I went ahead and pulled the trigger. They had to order it but it should be here in 10-12 days.
, I look forward to a vicarious kop event imminently, but a piece of advice: negotiate, even if you're friends. The bottom line is..er...your bottom line. He's a businessman, and you're a customer. He wants to sell you that watch. And even with a good deal, he will make money. But as a wealthy friend of mine once told me, "get over yourself". I was having issues with asking for the day rate I wanted to do some work for them - my first foray into consulting, and I suppose in British culture, talking about money feels crude. But this is a commercial transaction, and I don't think you're being at all unfriendly if you say you're naturally looking for the best price, and when you find it, you hope he can get close to matching it because you'd like to buy from a friend.
Thanks for the guidance. He threw out a number that was quite a bit lower than i was prepared to pay so it ended up not being an issue. Now the waiting begins . . .