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Just heard back from my Cartier AD. The ADLC bezel Santos is a 2 month wait at this point, so no luck getting in before the price change...

Oh well, gives me plenty of time to get my stuff figured out.
 

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I've been in the market for a chrono for a bit and decided to jump on the new Zenith. I know there's been a lot of talk comparing it to the Daytona, but other than the ceramic bezel (which have started to become fairly common outside of the big crown) the rest of the watch feels like a Zenith to me and having handled a few Daytonas there are things I like more about both watches. Still need to get the bracelet sized.

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I've been in the market for a chrono for a bit and decided to jump on the new Zenith. I know there's been a lot of talk comparing it to the Daytona, but other than the ceramic bezel (which have started to become fairly common outside of the big crown) the rest of the watch feels like a Zenith to me and having handled a few Daytonas there are things I like more about both watches. Still need to get the bracelet sized.

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I like it especially the minimal overlap of the sub dials. I don't care for the Zenith models where there is a significant amount of overlap
 

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I've been in the market for a chrono for a bit and decided to jump on the new Zenith. I know there's been a lot of talk comparing it to the Daytona, but other than the ceramic bezel (which have started to become fairly common outside of the big crown) the rest of the watch feels like a Zenith to me and having handled a few Daytonas there are things I like more about both watches. Still need to get the bracelet sized.

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Daytona looks pedestrian compare to that, and it has a much more interesting movement.

How long did you have to wait for the call?
 

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Just heard back from my Cartier AD. The ADLC bezel Santos is a 2 month wait at this point, so no luck getting in before the price change...

Oh well, gives me plenty of time to get my stuff figured out.
I think with the popularity of the dark dial models, the boutiques are getting preference and/or more of them than ADs. I was at an AD 2 weeks ago. No blue dial, no ADLC Santos models. Just the white dials.

PS. I did confirm with my SA, the price increase is June 30th.
 

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Daytona looks pedestrian compare to that, and it has a much more interesting movement.

How long did you have to wait for the call?
It's funny. I called around to the closest ADs and they all told me I'd have to wait for a few months but were happy to register my interest and let me know when one came in. I randomly checked Zenith's website one morning and it just happened to be in stock (they appear to be oos again now). I'm pretty sure I previously signed up for the "notify me" option on their website but never received a notification when stock was added.

I've read of a few people getting discounts from international ADs when it first launched but since most dealers haven't been able to keep it in stock I don't think discounts are common as of late. I know discounts on other Zeniths are relatively common so maybe at some point after the initial interest has died down.
 

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Few months is better than previous ETA of 1 year when it was initially launched.

I think Zenith & their ADs know they have a hit and are unlikely to discount this model.

It's the "You can't get a Daytona but you can get this now at MSRP".
 

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Few months is better than previous ETA of 1 year when it was initially launched.

I think Zenith & their ADs know they have a hit and are unlikely to discount this model.

It's the "You can't get a Daytona but you can get this now at MSRP".
Agreed and honestly I'm glad. Zenith has been kind of flying under the radar for a while churning out great watches and the el primero is kind of the granddaddy of automatic chrono movements so I'm glad to see them starting to get some traction with this new model. Seems crazy to me they've been selling their watches at steep discounts for so long given how many brands out there with far lesser pedigrees are usually sold at sticker
 

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I think with the popularity of the dark dial models, the boutiques are getting preference and/or more of them than ADs. I was at an AD 2 weeks ago. No blue dial, no ADLC Santos models. Just the white dials.

PS. I did confirm with my SA, the price increase is June 30th.
My SA confirmed the price increase as well (obviously). I'm happy to wait for my AD though, even with the price increase, I'll still get 10% albeit at a slightly higher price. Plus the SA is a friend who I've kicked the tires on a bunch of stuff with, but never ended up buying anything from, so it will be great to finally give him some business. Also means I don't have to rush to free up any resources.
 

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With most of us now vaccinated, my other half and I were invited to join an informal alumni group at Cook | Weaver in Seattle. Some of us were standing out front awaiting our table when the last of our group arrived. It quickly became known that even at his young age he is a "higher up" at one of the local tech companies. Wonderful ... especially if he gives accordingly to the university. Almost right away Mr. Techie began to share his new watch ... which I imagine would please even a few of our most demanding watch "aficionados". I've heard it talked about on these very pages. Let us call it the Super-Duper Fireball XL5 ... just for fun. Assuming his "boss" assists, I imagine he can get just about anything he wants.

