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Just send him a PM and let him know that you are interested in an Explorer I with AD warranty stamp and if he has one in stock then you're in luck, if not then he'd see what he can find.

That is really the only downside, you may have to wait til he gets one and he can't always guarantee the one he gets will have the warranty card. If you aren't in any hurry though, just let him know to contact you when he gets one or inquire for a price.

There are some cases where grey market shops/sellers aren't the best spot to buy though but mostly when one watch is in demand in certain areas but are more common in others, like with BLNR, I can likely get a deeper discount in my AD than what most forum sellers are looking to sell them for (or at least match their price). Jomashop actually still has the BLNR ~$1k above retail too just like the stainless steel Daytonas.
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I've gotten discounts from my AD on all of our modern steel Rolexes. Am I missing something?
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I've gotten discounts from my AD on all of our modern steel Rolexes. Am I missing something?


 I've been offered decent discounts on every modern steel Rolex save the Daytona - and that is the exception solely because I have never seriously considered the Daytona.  Either I am the luckiest guy in the world, or this notions that discounts on such watches are hard to come by is a myth.

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Discount on Rolex isn't impossible, it actually happens often it's just not as deep in comparison to other brands. Most ADs will start with no dicount then go with 2%-3% and then it is up to your haggling skills.

And if you visit a boutique, then it is nearly impossible to get a discount.
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I've gotten discounts from my AD on all of our modern steel Rolexes. Am I missing something?

I too get discounts from one of my ADs. However, it really depends on your relationship and their relative business situation and negotiating power. I want to say I have a decent relationship with Wempe in NYC but I can't get any discounts from them for new steel Rolex models.
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Anyone have thoughts on a classic Royal Oak (either the relatively affordable 15400 or the pricier and more special 15202) vs. a Lange 1815 Up/Down?

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15202 will be the obvious choice for me.


1815 being a dressier watch will serve different purpose that sporty ROs you mentioned.
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Agreed that they are very different but in this instance, I lust after the new 1815 up/down. That could very well be my one watch - and this coming from a 15202 owner. I think the 1815 up/down can be dressed down very easily and would work beautifully as a daily wearer. Obviously not for sporty activities or at the beach (the 15202 doesn't do that duty either), but for everything else it would absolutely brilliant.
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Agreed that they are very different but in this instance, I lust after the new 1815 up/down. That could very well be my one watch - and this coming from a 15202 owner. I think the 1815 up/down can be dressed down very easily and would work beautifully as a daily wearer. Obviously not for sporty activities or at the beach (the 15202 doesn't do that duty either), but for everything else it would absolutely brilliant.

Why wouldn't the 15202 be okay for sporty activities or the beach?


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15202 despite its tough exterior, has a thin and delicate movement.


It looks sporty but please don't do sports on it.
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Why wouldn't the 15202 be okay for sporty activities or the beach?


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Frills, good question: I actually think with all its polished surfaces and beautiful bezel and delicate-feeling bracelet, I would be concerned about how well the 15202 would hold up during physical activity, both aesthetically and from the perspective of its movement.

I feel more comfortable wearing my overseas Chrono on a rubber strap or my LV Sub - they just feel more robust and sturdier. It could be purely psychological though. I am pretty careful with my watches.
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Stevent, very nice, and looks great on your wrist. Wear it well, and wear it hard, but not too hard.
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@stevent, congrats man! That looks great. I have always wanted to pick up a Sinn. I love the acrylic...
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Congrats and enjoy it!  A friend of mine had a Sinn Chronograph years ago and he really liked it a lot.  Wishing you many years of enjoyment from it.  cheers.gif
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Great pickup, Stevey - looks mighty fine. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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The basic 103 is a great watch. The Ti models, not so much.

Welcome to the acrylic fetishists legion!

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Congrats stevent - that's a solid chrono - enjoy the heck out of it.

Thanks guys, acrylic is definitely really nice icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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Congratulations; nice kop.  But that latter one is a killer...were it not for the shoes, I would have a TWAT-worthy timepiece by now.  Ah well...

Yeah I've debated going down to a 5 galway wardrobe, never going to happen though
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RO is da bomb! Beyond me, though frown.gif
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Last month I was with a friend who was looking at a two tone Sub (blue face) at an AD and he was offered a 10% discount. That's my favorite Sub.

On the two tones and all gold models you can almost always get a discount. 

 

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 I've been offered decent discounts on every modern steel Rolex save the Daytona - and that is the exception solely because I have never seriously considered the Daytona.  Either I am the luckiest guy in the world, or this notions that discounts on such watches are hard to come by is a myth.

It really depends on the dealer.  I used to go to one place and you could get 10% off all steel Rolex models except Daytonas.  You didn't even have to ask, they would have a price tag on them that reflected a 10% discount.  Sadly, around 3 years ago they lost their Rolex account after more than 50 years as an AD for Rolex.  Most ADs near me are big chains and they will not discount all steel models at all.  I do hear of people getting discounts, but it really depends on the dealer (and some offer smaller discounts than they used to offer). 

 

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Why wouldn't the 15202 be okay for sporty activities or the beach?


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I wear my 15202 for everything, but I probably wouldn't wear it at the beach because it does not have a screw down crown.  I know its WR to 50m, so it should be fine just for basic swimming, but I wouldn't wear something that costly in the water unless it had a screw down crown.  I'm just super cautious with nice things...but others may feel more comfortable wearing theirs to swim in the ocean. 

 

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Anyone have thoughts on a classic Royal Oak (either the relatively affordable 15400 or the pricier and more special 15202) vs. a Lange 1815 Up/Down?

Such different watches...that its difficult to compare.  ROs are luxury sports watches that are versatile enough to wear with a suit, but look great with jeans, a T shirt and leather jacket.  The 1815, is purely a dress watch.  The only Lange that I really love the looks of, are Lange 1s, so I've never seriously considered an 1815 up/down although their workman ship is fantastic.  I think you have to consider whether you would wear a dress watch as often as a luxury sports watch...do you wear a suit and tie each day, do you attend a lot of dressy functions? If yes, the 1815 could be the right choice.  I don't have to wear a suit and tie everyday and I don't attend too many dressy functions per year...but I am often still drawn to some dress watches...I just know they won't get worn all that often.   Do you have a true dress watch?  If you do not have a true dress watch, then that might be another reason to go with the Lange.  That being said, I own a RO (15202) and its been one of the best watch purchases I've ever made.  No regrets, no buyers remorse, its quality justifies its price...and it gets most of my wrist time.  However, not knowing your work environment, if you have a very active lifestyle, and what watches you currently own its hard to give an opinion on how I would proceed if I were in your shoes.  

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Frills, good question: I actually think with all its polished surfaces and beautiful bezel and delicate-feeling bracelet, I would be concerned about how well the 15202 would hold up during physical activity, both aesthetically and from the perspective of its movement.

I feel more comfortable wearing my overseas Chrono on a rubber strap or my LV Sub - they just feel more robust and sturdier. It could be purely psychological though. I am pretty careful with my watches.


I'd agree with this and it's a reason why the RO's have never appealed to me. I'm not very careful when wearing my watches with the exception of dress watches. They get banged around a lot. The RO's have always been a neither here nor there watch for me, and therefore have never been something I'd really consider. The Nautilus is a step up for me in terms of what I'd feel comfortable wearing around with a little less care (screw down crown, as Dino mentioned comes in to play as well), and the Overseas I wouldn't worry about at all.

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