Sunday, June 30, 2013

Updated Major Rolex Watch List Price and Discount at Rolex Authorized Dealer (AD) Hong Kong June 2013



Please Refer to the latest update on Rolex Prices 28 Sep 2014, Click below Link.






All Major Rolex Watch Model List Price, and Discount at Rolex Authorized Dealer (AD) Hong Kong 2013

Rolex has adjusted the price 4 times in 2011, and 5 times for Tudor. It has been no price adjustment for Rolex and Tudor since Nov 2011!

Still there is no news on new price adjustment in 2013 as of this moment!

Rolex currently produces around a dozen different Oyster Perpetual models. Rolex also has their dress line, Orchid 50-60 and later Cellini. They are not the major model people is looking for.

For ladies they make the 23mm Oyster-Perpetual, 26mm Date & Datejust, and 29mm Yacht-Master. In mid-size, you can get the 31mm Datejust or 35mm Yacht-Master (the only sport model offered in a case smaller than 40mm).

Lastly there are the gents: 34mm Date & Air-King; 36mm Datejust, Explorer & President; and the 40mm Daytona, Explorer II, GMT-Master-II, DeepSea replaced the phased out SeaDweller, Submariner, and latest 44mm Stainless Steel Yacht-Master II with a sky high price of $145,300 less 5% discount. The new one like Explorer II, Sky-Dweller is made of a larger size of 42mm. The newer enlarged Date Just II and Day Date II is not seen to be accepted by most of the customers, still the 36mm Size is the main stream.

Some models like the gents Datejust currently have about 10 model numbers in production... The numbers help differentiate the different metals and bezels used. Dial colors are not included, so that leaves one with dozens of new Datejust choices... The DeepSea in comparison is offered only in steel, only with a black dial, and only as Ref. 116600.


Air-King
The Air-King could be considered the "entry level" model from Rolex. It is 34mm in diameter and comes with an Oyster bracelet by default. The Air-King does not have a Date. In the 1970s, the Air-King was offered with a date and in gold & steel combinations which was rare! Those two variations likely ceased production since they are redundant next to the Date and Oyster Perpetual models.

Current models retail for Air King Ref 114200 $46,600 with the smooth bezel fitted,

Air King with the engine turned white gold fluted bezel Ref 114234 $60,500.


Oyster Perpetual

Date: The Rolex Date is 34mm like the Air-King, but it obviously includes a date function. Its production began in the late 1950s, around the time the steel Datejust was introduced. Retails range from HKD$45,000 with a smooth bezel and Oyster bracelet to HKD$60,500 with an 18K white gold fluted bezel and diamond markers. The date model was once offered in 3 flavors: steel, 18k yellow & steel, and all 18k yellow gold. It is now only available in steel.

Ref 115200 stainless steel, 34mm Smooth stainless steel Bezel date Oyster Strap $47,500

Ref 115234 stainless steel, 34mm, White Gold Fluted Bezel Date Oyster Strap No Diamond $55,500

Ref 115234 Stainless steel, 34mm White Gold Fluted Bezel Date Oyster Strap Diamond dial $62,100

Datejust

The Datejust is the best selling Rolex model in the market, 60% of Rolex model is Datejust and has been for decades. It was first introduced in 1945. The gents model is 36mm in diameter and typically came on a Jubilee bracelet. Rolex seems to have changed their tradition on this and is sending more Datejust models out the door with the Oyster band. Models with smooth bezels are available, but less common. Most have the fluted bezel, which is 18k white gold on the steel model. Most of the Chinese big spenders buy Two Tone Rolex Date Just 36mm with
Diamond Dial as the most frequent buy.


The Datejust was only available in gold until 1957 (conveniently a year after the release of the Day-Date which still has never seen a steel model). The steel Datejust was introduced and became an instant success. Rolex soon saw the steel variations selling much quicker than their gold models. Rolex countered this in 1962 when they introduced the gold and steel version…
Ref 116200 Date Just stainless steel watch, 36mm, Smooth Stainless steel smooth Bezel with Oyster Strap $49,000

Ref 116234 Date Just stainless steel watch, 36mm, White Gold Fluted Bezel with Oyster Strap $58,800

Ref 116234 Date Just stainless steel watch, 36mm, White Gold Fluted Bezel Smooth with Diamond Dial with Jubilee Strap $72,700


Ladies Date/Datejust
These two models use the same 26mm case mold and offer the exact same functionality. Rolex discontinued the ladies Date, there was so much overlap in the models that it seemed long overdue.

