely 3 seconds, so that could say what current mechanical advancement after 52 years is nothing better than this watch.

Or this watch was special made to meet such a nice performance.

For sales if you are interested to keep this time pieces.

HK Snob