Normal Discount you can get officially using credit credit at Rolex AD.
This applies to regular model, hot model like DeepSea D-Blue, Submariner Green bezel green Dial and GMT Batman is not able to get such big discount.
This is rough estimation as we know someone could ask for more discount as they know the manager or they are VIP customers.
When We buy Rolex in AD (Authorized Dealer Shop), you can use Cash, VISA, Master Card, America Express and Union Pay. I Know That HK Rolex AD does not welcome Diners Club as their bank charge is too high.
Amongst those, Union Pay seems to have the smaller percentages of Bank Charge, 1% only whereas VISA and MC is 1.95% and Am Express 2.5% (correct me if I am wrong)!
In Normal practice you can get as many as 5% discount in HK, and many people ask what is the discount if we pay in Cash, actually, same for card and Cash, but up to now I really don't understand why.
I was told that if you work down for more discounts, they may charge your surcharge if you use the credit card, at that time an UnionPay could get more discount as the bank Service change is just 1% which is the lowest amongst all credit card.
So, next time, bring a Union Pay card to Rolex AD in Switzerland and or Japan.
(For the above discount, since many people may get different discount, I hope you can tell me exactly what discount you can get in your countries.
Gold has been described as the precious metals since the Egyptian Time.
As far back as 3,100 BC., We have evidence of a gold silver value ratio in the code of Menes, the founder of the first Egyptian Dynasty In the code it is stated that “one part of gold equal to two and one half parts of silver in value.” This is our earliest of a value relationship between gold and silver.
Take for an Instance on Rolex:
Ref 116234 stainless Steel Date Just 36mm with Fluted Bezel with Oyster bracelet MRSP HKD$58,000
Ref 118208 Day Date 36mm 18KT Yellow Gold with Smooth Bezel with President Bracelet MRSP HK$209,300
Ref 118206 Day Date 36mm in platinum, smooth Bezel with President bracelet MRSP HK$430,000
Now I should say under Rolex Marketing Strategy. …
One Platinum Day Date equals to 7X Stainless steel Day Just.
And One yellow Gold Date Day equal to 4X Stainless Steel Date just. (to be exact is 3.6X)
The Cost of the movement of Day Date is not much higher than that of a Date Just, rough estimation manufacturing cost of The Day Date Movement is 1.6 X of that of the Date Just which is in range of a few hundred dollars.
The message is if you want to enjoy Rolex, going for the basic Date Just!
And if you want to be a bit standout of the crowd, pay a respect of 7X for a Platinum, flagship Day Date!!
This is my pure personal opinion only, of course only if one could afford!
Sent by a Philippine Friend on this interesting Site about Submariner.
This is the referral material that you can refer before you search for you best beloved Common Submariner with your budget.
Special species are not to be discussed here, as those are very hard to find with sky high price, it is normal that higher end Submariner will be likely the target for those watch Specialists who are keen on re-creating the “Authentic Fake”! :(
As a Short Summary, the top 5 Model for Submariner :-
No. 1 Ref 16610
No. 2 Ref 16613
No. 3. Ref 5513
No. 4. Ref 114060
No. 5. Ref 1680
The Top 5 Vintage Rolex Submariner:-
No. 1 Ref 5513
No. 2Ref 1680
No.3 Ref 16800
No. 4 Ref 5512
No. 5 Ref 6538
What bother me is what the best model that you still can buy in the market. These are the common model that we still can get in the Market.
16610, 16613, 114060, 1680, 16680, 5513.
Rolex Submariner Ref 5513
What is my target!?
The 5513 was produced from 1962 through June or so of 1990, which must be one of the longest continually produced Submariner in Rolex history. The reference 5513 was introduced in 1962, and replaced the reference 5508.
The reference 5513 used calibers 1520 and 1530. The caliber 1530 was used in both the 5513 and 5512 calibers for a time. The 5512 carried the C.O.S.C. certification while the 5513 using the same caliber DID NOT have the chronometer certification.
Today, the 5513 is one of the most collectable Submariners, and while it is still accessibly priced, market prices have almost doubled from 2003 to 2009.
5513 year 1965-1967 US$13,000 to 19,000
16610LV Flat 4 Submariner
In 2003 or so, reference 16610LV was introduced, but has only cosmetic changes to the Submariner Date -- a green bezel and a "maxi dial" which has larger hour markers. Note that there was an earlier version was made with “Flat 4” bezel, that one should be one of the watch we should not ignore if you want to turn it into your investment item of Rolex as Still we can buy it with Full set in market with Reasonable amount.
16610LV year 2003 to 2005US$ 7,000 to 9,000
Where can we buy? Vintage Concept, Kuen Kee, Union Watch...etc
Recently I saw it again, an extraordinary movie…. A bridge Too far.
