Friday, August 18, 2017

Price of Rolex Could not be Crazy like this?

Submariner Hulk ref 116610LV
Green Bezel green dial launched in 2011 with current list price HK$68,100

I have been selling the Rolex Submariner Ref 116610LV into the Philippines since 2015.
I believe many of our friends has bought from me.
From HK$67,000, up to HK$69,000, and lately in this year, it hits the $70,000.
last month I sold one with HK$73,000
and two weeks ago I sold one to a doctor with HK$74,000

Well, If I buy again, guess how much I have to spend now?
HK$76,000 still I cannot get one.

Today one friend (dealer) saying that there is one offers to me at HK$78,000!

Well, there is some HK guys is selling over HK$80,000 for a Submariner.

GMT Batman
ref 116710BLNR
I sold it since it as launched in 2014 with HK$63,000
Now If I buy one I need, HK$70,500
I just sold one to a Indonesian last week with HK$71,000

The moral of this article is

All sport model of Rolex is appreciating crazily!

I speculate that Soon Hulk will be no more and it would be astonishing high price.

main Reason is Rolex has reduced the production of sport model by 40% in beginning of the year.

So when demand is increasing with so little of goods, price must go high,

Now all the pre-owned watch also up for more than 10% in the last two quarters.

Lets watch out and see what would be the best to buy and when to buy.

Remarks, don't waste time going to AD, the have almost zero stock for Submariner Ref 116610LN, GMT Batman, ref 116710BLNR, Daytona ref 116500LN, Deepsea ref 116660 D blue or Black.

HK Snob

The Holy Trinity of Watch


  See how thin these watches are

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 39 mm Jumbo
Model ref 5402
Year of Release 1972
Number of unit made, estimated 200 pcs for 18kt gold.
Movement  JLC ultra thin automatic movement
Thickness 7 mm 
Weight full length 159 grams

Vacheron Constantin "222"
222th Anniversary watch.
Year of release 1977
Limited 100 pieces for Solid 18KT gold. 120 pcs for two tone.
Movement  JLC ultra thin autmatic movement
Thickness 7 mm 
Weight full length 182 grams

Style as shown here.

The missing Guy is Patek Philippe ref 3700 released in 1976.

I am looking for this lost one to COMPLETE the "Holy Trinity".

I have been collecting watches for over 25 years, these two are the only one I have seen and owed.

These are NFS.

HK Snob

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hanshin Tigers Rolex Submariner ref 16610LN Watch

The Hanshin Tigers are a Nippon Professional Baseball team playing in the Central League.

The team is based in Koshien, Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, and are owned by Hanshin Electric Railway ...

Baseball is the Top popular National Game across the whole Japan.

This is a very special watch made by the Hanshin Tigers Baseball league in the 1990 for those who was awarded for contributing the winning of game.

This is of course the world renowned Submariner ref 16610LN,  E series.

The watch was engraved the hall mark of Hanshin Tigers on the base cover, letters "Hanshin Tigers"on each of the links and side of the bracelet.

If you are the fans of Hanshin Tigers, or you are Rolex Collector. How Can you miss this superb watch?

I have tested this Watch Accuracy and Watch Proof at Classic Watch Repair Centre under the Master Watch Smith there.

A Superb Time taking instrument and Passed in the Watch Proof test. Look at the test record.

I can let go to those who are those who want something Unique.


It comes with Box, Operation Manual and Rolex booklet.

HK Snob

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Stock on sales

Stock update

5513 Precomex patina
1680 Patina
1665 great white
16610LV Full Set Sharp four
16610LN Full set
16520 A series Black
116520 White Full set 2012
16700 Pepsi with paper and box
16750 Polar Full set Creamy dot
16750 Polar

3800 x3

A Lange Time Zone Rose gold

Up Coming
PP 5711 Blue X4 NOS
Rolex 16618 Daytona Solid Gold Drop Logo inverted Six with service paper

HK Snob

The Holy Trinity of Watches

My AP 5402 Series A, 1972 with paper by 2011.

These three brands are Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin and are referred to as “The Holy Trinity” in horological circles for being uncompromising, meticulously crafted and assembled complicated details in Watch Design. Namely the Grandmaster, The King and the Prince, as used to call them VC, PP and AP…

Jean-Marc Vacheron (1731-1805) opened his workshop in Geneva in 1755. A younger contemporary of pioneering watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, Vacheron was a superb craftsman, cabinotier, and an eager horologist. His first notable creation, the Silver Watch, had its key-wound movement secured to the solid silver case. In 1785 Jean-Marc's son, Abraham, took command of the business and saw it through the decade of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1799.

Two Polish immigrants to Geneva, Antoni Patek, a businessman, and Francois Czapek, a watchmaker, founded “Patek, Czapek & Cie” on May 1st, 1839.  In 1844 Patek met Jean-Adrien Philippe, a French watchmaker who introduced Patek to his pioneering system of setting and winding the watch via the crown.