Ref 176200 Oyster perpetual Lady 26mm stainless steel, No Date, Smooth Stainless steel bezel with Oyster Strap $49,000

Ref 179160 Oyster perpetual Lady Date Just, 26mm stainless steel, with Date, smooth bezel with Oyster Strap $45,800

Ref 179160 Oyster perpetual Lady Date Just, 26mm stainless steel, with Date, smooth bezel with Jubilee Strap $46,600

Ref 179174 Oyster perpetual Lady Date Just, 26mm stainless steel, with Date, MOP, White gold Fluted Bezel with Oyster Strap $63,700

Ref 179174 Oyster perpetual Lady Date Just, 26mm stainless steel, with Date, White gold Fluted Bezel, Diamond Dial with Jubilee Strap $67,800

Ref 179174 Oyster perpetual Lady Date Just, 26mm stainless steel, with Date, diamond MOP dial, White gold Fluted Bezel with Jubilee Strap $84,100

Ref 179173 Oyster perpetual Lady Date Just, 26mm Two Tone, with Date, Yellow gold Fluted Bezel with Jubilee Strap $63,700

Ref 178271 Oyster Perpetual Lady Date Just, 31mm Mid Size Two Tone Rose Gold, With Rose gold Fluted Bezel, MOP with Diamond with Jubilee Strap $107,800


Milgauss

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss was introduced in 1956 with model number 6451. The Milgauss was designed as an antimagnetic watch specifically for those who worked in power plants, medical facilities and research labs where electromagnetic fields can cause havoc with the timing of a watch. The current model Milgauss is equipped with amagnetic alloy (Parachrom-Blu) hairspring and movement encased by a Faraday cage. The name Milgauss is derived from the Latin mille, which means one-thousand, and gauss, the unit of a magnetic field. l is so named because it can withstand a magnetic flux density of 1,000 gauss.

In 2007, Rolex brought the Milgauss back after nearly two decades as the model number Ref 116400. There are currently three versions: white dial or black dial with a standard colorless sapphire crystal, and the GV (Glace Verte) or "Anniversary" model, with black dial of a slightly different design and a green-tinted sapphire crystal. The GV is the only Rolex produced with a tinted crystal. Although initially rumored to be a limited edition, the GV version is still produced nearly 3 years later after 2010.

Due to its internal Faraday cage, the Milgauss is thicker than the Submariner, but the same width and weighs 157 grams. The Milgauss is only available in 904L polished stainless steel, an alloy that is extremely resistant to scratches and corrosion. Aside from its resistance to magnetic fields, the Milgauss' most unusual feature is its orange lightning-bolt second hand, a unique feature in the Rolex lineup that was originally introduced with the 6541 Milgauss model.

Ref 116400 Milgauss White Dial or Black dial $55,500

Ref 116400 GV Milgauss Green Glass $59,600

Explorer I

It was introduced in 1954, and has had one look through-out its life; a black dial with Arabic numbers at 3', 6' and 9', no date, smooth bezel, Oyster bracelet, and a stainless steel 36mm case. Except for the updates that all Rolex watches have received, it remained essentially the same watch.  Explorer I Ref 214270 39mm stainless steel with Oyster Strap $48,200


Explorer II

This model was introduced in the early 70's and was never widely distributed or popular until 1991. The original model was produced until the current model was released in 1985. The Explorer II uses the same movement as the GMT-II models and makes use of a secondary 24-hour hand that rotates once every day. The engraved steel bezel is stationary and was originally designed for speleologists (cave explorers) who can have a hard time determining if it is am or pm.

Today’s new Explorer II Ref 216570 was launched in Nov 2011, new caliber of high accuracy, 42mm stainless steel, it come with Black with Orange Floating Pointing $60,500, White Dial same price.


Submariner

The Submariner was introduced by Rolex in 1954. The watch comes only on an Oyster bracelet and has a 40mm case. The steel model is only available with a black dial, and is one of the most recognizable Rolexes. Anniversary editions with green bezels can occasionally be found.

The Submariner has the common single direction rotating diving bezel with minute markers for the first 15 minutes. The original models until 1958 are often considered "James Bond" models and have some easily recognizable difference. Primarily, they had a smaller crown, no crown guard, and the bezel only had minute markers every 5 minutes. In the late 70s the model 16800 was introduced. It sported the new sapphire crystal and quick-set function. In 1989, the 16610 was introduced with an improved movement and a more secure bezel, that is the most advanced and yet beautiful Submariner so far claimed by most of Submariner Collectors.

In 2010, the 116610 was introduced with a ceramic (Cerachrom) bezel and improved “Glidelock” buckle.

Ref 114060 Submariner Black dial,no Date 40mm, stainless steel watch with matching Oyster Strap $58,000

Ref 116610LN Submariner black Dial, 40mm, stainless steel watch with matching Oyster Strap $62,100

Ref 16610LV Submariner Green bezel Black Dial, 50th Anniversary model, discontinued in 2010.

Ref 116610LV Submariner green dial and green Bezel, 40mm, stainless steel watch with matching Oyster Strap $66,100 (Due to its limited supply, there is no discount for this model)

Ref 116613LN Submariner Two Tone with Yellow gold and Stainless steel, 40mm Black Dial, $94,700

Ref 116619LB Submariner Solid White gold, 40 mm with Blue Dial and Blue Bezel with matching gold strap $263,600


DeepSea

Sea Dweller: The Sea Dweller was introduced in 1971 and discontinued in 2008. It is virtually the same watch as the Submariner. The only real differences are the thicker and heavier steel case, thicker crystal with no cyclops eye, and the helium escape valve useful only to deep divers. The original model was rated for 2000 feet and called the "Rolex Submariner 2000 Sea Dweller". It lost the "Submariner 2000" part of the title in 1973. The previous issue, model 16600, is rated to 4000 feet and is sold only in steel. The Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA, model 116660, has replaced the Sea-Dweller model 16600 and retails for HKD$82,500. The DEEPSEA model offers a greater depth rating (to 12,800 feet) along with a thicker, larger case and an improved "Glidelock" buckle


GMT-Master II
The 1950s were an exciting decade for Rolex and included the introduction of the classic GMT- Master. It was one of the first watches to utilize a second hour hand to indicate a second time zone. With the simple rotating 24 hour bezel, one could fairly easily tell the time in any time zone. The late 70s saw the introduction of the GMT-Master II which was basically the same, except now the user could easily adjust the 2nd hour hand with the crown in position 2. The steel models are only offered with black dials. The bezels are available in all black, red/ black, or red / blue. GMT's typically come with a Jubilee bracelet installed.