A film tells the story of the failure of Operation Market Garden during World War II, the Allied attempt to break through German lines and seize several bridges in the occupied Netherlands, including one at Arnhem, with the main objective of outflanking German defense in order to end the war by Christmas of 1944.
The ensemble cast includes Dirk Bogarde, Ryan O'Neal, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Edward Fox, Elliott Gould, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman, Hardy Krüger, Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Maximilian Schell and Liv Ullmann. The music was scored by John Addison, who had served in the British XXX Corps during Market Garden.
Would this kind of cast be happened again? I cannot say impossible, but rather difficult, such as “Expendables 3”? It would be better it carries a better story.
I remember Robert Redford was wearing a Hamilton Military watch.
Nowadays, things are getting more expensive than you could afford, luckily the Chinese Economy was slow down at GDP 7%, or we will be suffering more as HK is though part of China, but our sluggish Government troubled by those democratic Filibusters who are tearing down the major decision making of HK infrastructure…
Sometimes I wish we could have a HK version of Lee Kong Yiew…that may change a bit the economy of HK. I think economy is the locomotive for a democratic process development, say, if you go no rice to eat no home to stay, will you be meaningful to get your vote to choose your Executive officer?
Last two days , I dared to take out a bottle of Chateau Lafifte Magnum 1982, wow, the waiter grimed at me saying USD$18,000 , is that too expensive to spend for next 5 hours’ Mouth lips pleasure!? Of course that Restaurant had already topped up a hefty mark up!
Finally I chose a Bottle of 2011 Caymus, one of my favorite Napa Valley selection after Opus One!
With that kind of money, I would like to invest on a Watch… that would stay with me for the next decades.
Friend of mine asking me what do you choose, again, sorry that is another disappointing reply to him, I would choose a Rolex Day Date preferable in White gold. He is a Rolex Fan on sport models, Daytona, Submariner Comex…etc.
How about the new Rolex 2015 DD40, that could be one of the best watches money could buy!
Such as Ref 228239 with estimated MSRP HKD$282,700 (CHF 35,800).
Unless I get a very special Discount less 25% or I should say: “A Watch Too Far!”
Whilst everyone is marching into those renown name "E', "O", "D", "C" at Disctrict Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Causeway Bay, Central for these Rare species, how come we can miss those smaller shops at offshore like Tsuen Wan?
I was told by a close friend who spotted one GMT Master II Black Blue at Chow Seng Seng Tsuen Wan a few days ago!
Well, I am sure this particular watch was sold by now!
My point is, try some AD in other remote regions, Tai Hing, Chow Seng Seng in Tsuen Wan.
Try your sweet tougue and you shall get 5% Discount!
Again, I am not related to any of these Rolex Chain mentioned above....
Solely made for the One I love: She is in the picture.
Created under Note III today during the trip Clark to Manila
Thank God It’s Today
Most of us are members of the TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday), as we are all under stress in work. The only target of the week is waiting for Friday to come, where we can have jeans’ and polo shirt and start to wash your hand at 4 pm, going happy hours at WanChai.
There is a little smaller group who are member of the TGIM (Thank God It’s Monday), they are basically workaholic, and they cannot bare the lonely feeling on Saturday and Sunday. They have no friend and they are waiting for Monday could come.
Of course both member of TGIF and TGIM think that the other member are IDIOTS!
Now, I would like to invite you to join this Club TGIT (Thank God It's Today)
Member of this Club is always happy, as they know every day is different, and every day will be a new day. They are glad that they can live on healthily and happily.
Every day we have to face with new challenge but every time we are fully equipped with passion to take up the challenges!
Membership's Qualification to TGIT Club is simple:- one who wants to have high quality living, energetic , positive life style. The goal of the day is to make the day another better day.
I believe you have seen a lot of Oyster Quartz in this blog, it doe s not mean that is common and easy to get. Rolex had produced 1,000 Oyster Quartz Watch a year since the 25 years between 1977 and 2003. Rolex had produced not more than 25,000 pieces over the 25 years of production.
And I could estimate 50% of them were Date Just made with stainless steel, 30% of them are Date Just Two Tone, and Rest 20% in Yellow gold and White Gold. Yellow Gold may be 15% and White Gold 5%.
And I think Yellow Gold with Diamond bezel and Diamond Dial is less than 200 Pieces.
In Hong Kong, this is the second pieces I have seen, the other one was Day Date with Black dial showing at display window in Lung Shing Watch and jewelry asking HKD$89,000 with no box. And It was sold recently.
So this is One of them Ref 19048, it is in 18KT yellow old, set with Rolex Diamond bezel 44 pieces and Diamond dial. A Quartz Movement made by Rolex with superb reliability and accuracy, One battery cell can keep accurate time on the Day Date for min. 24 months, I have set a practice to change a new battery every two years, In fact you can walk into RSC to ask for battery Replacement free.
This watch comes with unpolished case, full bracelet length, and a very special oyster Quart Wooden Box.
