Sunday, September 30, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Note that Breitling submits 100% of their movements for certification but other manufacturers only submit certain models.
So how do Breitling made them?
A Prototype Breitling takes 14 months to complete, it was made by 2,000 drawings and assemble plans for such a watch. They need test prototypes watch running for 12 months, after that, Breitling Engineer dismantles 350 tiny parts for inspection in a forensic way, many of the parts have to gone through SEM (Scanning Electronics Microscope) that can magnify the parts to 14,000 times for securitization.
They will look for minor wear and tear, or any micro crack, or any damages, thence to improve the design or part fabrication. They may release a new version of watch with new parts of revised version, or change the types or amount of lubricants, tightening the specification for assembly.
The base plate of the watch is made of brass alloy , a material best for machining, and having proper for the watch. All parts are made at +/- 5 microns dimension and some even smaller. They will go though certain QC check points by visual inspection for AOI ( automatic inspection machine) for zero human error.
They clean all the pasts by submerging in a Ultrasonic cleaning bath, rinse it and dry it by air.
Those 346 parts will be ready to be assembled to a number of 71 pre-assemblies.
These 71 pre-assemblies will go through a
Then the assembled watch will gone through a 90 minutes self winding test on a Auto winder.
The insert the watch into a pressure chamber to see if there is any drop or pressure, to ensure the case is water tight. The movement will be tested for accuracy, functional check and final cosmetic inspection.
From the up stream process to final packing, the watch would have gone through 1,000 test and check before it leave from the factory to your hands.
This is a time consuming process to keep your Breitling time accurate all the time.
The new design watch has to fulfill the new demand of the market, consideration for mass production with cost reduction, there have been a lot of changes in watch movement design, we have seen a lot of expensive watch that could not work in some “harsh condition”, it stops once in a while that you do not able to foresee when, some expensive thin watch crown was able to be pulled out or broken, some expensive watch could not take time accurate better than 10 Seconds a day, some have broken Escapement fork, or deformed hair spring. Some watch worth more than $20,000 still using the simplest form of adjustment on the hairspring, at least you should put a screw set type, of course I don’t expect a Gooseneck adjustment on this watch unless I pay more $10,000. Well, many of the watch buyer or users do not know much about the design of the watch. The brand name would tell everything!? Sometimes it may not.
So How about a Rolex Ref, 1570? Well, I met the carpenter on the Ship “ White Sea”, he worn an old worn out case of Ref 1570 and his job is to chip out the rust on board the ship’s deck every the other day. Right hand with a hammer, left hand holding a Chisel, its Rolex had been tortured by such vibration for over 1`million time, but his Rolex on his left hand never stop… that was one of the amazing story I say when I work on board the Merchant Vessel “White Sea” as a Radio officer. It was scrapped and sold 1983 in
* When I buy Rolex, some time I select one with fast 8 Seconds a day..
as you know Chinese's supertitions, "8" means "rich" and If I wear a Rolex with 8 seconds fast everyday, meaning that I will be Rich Everyday... but the problem is nowadays not so many Rolex AD still offer a Selection on the watch by checking the heart beat of the watch...only a few does. and Usually it is not too easy to get one, normally Rolex is shipped with +2 to +5 seonds a day from all i know... Correct me if I am wrong!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Many countries Rolex AD had started increasing Rolex Price, but still the official price of Rolex HK is cheaper than many countries. For an example, Rolex Daytona official price in HK is HKD$98,000, whereas they are selling About HKD$100,800 in
For an example, Rolex Submariner Ref, 1l6610LN in HK is HK$62,100, after 5% discount will be, HK$58,800
In Bangkok , they were selling Baht 270,000, after 5% discount will be HKD$65,769 base on Exchange rate 1 HKD=3.9 Baht
That is a difference of HKD$6,969. that is a price good enough to buy a Tissot Touch+
Rolex Ref 178341 Rolex Datejust Lady 31mm (RG/SS - Brown – Diamonds) Rolex HK AD is selling HK$99,600 less 5% HK$96,200 where as in
UAE is likely Cheapest for Rolex
UAE is 10-12% lower than HK for all Rolex model except Daytona Steel, Daytona Black white is now AED 45,000.00 on 13 July 2012, So next time you go there, do not forget to buy one
Due to their strong
I still remember I bought 4 Explorer I new in Peoples’ Park with HKD$14,000 each , at that time HK was selling HKD$18,000. that was 1996.
