Men's watch at the $5K mark?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by antipaladin, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. ianGP

    ianGP Senior member

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    Rolex will cost 9-10k now... :( but I'm talking about their sportier collection (new ceramic subs, gmts, yachty, DSSD)


    I am SO down for that JLC MC! A shop here in DC actually tagged it at 4800 IIRC.... and +1million on that Seiko GS - open caseback, in house movement.

    The Zenith's are growing on me


    My next watch will most likely be a vintage patek or a jules audemars.... still saving :embar:
     


  2. ethanm

    ethanm Senior member

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    You can find LNIB Rolexes for ~$5.5k. Buying a new watch is like buying a new car and really not worth it IMO. Especially for a maker like Rolex whose designs haven't significantly changed in the last 60 years.
     
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  3. ianGP

    ianGP Senior member

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    Completely agree. I think watchuseek and other forums have some great deals in their B&S threads - and there are AD's also participating in them. I would still use caution and meet at an AD for verification though.

    Had an office buddy buy a fake - the F-er had fake papers with the box as well :(
     
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  4. ethanm

    ethanm Senior member

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    I like Bernard Watch for used watches. I wish they would get into the vintage game though!
     


  5. ThatGuy

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    For your first "nice" watch, I would recommend going for a brick&mortar experience. There's no.better feeling than leaving a boutique with a brand new watch that is all you.

    At your price point, I would recommend an IWC Pilot Chrono (New/Old), A NOS Breitling Navitimer (ADs may still have some) or an Omega Seamaster.

    If buying USED, go for a Rolex Submariner. Classic watch and I believe every watch enthusiast should have a Rolex.
     


  6. bigbadbuff

    bigbadbuff Senior member

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    I would suggest:

    Go to as many stores and boutiques as you can and try on as much as you can- it sucks to love a watch in pictures only to have it not fit well/look worse in person/etc.

    You have to think somewhat long term if you're going to spend 5k on a watch (the average guy at least). Will it be the only one for years, and thus you need it to be very versatile?

    Take your time making a short list, and then look at the short list pieces A LOT before making a decision. Make sure you LOVE it before buying, buyer's remorse happens a lot in watches.

    Educate yourself to the nth and buy used from a reputable seller on reputable forums like timezone/rolex forums. New watch prices are insane. North of 7k for a steel Submariner now, fuck off Rolex. Watches that are a revision or two back- usually very similar to the current model- are a good value, in many cases.
     


  7. antipaladin

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    I was thinking heavily on an Omega PO Chronograph

    http://www.omegawatches.com/gents/seamaster/planet-ocean-chrono/23230465101003

    What sort of discount should I expect on this nowadays through an AD?
    I've seen some posts with people getting 25%-30% but spoke to two jewellers
    in CT who laughed and said "Maybe 5%...these fly out the door".

    With an $8200 retail, I was hoping to get somewhere around $6K. Am I being
    unrealistic or just need to shop around more?
     
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  8. SkinnyGoomba

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    Cartier tank franchise. I have one in gold, a bit more than 5k, but in stainless steel they are also very cool and right about your price point.
     


  9. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    Well if they can't match an online dealer, buy it online.

    http://www.prestigetime.com/items.php?brand=26&series=918

    BTW, I find anything over 25% very difficult to believe unless it's a model the AD wants to get rid of.
     


  10. antipaladin

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    It's my first high end watch purchase and was hoping to buy from an AD as I'm planning
    on keeping it for a long while. I managed to find a 15% discount from one AD although
    8 out of 10 said "nothing" and one said "5%". I've checked the grey market sites and the
    one you mentioned is the best at 18% with a month long wait. I think I'm going to jump
    on the 15%. $6970 from an AD with the full warranty is worth the peace of mind

    I've officially joined the fancy watch club. :)
     
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  11. antipaladin

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    Even better...got the 25% from another AD and pulled the trigger on this one. Great watch!
     


  12. TimelesStyle

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    A relationship or referral will go a long way. I got a referral to my Rolex AD and got 20% off on an Exp. II (granted this was in 2009, mid-recession) and also received a referral to my IWC dealer who got me 25% off on a special order Mk XVI and subsequently got my father 30% off on an IWC and two friends 25% off on their Omegas (one a PO 42mm, the other a SMP 300m).
     


  13. Cant kill da Rooster

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    All from the same AD? You bring a lot more business than I could, but well done.
     


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    Good stuff. ADs are your safest best and give the best experience.

    Pics?
     


  15. TimelesStyle

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    The Rolex was from on AD, the IWCs and Omegas from another. However, initially I received introductions to both (one from a family friend, the other from someone on Time Zone). Spend some time on some watch-specific forums and you should be able to find some good introductions yourself.
     
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