The original GMT-Master (16700) was phased out in the late 90s. The latest serial number Bernard's had for the 16700 was a U#, putting its birthday around 1997. With the flood of new models with a second time zone function from other manufactures, retiring it was a smart move, as most consumers will want to adjust the 2nd hour hand.


The GMT-Master II (16710) was discontinued in 2008 and replaced with the GMT-Master II (116710) The primary difference besides the 3186 caliber movement with Parachrom Bleu hairspring is the ceramic (Cerachrom) bezel. Some late production 16710s have been discovered with the 3186 movement.

The GMT-Master II with green hand Ref 116710LN retails for $61,200 in steel. This model was launched in Nov 2011.

Ref 116713LN GMT-master II Two tone, stainless steel and Yellow gold, $91,500

Ref 116718LN GMT-master II Solid Yellow gold with Black Bezel and Green Dial $228,500

Latest released GMT-master II Black and Blue Ceramic Bezel Ref 116710 BLNR launched into HK Market in June 2013 at $65,300 with no discount.

Yacht-Master II

In 2007, Rolex‘s launched the revolutionary regatta chronograph. It is now available in 904L steel for the first time, fitted with a Cerachrom bezel insert in blue ceramic. On the inside of the huge 44mm Oyster case, the Yacht-Master II features an exclusive function developed by Rolex – a countdown mechanism which can be programmed from 1 to 10 minutes and incorporates a mechanical memory, allowing it to be reset to the same countdown duration. Once launched, it can also be synchronized on the fly, enabling it to be adjusted to match the official regatta countdown. The Yacht-Master II is equipped with calibre 4161, a self-winding mechanical regatta chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex.

Ref 116680 stainless Steel 44mm, with a solid platinum bezel and was just released in June 2013. $145,300 max less 5% discount only due to its scarcity on new release.


Daytona Cosmograph
The story of the Rolex Cosmograph could be called the most chaotic of all the Rolex Oyster models. Rolex is keen on creating a winning product. The watch never really got off the ground until 1986 when the market for them exploded and the watches would often sell for double the retail price in Italy. The "Paul Newman" models manufactured around 1967 were and still are the most desirable of the Daytona models fetching prices over HKD$400,000. It retailed for around HKD$25,500 back then. In 1989, Rolex replaced the Valjoux workhorse movement with the Zenith El Premiro movement. During the 1990s, the Daytona was the only Rolex model not using a Rolex movement. In 2000 came the newly developed Rolex caliber 4130 with a 72 hour power reserve.

The stainless steel Daytona Ref116520 retails now at $87,500 for White Dial and $97,000 for Black Dial

Steel and Gold models retail for $113,000 and all 18K yellow gold for $265,000. Steel Daytona's have consistently sold for more than retail since the 1980s. The two-tone and gold models do not sell for over retail, unlike their steel counterparts.

Ref 116505 Daytona 40mm, Rose Gold $269,300

Ref 116515 Daytona 40mm in Solid Rose gold and Ivory Dial, $214,600

Ref 116520 Daytona Stainless Steel 40mm Black Dial $97,000 no discount

Ref 116520 Daytona Stainless Steel 40mm White Dial $87,500 net no discount

Ref 116523 Daytona Two Tone, 40mm $138,000


Ref 116528 Daytona 40mm, solid yellow gold $248,100


Day Date
Day Date (DD) The FlagShip of Rolex, I have been talking a lot about this model and I think many more people started crushed on this model, and a lot of HK Rolex collectors are looking for Colourful Vintage Day Date, especially Model Ref 1803 and Ref 18028, which has been introduced to the world as a Classic. As of this moment in time, their price is still low. However as for new watch, so far, there is never a single request on purchase nor price of Day Date, as Firstly I think they are not cheap, and second, those who can buy would not care too much if that is less 5%, less 10% or less 14%.

What are the hot models?
No. 1 Daytona Stainless steel Black Ref 116520, Price is $97,000 net no discount limited to 1-2 Pieces at each Rolex AD a month.

No.2 Submariner Green bezel and green Dial, Ref 116610LV $66,100 net no Discount, 2-3 Pieces a month available at Rolex AD.

No. 3 Submariner Black Dial Ref 116610LN $62,100, about 4 -5 Pieces a month for Rolex AD.

No. 4 DeepSea Ref 116660 $82,500 about 3 pieces a month, due to the high price and giant size, not too many people has the wrist to carry the watch, the demand is much lower than Submariner Ref 116610LN.

So we can buy this watch easily at Rolex AD.

Selection

It is hard to tell which model suits you, some young woman wear a giant DeepSea, some men of 6 foot wear an Air King, I think if you feel that is good and meet your budget will be best choice for you!