It WAS a nice watch.

I noticed that Mr. Techie had a habit of swinging his arms about which has always struck me as dangerous for those into watches. That proved to be true that night as on his way inside he allowed his arm to scrape against the wall and some serious damage was done to his watch. Made my dog chewed watch from a month or so back look like nothing happened ... btw, all fixed now ... but I digress. Even those who hadn't witnessed what happened quickly new about it as he was ranting and raving about how he'd just ruined his X-dollar watch. I thought about just walking out -- in my world we don't act this way -- but I decided to stay ... it was an alumni event. The first comment or two I kind of understood ... but it just went on and on. It continued even after our being seated. Finally one of us said "I'm sorry you have damaged your watch, but could you postpone and worry about it later. There are others here." He did not stop. Finally the restaurant asked us to leave.

I somehow got stuck next to him as we were departing and I thought he was going to kill me when I said that perhaps he could not afford the watch emotionally if he reacted this way to its being damaged. Wrong thing to say! Geezus, I was called every name in the book.

Oh well, my participation in that group is over.
 
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With most of us now vaccinated, my other half and I were invited to join an informal alumni group at Cook | Weaver in Seattle. Some of us were standing out front awaiting our table when the last of our group arrived. It quickly became known that even at his young age he is a "higher up" at one of the local tech companies. Wonderful ... especially if he gives accordingly to the university. Almost right away Mr. Techie began to share his new watch ... which I imagine would please even a few of our most demanding watch "aficionados". I've heard it talked about on these very pages. It WAS a nice watch.

I noticed that Mr Techie had a habit of swinging his arms about which has always struck me as dangerous for those into watches. That proved to be true that night as on his way inside he allowed his arm to scrape against the wall and some serious damage was done to his watch. Made my dog chewed watch from a month or so back look like nothing happened ... but I digress. Even those who hadn't witnessed what happened quickly new about it as he was ranting and raving about how he'd just ruined his X-dollar watch. I thought about just walking out, but decided to stay. The first comment or two I kind of understood ... but it just went on and on. It continued even after our being seated. Finally one of us said "I'm sorry you have damaged your watch, but could you postpone and worry about it later. There are other here." He did not stop. Finally the restaurant asked us to leave.

I somehow gut stuck next to him as we were departing and I thought he was going to kill me when I said that perhaps he could not afford the watch emotionally if he reacted this way to its being damaged. Wrong thing to say! Geezus, I was called every name in the book.

Oh well, my participation in that group is over.
Well... what was the watch?!?
 

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With most of us now vaccinated, my other half and I were invited to join an informal alumni group at Cook | Weaver in Seattle. Some of us were standing out front awaiting our table when the last of our group arrived. It quickly became known that even at his young age he is a "higher up" at one of the local tech companies. Wonderful ... especially if he gives accordingly to the university. Almost right away Mr. Techie began to share his new watch ... which I imagine would please even a few of our most demanding watch "aficionados". I've heard it talked about on these very pages. It WAS a nice watch. Assuming his "boss" assists, I imagine he can get just about anything he wants.

I noticed that Mr. Techie had a habit of swinging his arms about which has always struck me as dangerous for those into watches. That proved to be true that night as on his way inside he allowed his arm to scrape against the wall and some serious damage was done to his watch. Made my dog chewed watch from a month or so back look like nothing happened ... btw, all fixed now ... but I digress. Even those who hadn't witnessed what happened quickly new about it as he was ranting and raving about how he'd just ruined his X-dollar watch. I thought about just walking out -- in my world we don't act this way -- but I decided to stay ... it was an alumni event. The first comment or two I kind of understood ... but it just went on and on. It continued even after our being seated. Finally one of us said "I'm sorry you have damaged your watch, but could you postpone and worry about it later. There are others here." He did not stop. Finally the restaurant asked us to leave.

I somehow gut stuck next to him as we were departing and I thought he was going to kill me when I said that perhaps he could not afford the watch emotionally if he reacted this way to its being damaged. Wrong thing to say! Geezus, I was called every name in the book.

Oh well, my participation in that group is over.
I smashed the face of my Swatch stopping an elevator door from closing on someone six years ago. Best thing that happened to it.
 

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Let us call it the Super-Duper Fireball XL5 ... just for fun. It's now a heavily damaged Nautilus.
 

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