First things first;
his is a Chinese slang for trying very very, very hard….that it seems like you
have literally thrown out your own heart and spilled out your blood.
What do HKers vomit
their hearts and splash their blood for? Freedom? A lawful society? Monster
Parents, Political chaos, Democracy, Wealth? Fair treatment? You have
These are all very
important but meanwhile lofty things to fight for. These things are noble. They
are complicated. They are worth fighting for. But most of us are too paltry to
chase after these world-changing values.
The red horse of one of HK Watch Fever friends
So, we work very
hard for materialistic things. Rolexes, Ferraris, Lambros, Pateks, Piguets,……. Or
very fine wine Petrvs and DRC? Which could cost a grass-root level person his monthly
salary X10 times or X1000 times.
But we are never
tired of chasing after these things. We work till we cannot. We sell what we
can sell, just to buy what we will later sell. Everything can be bought by
You know, flats can be bought through 30 years mortgages. Rolexes
and Ferraris can be had through paying by installments. I doubt for some exotic Ferraris!?
I am not lucky not
because I am not wealthy. I am lucky because I do not know much about other more
extravagance other than watches, Pen, Vinyl, Hi Fi, good food, wine…LOL!
Whether one vomits
his heart and splashes his blood for something because he likes it is
important. If you do so because you want to satisfy your ego or vanity, then
forget it, because both will never be satisfied.
Buying a Rolex or a
Ferrari will make you happy. But not for long. You will eventually sell them
and look for something new. Life, however, sometimes is built on such pieces of
temporary happiness. Nothing in the material world is eternal.
So, if you are
trying too very hard today just to own a Platinum Daytona, a Richard Mille or a
Ferrari, please do realize that you are about to drop into a black hole. What
you want will eventually come if you really do want it.
Sweetness is the end
result of all endeavors. I myself work hard to buy my beloved watches. But, it
is necessary to know when you are trying too hard. If you don’t, you may lose
We all live in a
world full of temptations. We all live in cities where even everything is not
enough. Some people work their butts off to have a sip of Laffite. Some pay his
annual salary for a Patek Philippe, these are real connoisseurs, they are not
These are all good impetus for us to work hard. But, if in your
world there are only these things, you had better take a look at what is wrong.
But don't worry, When one can have passion to such a watch that take your
annual income, you are the real watch lover. Same as you can buy 3 month salary
to buy a Bottle of DRC, well, you are real Wine taster!
So I am stingy, as
I always trying to buy one good one instead of twenty so so one… that is not
Chinese say: One Song to run all Karaokes… this is a really watch frantic and
at same time Watch economist!
I met a young handsome
Pinoy Alfonso who worn a pair of Yeezy Boot and a stunning Richard Mille RM-11
on his wrist at First Class Airline Lounge, he looked very causal having style
and all I felt he is having Motivation to chase for what he loves… Is that what
“Passion” calls in positive way or “Materialized Spoiled brain” in negative
way... whatever, nevertheless I think he enjoys life.
Vanity of vanities,
Saith the Preacher, Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!
After all, if you don’t
have a dream what is the difference between you and Tai O salted Ma Yau Fish!?
Rolex OysterQuartz is somewhat some peoples' poison and at same time someone's holy grail.
I don't have to explain more why and if you know the history about OysterQuartz then probably you will feel needed to look for one.
Many people asked me how long a Rolex OysterQuartz could last, Well, I cannot tell, base on how a Semiconductor chip was made in the 70's I can say that the watch could last for 50 years minimum.
What if the chip starts to fail after 50 years because of copper migration, or propagation of molding compound delamination cause the wire to broken? Rolex could possible replay a new chip for you!?
I don't know if that has been the case but I am sure that Rolex has minimum 2,000 spare chips for the total 25,000 watches made since 1977 to 2003.
Well, I have been using this watch for 6 years, I did not see this is getting aged, instead I feel that I should only wear this when I have good mood.
I was asked what is the value of this watch, roughly I can say USD$10,000. Actually I am looking forward to exchange for a Onyx or lapis blue dial, if you like to exchange with me. I am glad to... but I don't have a box as an Original OysterQuartz Box is about USD$450.
Alexander Bautista was checking the watch with bracelet removed
Today I delivered a BNIB Full Set an Explorer I to a friend at this Yourtime Watch service shop as he needed to adjust the bracelet. Much likely he wanted to wear this watch immediately and at the same time authenticated it. Of course I was happy about this move as it is important to let him feel his money spent is worth and everything is real.
I feel Alex is very serious about his work and he did used up 40 minutes to remove the tape, removed the bracelet and scrutinized the watch, adjusted the bracelet and assembled them.