Price and Discount

Note: Price listed here is rough estimation only, normally walk-in can get 5% discount from Rolex AD in HK on these prices. Some VIP get 8% discount for Submariner, Explorer and GMT-Master, 10% to 14% on other Date just or Solid Gold Watches. We sometimes understands as they buys a lot of watches a year. However, Rolex is mandatory not allowing any Rolex AD to give more than 5% as to control the Brand value of Rolex like other luxury brands Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Cartier and Chanel.

Sham Shui Po Snob

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rolex SeaDweller Ref 1665 Double Red


A rare Collector's item on SeaSweller Ref 1665 Double Red, an even darl Chocolate Black Dial,
A right size for diver or swimmers, a Watch for a active man, a watch for Rolex Collector.
Thanks for Chiu to share this watch to me.
HK Snob

Rolex GMT Master II New Ref 116710 BLNR in on Sale now

The New watch has arrived HK, Ref 116710 BLNR, Blue black Bezel and Blue Pointer.
New Calibre, new facelifted Watch, a new Gimmick for Rolex new users, Collectors.
Price is Listed at HKD$65,300, no discount.
There are only 3 pieces in each Rolex AD a month.
HK Snob

Sunday, June 23, 2013

"There is no perfect product!" Do you think this statement is right or not!?

What if someone talks to ourselves or customer, “There is no perfect Product!” What does it Implies?


When there is complaint from one client on the product that was found to have software bug and even hardware bug, sometime we can see a defending saying to the client “No Machine is perfect!”, even quoted MS sometime hang up, there is no perfect Machine in the world… yes, there is no perfect, as there is hundred millions operation routines to be executive in Micro Soft CPU inside my Lenovo, can you expect there is bug free? Why we can easily saying there is no perfect machine, or perfect product in the world?

The term “No Perfect Machine” is an excuse. He feels we are defending!

What if a product that can survive in the market over 30 years, does it mean that the product is perfect or close to perfect if that can last more than 30 years!?


                                                   I have Patrician Agate, but not Turquoise
                                        
1929 Waterman Patrician Fountain Pen
Although it was not as successful fountain pen sales expected by Waterman. Probably due to the design somewhat “novel” and far from the aerodynamic shapes of the fountain of the thirties, it is true that helped the company to maintain its prestige during the difficult years of the 1929 depression. Till now it is name is the dream pen, especially the Turquoise.
This is ranked one of the best dream fountain pens ever by pen lovers!


                               Marantz 8B I boought it with HKD$32,000 two year ago
                               I upgraded with Quad Gold Lion KT77 tubes with HKD$8,000 for  
                               much better dynamics.

Marantz 9B and 8B Power Amplifier
Introduced in 1962 till 1966, US retail price was $249.00
70 W total output tube amplifier. Now Depending on condition, an excellent condition one could ask for US$4,800.


                                   My Koetsu Rosewood Signature II was given to Friend of Mine Alfred in
                                   UK. He asked someone to re-tip and he is enjoying it now.

Koetsu Rosewood cartridge
Every audiophile music lover knows of the legendary sound of Koetsu phono cartridges from decades past. Those old enough to have experienced Sugano's Koetsus retain the memory of a musical experience unequaled. Few were privileged to own and enjoy a Koetsu. Many of the converted searched out second and third Koetsus, assuring a long, cherished relationship. Now it is selling $4,500


                               LP-12 I bought in 1997 with HKD$16,000, upgraded with Electronics Servo
                               Control in 2008, upgraded with pre-owned Ittok Mark II arm with
                               HKD$9,000. 
                               Now I used Ortofon Jubilee cartridge I bought with HKD$95,00 in Taiwan
                               in 1999. Total investment is about HKD$34,500.
                               New one is selling more than HKD$100,000.


Linn Sondek LP-12 SE
It’s no idle exaggeration to say that the Sondek LP12 has been a touchstone for record playback during the three decades-plus of its continuous production since 1972.

Despite the low demand for record players compared to the heyday of the 1980s, the LP12 has stubbornly stayed in the catalogue. It’s a reminder of the company’s heritage but also surely a testament to the turntable’s abiding popularity, since Linn wouldn’t trouble itself to make something no-one would buy.

Externally almost identical since 1973, many small changes have been made inside over the years in order to improve its sound, principally by tightening tolerances on metal components and substituting superior suspension pieces. Aside from the deck itself, Linn has also made steady developments in its tonearms, cartridges and power supplies to keep the design fresh.

Notable changes to the core motor unit include the Nirvana upgrade in 1981, using new springs, grommets and fasteners; and the late 1980s change in main bearing, made available to older decks as the Cirkus upgrade. However, since the Lingo power supply upgrade in 1991, the Sondek motor unit has effectively been in stasis, remaining essentially the same for over 15 years.

The latest Linn-sanctioned refits of Keel, Trampolin and Ekos SE build on the classic Sondek sound, bringing out more detail, focusing stereo images, tidying the top and tautening the bottom, while preserving most of the essence of the Sondek charm. Solid precision engineering brings tangible benefits, albeit at a considerable price.
Linn Sondek LP12 SE (£9550)


                               Royal Oak 1972  Jumbo 39mm  Solid Yellow Gold, now Retro in Pink Gold
                               is selling HKD$470,000 now in HK.

