Saturday, January 28, 2017

HKWF wish you all the best in the Year of Rooster

To all HKWF readers,  fb friends, Blog supporters, partners, my watch buyers, dealers, friends in authorized dealer shops collectors and members of all PWC.

I hereby wish you had a terrific year of Rooster. Wish you had good health, and a lot of watches.

HK Snob

It is your character, your choice for the watch

Over the past 15 years watches were made in various levels of Complexity, single tourbillon became two, then four, will the Quad tourbillon would have a four times better in time accuracy, big question. But definitely a Quad Tourbillon will fascinate your eyes, and 10 times more expensive!

There is a trend going Minimalism, that is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around.

Why IWC does not provide us thin dress watch with simple with fine italic engraved as “International Watch Co.  Schaffhausen”…on the dial? IWC has changed his customer profile target to the younger one with watch made bigger, using new material… ceramic, carbon composite, bronze and plastic…while some of the other watch makers Audemars Piguet, is still very cautious about choosing these material on their watches.  

As there is people including me who fed up with the watch price that makes your tongue stretched out touching your nose…with a simple tourbillon watch with US$50,000, a Stainless steel watch with just two hands and blue dial is US$30,000!

I sometimes find watches that is fun to wear if that is more or less clean dial, easy to read time, precision, lasting and can be used for many decades, preferably automatic but I don't mind hand winding, while I still afford it.
Nomos Lambha

A Simple watch with just a few functions with a simple leather strap might be classified Materialism if that is over US$10,000.  There is a few available on hand which is clean, beautiful and classic…That is  materialism because it is over US$10,000.  Some of the samples are shown here.

Minimalism is materialism in this case!

People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. Hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented. Sometimes I feel they are over confident and may impose some unintentional hurt to people reading. In short they might be too much Ostentatious that some people may not like… if that is the case, I will say regret to them. And I belong to this year, and over the years if there is something I say in appropriate, please accept my apologies. Being a Blogger, there is no way to please everyone in the internet.

Roosters are very confident in themselves, make yourself confident about yourself, wear whatever you like, Patek Philippe, Rolex, IWC, Nomos, Omega, SevenFriday, A Lange, Paneria , Roger Dubuis, Richard Mille, G-Shock, Jaeger LeCoultre… whatever as it is your choice as a buying decision from your character.

Kung Hei Fat Choy! 

HK Snob

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rolex Day Date Ref 18038 Bloodstone on sale Full Set

Rolex Day Date Ref 18038 90's in Yellow Gold Full Set on Sales

Watch is Belonging to one of my friends in Dubai.


HK Snob

Minimalist can be materalist!

Rolex Submariner Ref 16610LN Full Set with Patina Dial on Sale

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.
Minimalist can be materialist!?
That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions…, Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately. Recently there are a lot of Minimalists in Japan, they have only 4 white shirt, two pair of shoes, 4 pair of socks, no TV, no air-con, their room looks empty, they enjoy so much and they feel great by owning less, they sleep better and they feel like less things to worry about.
There are plenty of successful minimalists who go different lives. Colin Wright owns 51 things and travels all over the world, and Tammy Strobel and her husband live in a “tiny house” and are completely car-free. Even though each of these people are different, a friend of mine has recently told me he is Minimalist, as he has only Rolex Day Date but many!
Minimalism and miser is slightly different, I had seen a rich guy who earns US$900,000  a year keep wearing the same winter jacket for the past years, every time when temperature drops to 12 Deg C or below, I can see that jacket!
Buddha is typical a minimalism, in the end, only three things matter. How much you loved. How gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant to you.
Well, to make it short: Minimalism has allowed minimalists to pursue purpose-driven lives.
So Being a Rolex Lover, can I be a Minimalist?
Yes under limited budget, why not narrow down your collection on just one particular model you like most.
As if you buy everything, you may be Jack of all trades, master of none.
HK Snob

Monday, January 23, 2017

Rolex Date Just Ref 6694 with arms of Government of Abu Dhabi

A 1960 rare Rolex Date Just with arms of Government of Abu Dhabi on the dial.

It is an Oyster Date Just Manual winding watch, in excellent condition.

It is on Sale.

HK Snob

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Rolex Day Date isn't for "Old Cakes"

Swiss Watch Giant Rolex makes almost 1,000,000 watches a year, being one of the most prestigious brands in the World, the remarkable shift that has allowed Rolex to be the watchmaker of choice for everyone from Rich men’s kid, men start to earn his first monthly salary, Sales man, engineers, Doctor, scientist, bankers, religion leader, watch collectors, communist revolutionaries, you and me.

Rolex offers broad range of different prices to meet most of the people who can afford;  an elementary level Oyster Perpetual, or a Date Just, sport model as mid range that  can capturing most if the younger generation to get crazy for to certain high end luxury model made of precious metals even paved with diamonds. As Rolex Watch of US$4,000 to US$0.5M. It is still a Rolex, not as price-unfriendly as a Lamborghini at least.

The top of the line is Day Date, who was named a President’s Watches as most of the US Presidents got one or a few. I haven’t seen Donald Trump wears a Rolex in public, but I am sure he has Day Date in his drawer.

Day Date is being acknowledged as best of the Rolex in terms of function, and image as that is why these certain people, JFC, Li Pope John Paul II to communist tyrants Mao Zedong* has it.

Legend has it that the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, owns a collection of 15 Rolexes.  Dalai’s holyness’ first timepiece was a gift from former U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 as a symbol of secure relations between the U.S. and Tibet appeared to be gold Rolex. You’ll see that his holiness wears them reversed, with the face turned inwards on his wrist so as to not appear ostentatious.


