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post #42571 of 48312
Late to the table yet again. There is no question that its a matter of personal preference, and there are obviously pros and cons to each when it comes to AD v. GM, and new v. owned. I dont think there is a right or wrong here, so I will just share my experience.

For my first 3 watches I went through ADs, and at the time I felt that was the only way to go. I was afraid of knock offs and not having someone to service the watch and so on. For those watches if I had to go back in time and do it again I would still go AD. One was an Ebel, which was nicely discounted because Ebel, one was a steel DJ back when retail was under 4k, and thanks to a friend I got 15% off the DJ. The last was the JLC Squadra and I got it at 10% over dealer cost thanks to a great hook up, not to mention it had just been released and MSRP was about half what it is now.

At the time I did not feel I had enough knowledge to buy outside of an AD, and with watches in the 4k and under range the savings going outside an AD would not have have been significant enough to make me feel like the reward was greater than the risk.

The following 3 were all pre-owned and if I had to do it again I would do that the same too. I knew a lot more about watches and what I was doing when I made those purchases, they were pricier watches, and MSRP in the past 3 years is nothing like it was 10 years ago. Factoring in everything, I felt the savings were worth the small inherent risk in going outside of an AD.

Going on, although I really am satiated with the RO, more so than with any other watch I have ever bought, if/when I am to make further watch purchases, it would really depend on the various factors in the particular situation. I would not write off any option. Not to mention, if I had a lot of cheddar, I might go AD just for the fun of the experience, who knows.

Point being, each purchase is different, the options available to each person are different, and I think its best to weigh all your options and go with what resonates most with you.

As an aside, as far as getting cool stuff and going to cool places from an AD, ime, and from what I see going on, that is not something offered to every Joe that goes in and buys a watch. Its usually reserved for someone that buys a very serious watch or someone that makes a lot of purchases with that AD, and if its a jewelry store too, that would factor in all kinds of possible purchases a person or couple may make.

So, if you are making your first purchase, and its not a huge ticket item, sure, a good AD will treat you real nice while you are there and the royal treatment will be sweet, but unless its a place you expect to be building a relationship with over time dont expect too much cool stuff and exclusive invites. My experience anyways.
post #42572 of 48312
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

Late to the table yet again. There is no question that its a matter of personal preference, and there are obviously pros and cons to each when it comes to AD v. GM, and new v. owned. I dont think there is a right or wrong here, so I will just share my experience.

For my first 3 watches I went through ADs, and at the time I felt that was the only way to go. I was afraid of knock offs and not having someone to service the watch and so on. For those watches if I had to go back in time and do it again I would still go AD. One was an Ebel, which was nicely discounted because Ebel, one was a steel DJ back when retail was under 4k, and thanks to a friend I got 15% off the DJ. The last was the JLC Squadra and I got it at 10% over dealer cost thanks to a great hook up, not to mention it had just been released and MSRP was about half what it is now.

At the time I did not feel I had enough knowledge to buy outside of an AD, and with watches in the 4k and under range the savings going outside an AD would not have have been significant enough to make me feel like the reward was greater than the risk.

The following 3 were all pre-owned and if I had to do it again I would do that the same too. I knew a lot more about watches and what I was doing when I made those purchases, they were pricier watches, and MSRP in the past 3 years is nothing like it was 10 years ago. Factoring in everything, I felt the savings were worth the small inherent risk in going outside of an AD.

Going on, although I really am satiated with the RO, more so than with any other watch I have ever bought, if/when I am to make further watch purchases, it would really depend on the various factors in the particular situation. I would not write off any option. Not to mention, if I had a lot of cheddar, I might go AD just for the fun of the experience, who knows.

Point being, each purchase is different, the options available to each person are different, and I think its best to weigh all your options and go with what resonates most with you.

As an aside, as far as getting col stuff and going to cool places from an AD, ime, and from what I see going on, that is not something offered to every Joe that goes in and buys a watch. Its usually reserved for someone that buys a very serious watch or someone that makes a lot of purchases with that AD, and if its a jewelry store too, that would factor in all kinds of possible purchases a person or couple may make.

So, if you are making your first purchase, and its not a huge ticket item, sure, a good AD will treat you real nice while you are there and the royal treatment will be sweet, but unless its a place you expect to be building a relationship with over time dont expect too much cool stuff and exclusive invites. My experience anyways.

