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No Frills posts a Kate pic with Frilly top - I confused :confused:

 

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No watch pickup today but got an EG Galway and a JL Philip II.  

 

 

Oh alright.  There's a watch shot here somewhere.  Wrist shot below with Steven Taffel of Leffot, who was wearing a vintage GMT today.

 

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That is a nice watch from Maurice Lacroix smile.gif It can be possible to get the Jaeger Le Coultre Master at 50% discount too, although not usually, however, nevertheless, as with most brands one should always expect a significant discount with Jaeger Lecoultre.

really?
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thanks for all the congraz! cheers.gif
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Yes
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really?
Yes really smile.gif

I have a customers mailing list letter from a year or two ago offering a 50% sale on Jaeger Lecoultre. Although I'm not sure if this was a special offer for their proven customers. I've walked into other approved retailers and been offered 20% off Master Control and Master Ultra Thin without pushing for it.

This is generally true for most brands, that you should expect a good discount and not pay full list price, with the well known exception of Rolex.
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1/2 off JLC from an authorized retailer would be exceptionally rare - and exceptionally sweet.  The only time I have seen it personally was from a retailer that had decided to stop carrying the brand (or else JLC had decided that they would no longer be supplied).  Still wish I had grabbed the platinum Master Ultra Thin from that sale.

 

Also, I know for a fact that full list for Rolex isn't nearly the hard rule that it once was.  I have looked closely at several of their steel sport models recently and have been offered decent (though not extravagant) discounts.

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Yes Roger, I agree 50% is rare for any reputable brand - but it is possible. But 20% is not unusual and may be achievable for many watches. Rolex... It depends. A sizeable discount is more achievable on Datejust and Cellini, than for the Professional range. As you say, nonetheless, discounts may be had. I was offered 8% off a GMTIIc from an approved Rolex retailer about 3 years ago when I was interested in that watch.
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Casual pairing today; flannel shirt, cords and Reverso. Part of why I love this watch is how adaptable it is, whether dressed up with a jacket and tie, or dressed down with casual shirts and jeans.

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Very nice Academe!  The love for the Reverso is strong in this thread.

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I got a whopping 5% off when I bought my sub from an AD in '91; amount saved? Nearly $100 icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif


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Very nice Academe!  The love for the Reverso is strong in this thread.

Thanks; I do love mine.

My only observation, as others have noted on the interwebz, is that the steel of the case is relatively soft and scratches easily. This doesn't really bother me too much as I just chalk it up to character, but may bother others who baby their watches a bit more...
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Thanks Dino! I actually prefer the NY boutique edition 1921, the one with big luminous Arabic numerals like the original vintage VC. I wear my watches on the right hand so neither work for me (unless I go bespoke!).

Love the Historiques line too, although they carry a huge premium over the Patrimony line while still sharing the same movements. A sentiment echoed among the VC community as well.

25k for the 1921 was not cheap, but 40k is just crazy!

I think the current Chronometre Royal is just a sad shadow of the 1950s versions, in beauty, movement and actual timekeeping.

More pics to come in Part II of the W&W event!

Sorry for the late reply, had a lot going on at work.  I have seen the boutique edition of the time only 1921, and I know it more closely mirrors the original, but I prefer the standard version.  I just don't care for the luminous markings or hands on the boutique version.  I generally prefer their watches in rose, but they did release (I believe for boutiques only) and perpetual calendar version in Platinum that was stunning.

 

I don't understand the huge premium that VC now charges for Les Historiques.  Years ago they were priced similarly to the other watches in the their collection, and price depended on complexity of the watch and its movement.  Today it seems based upon which collection it is associated with, which is nonsense.

 

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I tried that one on a few years ago at an event.  Love the chocolate dial !!!  

 

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Now I will wear this watch happily on a daily basis. biggrin.gif


 

Congrats on a great find Wurger.  Its a very nice clean design and I'm sure you'll get lots of use from it.  

 

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Originally Posted by Chuckie Egg View Post

Yes Roger, I agree 50% is rare for any reputable brand - but it is possible. But 20% is not unusual and may be achievable for many watches. Rolex... It depends. A sizeable discount is more achievable on Datejust and Cellini, than for the Professional range. As you say, nonetheless, discounts may be had. I was offered 8% off a GMTIIc from an approved Rolex retailer about 3 years ago when I was interested in that watch.