Royal Oak
Audemars Piguet 1972 Royal Oak, a new timeless design watch and was and is classified the perfect design in watch, it has not been changed over the 41 years in the basic design and will likely the most pretty watch for another 50 years



                               Rolex Day Date Ref 1803 in Reddish Brown Diamond Dial
                               Estimated price is about HKD$95,000 or more depending on Condition of
                               watch
Rolex Day Date Ref 1803
A large production was made with fantastic colourful dial, a Rolex Flag Ship watch of the Golden era of mechanical watch making 1960-1970. A watch that would never fail you in terms of durability, accuracy and dependability.


                                                   Coca Cola 1886  in Original Bottle
Coca Cola
Back in the 80s Coca-Cola changed the taste of their product in an attempt to improve their brand. They called the new product "Coke". It wasn't an improvement, it was just different and failed miserably. Coca-Cola lost scores of loyal consumers who said there was nothing wrong with the original Coca-Cola. So I can say Coca Cola is the perfect product since it was introduced in 1886.
Based on Interbrand's best global brand 2011, Coca-Cola was the world's most valuable brand.



                               Friend of mine's Porsche, He is in SFC, now he has three boxer of different
                               colour
Porsche
In 1938 the Volkswagenworks awarded the Porsche engineering office the contract to develop a racing car based on the Volkswagen Type 60, which was to take its place on the grid for a planned long distance race from Berlin to Rome as a promotional stunt for the “KdF car” (“Strength through Joy” car). By the spring of 1939, the Porsche engineers had developed three sports car coupés under the in-house designation Type 64, for the “Non-stop speed endurance test” scheduled for September. Since then the basic design of Porsche was established: Rear Engine, Rear Drive, air cool engine, the low air friction aerodynamic car body. Over 70 years we have not seen much of the changes except the recent Porsche engine changed from air cooling to water cooling.

So Can I say these are perfect product!?
As majority of people tends to buy NEWER product, concept of newer is better is still the mainstream thinking of the major buyers.
There are so many reason that they have to launch a new product to meet the demanding customers. Even some of the perfect products have to be phased out because that have been

replaced by better products of the next generations? Or a marketing demand to package Old Wine in new bottle to make an impact on the market!?

Sham Shui Po Snob

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Rolex Day Date Ref 18038


These two are Rolex Day Date with Vignetted brown dial and Purple Dial with diamond


Is this a kind of Glamouring Rolex for you and me, women and men of almost all age!

Thanks for a Rolex Collector "Chiu" to Share his watches to me.

Sham Shui Po Snob

Rolex DD Ref 1803 as a target Investment Item

Day Date


Patented July 23. 1955 - official Released in 1956. The 6511 the "Day Date" had a window at “12” spelling out the day at 12 and the date was shown at “3”. Due to the complexity of the watch, extra power to advance two discs at midnight. With new automatic movement, additional day and date discs and a screw down back it was a very large and thick watch which gave it presence on the wrist. Introduced as a niche model it soon gained the popularity it deserves and after the introduction of the concealed clasp (concealed clasp was offer as $75 option in 1969) it was known as the "President".

The Day Date immediately became Rolex's flagship till now. The first model (6511) lasted just over a year before it was replaced by the externally identical 6611. This model featured the new caliber 1055 movement with its free sprung Micro-Stella balance and was the first to be labeled "Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified" on the dial. This new accuracy standard guaranteed the watch to remain within + 3.0 seconds per day. In 1959 caliber 1055 was replaced with caliber 1555 in model 1803 (18,000bph) and later in year 1965 - model 1803 received caliber 1556 (19,800bph).

In 1977 caliber 3055 (quick-set) was introduced in model 18038 and in 1988 caliber 3155 (double quick-set) was introduced in model 18238.

Caliber 3155 is the caliber still used today in all Day-Date models.

The Day Date earned the nickname the "President" when Rolex reportedly gave one to the then President of the United States Dwight Eisenhower. Some sources say that President Eisenhower was actually given a Date Just (not Day-Date) with the presidential style bracelet. But it is a fact that several other US presidents are known to wear Day-Date (Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Reagan).

These early models did not have the hack feature and appeared rather bulky. In their never ending quest to modernize the basic configuration of the Day Date, Rolex designers have changed from the bulbous bubble-back look of the early models to the slender shape employed today.

With only a few mild case design changes over the years the first modification to the Day Date was the addition of the hack feature in about 1972. This allowed the second hand to be stopped dead if you wanted to set the time via a preset accurate source. At this time the shape of the head was essentially the same as it is today. The Day Date was available in white gold, yellow gold, pink gold and platinum although in early 70's the pink gold watch was phased out.

The "Quick set" feature (caliber 3055) solved one of the watches biggest problems. Introduced in the late 1970's Quick set was added to all Rolex models by 1983. Instead of turning the crown round and round to change the date the wearer could just pull the button out half way and a few turns at most and the correct date was displayed.

The introduction of the quick set feature also coincided with other developments for the Day Date. The inclusion of the sapphire crystal not only gave the watch a sleeker look but also added to the durability of the watch. The early Day Date models were waterproof to 165 feet (50 meters) while the current model is safe at depths of up to 100 meters.

Introduced in 1988/89 was the "Double Quick Set" watch with caliber 3155. This was model 18238 and it made the setting of the Day and Date even easier as they could both be done on the button.