In April 2012
Rolex Daytona Ref, 116520 Either black and White Dial, HK Rolex AD is selling HKD$98,000 net but We can get it HKD$97,000 in Praque, HKD$93,000 in Vienna but
In grey dealer in HK, we can get it with HKD$950,000 to HKD$96,000
So they are quite close, with
Note that there are more Black Dial in Manila Makati as Philippino like White more than Black, but in HK, more people like black and few likes White. Price of White and Black dial is by right the same price.
Pre-owned Watch price update in HK
I had a short tour to some of the shops in Sham Shui Po Like Luen Shing and Kuen Kee we can see the price of Rolex Watches are:
Submariner ref, 116610 HKD$35,000-
GMT master HKD$52,800-
Submariner Blue Dial Two Tone HKD$49,800
Ref 10460M Submariner without date HKD$29,800
GMT master 40mm HKD$35,000
Kuen Kee pricing (latest update 23 Sep 2012)
Ref, 16600 Submariner is selling HKD$38,000 to 47,500
Explorer II Ref, 16571 is selling HKD$28,900 to 39,000
My Comment is that if you are fond of Two Tone, The Rolex Submariner is worth to buy as their price is attractive, may be people tends to go for either solid gold and Stainless steel, so Two Tone is being ignored, that is a good deal if you like them!
Price was the listed price on the shop on 9 September, that is a price for your reference only, there are more expensive one depending on condition, some are coming with original Warranty certificate and box.
You can get another HKD$500-1,000 discount depending how well you know the shops and your skill in negotiation.
From what the price I know It is cheaper to buy new Rolex in UAE and Daytona in Switerland.
Note, Overseas prices are supplied by Rolex Fans in my blog, that is for your reference as there is factors like timing and Exchange Rate for that country.
Sham Shui Po Snob
Friday, September 14, 2012
And Please do not put that Rolex in the dark, cold Safe in the bank… you should wear it on you warm live write and give it a few round of twist… it will gain it life and go with you!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The above White Gold OysterQuartz was a Courtesy Picture oif Chrono24, and the One Yellow Gold OysterQuartz is mine, and I had once owned a Solid Yellow gold Black Dial without Diamond and two Two Tone Black Dial. I am looking forward to buy the one in White Gold from one of the Hong Kong Collectors. Just have to match with timing that I have that amount of money at same time he needs to sell it...
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Quiteirony, if that is a Hong Kong Company, likely they will call this ‘’ Stupidity” as once product is successful we should go for next step for more profit ; “Cut Cost” to reduce the operation of 162 procedures to say 80 on the case.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
I took this picrure at Manila using my HTC One
Zhang Ziyi is the highest ranking woman on Forbes’s list of
PS. Who do you like Most!?
Sunday, September 2, 2012
I watched CNN DNC 6 Sept 2012, President Obama made a speech in front Democratic party members and his supporters, he was wearing Jorg Gray.
12-hour main watch with luminous seconds hand
24-hour indicator inset dial at three o-clock position
Continuous seconds indicator at six o-clock position
Chronograph minutes (stop-watch) at nine o-clock position
Solid stainless steel case
Water resistant to 10ATM
High-impact scratch resistant crystal face
Miyota Caliber OS-20 movement
Manufactured by Citizen Watch Company
Durable quartz movement accurate to within seconds per month
41mm across the dial
47mm from top to bottom lugs
The Commemorative Edition Jorg Gray 6500 Chronograph is an impressive timepiece that commemorates the historic occasion of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the
Price: $350 on line
HK Tsim Sha Tsui Snob
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date. 40mm 18K white gold case, blue time lapse Cerachrom bezel, blue dial, and Oyster Glidelock Bracelet. Water resistant to 1,000 feet.
No other watch is engineered quite like a Rolex. The Submariner, introduced in 1953, was the first watch to be water resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet). It was later strengthened by its patented triple-seal Triplock winding crown, making it capable of withstanding depths of up to 300 metres (1,000 feet). The new 40 mm Submariner is presented here in white gold with a blue Cerachrom disc.
One of the target buy Rolex!!
List Price HKD$263,600.00 at Rolex AD.
This Picture was taken whilst I made a window shopping tour to this Rolex AD at Ocean Terminal yesterday.
Picture was Taken by my HTC One handphone.