In 1932 the company was purchased by Charles and Jean Stern, two brothers who owned a fine dial manufacture in Geneva.  The name was changed finally to “Patek Philippe S.A.” and has remained in the Stern family ever since.  In 2009, presidency of the company changed to Thierry Stern, who makes this the 4th generation of the Stern family ownership.

Audemars Piguet was founded in 1875 when Jules Louis Audemars joined together with Edward Auguste Piguet.  Their goal was to develop and manufacture watches with complex mechanisms.  Audemars Piguet is well respected today because it is the oldest fine watch-making manufacturer never to have left the hands of its founding families.

They are having different client, value, image and company product direction.

The First Nautilus 3700/1 1976

Idea is from the merchant vessel's porthole

Genius and the Nautilus
Gerald Genta remembered that he designed the watch that was later named Nautilus during the Basel Trade Fair:
"I was at a hotel restaurant and some people from Patek were sitting in one corner of the dining hall eating, while I was sitting alone in the other corner.

I told the waiter: “Bring me a piece of paper and a pencil, I want to design something” and I designed the Nautilus while watching Patek people enjoying the food!
It was a sketch that I completed in 5 minutes". Genta's illustration below was based on that initial sketch!


PP is conservative in creating new look of watches though we are seeing more NEWER design in these two years!
Patek is used to make expensive, complicated watch, the often record holder for Auction. An hedge fun of your loss on the stock market by putting money on Vintage PP watches.

We used to say Old man’s watch. Yes, who could possibly entitled to buy an entry level watch which is two times the price of a Submariner. Only older people can have s deep procket to buy.

VC is more in making dress watch, complicated watch to beat the King. In 1960 to1970, Vacheron was ahead of Patek in the quality/detail race for the title as KING. The Vacheron was a much classier watch in its day.

The Prince AP is outrageously like a stray horse, very fast in launches new model for the younger generation. It is Bold enough to make a 57.2mm ref. T3 where PP could never had such thought in mind.

Which one is better? Well these are the best iconic product that we could possibly say.

Solid Gold Nautilus, my dream watch for weekends

The 5402 Jumbo launched in 1972 that saved the Company from Bankruptcy

A Superb Dress watch VC "222"
The bracelet design resembles the Gold snake that wraps around your wrist comfortably.
It weighs 182 grams, 30 grams heavier that the solid gold AP Jumbo 39mm

PP’s Nautilus 1976

AP’s Royal Oak Jumbo ref 5402

VC’s 222 in 1977 (I like model number “222” in Cantonese “Easy, Easy and Easy)!

These are the Holy Trinity of these Top Brands of Watch in the World!

I wonder on earth who owns these three watches at same time.

Send me picture if you are the Lucky one!


HK Snob

Meeting Alex at "Your Time", Green Belt 1, Makati.

Meeting at Your Time Green Belt 1.
It was again my pleasure to meet Alex at his shop and opened my eye seeing his impeccable skill in servicing Rolex.
Of course he worked in Rolex before and had years of experience working on Luxury watches at his shop.
If you had uncertainty about your Rolex, bring it to Alex, if you have issue on the Rolex, send it to him.
You can see AP Royal Oak Jumbo 39 mm drop logo, my Rolex 1680 Patina dial, another 168 I just sold to good friend of mine, a GMT Pepsi Ref 1675 that is belonging to another watch Lovers of Rolex!
See you all again at Makati.
HK Snob

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Vacheron Constantin 222

This is the Vacheron Constantin Model 222 created in 1977 to celebrate the firm's 222nd years of continuous watch manufacturing.

Only 100 pieces were made in solid 18 KT gold. and 120 pieces in Two Tone.

VC 222 forms the Holy Trinity with Patek Nautilus 1976, and the AP Royal Oak 1972.

There are all using JLC ultrathin automatic movement.

This is one of the 100 only pieces of VC 222 with box.
Private Collection.

Who on Earth has all the Three pieces of Legendary Watches?

HK Snob

Patek Philippe on Sale

Patek Ref 3800 X 3 and Ref 4800 X1 Black US$18K. Blue US$18.5K

ref 5146A Aquanaut Dual Time zone Steel 40.8mm mint HK$260K

Ref 5167A-001 Aquanaut Silicone Rubber bracelet Steel US$18.5K

A Lange Time Zone 18 KT Rose Gold HK$260K

Rolex NOS 114060M Full set HK$62,000

Like New full set.

HK Snob

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Vintage Rolex on Sale Submariner 1680, 5513 and Sea-Dweller 1665

Rolex Submariner Ref 1680 S/N42XXXXX HK$78,000

Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref 1665 S/N60XXXXC HK$125.000

Rolex Submariner Ref 5513 S/N52XXXX HK$105,000

HK Snob