From the end of 2000 the Day Date has been available in pink gold again. The watch has also been introduced with slightly redesigned case with polished lugs, smooth bezel is now domed, a domed sapphire crystal, solid center links on now heavier bracelet and can also come on an oyster bracelet to bring it in line with many of their other models.

The Baselworld has preview on new Day Date of 6 colour dial, comes with Leather strap or oyster strap, give a new younger look for the new young big spenders of the 30’s.

The Day Date across the world has become synonymous with class and style. This watch remains one of the most prestigious additions a man can have to his wardrobe.

Amongst all fabulous Day Date made over the years, Ref 1803 is still one of the collector’s choice as there are numerous colour made with precious stone or material as dial. There is new group of collector now focusing on collecting Ref 1803 from now and then. The current price of Rolex Ref 1803 is still considered Cheap! When the new younger buyer come into search onto this Rolex Category as collectors choice, Price of Ref 1803 will rise sharply, Please do not underestimate the new China Demand for quality vintage Rolex.

HK Snob

More About In house Movement

Aftermath on the last article on In house movement
When the quartz watch hit the market by end of the 60s, most watch companies embraced it with a vengeance. It was cheap, light, durable, super accurate. The advantages over all other mechanical types were beyond question. It seemed too good to be true and it was.

The shortcomings of the quartz watch didn't manifest themselves for two decades and by that time most watch companies and the ebauche industry had been dramatically downsized.

Audemars Piguet was beaten to moribund until savior Gerald Genta created the Legendary Royal Oak Jumbo to save the company from being Bankruptcy.

Omega stopped making their in house movements because it seemed that they wouldn't compete against the new Electronics Quartz technology. Movado did the same. Many Ebauche companies were devastated. AS and ETA were already the big players so they stayed in business.

The rejection of quartz by consumers of high end watches was settled fairly quickly as HK$10,000 premium watches began dying. Old established companies like Patek Philippe, Rolex and JLC wisely kept their mechanicals coming and benefitted greatly. Omega at one point discovered a supply of old manual wind movements put aside years before because they wouldn't sell as manual winds.

They did casing them into retro solid gold cases and got over HK$10,000 each for the lot. At this point in the game Omega and virtually all the other brands use the ETA 2824, 2892, and 7750 or a derivative thereof. Rolex still makes the Rolex, Patek Philippe still makes PP and JLC dabbles in new technology of their own design but stays with their automatics.

Why do we prefer the old in house movements? They were beautiful and unique. Omega won many timekeeping awards with their in house products. I am still thinking that the best Omega is still the Constellation in the 50s and 60s.

They are the best even built in house Omega Movement that once captured numerous people hearts, and Omega was more expensive than Rolex at that time… but sooner they lost to Rolex in the 90s’ due to lack of versatility and newer model to defect Rolex.

However in fact some of the Patek Philippe and Vacheron movements are based on "Lemania", and many of the Blancpain movements based on "Piquet"... Rolex used El Primero on their Daytona.

Most of the big brands use "in-house" movements but many of them use also movements from other manufacturers. IWC and Panerai have some nice in-house calibers but working also with ETA movements.

So If I categorize this way since the beginning of the Watch making , no other non-in-house watch movement have been used, Who else can claim they use 100% in house Movement!?


I think only Roger Dubuis, A Lang & Sohne, JLC , Seiko and someone mentioned Vulcain?

The Last one yet to be verified!?


Someone mentioned Seiko had been working Casio to build movement, So Can I remove Seiko form the list!?

Confirmed 100% In house Movement- JLC, Roger Dubuis, A Lang & Sohne.

To be further verified; Vulcain, Seiko?

Sham Shui Po Snob

Friday, June 21, 2013

Brand new Rolex Submariner Ref 116610LV Two Pieces reserved for You

I have reserved two pieces of Submariner Green Bezel Green Dial from HK Rolex AD ready now till next Tuesday 25 June. Whilse Stock last...
Price HKD$66,100 no dicsount.
Note that this special watch is allowed to have only 1-2 pieces is allocated to shop of Rolex A month.

HK Snob

PS Sold Out 23 June 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Five Watch Brands is still making his own in house Watch Movement

There are 5 watch-making brands who are producing 100% in-house movements are Patek Philippe, Jaeger LeCoulre, Rolex, A. Lange & Sohne and Roger Dubuis.

Amongst these, Roger Dubuis has increased the number of watch production to nearly 5,000 pieces per year; whereas Patek Philippe is producing 42,000 pieces per year and 25,000 pieces for Vacheron Constantin. Rolex is largest about 480,000 pieces a year.

Ferrari produces about 6,000 cars a year, so in terms of Volume, Roger Dubuis is even more exclusive than them! Therefore, Roger Dubuis timepieces remain very exclusive when compare to other watch brands like Patek Philippe and VC. But Roger Dubuis is yet attaining the big brand name as PP as they established in 1995 where Patek Philippe was established in 1839. Recently we have a lot of Hollywood stars are wearing Roger Dubuis especially in the past 5 years.

Rolex on the other hand is no quetsion that they have a much bigger production volume as they are having the most sophisticated manufcaturing facilities amongst those 4 other Manufcaturers in Switzerland. Much of their parts are turned out from automatic micro-machine
and mini robots.

