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That's where bracelets come in handy. I always buy my watches on a bracelet (when offered) even if I plan to wear it on a strap, just to have the option down the road. Years ago, I suffered the brutality of the aftermarket when I had to replace the bracelet on my Speedy and swore never to be in that position again.

Great tip. I never even thought to ask if they can swap for a bracelet.
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Thanks! It's so versatile that during the year it gets more wrist time than all my other watches combined.
Maybe in Australia that's possible, but here in the US, most luxury brands have been tightening the reigns on dealers. Discounts are not what they were 10 years, particularly with brands like AP, VC, and Patek. The only way someone here could get a brand like those (brand new from an AD) at 40%+ off, is if a dealer is losing a contract and liquidating their remaining inventory. Years ago 30 -35 %was pretty common (except on steel Rolexes) but not anymore.

When I wanted to buy myself a Breguet for my birthday five years ago I called shops all around the world. The cheapest I managed to find it was in the States and then I got a Sydney shop to match it. Though it may depend on the brand and season.

My problem is that I am at a disadvantage. Once I have decided I want it then I am a poor bargainer because I can't walk away...
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When I wanted to buy myself a Breguet for my birthday five years ago I called shops all around the world. The cheapest I managed to find it was in the States and then I got a Sydney shop to match it. Though it may depend on the brand and season.

It definitely depends on the brand. I can't speak about Breguet, I haven't priced them. It's also possible that discounting issues are not as scorned by the Swatch group and companies under their umbrella. In addition, much of the world was still dealing with an economic melt down when you were buying.

It never hurts to negotiate for the best deal possible. However, discounts are not as generous with AP, PP, VC, Rolex and Cartier as it used to be in the States. In addition, in the few years there were some big shake ups with several ADs, and many lost their contracts with those companies. At least in my experience many survivors seem more cautious about deep discounting.
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I got my biggest discounts on my Breguet and Franck Mueller.
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I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on my first AP RO in rosegold on strap. I'm used to buying watches in Asia and haggling is pretty common there. Is it possible to negotiate the price here Stateside? Perhaps 20-25%?

Who cares, that watch is awesome. see if you can get a BOGO and send one to me.
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How do you guys feel about a brown croc strap on a black dial watch?

White Gold Parmigiani Fleurier Toric,

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I wonder how many people know how to work a slide rule these days; or even know of their existence.

 

I read somewhere that you can actually do math on these? Thats crazy, id have never thought of that

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I read somewhere that you can actually do math on these? Thats crazy, id have never thought of that
"The slide rule has a long and distinguished ancestry … from William Oughtred in 1622 to the Apollo missions to the moon ... a span of three and a half centuries … it was used to perform design calculations for virtually all the major structures built on this earth during that long period of our history … an amazing legacy for something so mechanically simple."


http://www.oughtred.org/history.shtml
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Is not the slide rule based on log tables which go back to ancient Greece if I am not mistaken?
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Camille Fournet.

 

Yummy. They make wonderful straps!

 

This is an example of an Ostrich hide they produced:

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After a long and fun search, have something incoming tomorrow... bounce2.gif

Awesome! Can't wait to see it!
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