CMT, amazing story. Wow.
Aleksandr, I like the RN blue dial the most and really dont like the TT a few pages back.
Journeyman, rhodium will eventually wear off of whatever it has been plated on top of, but it will take a good while on a watch. With jewelry that gets daily wear its pretty quick though.
Im my haste to catch up on this thread it looks like I missed the actual kop. I thought we were still in option phase. What did you get, @aleksandr ?
Rhodium dial with arabic numerals. Went from options to kop very very fast since people were snapping these up left right center (the TT one I saw on Saturday was sold on Sunday).
Feeding frenzy is right. It seems like the dealers are doing business for the entire year in January. Prices have already gone up - I was unable to enjoy the same level of discount I am accustomed to with my usual guy (well, girl) - she tells me management has eliminated the discretionary discount and they anticipate a subtantial price increase once fresh stocks arrive. I couldn't believe that there were only three submariners left in store when they usually have a whole display case full. And no Explorer Is either!
Two practical considerations (price premium plus the fact that only the fluted bezel they had left in stock was the RN blue dial) took them out of the running. To me the fluted bezel is pretty nice but not a must have - getting the right dial was more important, so I made my choice based on that. I guess if I had eventually gone with the RN blue dial I would have gone back to choose beteween domed bezel and fluted bezel, but since the fluted bezel version of my eventual choice wasn't in stock I didn't have to make that decision.