If you want to purchase a watch, you should consider that these are the key factors that the brand name would not be eroded by OEM their movement to some other body. As for Collector’s choice, everything should be the maker’s orginal deisgn and manufacture.

In view of the auction, we seldom can see OEM movement watch in the bid, except the Panerai 1997 PAM00021 using vintage Rolex Movement which had limited 60 pieces. it went up to a Auction price of HKD$1,124,000 in Christies. Probably because of the Rolex Movement!

Sham Shui Po Snob

Ps , The data ws obtained from the general manager of Roger Dubuis Hong Kong, correct me if the data is not right!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Seiko Astron, First GPS watch powered by Solar

Seiko Astron builds its own Caliber 7X52 movement and encased in titanium. The Astron’s ability to adjust time accurately and automatically to whatever timezone its in. While such watch already exist on the market, the Astron will be the first to utilize orbiting GPS satellites instead of radio transmission towers.


There are several immediate advantages, including limitless range and the inclusion of all 39 timezones around the globe. To activate the automatic calibration, simple push a button and the high-tech system will do the rest. In fact, with its perpetual calendar accurate to the year 2100 and a solar power unit that functions in any forms of light source, the SEIKO Astron GPS Solar watch is taking a first step in a brand horology category. Prices of this one is Hong Kong is about HKD$20,000.

It is a real versatile Watch, Timeless, battery less, Auto calibrate when you travel from one time zone into others. It is Big and clear that you won’t miss anything on the dial, it is light to wear, water proof and durable. Spending HKD$20,000 for a watch and technology is really your decision!
This one shown is Limited Edition of 500 pcs.

Sham Shui Po Snob

Your Watch and the Shoes

Life can be so funny and can be so harsh, all depends on how you look at it.

Watch and Shoes is two major items that you can tell how the life style of the guys is.

The Japanese men treat their shoe "KAO" Face of the man. see how important the shoes are to the men.

A man with a decent watch does not mean he is rich.

I my opinion, a man with a pair of expensive shoes 90% he is rich...as

Why as since the first day you wear the shoes, it starts wearing off. But for watch, it may retain certain amount of value even you use it. And some of the watches of celebrity can be so much expensive in Auction. Like JFK and Elvis Presley's Rolex!

Well, there is a lot of way we would think about our past which is the most important Properties of life. No matter Happy or sour, still that is our History!

When I look at my Watch, sometimes I think of my Father who is the man who created me and my life and my fate to know you!

So the watch is the Crystal Ball to look into the history and I think I will not able to bring you into future. But You can,... Wearing a good decent watch may change your character over the time as it will keep reminding your life in past, present and Future...

Have Fun with you watch...dont abuse your shoes and your watch!

Sham Shui Po Snob

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Money or Rolex, Rolex or Money? Collector's Dilemma!!


             Rolex OysterQuartz DD Ref 19018 with Birch Dial

                                Western Electric WE300B Vacuum Tubes 1995

                                   RCA Victor 1959 The Royal ballet LP Mono Two LP Album

                                               Telefunken 1958-1965 ECC803 Vacuum Tubes

Teresa Tang LP all Printed in Japan 1973-1979

                                 Rolex DD Ref 18049 White Gold with Dimond bezel

When you have no money, try to find it, when you have found some money, you should look for something you like!

Buy a Rolex for you wife, your daughter, you brother, Father and mother, but most of all, buy the dream Rolex for yourself. That is the best reward to your hard working in the past, and most of all Rolex has a good power to work again inflation. It won’t earn money for you but I think Rolex is better than bank to keep money sometimes.

I should say this way, you won’t lose too much, at least you will earn the “Daily wearing of it” That is my attitude toward Rolex.

I bought Telefunken ECC803 Vacuum Tube at about $2,000 with Box 10 years ago, now the market price is $5,000 no box. NOS with box is $20,000 a piece. Once I had 26 pieces of such great tubes and I was so nervous that price would fall and I sold some of them to Audio Space some 6 years ago at cost. Now I feel regret as there is no way to buy at $5,000 a piece. So sometimes stay Calm, the Physics is right, the old good stuff will becoming less and less, that is why Vintage Rolex price soring high.

I bought Western Electric WE300 vacuum Tubes at $6,300 a pair at Audiotronics 7 years ago, now they are selling $24,000 a pair. I bought two pairs, but will I sell it!?

I bought my Teresa Tang Japanese Release Vinyl about $500 to 800 12 years ago, now , it is about $1,500- $30,000 a piece!

I bought the Royal Ballet at $5,000 four years ago, now it worth more than $15,000!

I bought a few Rolex OysterQuartz each at $56,000 3 years ago, now it price is $65,000- $75,000 for good colour dial.

I bought a AP Royal Oak 1972 Jumbo at $120,000 4 years ago, I think now If I sell it I can get at least 80% more.

But the problem is, Will you sell it. That is a Collector’ dilemma, “Always it is very hard to find, and even harder to sell!”

Another funny things I saw is that when there are so many pretty ladies in front of the sailors at Mona Lisa Massage Parlour, they could not make a choice, but when the ship was moored at Siracha more than 1 month,,, I bet an old lady of 40 can be the queen for the night!

