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Look what showed up in the mail today...

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Initial thoughts...I like it quite a bit in size and styling. It is a tad thick but I can probably live with it. My biggest issue is that it just doesn't feel like a $7-6k watch. I have a Santos and an Explorer II, both of which I paid a similar amount for and feel substantially better in the hand. The Tag has seems to be a lower level of finishing and the movement not as robust. I am leaning toward sending it back and buying grey market if I miss it, but I'll give it another few days.
Pee pee lume doesn't help, either.
 

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Tried these on yesterday. The Pierre Arpels watch is super underrated. Really thin and nice on the wrist. and the dual time is amazing as well. Too bad they didn’t have the dual time Pierre Arpels in stock.

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I don't understand why so many perfectly good watches are ruined by atrocious text on the dial.
 

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I'm kinda of a born-again lite weight watch fan and looking for some feedback and opinions. (Last bought some Omegas, Blancpain, and U/N 15-20 years ago.)

In celebration and commemoration of our 10th anniversary, my wife and I are purchasing a pair of Rolex watches.

She selected a 31 mm Datejust jubilee bracelet with white gold with mother of pearl and diamond dial. (I thought the mother of pearl being $2500 more than sunburst dial was too much but did make the dial 'pop' more. Wife loves it so ...) The AD want asked for full payment to do the order. Is full payment necessary to make an order?

I just picked up a 37mm Yatchmaster SS/platinum bezel with rhodium dial. It would be my one watch collection (besides a beater). I like the fit and slimness of 37mm Yatchmaster. Is it a commonly sought after model or hard to find? What are the positives and negatives?

Thanks.

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I'm kinda of a born-again lite weight watch fan and looking for some feedback and opinions. (Last bought some Omegas, Blancpain, and U/N 15-20 years ago.)

In celebration and commemoration of our 10th anniversary, my wife and I are purchasing a pair of Rolex watches.

She selected a 31 mm Datejust jubilee bracelet with white gold with mother of pearl and diamond dial. (I thought the mother of pearl being $2500 more than sunburst dial was too much but did make the dial 'pop' more. Wife loves it so ...) The AD want asked for full payment to do the order. Is full payment necessary to make an order?

I just picked up a 37mm Yatchmaster SS/platinum bezel with rhodium dial. It would be my one watch collection (besides a beater). I like the fit and slimness of 37mm Yatchmaster. Is it a commonly sought after model or hard to find? What are the positives and negatives?

Thanks.

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Positives: It's a Rolex

Negatives: It's a Rolex

Facetious comments aside, you already bought this watch, correct? So what is the relevance of whether it is hard to find? If what you are really asking is whether it will make a good investment, I'd guess probably not compared to the Sub or Daytona. YMs are the only model of sports Rolexes I consistently see languishing in display cases at ADs. Perhaps this specific model in this metal with this dial is less common than other references, but I'm not sure that means it is commonly sought after, as you put it.

To borrow advice from wiser heads than mine here, if it puts a smile on your face, buy it.
 

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Where I am we don't take deposits at all on Rolex. Ask for it. When it comes in you have a week to pay or it's sold to someone else.

The 37mm YM is not as sought after as we insecure men like big watches to compensate for our small personas. So, yes, you could flip it, but it's not a money maker.

I like it well enough but for a "one watch" I fear it gives you all the negative recognition of a Rolex, without the cred of being one of the brand's design classics.
 

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Tried these on yesterday. The Pierre Arpels watch is super underrated. Really thin and nice on the wrist. and the dual time is amazing as well. Too bad they didn’t have the dual time Pierre Arpels in stock.

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Yes, very underrated, but their designs just don't seem to appeal to many people I know. I like the dual time, but I have to agree with another poster, it doesn't need all that text on the dial.
 

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I'm kinda of a born-again lite weight watch fan and looking for some feedback and opinions. (Last bought some Omegas, Blancpain, and U/N 15-20 years ago.)

In celebration and commemoration of our 10th anniversary, my wife and I are purchasing a pair of Rolex watches.

She selected a 31 mm Datejust jubilee bracelet with white gold with mother of pearl and diamond dial. (I thought the mother of pearl being $2500 more than sunburst dial was too much but did make the dial 'pop' more. Wife loves it so ...) The AD want asked for full payment to do the order. Is full payment necessary to make an order?

I just picked up a 37mm Yatchmaster SS/platinum bezel with rhodium dial. It would be my one watch collection (besides a beater). I like the fit and slimness of 37mm Yatchmaster. Is it a commonly sought after model or hard to find? What are the positives and negatives?

Thanks.

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If you already purchased it, just enjoy it. It shouldn't matter if it is particularly sought after. It is to commemorate your anniversary, so I doubt you will plan to sell something that marks your anniversary? I like the dial. Congrats and happy anniversary!
 

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I'm kinda of a born-again lite weight watch fan and looking for some feedback and opinions. (Last bought some Omegas, Blancpain, and U/N 15-20 years ago.)

In celebration and commemoration of our 10th anniversary, my wife and I are purchasing a pair of Rolex watches.

She selected a 31 mm Datejust jubilee bracelet with white gold with mother of pearl and diamond dial. (I thought the mother of pearl being $2500 more than sunburst dial was too much but did make the dial 'pop' more. Wife loves it so ...) The AD want asked for full payment to do the order. Is full payment necessary to make an order?

I just picked up a 37mm Yatchmaster SS/platinum bezel with rhodium dial. It would be my one watch collection (besides a beater). I like the fit and slimness of 37mm Yatchmaster. Is it a commonly sought after model or hard to find? What are the positives and negatives?

