If someone is going to be overseas on a trip anyway, it never hurts to check and see what kind of deal one can get on a watch that has been of interest. Certainly at times there may be currency exchange rates that along with a discount could make a difference. Still in my experience, I've always been able to get a better deal with an AD that I've formed a relationship with rather than what I could get overseas taking into account their discounts (which are not always competitive, currency conversion rates on some credit cards, and customs duties). In addition, even if there is a manufacturers warranty, if there is an issue, its nice to be able to have the AD step in an help me if necessary - possibly make a quick exchange rather than a repair if he has another in stock (which is probably not really likely to happen with an AD half way around the world).
Can someone clarify the current RO lineup available from US ADs as it relates to sizes? I'd love to put on both a 15300 and 15400 and compare the two sizes at some point, but if I'm not mistaken, the 15300 was discontinued? You guys an AD might have one of each but the boutiques probably wouldn't?
You won't find a 15300 new at any ADs or boutiques. They have been out of production for roughly 3 +/- years. If you want one your best hope is to search for a pre-owned one that is like new in box (or hope that a private collector posts one for sale that he bought and never wore). If you want to compare sizes go to a large store with pre-owned watches and maybe they will have one of each version available for you to try. As for sizes, the 15300 was 39mm and the replacement 15400 is 41mm. They wear differently on the wrist. Their is also the 15202 ultrathin which is 39mm and it wears differently than either the 15400 and 15300, because of its thinness However ADs rarely get them as production is much more limited and AP tends to send more of them to the Boutiques. Its also considerably more expensive than a 15400, so its cost is a negative factor for many people. Good luck with your AP shopping.