<HKD 5,000: A Very Sharp King Seiko Dress Watch
The first thing you'd notice is likely to be the various light reflections observed at different parts of the watch, most notably the radiant pattern created by the dial with sunburst finish. The case is having its own version of light show too, thanks to it being multi-faceted and nicely polished so light could be reflected off them directly, creating a different visual impact.
Standing at 36mm wide and 10mm thick, this is through and through a traditional and charismatic dress watch, and given it is a King Seiko, build quality and overall construction is the last thing you need to worry about. The sword-shaped hands and the applied baton hour markers are something we've always liked and we're so glad both are present in this King Seiko. At HKD5,000, this King Seiko is hard to beat in terms of value, reliability and its decidedly "Seiko" aesthetics (hey, watch case, we're looking at you). If there's ever such thing as a dress watch that could nonetheless handle a ding and spill in your daily life, this would be it.
This automatic King Seiko could be acquired here for around HKD5,000.
HKD 5,000 - 50,000: A Habring2 Jumping Second Pilot
While quartz watches almost always feature a jumping second, it's untrue to say that all watches with a jumping second are quartz. While mechanical watch lovers like us will avoid being mistaken as wearing a quartz watch, there's no denying that a jumping second hand does enhance the ability to tell time to the second. One handy example is the JLC Geophysics "True Second" we've covered before, which proves to be one of the most sought after new releases in the year 2015. Here, we have something as authentic and exciting - a Habring2 Jumping Second. The best part? It's very reasonably priced.
Founded by Austrian couple Richard and Maria Kristina Habring (thus, Habring2, instead of, just, like, Harbring), Habring2 is particularly strong in altering existing watch movements by adding very interesting complications that would usually only be seen in watches at much higher price points. For example, the Habring2 Doppel 3.0 is about as accessible as it gets when it comes to a split-second chronograph, based on a heavily modified ETA 7750 movement. It's also worth noting Richard Habring was the mastermind behind IWC's famous Doppelchronograph when he was working for the company. So to put it simply, Habring2 knows what it's doing.
Featuring here is 42mm Habring2 Jumping Second Pilot in stainless steel case with, apparently, a second hand that jumps at 1-second interval, mimicking the movement of the same in a standard quartz watch. In terms of styling, it's a classic Pilot model featuring high legibility thanks to the generous black dial with luminous markers. This is a rugged, no-nonsense utilitarian watch with a bit of a twist perfect for anyone who wants to go stealthy-showy with his/her choice of timepiece.
This Habring2, with full set, is offered here for around HKD33,000.
HKD 50,000 - 100,000: A Breitling AVI with Interesting Panda Dial
The Breitling AVI was first introduced in 1953, not long after WWII. During war time, professional/ military watches have become large and sturdy, and legibility has become a top priority in watch design. The influence has eventually been carried over to the post-war era and are clearly evident in today's subject here. Inside the 41mm case (considered large back in 1960s) is a very balanced dial arrangement with 3 slightly sunken sub-dials, while not giving itself in to over-busyness, maintaining high legibility throughout. The dial color scheme is what we call a "reversed panda" (think of the subdials as the "panda"'s eyes and the surface the skin), which is simply a cool thing to look at and will not ever go out of style. What makes the dial even more desirable, is the "Lip" logo right under the "Breitling" near 12 o'clock, indicating the watch was distributed by the French watch company/ distributor Lip, and by extension, the watch's relative rarity.
Ticking inside is a Venus caliber 178 with a column wheel structure which gives rise to the smooth, buttery feeling when the chronograph buttons are engaged. Rotating 12-hour steel bezel is another useful feature for tracking time in another timezone. It's all in all a very balanced, handsome and special tool watch to own and we can't be happier that it's being offered for around HKD72,000 here, a fairly good deal in a time when even average vintage chronographs could sell like hot cakes.
HKD 100,000-150,000: A Patek Calatrava Ref. 2508
With a case made of none other than the beloved yellow gold, this 1960 beauty is decidedly dressy and all its tiny details are on point and working very well together. The hour markers, for instance, are not your everyday batons/ numerals, instead made up of small triangular and square applied indexes, a somewhat Art Deco arrangement. The classic dauphine hands (of course, in matching yellow gold) are accompanied by the sweeping second hand in striking blue steel, adding a dash of much welcomed color to the otherwise rather too bland/ formal watch face.
You can purchase this heirloom-worthy Patek Calatrava here for about HKD120,000.
HKD 150,000-200,000: A Very Rare Rolex Commando Ref.6429
And here in Lengbeau we've just had that experience this week when we discovered this ultra rare, 34mm hand-winding Rolex Commando Ref.6429. Consider this, the Rolex Commando was only in production in 1972 for ONE year and was exclusively distributed in the US. While the story behind this short-lived model is little known, one thing for sure is it certainly does appeal to serious Rolex collectors with its value not only deriving from its insane rarity, but also the very unusual watch hands and of course, the "Commando" dial. Whether this model is worth the money, we'll leave it to our readers to decide but when we see a one-of-a-kind Rolex showing up in the market, we simply have to report it.
It's being offered for around HKD195,000 here.