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post #46 of 163
Rolex will cost 9-10k now... frown.gif but I'm talking about their sportier collection (new ceramic subs, gmts, yachty, DSSD)


I am SO down for that JLC MC! A shop here in DC actually tagged it at 4800 IIRC.... and +1million on that Seiko GS - open caseback, in house movement.

The Zenith's are growing on me


My next watch will most likely be a vintage patek or a jules audemars.... still saving shog[1].gif
post #47 of 163

You can find LNIB Rolexes for ~$5.5k. Buying a new watch is like buying a new car and really not worth it IMO. Especially for a maker like Rolex whose designs haven't significantly changed in the last 60 years.

post #48 of 163
Completely agree. I think watchuseek and other forums have some great deals in their B&S threads - and there are AD's also participating in them. I would still use caution and meet at an AD for verification though.

Had an office buddy buy a fake - the F-er had fake papers with the box as well frown.gif
post #49 of 163

I like Bernard Watch for used watches. I wish they would get into the vintage game though!

post #50 of 163
For your first "nice" watch, I would recommend going for a brick&mortar experience. There's no.better feeling than leaving a boutique with a brand new watch that is all you.

At your price point, I would recommend an IWC Pilot Chrono (New/Old), A NOS Breitling Navitimer (ADs may still have some) or an Omega Seamaster.

If buying USED, go for a Rolex Submariner. Classic watch and I believe every watch enthusiast should have a Rolex.
post #51 of 163
I would suggest:

Go to as many stores and boutiques as you can and try on as much as you can- it sucks to love a watch in pictures only to have it not fit well/look worse in person/etc.

You have to think somewhat long term if you're going to spend 5k on a watch (the average guy at least). Will it be the only one for years, and thus you need it to be very versatile?

Take your time making a short list, and then look at the short list pieces A LOT before making a decision. Make sure you LOVE it before buying, buyer's remorse happens a lot in watches.

Educate yourself to the nth and buy used from a reputable seller on reputable forums like timezone/rolex forums. New watch prices are insane. North of 7k for a steel Submariner now, fuck off Rolex. Watches that are a revision or two back- usually very similar to the current model- are a good value, in many cases.
post #52 of 163
Thread Starter 

I was thinking heavily on an Omega PO Chronograph

 

http://www.omegawatches.com/gents/seamaster/planet-ocean-chrono/23230465101003

 

What sort of discount should I expect on this nowadays through an AD?

I've seen some posts with people getting 25%-30% but spoke to two jewellers

in CT who laughed and said "Maybe 5%...these fly out the door".
 

With an $8200 retail, I was hoping to get somewhere around $6K. Am I being

unrealistic or just need to shop around more?

post #53 of 163
Cartier tank franchise. I have one in gold, a bit more than 5k, but in stainless steel they are also very cool and right about your price point.
post #54 of 163
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Originally Posted by antipaladin View Post

I was thinking heavily on an Omega PO Chronograph

http://www.omegawatches.com/gents/seamaster/planet-ocean-chrono/23230465101003

What sort of discount should I expect on this nowadays through an AD?
I've seen some posts with people getting 25%-30% but spoke to two jewellers
in CT who laughed and said "Maybe 5%...these fly out the door".

 
With an $8200 retail, I was hoping to get somewhere around $6K. Am I being
unrealistic or just need to shop around more?

Well if they can't match an online dealer, buy it online.

http://www.prestigetime.com/items.php?brand=26&series=918

BTW, I find anything over 25% very difficult to believe unless it's a model the AD wants to get rid of.
post #55 of 163
Thread Starter 

It's my first high end watch purchase and was hoping to buy from an AD as I'm planning

on keeping it for a long while. I managed to find a 15% discount from one AD although

8 out of 10 said "nothing" and one said "5%". I've checked the grey market sites and the

one you mentioned is the best at 18% with a month long wait. I think I'm going to jump

on the 15%. $6970 from an AD with the full warranty is worth the peace of mind

I've officially joined the fancy watch club. :)


Edited by antipaladin - 7/3/12 at 12:36pm
post #56 of 163
Thread Starter 

Even better...got the 25% from another AD and pulled the trigger on this one. Great watch!

post #57 of 163
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Originally Posted by Cant kill da Rooster View Post

Well if they can't match an online dealer, buy it online.
http://www.prestigetime.com/items.php?brand=26&series=918
BTW, I find anything over 25% very difficult to believe unless it's a model the AD wants to get rid of.

A relationship or referral will go a long way. I got a referral to my Rolex AD and got 20% off on an Exp. II (granted this was in 2009, mid-recession) and also received a referral to my IWC dealer who got me 25% off on a special order Mk XVI and subsequently got my father 30% off on an IWC and two friends 25% off on their Omegas (one a PO 42mm, the other a SMP 300m).
post #58 of 163
All from the same AD? You bring a lot more business than I could, but well done.
post #59 of 163
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Originally Posted by antipaladin View Post

Even better...got the 25% from another AD and pulled the trigger on this one. Great watch!


Good stuff. ADs are your safest best and give the best experience.

Pics?
post #60 of 163
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Originally Posted by Cant kill da Rooster View Post

All from the same AD? You bring a lot more business than I could, but well done.

The Rolex was from on AD, the IWCs and Omegas from another. However, initially I received introductions to both (one from a family friend, the other from someone on Time Zone). Spend some time on some watch-specific forums and you should be able to find some good introductions yourself.
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