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40th birthday watch search update:
Good news - popped into the AD by my office, and they happened to have one of the rose gold mechanical Cartier Tank Louis in the case, so I finally got to try it on without having to make an appointment at a Cartier boutique. Man, this is a great watch! I love the size and color of the case, and the guilloche is a nice distinction from the rest of the quartz Tank Line. Also, I like how its firmly planted in the dress watch category and not a half-way hedge between a casual and dress category. As of right now, this is the front runner in the dress watch category although I still need to get my hands on a Patek 5022 and an ALS 1815. So far I've ruled out the JLC Reverso and the JLC MUT Moon is a coin toss if it will make the final list.
Bad news - The SA that I'd struck up a relationship with over the past 6 months when I initially 'registered my interest' for a new 124060 No Date Submariner left the store (and retail all together from what I gathered from the discussion). I did some minor business with him (resize wedding band, new updated watch appraisal for my GMT II), and we happened to be from the same town (not near the store at all), he went to the same school as my wife, and it was pretty clear he was a 'watch guy' and admired my 16710 and was very knowledgeable about the new Rolexes and showed me some fun, high end Patek stuff just for fun (let me try on the 5320G despite telling him my price point was sub 15K).
The new SA showed me the Cartier Tank, when I mentioned about the fact that I had been working with the previous SA on trying to get a ND Sub for next year and that was my #1 choice, she told me that the current waitlist was about 2 years and that she would need to check with the manager to see if I was already on the list then asked me what I was getting my wife for her birthday (her 40th is still a number of years away) and that jewelry would "help my case." I'll continue to pop into this AD since its right by work and check-in on a regular basis, but I am less hopeful than I was originally that I'd be able to successfully purchase a ND Sub on my original timeline without a significant amount of pre-watch purchases.
I'll continue to pop back into this AD from time to time, but will also start hitting the circuit of making appearances at the other ADs to increase my face time at other stores as well...
Obligatory Wrist Shot:
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Yea, I’m getting more and more used to that fact although the previous SA never really gave me that vibe in our many conversations about watches and Rolexs over the past couple of months. Maybe it’s just a change of tone that kind of caught me off guard. And your right, at least there’s a good alignment with some of the other watches I like at this AD (JLC, IWC, Cartier, Patek)…the other AD in Philly only really carries Rolex and Patek, the later of which is well out of my range at MSRP.Looks great on your wrist. Its a classic that will never go out of style. I love mine and it gets a lot of wear. In addition, getting something that is a different metal and different shape will give you something completely different from your GMT (while a Sub which is a great watch, and I know the idea is give a watch to each of your kids, but it is essentially pretty close to what you already own only newer).
I wouldn't feel that bad about your previous SA leaving. At least they still carry the brand and other brands such as Cartier that you would consider. The last 4 Rolex ADs I dealt with in the last 15 years, all lost their Rolex contract and don't carry anything of interest, or they closed completely...so any purchase history I had with them is gone.
The new SA suggested that additional purchases would help your case, so although I could be wrong, that suggests to me you have to make at least a few substantial purchases for them to get you that Sub. If they don't come through on the Sub in time for your birthday, then purchasing that Tank (or other watch you like that they carry) could help your case for obtaining a Sub for a future birthday or anniversary.
Fun watch and cool packaging!!!
I guess you can always try a package deal approach, but it's success might depend on the size and cost of the diamond earrings you might buy her. Since the SA suggested you have to "Make a case" for getting the Sub - I imagine the more you spend on the earrings they greater the likelihood of them coming through for you on a Sub.Yea, I’m getting more and more used to that fact although the previous SA never really gave me that vibe in our many conversations about watches and Rolexs over the past couple of months. Maybe it’s just a change of tone that kind of caught me off guard. And your right, at least there’s a good alignment with some of the other watches I like at this AD (JLC, IWC, Cartier, Patek)…the other AD in Philly only really carries Rolex and Patek, the later of which is well out of my range at MSRP.
One of the other thoughts I have is to directly propose a deal package when I get closer - Sub plus diamond earings to stow away for the wife’s 40th in a few years time.
Honestly, I’d be very very happy if I decided buy the Tank LC for my birthday. I kept finding myself sneaking peaks and the wrist shot I took throughout the day. It’s now really the only other main contender other than the sub that I’ve been really excited about. Really my only concerns with going for the Tank LC over the Sub is a) it doesn’t align with the plan for my kids, and b) I don’t have too many excuses for extravagant purchases like this…if I forgo the subnow it’ll likely need to wait another 10 years til my 50th to revisit it and at that point who knows what the price will be (or if my prior spend will even still count).
Agreed, hell or high water I'll get a watch at some point in that year! And will most likely go with my gut and what my budget will allows as opposed to getting nothing at all...Not much you can do about it, if the ADs in your area don't provide you with a Sub for your 40th. Its not foregoing it if ADs in your area can't/won't provide one for your 40th. Also, if they don't get you a Sub and you decide not to get the Tank, Patek or Lange...then you only have 1 watch to leave to one of the kids and nothing for the other. Although, in the end the best thing to do is get a watch you really want and not your second or third choice.