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I want to like every Omega that isn't a Speedmaster iteration but am struggling..........who else feels the same?
The 2500 caliber 42mm Planet Ocean is nice but they discontinued that size back in like 2010 or 2011. Current Seamaster 300m Pro Diver on rubber strap is also very nice.
 

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Porsche GT cars also.
How many undesirable porsches did you purchase before your GT3?

I have been on the “list” for a Hermes Kelly for six years. Last time I dropped by, they suggested building a “relationship” by showing “commitment” to the brand through purchases of handbags already in stock.

There is no list.
The Birkin thing is a bit weird. I have a relative who has a few Birkins but doesn't have a lot of spend at Hermes otherwise. Vast majority of her spend is on very desirable Birkins and she has turned down more than she's accepted. She feels honored to be able to purchase the bags but I do sometimes wonder whether the exclusivity is overblown and just used as an excuse to increase desirability. She's not an influencer or anything public facing either. Also not particularly wealthy, just someone who really likes Birkins.

In a similar vein, judging heuristically by what I'm seeing online, it appears that Rolex has amped up sports watch production. Lots of people showing their new explorers, GMTs, etc. I suppose it's possible it's just a higher percentage of people sharing what they have, but I suspect they opened the floodgates a bit this year.

I'm not in the market either way so it's just academic for me, but wondering if it's just my perception or not.
 

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I think location plays into it as well major city/small AD. Also just being in general a good dude and not some giant douche.
Yes, be nice and friendly, obviously. But that is not enough.

Smaller dealers in smaller cities get fewer allocations too. Plus, they have all been flooded by buyers calling in from big cities. Most are either playing the relationship game and giving preference to locals.
 

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Yeah like I said I’m resigned to the situation and not getting anxious about it. Maybe I walk into the shop one day and he just needs to meet his monthly quota that day. Or maybe there’s some sort of unforeseen sea change in the watch world. Or maybe Rolex will stop fucking about and increase production. I would guess if it’s all about them making money they would make more money if they sold more watches rather than squeezing off production to falsely create demand but this has been discussed on here ad nauseum and I’m still not clear on their motives.
Hopefully the fad will go away and sanity will return. However, don’t hold your breadth for production to go up. They are already maxed out. Not so simple just to make more watches or even shift between models.
 

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How many undesirable porsches did you purchase before your GT3?
None, but I am an anomaly. Almost everyone else I know had prior purchases (usually prior GT cars) under their belt or paid a hefty mark-up over MSRP.

I tried like a dozen or so dealers who all wanted a $30-50k premium given my lack of history. Finally I dropped into Manhattan Motorcars, my local dealer, on a lark. I had a friendly chat with the sales associate who then had me sit down to “interview” with the manager. At the end of the conversation, they promised me a GT3 near the end of the production run.

The Birkin thing is a bit weird. I have a relative who has a few Birkins but doesn't have a lot of spend at Hermes otherwise. Vast majority of her spend is on very desirable Birkins and she has turned down more than she's accepted. She feels honored to be able to purchase the bags but I do sometimes wonder whether the exclusivity is overblown and just used as an excuse to increase desirability. She's not an influencer or anything public facing either. Also not particularly wealthy, just someone who really likes Birkins.

In a similar vein, judging heuristically by what I'm seeing online, it appears that Rolex has amped up sports watch production. Lots of people showing their new explorers, GMTs, etc. I suppose it's possible it's just a higher percentage of people sharing what they have, but I suspect they opened the floodgates a bit this year.

I'm not in the market either way so it's just academic for me, but wondering if it's just my perception or not.
Rolex is super-secretive about production numbers, but they don’t really have good reason to artificially hold back supply. It’s not like Audemars and the RO or Patek and the Nautilus, where those specific steel sports models are dilutive to long-term brand equity. The Rolex sport models currently in demand are Rolex. Everything I’ve read and heard suggests they are making as many watches as they can to satisfy demand, but they also have to be careful about over-investing to align with a short-term trend.
 

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I have been on the “list” for a Hermes Kelly for six years. Last time I dropped by, they suggested building a “relationship” by showing “commitment” to the brand through purchases of handbags already in stock.

There is no list.
In the 6-12 months immediately pre-pandemic I was offered several Birkins/Kellys by an Hérmes boutique here in London, the first within a few months of popping in and registering my interest. No previous purchasing history. Turned them all down for one reason or another (wrong size, colour, hardware). All a very normal experience, by which I mean I told them what I was looking for and they did their best to help me.

Contrast that, though, with the charade in the Faubourg St Honoré mothership. which is far closer to your experience.
 

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In a similar vein, judging heuristically by what I'm seeing online, it appears that Rolex has amped up sports watch production. Lots of people showing their new explorers, GMTs, etc. I suppose it's possible it's just a higher percentage of people sharing what they have, but I suspect they opened the floodgates a bit this year.

I'm not in the market either way so it's just academic for me, but wondering if it's just my perception or not.
Well there was a pandemic so a lot of places stopped production for significant portions of 2020.
 

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Is he saying that the ladies of the night in Costa Rica are significantly busier / more energetic than those from elsewhere?

Asking for a friend, of course!
Have you ever seen videos of a Walmart opening on Black Friday? Sometimes the lowest prices attract the biggest crowds...

I want to know what happens the other six nights of the week.
If they're as busy as George says, then they're probably resting.
 

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The 2500 caliber 42mm Planet Ocean is nice but they discontinued that size back in like 2010 or 2011. Current Seamaster 300m Pro Diver on rubber strap is also very nice.
They’re alll meh to me except for the PO with diamond bezel from the late 2000’s. Just my opinion though….
 

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