There is always a saying which I have been always called not quite right as people in HK called a Day Date an “old cake’s watch” Old Cake” in HK ‘s colloquial means those people who is over 55 or above. I can really say that might be true also as who can easily afford to buy a US$30,000 Day Date? Might be someone who can afford wear a Day Date is those who reach certain age that at same time certain salary level. But Nowadays, we see a lot of younger people in age of 30-40 wearing Day Date.

A Day Date is really a very pleasant watch to use, it is perpetually beautifully, comfortable, can be worn without much care, they are one of the beloved items for Rolex Watch Lovers,  connoisseur, well, they are not necessary rich, as I know a lot of Rich man who can afford to buy but they will not wear a Day Date. I know a man who earns USD$3M a year, he wear a US$300 Tissot, he enjoys, why not then…

A Day Date Entry level is low as if you are looking into ordinary dial such as the Champagne gold,

Say a Ref 1803 is Champagne gold dial is about US$5,000, but a White Gold with Bloodstone dial may go up to US$35,000 or more.

A Vintage Day Date with an original Warranty paper may top up 20% more on the price,

Go to buy a Day Date with Lapis Azuli Dial in BNIB, still available in very small quantity in Hong Kong, may be two pieces in all 78 Rolex AD shops in HK.

When you travel, if you are lucky to see a NOS Day Date in Coral or Bloodstone Dial, anything under US$30,000, buy it…

I am sure you will earn money by selling it.


DD- Day Date

NOS- new old stock

BNIB- brand new in box

AD- Authorized Dealer

Remarks * Chairman Mao’ s usual watch in fact is an  Omega Sea Master which was given as gift by Kowk Mui Yek.

HK Snob

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Rolex Submariner Two Tone Ref 16613 Patina Dial

Still a Lot of people is inclined to own a Stainless steel rather than two tone Submariner, I don't mind to have a two tone as that is more attractive in appearance rather than a tool watch made of plain steel Submariner.
This is an example of a Rolex Submariner Two Tone Submariner Ref 16613 with a Patina Dial which has been changed to "Purple" instead of Blue dial.

This is also the Collector' s preference "T25" dial.

It is almost a NOS (new old stock) watch with razor sharp edges.

Note that the last picture is the current production Submariner Ref 116613LB which I took at yesterday sat one of the HK Rolex AD shop.

Can you see the difference between them?

1. The older one is Ref 16613 with purple Dial and bezel.
2. The 16613 has a T-25 dial
3. 16613 has a Flat "4" bezel
4. The new Submariner Ref 116613 has a ceramic bezel

What do you think we should go?

HK Snob

Friday, January 20, 2017

Rolex DeepSea Ref 116660 on Sale

Pre-owned Rolex DeepSea 888 5 years Warranty On Sales
Full Set HK$88,000
HK Snob

Rolex Explorer II in Black

Rolex Explorer II 42mm in Black, Floating Pointer

Full Set , HK AD "888"


HK Snob

Daytona Ref 116520LN white dial on Sale

2013 Daytona, Blue Lume, in 90% condition
Full Set
Cash HK$89,000

HK Snob

Pre-owned Rolex Submariner Ref 16610LN on Sale

The Submariner 16610LN in T25 dial, quite rare.
Watch Only
Cash HK$36,000

HK Snob

Rolex 116613LB Submariner Two Tone and 116619LB

This is Submariner Ref 116613LB Two Tone in 18KT gold and Stainless Steel.
Note that the way Rolex made the Blue is "Solid Even" and blue as the more expensive Full white gold Rolex Submariner Ref 116619LB.

This is HK Rolex "888" with Full Set V series.
Cash Deal HK$76,500
Please note that this kind of "Blue" was made in less than two year 2009-2010.


This is the 18KT White Gold Submariner Ref 116619LB HK MSRP HK$263,600
This is full set Pre-owned one asking HK$170,000

This is the Poster of the current mass production Submariner Two Tone Ref 116613LB
You can see the  sunburst blue dial.

HK Snob

Saturday, January 14, 2017

What Rolex will launch in 2017?

There are a lot of news about what Rolex will launch in this year 2017.

Well, there are a lot of expectation and guess through all watch sites in the world.

I really hope that ..

1. They will announce the discontinuing of DeepSea Ref 116660 D blue.

2. They will launch the 50th anniversary of SeaDweller "Single Red" or "Single Blue?.

3. Explorer II Ref 116570LN with Ceramic Bezel

4. Coke in steel.

This is one of the sites that you could refer for more.


We should keep SeaDweller Ref 116660 D blue now as once this massive watch in D blue is discontinued, price will short up!

We should take note if Rolex really launch the Single Red Submariner, I love to buy one

Also the 2016 Daytona Ceramic price is still high,  hope that will these new watches capture some of the buyer , so as the demand of Daytona could reduce, than we hope price of Daytona Ref 116500LN will reduce a bit to a reasonable price like HK$123,000 for White.

HK Snob

Rolex Date Just Ref 116234 on Sale

Pre-owned Rolex Date Just 36mm stainless Steel men's watch with 18KT White Gold Fluted Bezel and Roman Numerals Black Dial with Jubilee Bracelet.

2007 D-series HK 888 Full Set.


HK Snob

8 Dynamic Automatic watch on sale

Joint venture by Taiwan and Hong Kong, Swiss made with Miyota Movement.
Daring design, attractive casual watch.

HK MSRP is HK$6,880

HKWF has a special deal for you.

HK Snob

HKWF Club gathering 15 Jan 2017

HK Snob