Thanks.

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I dig Yachtmasters. As mentioned above, the 37mm variety is less in demand than the larger version, but that shouldn't stop you from getting it. I'm on the border of which size looks better on my wrist when I try them on.
 

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Yes, very underrated, but their designs just don't seem to appeal to many people I know. I like the dual time, but I have to agree with another poster, it doesn't need all that text on the dial.
No disagreement about the apparent detraction for the Pierre Arpels case. It clearly doesn't resonate with the average collector.

As for the dual time, I think it was very smartly done. Naturally, home time should be at the top instead of the bottom. 12-6 orientation of the hour windows is not whimsical, hence the askance axis. Local time should be at the "top of the hour" aka when the minute hand approaches the 12 o'clock position as is typical. And the argument that a dual time needs a date and/or day night is silly (not that this is your argument but I have read that as an argument to replace the text). So given these observations, I personally think the text adds a whimsical aspect to the watch and balances the dial. Just my personal opinion of a watch that I think is a far better value proposition than anything offered by the "holey trinity" or whatever people say these days. This argument also excludes the custom movement in the dual time.
 

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Thanks for the feedback.

I did buy it and will enjoy it since I do like the fit and overall design.

I was initially interested in the plain OP 39mm but this AD did not have that and trying on the Sub 40mm seems too big for my wrist. I had asked if 'highly sought after' because the sales manager said it just came in 2 weeks ago and he was surprised it hasn't be already gone. I only half believe the 'surprise availability' but was sure if it would be there if I came back two weeks later.
 

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You're right about that. Any Rolex sports watch sells fast. Most don't ever make the display case - Subs, etc. - but those that do sure don't sit. If it worked for you, you were right to grab it while it was sitting there.

I dislike the games Rolex play with availability (and Patek, AP, and the endless "limited" editions from a dozen others, but Rolex are the kings of this nonsense). It's a bit like the oil market. There is a lot of oil, but reduce the supply by 1% for 1 month and you get a spike. Let's be clear: there is no such thing as a rare or exclusive modern Rolex. They make a lot of them. A lot of Daytonas. A lot of blue Sky Dwellers. Just a few fewer than they could easily sell. It's a shitty way to treat customers, but of course a great way to maintain luxury status.

So from your practical consumer's point of view, you got one while it was on display, one of the few models that isn't usually pre-sold to someone waiting for it. And it's still money in the bank. If you're really lucky they will discontinue it soon, and make it "rare" and "collectable". Then it will have an extra perceived value beyond the obvious! The bezel finish is cool, the dial is great and I really like the little flash of light blue. Enjoy and be happy!
 

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Yachtmaster fan here.
When I was a small kid I used to cut out the photos of watches from the Brian Mills catalogue and wrap them around my wrist. I always favoured steel divers with black faces. Always thought I’d end up with a sub as they were regularly advertised in the Sunday Times Magazine when I was older.
Right up to the nineties when - clueless as I was about watches - I was at a mate’s party and his neighbour had the platinum YM on. I just thought it was a cooler version of the ubiquitous black face diver setup. I have a sub now as my daily beater but have a 40mm platinum YM for more formal occasions. They recently stopped making them but I couldn’t care less if that’s because nobody liked them or if that makes them more desirable or valuable. I love the watch and doubt I’d ever part with it.
Some people are ‘flippers’ - either they change their mind frequently and/or they’re always on the hunt for a profit so they’re constantly concerned with price, desirability, investment potential etc. Other people take a liking to a certain watch and mull it over then when they decide to pull the trigger they’re happy - for them (us!) we’re not so concerned with what others think, or whether the watch’s market price will improve over time. My wife is an Apple Watch wearer so I just hope my four year old develops an interest in man-sized watches when she grows up, otherwise a few of my mates who outlive me are gonna have a nice surprise one day - hopefully not for several decades yet!)
 

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You're right about that. Any Rolex sports watch sells fast. Most don't ever make the display case - Subs, etc. - but those that do sure don't sit. If it worked for you, you were right to grab it while it was sitting there.

I dislike the games Rolex play with availability (and Patek, AP, and the endless "limited" editions from a dozen others, but Rolex are the kings of this nonsense). It's a bit like the oil market. There is a lot of oil, but reduce the supply by 1% for 1 month and you get a spike. Let's be clear: there is no such thing as a rare or exclusive modern Rolex. They make a lot of them. A lot of Daytonas. A lot of blue Sky Dwellers. Just a few fewer than they could easily sell. It's a shitty way to treat customers, but of course a great way to maintain luxury status.

So from your practical consumer's point of view, you got one while it was on display, one of the few models that isn't usually pre-sold to someone waiting for it. And it's still money in the bank. If you're really lucky they will discontinue it soon, and make it "rare" and "collectable". Then it will have an extra perceived value beyond the obvious! The bezel finish is cool, the dial is great and I really like the little flash of light blue. Enjoy and be happy!
Good post Mimo! Agreed on all points.
Several weeks ago when the lockdowns were starting (that may have been before your momentous return to the fold!) there was a lot of speculation as to whether this would make Rolexes etc harder to come by, or if enforced frugality might help those of us on waiting lists to shoot up a few places. I wonder what your perspective as a dealer is - anything to add?
(I keep meaning to go to the shop at which I’m on the list to check my status, but it’s a 30 minute drive so I’m waiting for enough excuses to pile up for me to visit that area and make the trip worthwhile!)
 

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I was hoping that the Coronavirus would make the Rolex Daytona readily available at retail price. Looks like that was a pipe dream.
 

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probably the one sport rolex that i'd consider is the smaller yacht master
 

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