 

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post #42573 of 48312
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Did this seller actually give you service papers?  I would think you would have noticed if the service had been done by Rolex, as Rolex service papers have Rolex logos on them and the Rolex Service Center's address and phone number, plus all work done and cost.

Yes, he included the service papers. The work was done by Gil-Bonnet, not Rolex. I agree with your point that even Rolex would not cover a cracked crystal. Lesson learned.
post #42574 of 48312
Moonwatch hath landed. Loving it overall and enjoy the bracelet even though I would prefer it didn't have the polished bits. They are less offensive in the flesh. Kind of annoyed with how much box it was delivered with because now I feel like I have to keep the packaging forever so that if I ever sell it to someone like Dino they won't be sad.

Also as promised by my dealer, it's brand spanking new from the factory and was just manufactured in March. No wrist pics because I need to get it sized.

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Edited by UnFacconable - 4/2/15 at 12:02pm
post #42575 of 48312
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Moonwatch hath landed. Loving it overall and enjoy the bracelet even though I would prefer it didn't have the polished bits. They are less offensive in the flesh. Kind of annoyed with how much box it was delivered with because now I feel like I have to keep the packaging forever so that if I ever sell it to someone like Dino they won't be sad.

:rotflmao:  You don't have to keep the packaging so that if you sell to someone like me they won't be sad,  you have to keep the packaging because if you are going to sell to a person like me you have to have the packaging or we won't buy it ;)  

 

All kidding aside, it looks great!  Congrats and enjoy it!. Once you get is sized you owe us some wrist shots.  :cheers:

post #42576 of 48312
^ Very nice
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Originally Posted by UnFacconable View Post

Moonwatch hath landed. Loving it overall and enjoy the bracelet even though I would prefer it didn't have the polished bits. They are less offensive in the flesh. Kind of annoyed with how much box it was delivered with because now I feel like I have to keep the packaging forever so that if I ever sell it to someone like Dino they won't be sad.

Also as promised by my dealer, it's brand spanking new from the factory and was just manufactured in March. No wrist pics because I need to get it sized.

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One day...

post #42578 of 48312
While editing my post I almost change the line because I realize it's a condition precedent to buying! Keeping the boxes unfortunately speaks both to my hoarder nature and to my desire to maintain value. I am going to do my best not to wait 3 months to get it sized unlike with my BLNR.

I should have also mentioned the nato is buttery - I now hate all my other natos for being inferior to the one Omega shipped. It feels comparatively luxurious. Love the velcro band as well. Still think I'll keep it on bracelet or put it on a flat shell strap but the nato has opened my eyes to the quality I've been missing out on.
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rotflmao.gif   You don't have to keep the packaging so that if you sell to someone like me they won't be sad,  you have to keep the packaging because if you are going to sell to a person like me you have to have the packaging or we won't buy it wink.gif   

All kidding aside, it looks great!  Congrats and enjoy it!. Once you get is sized you owe us some wrist shots.  cheers.gif
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Congratulations @UnFacconable; that looks great!  I know it's only marketing fluff, but having all that inner and outer box going on, the bits and pieces alongside, etc, really adds to the sense of specialness and occasion.  Maybe OTT to some, but I think they did a great job of making that look exciting.

 

For my part, today I give the medal to the Richemont machine: FYI @BostonHedonist Vacheron Constantin and Roger Dubuis catalogues both arrived in my office (separately) by courier, I think that's under 48 hours.  Credit also to Girard Perregaux as top indie: their local agent called me to arrange to deliver their catalogue.  I'm away for a few days so I'll pick it up when I'm back, but those are the winners in the hungry-for-your-custom stakes.