Same as Rolex, I had order three Ref 116610LV for friends, but when the watches arrived AD, They all disappeared and after the next day when those Gem are sold, someone came to me again asking for the Watch!

So Today, be calm, work hard for money, and when you have spotted good Rolex, go and buy!

Take your time to search and find it, I feel that the process of searching something is more enjoyable than the time you have bought it…

Sham Shui Po Snob

Audemars Piguet Quantieme Perpetuel





AP is another brand of watch that I like, this is a Pepertual Calendar watch made of solid 18 KT gold.
The No. 88 is perfect for Chinese, we call it "Double Rich"!

HK Snob

Father's Day special, Rolex ref 18238 and Patek Philippe 5170




There are many studies to tell the average life expectancy of father is shorter than mother.


As being a Father has to face thee pressure from the job, society, his never ending demanding bosses except I as I treat people with respect at least…, and had to work hard to maintain the income for the family…

Though we cannot underestimate the work of the mother, the 9 month pregnancy is a torture and I was told the consequency is that that mother would love her kid more!

Old Chinese Saying: The furious tiger won’t eat her kid… as she know they are her kids. Nothing would be changed since the day they were borne.

That is to be fair Father day should be treated with same importance as Mother day!


Wish all fathers could be happy and wish all kids understood how tough father has to support the family.

And I hope My children would buy me either one of these watches to me on this special Father's day.

WISH YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

HK Snob

The Rolex Watch Ref 19018




This is a close up of OysterQuartz Ref 19018 Yellow gold DD!
HK Snob

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Rolex Ref 1803 Fat Boy



This is one of the so called "Fat Boy", an early issue from Rolex under the model Ref 1803.
It looks bigger, and in fact, it is wider on teh case!

The black Roman Numerals on champange dial is a good match.

Worst thing is Paul always say: "Not for sale!" , likely because it is "Near Mint" condition.

It is a Classic Relex DD!

Sham Shui Po Snob

Watch Fever by HK Snob

Many People asks me who am I and I can tell you that I am a blogger. The reason I started blogging was one of my bosses criticized my poor commercial English and I decided to start blogging to pick up my writing. I always thank him as he is my trigger for my blogs!

I found that Still my English is Rubbish, but that is no a matter, as it keeps me writing. That is my Hobby now.. glad to hear that People sometime found my story was funny! I like that comment as Life is Boring, we should make more fun out of boreness everyday every time…

I started my first Watch as My father showed me his Grand Seiko, and he bought me a Citizen manual winding watch when I was first in Class in English in Form 1. I started buying my first Rolex Date Just stainless steel when I earned my own money back in 1980. Since then I found Rolex is the opium and I started smoking Rolex Opium every day, and I am having more cure for it.

I am A watch Maniac, Rolex Lover that would consider sell one of my Kidneys to buy Rolex Day Date if that is Lapis Azuli Blue with Bubble Diamond and Diamond bezel.

I am HK Snob that has no money but has all kind of expensive Hobbies and Collection such as Fountain Pen, Vinyl or LP, Wine (inside my Stomach), Vacuum Tubes, Tie Clip and Cuff link..etc.

I am An Analogue Audio Supporter, Listening to all kinds of Analogue music from 50’s 70s; The Entire Audio Chain as no Transistor or any IC as the perfectionist’s music source. A good TurnTable and Vacuum Tubes amplifier does the best job in conveying the original music format from the recording media LP into our ears!

I earn money by working as sales manager in a Semiconductor equipment supplier company, I fly to Manila every week and come back on Saturday. I take care Philippine market. If you are in Manila, Please call me for a coffee and a SPA!

Well, I am not a Watch Dealer, I am not a Watch shop owner, I appreciate good watches and I appreciate talking to friends on Watch and Watch stuff, Blogging is my new hobby.

I start to helping people to find the New Rolex from Rolex AD at reasonable price, I like to answer questions that people asks me about watch although I am not an expert but I like them asking me that I will find the answer by consulting expert and friend. Through the Questions, I know more about watches!

I wrote everything about my Blogs all by myself… and I can say if you have passion on something, you will make is successful! Though I can not say my blog is successful, i like Jakes Rolex as he got the stuff, very interesting stuff.

And I you can share your watch picture to me, I will be glad… send them to my yahoo mail account feverip266288@yahoo.com.hk

And most of all thanks a million for your support, my watch blog just hits a 626,389 page views minutes ago. It is nothing comparing to international watch blogs. But I am armature, part time blogger and I have limited sources of information, this will be nice rewards to me… 
Sometimes I call myself Sham Shui Po Snob because Sham Shui Po is a great place to go, and most of all, though average people is poor, but they are the honest and hardworking grass root HK People! And they are the real nice people! That is why I encourge myself to buy pre-owned watch at Lung Shing  as they are good stuff.... People there is honest!

PS
My Rolex Polo Shirt was a gift from Alfred, a Hi Fi DIY and Expert on Audio from UK.

The watch is a Tudor Red Chronometer 1990, I sold it to one of my good friend in Singapore as I had no money to pay the rent!

I like to stand near a Piano because I think I can pick up some musical
Inspiration by doing so... I cannot play piano.

I wish you all had a wonderful weekend!

Sham Shui Po Snob

PS
You can simple find me just typing “ Watch fever” in Google or Yahoo search engine, the first One is my Blog!