Discounts were always more readily available in DJs and Cellini models.  One AD near me used to have a policy of discounting any DJ, DD, or Cellini, but absolutely no discount on the Professional/sports models.  However, that was a dealer imposed rule, as I could travel 30 miles from them to another AD and get any SS Sports model (except a SS Daytona or when they were new Sub LV) for 10% off the MSRP.  There wasn't even any haggling that needed to be done, all price tags were marked with the price after a 10% discount.  Sadly, that AD and another small one near me (both which had been Rolex AD's for 50+ years) had their contracts with Rolex cancelled within the last 2 years.   

 

Briefly, when I stopped into an AD and looked at a current Sub C about 6 months ago, the AD wouldn't discount the watch.  

 

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I got a whopping 5% off when I bought my sub from an AD in '91; amount saved? Nearly $100 icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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The best discount I've gotten on a Rolex in somewhat more recent years was back in 2001, my Dad and I bought a sports model Rolex in steel at the same time from the same AD and we each got a 15% discount (he got a GMT and I got an Ex 2).  Sadly that dealer lost its contract with Rolex about 2 years ago. 

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Casual pairing today; flannel shirt, cords and Reverso. Part of why I love this watch is how adaptable it is, whether dressed up with a jacket and tie, or dressed down with casual shirts and jeans. [IMG]http://www.styleforum.net/content/type/61/id/1020248/width/200/height/400[/IMG]

Quite like watches that can be worn for different settings and occasions! Bravo.

Maiden voyage of my Lobbs today. They make fine shoes. Oh, forgot this is TWAT. Cushion case 5040 in yellow gold today.

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ADs are officially not allowed to discount all steel models at all, some do, but its not without risk.

other brands vary, but some brands are only 45% back from MSRP, so 50% discount would never happen. hell, most brands are 50% back, so if a dealer takes of 50% they make nothing. unless there is some weird promotion/stale inventory, i would never expect 50% off BNIB from and AD.

15% - 30% back might be the reasonable expected discount ime for most brands and models.

ymmv i guess.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

ADs are officially not allowed to discount all steel models at all, some do, but its not without risk.

other brands vary, but some brands are only 45% back from MSRP, so 50% discount would never happen. hell, most brands are 50% back, so if a dealer takes of 50% they make nothing. unless there is some weird promotion/stale inventory, i would never expect 50% off BNIB from and AD.

15% - 30% back might be the reasonable expected discount ime for most brands and models.

ymmv i guess.
I have seen some dealers do very creative trade in deal to get around the no discount rules.
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Kaplan: great patina on that sub!

Dino: even 12 years ago, I'd 15% is damn good on sports models from a Rolex AD....you obviously got the volume discount!

Frilly: great shoes, great watch.


Here's a pic of my Seamaster, hanging out pre-game at one of the "Meccas" of college football....any of the SEC guys know this one (?) ....the cup is normally yellow (hint), but they were doing the breast cancer awareness thing...




Here's a dead giveaway LOL:
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While in the region, I also stopped into this little watch store in the ATL, (I know, I know)....




Mall cop actually got mad at me for taking that picture for some reason. But would you believe I actually had a nice experience?

Sales lady there was quite helpful, if not super-informed. She let me try on another black faced diver's watch, dare I say a grail piece-- that I really need, like I need a hole in the head.

This big-a$$ thing:



You can't really have too many divers, right? Even at 45mm?

I've had a watch crush on the 50 Fathoms for a long, long time....but still haven't scratched that itch. Maybe someday *sigh*. Retail price is almost criminal, but I got the feeling a discount could be arranged.

Finish on this thing is off the chain, people. And I don't need to tell you all about the Cousteauness of it.

Tried it on bracelet also (it's quite heavy, solid) but think I would prefer the sailcloth strap if I ever plunge.

I was also given one of those nice, bound "catalogs" that's more like a book, which BlancpaiN does so well. Goes on the shelf with my other watch books and magazines, etc.

A pleasant little visit, all in all. Was also looking at some nice IWCs but didn't ask her to pull any out of the case....the hand-wound Portofino 8 days is still growing on me.

And before I left Lenox Square, I had to shoot one more pic...think of it as an early Halloween scare....ha ha ha *Vincent Price laugh*....

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