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I think that some people genuinely don't care - it's not an affectation or a deliberate signal. They just don't care about watches and so couldn't care what they wear.

I'm sure we've all got examples, but the father of one of my old school friends is a multi-multi-millionaire. He's an engineer by training who started his own company and later sold it for a great deal of money. He owns houses in a few different cities around the world. He could easily afford multiple versions of all the watches discussed here but for the past 30 years, all I've seen him wear are cheap Casio or similar watches. He just wants something that is utilitarian and reliable and that he doesn't need to think or worry about. He's the same with cars - most of the time, he drives a Honda. Some people are just like that.
Agree for some folks. But then Obama immediately went for a white gold Rolex Cellini as soon as he was out of office.
 

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Understanding that it’s all relative, but how much can you haggle/work down a price at an AD for a watch that isnt super competitive to find (IWC Portofino or JLC MUT)?

I imagine you can probably knock at least 3% off with a cash offer right? Is there a rule of thumb otherwise? I don’t want to be offensive, but I don’t want to put money on the table that I don’t have to either...
 

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Understanding that it’s all relative, but how much can you haggle/work down a price at an AD for a watch that isnt super competitive to find (IWC Portofino or JLC MUT)?

I imagine you can probably knock at least 3% off with a cash offer right? Is there a rule of thumb otherwise? I don’t want to be offensive, but I don’t want to put money on the table that I don’t have to either...
You should be able to get a discount of at least 10%. I got that without asking when I bought a Blancpain Aqua Lung many years ago. It's also the going rate for artworks that aren't highly in demand.
 

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Understanding that it’s all relative, but how much can you haggle/work down a price at an AD for a watch that isnt super competitive to find (IWC Portofino or JLC MUT)?

I imagine you can probably knock at least 3% off with a cash offer right? Is there a rule of thumb otherwise? I don’t want to be offensive, but I don’t want to put money on the table that I don’t have to either...
15-20% would be a reasonable purchase offer. No less.
 

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I thought that was an interesting little piece! Biden 100% strikes me as straddling that Rolex-Omega divide. I was a little nonplussed with the whole Timex thing in some former presidents, seems to be overkill signaling that they don't care, but maybe I'm overthinking it. They didn't mention what Trump wears?
Reminds me when then French President and watch connoisseur Nicholas Sarkozy nearly lost one of his watches when shaking hands with a crowd.

 

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Reminds me when then French President and watch connoisseur Nicholas Sarkozy nearly lost one of his watches when shaking hands with a crowd.

Since been debunked as an attempt to alight him of his fine timepiece.
 

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Haven‘t checked in for a week or so and this thread is on fire! Lot‘s to catch up on and plenty of :lurk: moments!!

I hear the sound of the world's smallest violin playing for the owner of the APRO ultrathin and Cartier monopoussir.
Haha! It‘s an ultrathin from the 60‘s, so not in the Royal Oak case. It‘s a pure dress watch and small for today‘s tastes, but it belonged to my father and I wanted to have it in wearable condition.

I‘m absolutely delighted to be the owner of a Cartier monopoussir. I bought it back in 2013 or so, before it started to get popular.

Wow, those are some relatively high prices. However, with the AP I'm wondering if it needed some parts replaces being from the 1960s. I haven't heard of them having a service cost that high, at least not on newer pieces.
As usual, your observation is spot-on, Dino. They had to do some work on it, like replacing a jewel or two and the crown, if I recall correctly.

I serviced my Cartier monopusher about five years ago and it cost USD 2500. I am sure it is more now. The movement was not replaced but there were some modifications to the springs and bridges at the 4 o'clock when viewed from the backside. My watch serial number is around number 50 of the first series (I have seen both CC and CE if i recall correctly). So I agree it is an expensive watch to own long term. Although I think it was the only service the watch has had in 20+ years. I serviced my Patek 5026 last year with the 240 microrotor movement and it was about USD 1500. Both through the brand service centers. The Cartier took 9 or 10 months. Patek was 6 months if I recall.
We have the same watch - thanks for sharing your experience. I went through my notes and Cartier had quoted me €1750 for a routine service and a turn-around time of 7 months. But that was nearly 4 years ago, so I‘m sure the prices have increased since then.
 

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Understanding that it’s all relative, but how much can you haggle/work down a price at an AD for a watch that isnt super competitive to find (IWC Portofino or JLC MUT)?

I imagine you can probably knock at least 3% off with a cash offer right? Is there a rule of thumb otherwise? I don’t want to be offensive, but I don’t want to put money on the table that I don’t have to either...
I managed to get a 22,5% (excluding sales tax) off of a VC Traditionelle, last month. Probably because its a) not a Rolex or PP, b) a dress watch and c) a precious metal
 

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I’ve been reading up about history of the Cartier Tank and can’t figure out which is “the one” to get. Tank Louis seem the most classic though Americaine are appealing too. How large is too large? Most the automatic movement models are in XL size.
 

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Not as nice as some of the beauties covered recently but picked up the new Sub (black) on the weekend. Next up is the Daytona, which has been on my list for ages. I was told Q2 but lets see. Both are for personal use-no flipping.

I can't find it but someone posted a pic of a blue Portugieser Automatic 40 awhile ago. Would you mind posting it again? Cheers.
 

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I’ve been reading up about history of the Cartier Tank and can’t figure out which is “the one” to get. Tank Louis seem the most classic though Americaine are appealing too. How large is too large? Most the automatic movement models are in XL size.
I'm not a fan of the Tank Solo. The XL or L size which ever it is, is way too big for a tank while the M was too small for me. Tank MC is nice but isn't a classical Tank. My personal preference is the Tank Americaine.
 

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