<HKD5,000 (for now): A Cool Seiko "Monaco"
This Seiko Monaco (not yet identified on the site that is offering it but it is believed to be Ref. 7016) has a watch case of polished steel and applied hour markers, providing a deep, three dimensional view into the watch face. The chronograph register at 6 o'clock is a fine contrasting touch to the rest of the dial with a navy blue circular disc and a bright yellowish hand which gives the watch an unmistakable 1970s vibe.
The Seiko Monaco comes with a navy blue NATO strap, but it would work just perfectly with perforated leather strap, a go-to choice for any motor racing-themed timepiece (like below).
HKD 5,000 - 50,000: An Omega Military Watch for Royal Air Force
Featuring in this episode of the Weekend Brunch Report is a circa 1952 military watch from Omega, made specifically for the British Royal Air Force. All the classic features of a military watch I've just mentioned could be easily found on it. One feature worthy of special mentioning in the "arrow" sitting above 6 o'clock, indicating that the watch is a property of the British Government, a trait unseen in non-military grade wristwatches. The small character "T" enclosed in a circle right below the Omega trademark refers to tritium, a slightly radioactive material used in early watches in the lumes of the hands and hour markers.
This very handsome, 37mm military watch is being auctioned here by Kaplans Auktioner. The latest bid price is around HKD 34,500. A real pilot watch, if you ask me.
HKD 50,000 - 100,000: A Rare Panerai PAM 27 "A" Series
To cut a long story short, Panerai was not even making watches for civilian use before 1995. After a Panerai was adorned by Sylvestor Stallone in the movie Daylight, publicity on the then little known brand behind the watch skyrocketed and it led to Richemont Group eventually acquiring Panerai in 1997, who rebranded the latter and transformed it into a luxury watch brand and the PAM 27 we are featuring was one of the first few new Panerai models manufactured in 1997/1998. According to the seller it even had a single digit serial number and one of the first two PAM 27 ever made! The key differentiator to the model is the fan-shaped power reserve indicator which has very much vanished from later Panerais since then. The arrow-shaped hand on the indicator is also exclusive to the early runs of PAM 27, for later PAM 27 came with a different hand.
HKD 100,000 - 150,000: A No-Nonsense Vacheron Constantin Dress Watch in Steel
While not everyone could have the financial will to fetch a Rolex "Paul-Newman" Daytona or a Patek Philippe in steel in important auctions like this, it's not to say all watches on offer are not accessible. Here we see a classic circa. 1960 dress watch in steel from Vacheron Constantin, one of the "trinity" Swiss watchmakers (the other two being Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet) with a ivory-colored dial and thin hands with applied baton hour markers. A 37mm case size, being sufficiently reserved, is perfect for formal settings like business meetings/ cocktail parties. What we like particularly about this reference is its crown, which is not your average protruding watch crown, instead it is sitting squarely INSIDE the crown slot and thus becomes an integral part of the case silhouette, an even more thorough execution than the famed Grand Seiko 62GS on this front.
You could view the watch's Phillips page here. Currently it has an upper estimation price of around HKD94,000 but we could expect the final price to go over the estimate by a small margin, pushing it into the HKD100,000 to HKD150,000 bucket. Not a bad price at all for a "trinity" timepiece. It even comes with the original box and guarantee!
HKD 150,000-200,000: An Early Rolex Milgauss in Unbelievable Condition
Milgauss derived its name from its antimagnetic quality up to 1,000 gauss and as a watch, was first developed in the late 1950s, in order to supply scientists working for CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, or European Organization for Nuclear Research) with a reliable timepiece in the presence of strong magnetic field. It made use of a Faraday case to exclude electromagnetic influence from within the nuclear laboratory. Notable features include the unique shape of the hour and minute hands as well as the sweeping second hand with a red tip (and the red "Milgauss" text on the dial, of course). The reintroduction of a new Milgauss reference in 2007, after nearly 20 years of its absence from Rolex's collections, has sparked much interest in its earlier references in the watch collecting community and knowing that such watches as vintage Submariners/ Daytonas have seen their market value on the rise, there really is no reason why earlier Milgauss shouldn't be able to command higher price given the innovation that went into designing it.
The Ref. 1019 we see here has one of the best hashmarked silver dial we've ever seen and the watch itself has no dents, scratches, or dings whatsoever. Case size is 38mm and you rest assured that not even your most magnetic date could affect this watch (same cannot be said for you though).