 

Also, I am going to buy a watch (@no frills , yes that kind of object), second clue is that it does not come from any of the aforementioned makers.  Or Citizen.  Take that one free.

post #42580 of 48312
Welcome to the speedy club!
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Last time we went to the Bristol Lounge, we went for around 7:00 on a Saturday, and then we waited for them to open the dessert buffet which is a small up charge over the standard desserts if you had dinner there.  The Dessert buffet runs from 9pm to I think midnight, and they have a fresh crepe station with chocolates, fresh berries, sauces etc.  We had breakfast at Eastern Standard but never had dinner there.  I love a good burger so its worth trying.  Although, I have to say, and I know its a chain, but the best burger deal around if you have to eat early, is Flemmings (there is one near the theater district).  They have something called Flemmings 6 from 5 to 7.  They have a few appetizers and a burger that are $6 from 5-7PM.  Its a great burger and hell, they charge like $9 buck for an over cooked burger at TGIFridays.  If you like foie gras...you simply must go to Deuxave!  Mrs, Dino isn't really a huge fan of it but she had to order it as an appetizer because it was such an interesting pairing...Foie Gras over pineapple upsidedown carrot cake!  It was amazing!   We have been to Oishii, and it was very good.  We also liked Fugaku in Brookline...so many creative rolls!  Wishing you luck with Liquid Art House, I'll let you know what we think of Bar Boulud soon.   

 

Just to keep things on point, below is a photo of my Oysterquartz at a dinner we had at 28 Atlantic on the Cape, in East Harwich.  Lobster Ravioli, beef tenderloin, and soft baked maple cheese cake with strawberries....the view was stunning even on a cloudy evening.  Now that I posted that ...I'm starving!  

 

 

 

I am a little behind and just catching up on this thread.  Great spot!  Got married here a while back.  Have you tried Vers in downtown Chatham?  Please do (the downstairs dining option).  And you must absolutely try the Truth or Dare dessert.  My wife and I sometimes only go for dessert.  

 

http://www.verscapecod.com/

post #42582 of 48312

Today I'm feeling like a kid on Christmas day! Mailman just dropped this for me and it fits like a glove, won't even need to go and get it sized at my local watchsmith! Calling @TheWraith

I know to some on this thread, this is just pocket change, but this is my first 'big' purchase and I'm thrilled! The bracelet is really confortable, a joy to wear!

I apologise for the subpar iPad picture, I promise I will post some nicer ones soon, for the time being I'm just too excited to concentrate on picture taking!



I know it's quartz but I feel this watch has reach quite a status (since being featured on 95's Golden Eye) and has quite a following among WIS.

Refence number 2541.80.00 for those interested!


Edited by ShawnBC - 4/2/15 at 2:27pm
post #42583 of 48312
Damn, it's a good day for TWAT.

With all this talk about discounts, thought I should let y'all know by going AD I saved a bunch of money on my car insurance.

Also 30% off this 35mm PVD rose gold number for my first ever quartz beater. Yes, quartz is anathema to my being. Sometimes you take a looker who's a little less intelligent, as @BostonHedonist suggested about food a ways back.
post #42584 of 48312
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I am a little behind and just catching up on this thread.  Great spot!  Got married here a while back.  Have you tried Vers in downtown Chatham?  Please do (the downstairs dining option).  And you must absolutely try the Truth or Dare dessert.  My wife and I sometimes only go for dessert.  

 

http://www.verscapecod.com/

Thanks for the suggestions.  We did not know about Vers.  I will have to give it a try maybe this spring or summer...especially since I love dessert!  When we were last in Chatham the only other place we tried was Stars.  The food was good, but the desserts...well they sucked.  We got married on the Cape also, in Falmouth at the Coonamessett Inn.  My dad's side of the family has lived in W. Falmouth since the 1960s so there were lots of family dinners there and lots of memories.  I probably make it down to the Cape 2 or 3 times a year. 

 

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Today I'm feeling like a kid on Christmas day! Mailman just dropped this for me and it fits like a glove, won't even need to go and get it sized at my local watchsmith!

I know to some on this thread, this is just pocket change, but this is my first 'big' purchase and I'm thrilled! The bracelet is really confortable, a joy to wear!
 

Congrats!!!  Looks great.  I hope it gives you many years of enjoyment.  :cheers:

 

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Also 30% off this 35mm PVD rose gold number for my first ever quartz beater. Yes, quartz is anathema to my being. Sometimes you take a looker who's a little less intelligent, as @BostonHedonist suggested about food a ways back.

Congrats and enjoy!  Nothing wrong with having a quartz watch in the rotation.  There are a few of us here with quartz watches.  Below is mine...its going to get a new battery tomorrow.

post #42585 of 48312
UnFacconnable, congrats on the nice purchase! Speedmaster moonwatch is high on my wish list but probably not for a couple of years!
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