Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What to note when buying pre-owned watches?


A lot of us buy pre-owned watches from time to time. Used watches are cheaper than BNIB watches and some of the discontinued vintage watches are also very attractive to collectors. So, what should we pay attention to in general when buying pre-owned watches?

 


1.      The case and the crystal

When you look at a watch, before you look at the dial, the case gives you the general impression of the quality of the watch. Pre-owned watches usually have scratches. Light scratches are ok as a good polish will perfectly eliminate them. However, if there are deep scratches or even dents, you may have to look for another one as polishing deep scratches or dents will totally change the shape of the case.

 
Other than scratches and dents, do check whether the case is over-polished. You can check whether the lugs point inwards too much and whether the case still looks “fat”. If watches with lug holes are over-polished, there is a risk that the lug holes are broken by the polishing and the pin may not be well secured.

 
After that, take a look at the crystal to see whether there is any dent or scratch. Also check if there is moisture on the crystal.



2.      The dial

Prepare a magnifying glass. No matter whether you are buying a collectible vintage pieces or just a used modern watch, you have to check the dial. The dial is basically the face of a human. Any defect on the dial can cost you a lot of money when you want to sell your piece. There are a few things to check.

 
First, check whether there is any scratch on the dial made by watchmakers. Second, check whether the dial has been remade with paints. You can spot the color difference if you are careful. Third, check the writing on the dial and make sure that the letters and fonts match the era the watch was produced. Fourth, do take a close look at the luminova materials on the hour markers and the hands and make sure that they are not overfilled. Lastly, take a look and see if there is any moisture on the dial.




3.      Serial number and bracelet

You have to be 100% sure that the serial number on the watch matches that on the warranty card. This can also help identify whether the watch is only parts from different watches put together. The serial number helps you identify which year the watch was made and the features of the watches from that particular era.

Next, you have to take a look at the bracelet and see whether it works normally. If it is too tight or too loose, some repair may be necessary.


 


4.      The movement
You can ask the watchmaker to open the case back and let you check the movement. If it is an automatic watch, you have to make sure that the winding rotor glide smoothly. You have to ensure that the writings on the movement say the same as what movement the watch should be equipped. You can also check whether there is dirt or dust among the gears. Do try to wind the watch afterwards to see if winding is smooth.
 
5. The Seller
Make sure there is reputation of the seller, some of the shops can take back you watch less 10% to 20% within a period of time.
 
HK Snob
 
 


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pre-owned Rolex I find for you


14060M 2004 year
 
I can find Rolex of the following model watch only in excellent condition.

1. Submariner ref.14060M HK$34,000
2. Submariner ref. 14060 HK$32,800
3. Submariner ref. 16610LV $49,800
4. Seadweller ref. 16600 $45,800

HK Snob

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Watch Gathering

Turn-O-graph Japan Limited version 300 Pieces
 

Submariner Ref 16613 Patina Dial
 

Submariner TT, Submariner Hulk, Turn-O-graph
 


 
 

James Bond Watch Hamilton Pulsar LED display
 
 
 
HK Snob

Super special Watch made with Sterling Silver 925










Imagine this is watch hand crafted by a Swiss watch master  with PP way of Polish on every part.
 
Stamp a name of PP, VC, AP, RG, or RM on it.

It is made of sterling Silver what many people likes it more when it get tarnishes... after age...

How Much will you pay for it?

USD$50K, 60K?  No! probably 2% of it...

This is a 47mm watch with manual winding.

PM me if you are interested in buying this watch, whilst stock lasts..

You will be surprise now your currency is so strong and really got a value buy!

HK Snob

PS I cannot wait to wear it and update on my Instagram!



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cartier Santos 100 mid Size for sale






Pre-owned 90% new Cartier Santos 100 Auto
Limited 2,000 pcs

Cash HK$29,000 with Box

HK Snob

PS Watch was Sold

IWC Da Vinci White Gold Perpetual Calendar with Chronometer on Sale





This is another Da Vinci watch on sale from a HK Local Collector who has many gold watches.

You may ask why does he want to sell this watch., well, he told me his is too old to read the dial as he is 65 year old by now. I know him since the early time of Swatch in 1989.

Well, If you like vintage watch, and don't mind to pay HK$71,000 for a Heavy solid Piece of gold watch with original gold buckle, with Full set of packing.

Or if you want to see it first before jumping into thought to "Buy" let me know I can bring to your home to see...

HK Snob

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Patina Dial on Sale

 

 
 
Submariner Patina Dial.
Full Set 1996 watch with 12 links
W Serial.
Nice Watch I recommend unless you don't like Gold!
 
HK Snob
 


Monday, September 19, 2016

Rolex Daytona White gold Ref 116509 on Sale



 
 

All Original Rolex year 2007 HK 888 Watch.
White Gold with warranty card and box.
and an extra after market diamond Bezel
Cash HK$167,000


Value Buy, considering that new Steel Daytona Ref 116500LN white is selling HK$135,000!

An After market diamond bezel is about HK$35,000 now


HK Snob

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mid-Autumn Moon-Phase watch feature


The moon phase complication may not be the most practical complication of all. It may be rendered obsolete by some. However, it is absolutely one of the most romantic complications on watches. At Mid-Autumn Festival, we present you a few watches with the moon phase complication that will impress.

 

1.      Grand Lange 1 Moon phase


 
 
 
The Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase is not just another Lange 1 in a bigger case. The moon phase is displayed on the same dial that displays the hours and minutes. Not only does this enable a clearer display of the moon phase, it also gives a stronger visual impact to the wearer. At 41 mm, the watch feels big enough on the wrist.


 
 
The moon phase display on the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase is accurate to 99.9978% and it is driven by two gears. The moon phase disc has 382 stars on it. The rose gold edition is especially charming. Of course you also get the familiar fine decorations on the hand-wound movement which features a 3/4 German silver plate with screwed gold chatons and hand-engraved balance cock.
 
2.      Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon
 


 
 
This is probably the watch that is the most dedicated to moon phase display. The 42mm watch has a moon phase display that makes sure you enjoy look at. The moon itself has a diameter of 11mm.
 

 

 
 


 
This watch is offered in both rose gold and stainless steel with different dial options including cream and blue and black guilloche dial. The display case back enables you to admire an indicator of eight moon phase stages on the movement. The movement is well-decorated with Geneve stripes. The best thing is these do not come at a hefty price
 
3.      Piaget Emperador Moon Phase
 

 
 
 
 
This is a huge watch with a huge moon phase display. The moon disc is designed to give you the texture of the moon surface. At 46.5mm, this watch has a rose gold case and a blue dial. As a dressy watch, this is meant to impress by its size.
 




Another version of this watch features an enamel map of the world on the dial. It may not have the most accurate moon phase display, but it surely shows some class.

As far as my personal favourite is the Blancpain moon phase, the Moon illustrates dirty eyes that seems look down all kind of people who does not like Blancpain, a beautiful example.

And My Roger Dubuis moon phase plate is entire piece of Lapis Lazuli , see how serious they treat this small piece of watch component!

That is what people say, the early watch model is usually heavily made regardless of cost.

That is one of the reason people collect Vintage Watches!

HK Snob

Watch sale




Swiss Made Mickey Mouse and Disco Mickey on Sale
 

 Cartier Pasha with FP movement  HK$18,000 Cash



Zenith El Primero Chrono Full Set BNIB HK$29,600 Only

 Sub TT Patina purple Dial on sale
 

Rolex DJ 16018 new Black dial 18 KT Solid gold with Paper and solid Gold Rolex Buckle
HK$42,600
 
Not for Sale

 

HK Snob