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Yeah, I've just put my name out there with a local AD for a different brand watch. This is the first time I've done this, so we'll see how it goes. I'm assuming this can maybe act as a springboard for that polar white Explorer in the future. They're also an AD for a few other brands I like (not Cartier though, unfortunately) and carry jewelry that my wife would probably actually like, so maybe it will all work out.

Glad the Explorer worked out for you, wear it in good health.
buy jewelry from them, that's a great way to start a relationship especially if it's local and not like AP in Las Vegas that requires a plane ticket :) check in every other month or so. 3 years is a longtime, I think you have a good chance.
 

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The AD is a local family owned independent place, second generation current owner. My SA is the third generation (oldest grandson of founder). First question he asked is if I was local... Yep, and my office is a 5 minute walk from the shop. And I realized they go to the same church as I do, too, so maybe I'll pull that card next time I stop in.
 

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I wonder if prices on the 216570 will drop if they do release an updated model this April and if so, by how much.
One used to be able to count on that with Rolex, but it doesn't seem to happen much anymore, at least not with sports models.
 

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If part of the allure of buying from an AD is the entire experience, then for some it may enhance the experience (and thereby their enjoyment of it all) if the salesperson is conversant about the item beyond just the price. Not right or wrong, just different.
I got my Rolex from what many consider one of the most elite ADs in the world - Wempe in NYC.

Believe me from personal experience.....there is no allure or lore involved - it’s just a transaction. But the denial and delusions of grandeur are so real that most people here will argue against this point til no end. So let’s leave it at that.

Happy watch hunting!
 

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I got my Rolex from what many consider one of the most elite ADs in the world - Wempe in NYC.

Believe me from personal experience.....there is no allure or lore involved - it’s just a transaction. But the denial and delusions of grandeur are so real that most people here will argue against this point til no end. So let’s leave it at that.

Happy watch hunting!
Sure, I believe you when you say there is no allure for you and it's just a transaction. But for others allure and professional customer service matters. Matters enough they don't mind spending a little more to deal with polite, professional, knowledgeable people.

You bought a Rolex. Did the salesperson know the difference between a Submariner, Sea-Dweller and GMT ? If I ask about a tourbillon or perpetual calendar watch and the salesperson says I don't know what those features are and nor do I care, but here is the price....... I don't want to buy from that salesperson.
 
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Believe me from personal experience.....there is no allure or lore involved - it’s just a transaction. But the denial and delusions of grandeur are so real that most people here will argue against this point til no end. So let’s leave it at that.
I have no reason to doubt your experience. I'm not arguing one way or the other--just describing what I think the reasoning is.

Happy watch hunting!
And to you.
 

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The AD is a local family owned independent place, second generation current owner. My SA is the third generation (oldest grandson of founder). First question he asked is if I was local... Yep, and my office is a 5 minute walk from the shop. And I realized they go to the same church as I do, too, so maybe I'll pull that card next time I stop in.
definitely pull that card, ideally yesterday.
 

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I got my Rolex from what many consider one of the most elite ADs in the world - Wempe in NYC.

Believe me from personal experience.....there is no allure or lore involved - it’s just a transaction. But the denial and delusions of grandeur are so real that most people here will argue against this point til no end. So let’s leave it at that.

Happy watch hunting!
the most elite AD in the world:) idk maybe but I guess I understand you point. I think it really depends on your personality and what your goals are. Wempe is definitely going to care less about the average joe that spends little money compared to the heavy hitters that have long-term relationships. Buy grey if that works better for you - you pay up and no BS.
 

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Sure, I believe you when you say there is no allure for you and it's just a transaction. But for others allure and professional customer service matters. Matters enough they don't mind spending a little more to deal with polite, professional, knowledgeable people.

You bought a Rolex. Did the salesperson know the difference between a Submariner, Sea-Dweller and GMT ? If I ask about a tourbillon or perpetual calendar watch and the salesperson says I don't know what those features are and nor do I care, but here is the price......I don't want to buy from that salesperson.
There is no allure because there really is no allure - not because I said so. I'm just relaying the news. I did not quiz the SA about their watch knowledge so I cannot relate to your approach. And you ain't gonna buy a tourbillon anytime soon.........or are you?

I know you are new to this hobby, but over time you will remove emotion from your actions and you will get the watch you want without getting all in your feelings about it.

In short, if an SA's lack of knowledge prevents you from getting your desired watch then I would agree with you about having enough product knowledge to make a difference to the buyer. But can you even find an example of this??
 