The Selling is asking HKD$90,000 cash, if you are interested, please contact me.
Audemars Piguet A-Series Royal Oak, the Top Five Wine, plus Echezeaus, Petrvs, Angelus, Lascases and Lafleur.
My Thirteen Disciples
I used to enjoy wine and I have consumed probably 1,000 bottles since I was addicted in 2007. Well, It is a gathering and or celebration that allows me a Reasonable Reason to open some of the bottles.
From the buckets of corks I selected 12 bottles which I call “ Twelve Disciples”!
Namely these are wine we should not missed;- Petrus, Lafifite, Mouton, Haut Brion, Lascases, Margraux , Angelus, Laflueur.
Of course there are still many good wine such as the New World's, Australian, and those Nepa Valley's Chavis, Caymus…etc.
Why I call Thirteen Disciples as the Aedumars Piguet is the Thirteenth Disciple, the cost of is just equivalent of the twelve bottles, now it may worth USD $26,000.
The Royal Oak was Bottled in 1972 with a new Oak Barrel which was not a very good year for Bordeaux but it is an excellent Vintage for Audemars Piguet.
Well, time has changed, my income does not allow me to spend too much on these “Fermented Grape Juice”, but once in a while I try to open some of the good one with friends…only male, I hardly could find a finery lady who could appreciate wine with me.
Sad! as after wine, the closest next topics is pillow talk, then sex!
Wine is another excellent Investment items but all you have to store in some recognized cellars in London or France, as no one will trust your storage unless they are from Tong Ying Nin.
Now the twelve disciples have joined into my blood stream and only leaving the Thirteenth with me.
I hope one day it can create another Twelve Disciples with the sacrifice of the Thirteenth!
Remember this legendary commercial episode, the bottle facing you is an Angelus, may be 1989!
The lady was talking about James Bond's watch is it Omega or Rolex? Wonderful script!
How much Rolex has paid for this screen shot? I don't know, probably in the range of a 1-2 Millions or you can WhatsApp CFO of Rolex to confirm.
Definition of happiness and joy to me sometimes is similar, as one day I open my Webster Dictionary to find out more about it.
Happiness is an emotion in which one experiences feelings ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense pleasure.
Joy is a stronger, less common feeling than happiness. Witnessing or achieving selflessness to the point of personal sacrifice frequently triggers this emotion. Feeling spiritually connected to a god or to people.
So Happiness is to me pleasure and satisfaction to have material related?
Joy is something higher in terms of Spiritual level?
But I can assume that the materialistic pleasure when the Shop manager wiping your AMEX card with that magnificent sound “Shweeepppp…” nowadays, we cannot findanymore AMEX card printing machine,is now replaced by cheap thermal paper printer… No class at all! And there is no sound at all.
No one notices that I had jutst wipped my card for an USD$20,000 watch!
Well, not until recently I was told that there is planet 1,000,000 times large that the Earth, and there is another planet which is even 1,000,000 times larger… I am too small in the life of this universe and After all I will be a piece of dust in the air… sad hmm…
Life is short, try to make yourself in anywhere, anytime with anyone with Happiness and Joy!
Let’s forget the debt, you should forget my debt to you too!
Each Day when you wake up, plan for the days for more happy and joyful event!
That is the Target of the DAY!
This is the Classic Happiness Generator
I hate this card wiper machine - No Class and Cheap
My Advice to Watch Boutique, find the Classic Credit card machine, add electronics amplifier to boost the mechanical
Wipping sound to "96 db" it makes your customer happy!
These are the items I used to carry when I travel.
Tie, Shoes, Socks, handkerchief, Card Holder (ACM with Satellite tracker), money Wallet, Pens, Chain, Tie Clips, passport holder etc. and a small bottle of “4711”.
They are all truly Value for Money. Such as my card holder which I have been using for 12 years.
I like the Rolex Passport holder, Montblanc Sterling Silver Model 149 fountain pen.
Watermans 1905 safety pen for my daily hand writing practice, it as a superb nib that no model pen can have.
A Dauphin Sterling Silver German ball pen.
18KY white gold Tie Clip with 0.3 Carat Diamond
A functional miniature Pipe Tie Clip made in Switzerland in the 50s!
Oh, I forget some CDs, as I can listen to some of the greatest music when I am about to turn in.
The bottle 4711, whenever I feel the stress, once I puff the pure scent of that magic water, I would feel relaxed!
Once I have appintment with a sophisticated lady, I would apply two drops of 4711 on top my philtrum and forehead, immediatly it would hypnosize and transform myself to be a charismatic person of full confidence... BS? Try and see...
Most of all, a Decent watch. I don't have to use my watch to please the others, but myself!
No matter Roger Dubuis, Cartier, Frank Muller, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Piaget…it represents my character and as a respect to mycustomers of all kinds.