What is the consensus opinion, if any, on the Rolex BLNR (black and blue GMTII)? I have heard a ton of hype about this watch and tried it on in person yesterday. My AD seemed really enamored with it, however, I found it somewhat blingy. In some lights, however, i couldn't resist the blue and black. It looks much juicier and interesting than I expected. Hmm....
Love the BLNR. Great looking watch! It could be the next Rolex I eventually get. I like it a lot more than the all black GMTs. I suppose the polished links do lend a bit of bling to it. Whether you can live with it is something we each have to decide for ourselves.
Its only the first year or so of 16520 production back in 1988/89 and the vintage manual wind 6263/6265s that have brushed center links and we rarely see those in person. I think we have largely become used to polished center links on Daytonas because they have had them for more than 20 years. GMTs have only had polished center links for a few years.
Shit is unavoidable so you just got to love and enjoy them. One solution is paying $2k+ for a Sub bracelet and switching it up, it doesn't go as well on the Daytona but on the GMT it works well plus you get the great glidelock system.
Speaking of Rolexes, Banks Lyon just lost their Rolex AD status and is having a Rolex sale: http://www.bankslyon.co.uk/rolex-sale-watches
If you contact them they said they will ship to the US but can only accept bank transfer payments. You do have to pay duties but it seems they are willing to lower it a bit so they charge you less. Some Datejusts are going for 20% off (because they remove VAT too), which is a lot for a brand new.
I don't think the Sub bracelet would go well with a modern Daytona because the current Daytonas also have polished lugs (The GMT still has brushed lugs).
20% seems to be the going discount when a place is selling their remaining Rolex stock after losing a Rolex account. Two shops around me that lost their accounts discounted the stock by 20%, but when I got there the stock was already picked over. Shipping a Rolex to the US can be risky....there are serious customs issues about importing a Rolex to the US. I've already discussed it earlier in the thread so I won't go in depth about it.