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There is no allure because there really is no allure - not because I said so. I'm just relaying the news. I did not quiz the SA about their watch knowledge so I cannot relate to your approach. And you ain't gonna buy a tourbillon anytime soon.........or are you?

I know you are new to this hobby, but over time you will remove emotion from your actions and you will get the watch you want without getting all in your feelings about it.

In short, if an SA's lack of knowledge prevents you from getting your desired watch then I would agree with you about having enough product knowledge to make a difference to the buyer. But can you even find an example of this??
Relaying the news ? SMH.....so you are telling me how I should feel or how I am going to feel in the future ? And you know what I purchased in the past, recent and what I am going to buy in the future ?

I bought a grey market watch many years ago from a small dealer and saved some $. Making more money now, decided to pay more and buy from mfr. boutiques at full msrp.

When buying high cost items, I want to buy from a person who has a certain level of professionalism and knowledge. I am not saying all grey market salespeople are not knowledgeable. Guy I saw online ? Yes, perfect example of someone who I call unprofessional, because he publicly states he does not care to know basic information on products he sells. I would not buy from him.
 
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Wempe is definitely going to care less about the average joe that spends little money compared to the heavy hitters that have long-term relationships.
it depends on what you mean about “care less”. I’ve bought from Wempe before in NYC. I’ve always had my questions answered thoughtfully and have found the sales associates to really know the brands. I’ve never experienced indifference the few times I’ve purchased there.

With that said, yes, of course, what I’ve spent pales in comparison to someone who probably spends well into the six figures annually given where they’re located. I’m not expecting the store to open early or to accommodate my schedule after hours, nor am I expecting a call stating that “we have some new pieces in and I’m holding a few aside for you.”
 

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Relaying the news ? SMH.....so you are telling me how I should feel or how I am going to feel in the future ? And you know what I purchased in the past, recent and what I am going to buy in the future ?

I bought a grey market watch many years ago from a small dealer and saved some $. Making more money now, decided to pay more and buy from mfr. boutiques at full msrp.

When buying high cost items, I want to buy from a person who has a certain level of professionalism and knowledge. I am not saying all grey market salespeople are not knowledgeable. Guy I saw online ? Yes, perfect example of someone who I call unprofessional, because he publicly states he does not care to know basic information on products he sells. I would not buy from him.
What happens when you have an AD employee who isn't knowledgeable? Will that deter you from buying? I have talked to numerous SAs at ADs who don't know anything about the watches they're selling. Not every SA is a watch expert or even interested in them.

I suspect that most people who are "into watches" already know as much or more than a majority of SAs due to online research
 

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In general, I agree that it shouldn‘t matter how knowledgable the sales associate is when purchasing a watch. After all, you should do your due diligence and know what you are buying.

With that said, I remember when I bought my first Rolex, a Sea-Dweller, back in 2005. It was my first „luxury“ watch purchase. The saleswoman was pretty nonchalant about it, since, well, it was just a basic Rolex. When I told my buddy about it the next day or so, he asked „did you get the anchor with it?“ (for those who don‘t know, Subs & SDs used to come with a small anchor trinket). Of course I didn‘t! I had forgotten about it. I called the shop back and they told me “oh, sorry, forgot to give it to you.“ I had to explain to her that I not only wanted the anchor, I wanted the matching one for my watch (the WR rating is embossed on it, so Subs & SDs have different anchors). She was able to find it and I went back to get it.

So yeah, if I had known everything that should come with the watch and was prepared with a checklist, it wouldn‘t matter how good the SA was. But in my case at least, it would have saved a lot of hassle if the SA had more knowledge in the first place.

Another point: boxes for Rolexes are shipped separately from the watches. The SA is responsible for matching watches to boxes. For example, if you buy a PM Rolex, you should get the biggest watch. I suppose most people could care less, but those of us who are pedantic enough would be irritated if they later discovered that their DD came with the smaller box meant for SS watches, just because the SA did not pay attention.
 

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When I told my buddy about it the next day or so, he asked „did you get the anchor with it?“ (for those who don‘t know, Subs & SDs used to come with a small anchor trinket). Of course I didn‘t! I had forgotten about it. I called the shop back and they told me “oh, sorry, forgot to give it to you.“
Completely unrelated but I suddenly find myself wondering how much an anchor fetches on eBay :p

edit: ok, that surprised me...

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