I have noticed that Alex is having passion on watch repair and I believe he is famous in Manila handling watch repair.
His shop is situated at Greenbelt 1, Ayala Centre, Makati City His shop phone number, (02) 5092703.
FYR, if you buy a Rolex, you can bring into any Rolex AD shop for the bracelet adjustment, and it is free.
Of course you can bring it to Yourtime asking Alex to do that for you. And you should pay him some service charges!
Remarks., I am Highly recommend you to visit this gentleman for watch check, repair and Service, Alex has passion on Watch!
The Rolex Dayton has been very popular among watch enthusiasts for the past two decades, or even more. When a person is asked of which Rolex to buy, the answer is often the Daytona. I myself plan to get a white dial 116520 this year so I am still trying to understand why this model has been so popular.
As Rolex’s only chronograph, the Daytona has enjoyed its fame for a long time. I did not choose the Daytona for my past several purchases because I was not very fond of it for a few reasons.
First, it is too small. I have got over this point now. I should put it like this: I thought it was too small for my wrist. At 40mm wide, the Daytona looks smaller than other 40mm watches because the bezel is wide (or thick). It leaves a smaller dial which contains three smaller sub-dials. It looks busy to me.
Second, the Daytona is TOO popular. When I walked on the street and I see someone wear a Daytona, I would think that the person was trying to show his wealth. It was way too high-profile to me. The Daytona is just another Rolex. However, all the hype has made it a very sought-after piece which retails over its list price. Sometimes, you can see sales wearing it. Sometimes, I feel that the watch’s popularity is over the line. Although wearing a Rolex is often a high-profile thing, wearing the Daytona is even more so. It gives a statement: I AM RICH AND I CAN AFFORD A DAYTONA!
Third, it was hard to convince myself to pay a premium for a stainless steel chronograph. Put simply, the Daytona did not make me feel excited or special. It is just another chronograph. It is not especially well-designed, but you have to pay a premium over the list price for it.
So, why do I still plan to get one?
I just want to tick the box. The Daytona has a high status in the Rolex collection. With other sports watches upgraded to super cases which lack beautiful case curves, the Daytona remains elegant. The curves of the case are beautifully shaped. The whole watch is shiny. The case size is just about right. The white dial makes it perfect for either sporty occasions or dressier occasions. It is a very eye-catching watch.
And most importantly, it is now less popular than before.
Postscript by HK Snob
This is purely the personal comment of one Rolex Lover about Daytona.
Somehow I feel the same that there are too many Daytona Black in the street, amongst those Galleria Cosmetics sales ladies, I have seen three Daytona in the main shop at Canton Road. The reason why is they are one of the best to retain money as a Watch.
They are super durable, they are too certain extent “Quite Beautiful!” and of course they are iconic watch of Rolex. But as I just talked to one Philippine Collector, why not I top up ten thousand dollars more to get a two tone Daytona?
Well, as you might know I would say that there is drawback on Daytona.
1.No Date, as I need to tell the date on my wrist for work.
2.There are really too many in Hong Kong…
3.It is in Steel, and I think I would use the same money to buy a Yellow gold Day Date or even White gold 1803.
Rolex Daytona Two Tone Blue Arab Ref 116523
So my last Daytona was actually a yellow gold Two Tone 16523 with Diamond Dial, I sold to someone with HKD$42,000… that was 1992. Since then I only bought Rolex Day Date.
HK AD Price information (MRSP in HKD)
Ref 116520 Daytona Black or White HK$90,000 at HK Rolex AD
Ref 116523 Daytona Two Tone Yellow Gold and steel is HK$124,100
Ref 116523G Daytona with Tihintian dial and diamond HK$157,500
Stock and discount
In general, the Daytona black is still very difficult to get at AD with the above mentioned price.
Where as Two tone, you may get less 5% discount using card in Hong Kong, except you have connection or VIP buyer.
Ref 116520 Daytona White HK$86,500 -87,500
Ref 116520 Daytona Black HK$89,500 to $91,500
Ref 116523 Daytona Two Tone Yellow Gold and steel is HK$90,500 to HK$100,500
Ref 116523G Daytona with Tahintian dial and diamond HK$123,000 to 128,000.
As for gray dealer, they used to have stock on it except the Tahintian which has to be ordered.
Rolex Daytona Two Tone Tahintian MOP Ref 116523G
have found that Philippine client tends to buy Two Tone Daytona and the Tahintian MOP Diamond more than stainless steel as I believe this is more Charming comparing with plain steel version.