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    Quote Originally Posted by karu View Post
    Looking for my 1st Rolex...

    Any recommendation for reliable shop to get a new one besides the usual Cortina & Hourglass??

    See many in this forum...But dunno which is reliable.
    Wahhh... very vague remark..

    I haven't heard anyone of them that is unreliable if you are intending to buy a new ROLEX watch. Unless you have heard otherwise, you may want to share with us?

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    Pardon me for my ignorance...Check out the AD & some smaller shops selling New Rolexes.

    Observation is that the small shops are offering a lower price ( ard 500 cheaper) than the ADs. Just that I'm not sure if there's any risk of getting a 'Like New' piece being passed off as a new one?

    Just need to gather some feedback on the difference between getting from ADs vs other shops (like some listed here). Pros / Cons?

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    as long as the company name is not listed under rolex singapore authorized dealer, then it is likely what most people termed those rolex sold by them as parallel imports.

    your query on - like new piece being passed off as a new one, it is usually based on the integrity on the shop. however there are tell-tale signs can be spotted. if you are afraid that those non AD selling like new piece passed off as a new one then go to AD.

    pros from getting from AD

    - guarantee brand new.
    - selection of watch brands wider than non AD
    - may get invitation to watch events

    cons from getting from AD

    - higher priced watch compared to non AD

    pros from getting from non AD

    - lower price

    cons from getting from non AD

    - like you mention, risk of getting a like new passed off as new
    - selection of watch brands not as wide as AD
    - not possible to be invited to watch events

    Quote Originally Posted by karu View Post
    Pardon me for my ignorance...Check out the AD & some smaller shops selling New Rolexes.

    Observation is that the small shops are offering a lower price ( ard 500 cheaper) than the ADs. Just that I'm not sure if there's any risk of getting a 'Like New' piece being passed off as a new one?

    Just need to gather some feedback on the difference between getting from ADs vs other shops (like some listed here). Pros / Cons?
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    Thanks for the reply.

    What's the typical price diff between Grey Importer vs ADs? My check on one shop is~ $500. True?

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    Quote Originally Posted by karu View Post
    Thanks for the reply.

    What's the typical price diff between Grey Importer vs ADs? My check on one shop is~ $500. True?
    I believe the prices are quite transparent. You can easily check it out online or make some calls to enquire. Some Rolex watch models I recently came across:

    Seadweller 4000 a.k.a. SD4K (RRP: $13,990)
    Some ADs are selling at a slight discount (10% or less), some maybe no discount. Grey dealers are selling it between mid 10K to high 11K. Can see the difference?

    GMTIIC BLNR a.k.a. Batman (RRP: $12,010)
    IIRC, most ADs are still selling this model at list price or premium. You can check online and here in the forum how much the grey dealers are selling it.

    Submariner ND a.k.a. Sub No-Date (RRP: $10,030)
    Recently, this model has been getting popular (I dunno why), and the discount at best is 5-6% from the ADs. Grey dealers are selling it between mid and high 8K. See the difference?

    There are many other models you can check and make comparisons. Hope you get lucky

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    Right to say that we can expect some discount from AD on top of the listed price?

    Probably will be getting a pair of datejust with wife.

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    Yes, to most models; not all.

    For Datejust models, you should get some discounts.

    Share your joyous moments here with us if you can.

    Happy shopping

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    Default So exciting :)

    Hi

    I'm going to turn to my 40 this summer and I have decided to cross the bridge that I've been looking for a while enviously. I mean I want to get a Sub: sorry guys but this one is my gral (so far ), may be because I'm a diver too

    I've started to work around the models and I have let on the side the 6 digits ones: too glossy, too big, too... Anyway, I will look for a 5 digits one 16610, 14060, 14060M. Since I like the cyclop 16610 will me my target And since I like the engraved rehaut it will be 16610 series M or V

    So, since this model is not anymore available at AD/Rolex shops I have to look for a second hand. I have already checked couple of shops (Far East/Golden Landmark Shopping Complex/Lucky plaza) and hopefully I have read a lot of post from the forum with good advices

    I still have couple of questions, excuse me for my ignorance:

    - Is there any thread with a 2nd hand dealer list? and comments about their reliability: sorry but I did not find even with the search tool... I see in some posts only the 1st letter of dealer or shop but not clear

    - Before to buy, it would be a must to get the watch verified: by a RSC. this check can be done in any RSC for about ~100$, correct? or if not possible to indicated on the bill that after check if there is something wrong I must be fully reimbursed

    - If I buy and bring it to a RSC for general cleaning/verif/lubrification... they could be in position to tell me if something is wrong in the box, right? Would you have any idea how much is this service cost?

    Thank you for your help and tips!!! This forum is a must!!
    I'm excited but do not want to be screwed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivier_SG View Post
    Hi

    I'm going to turn to my 40 this summer and I have decided to cross the bridge that I've been looking for a while enviously. I mean I want to get a Sub: sorry guys but this one is my grail (so far ), may be because I'm a diver too

    I've started to work around the models and I have let on the side the 6 digits ones: too glossy, too big, too... Anyway, I will look for a 5 digits one 16610, 14060, 14060M. Since I like the cyclop 16610 will me my target And since I like the engraved rehaut it will be 16610 series M or V

    So, since this model is not anymore available at AD/Rolex shops I have to look for a second hand. I have already checked couple of shops (Far East/Golden Landmark Shopping Complex/Lucky plaza) and hopefully I have read a lot of post from the forum with good advices

    I still have couple of questions, excuse me for my ignorance:

    - Is there any thread with a 2nd hand dealer list? and comments about their reliability: sorry but I did not find even with the search tool... I see in some posts only the 1st letter of dealer or shop but not clear

    - Before to buy, it would be a must to get the watch verified: by a RSC. this check can be done in any RSC for about ~100$, correct? or if not possible to indicated on the bill that after check if there is something wrong I must be fully reimbursed

    - If I buy and bring it to a RSC for general cleaning/verif/lubrification... they could be in position to tell me if something is wrong in the box, right? Would you have any idea how much is this service cost?

    Thank you for your help and tips!!! This forum is a must!!
    I'm excited but do not want to be screwed
    Hi,

    Congratz and I'm sure this process in looking for your grail will be exhilarating. But let me first try to answer your qns:

    I do not recall of any thread here that sees a consolidation of pre-owned watch dealers in Singapore, with reviews. However, for a start, there is a number of watch dealers' ads in the forum which you may begin to approach. I have not heard anything adverse about them and these dealers/companies have been around for a long time.

    Unfortunately, the RSC in Singapore has recently dropped the watch authentication service, and they no longer accept any ROLEX and Tudor watch for verification. You may have to seek a third party watch technician or shop to do that for you, and yes, for a fee too.

    Alternatively, since you have the intention to send the watch to RSC for "general cleaning/verif/lubrification...", RSC can and will inform you if the watch is not authentic. This is because RSC will not accept a fake/stolen watch for whatever services you want them to do. And of course, there is a fee for most services you engage RSC to do. As for how much, best you check with them because fees varies depending on what you request for, and what RSC deem necessary to do.

    Good luck

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    Hi Oceanklassik,

    Thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate.

    Ok so, I will continue to pick adds and info from the different thread to get additional shops to visit

    For RSC, if they discover something wrong during the servicing, this should be ok to be reimbursed by the dealer. I just have to ask the dealer to write it down before paying. Understood !

    Thanks and lets go to read news
    Olivier

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