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    Quote Originally Posted by IanTan View Post
    Have been waiting patiently for Batman and Hulk for more than 1 year but still no news yet. Getting more and more impatient now.

    Any shifu can share on how to get one at retail price? Not looking to buy premium at gray

    Went to Bangkok 2 weeks ago and interesting enough they sell Rolex in package I.e you can get Batman on the spot if you buy a Datejust together. Wonder is such practise available in Singapore?
    I'm surprised the Thai AD made you such an offer. It hasn't been the case here in our local ADs. So far locally, no ADs had made such a pitch, at least maybe not to me. For the BATMAN, maybe you have a slightly better chance of getting it at retail price from an AD in a shorter wait time (1-2 years). For the HULK, most ADs I spoke to for the past few months told me to wait for 2-3 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanTan View Post
    Just wondering anyone here had done it successfully with their trusted AD before?

    Some other tricks I heard to jump the so called waiting list is to place a 30-50% deposit of the retail price of the watch so that you are 'more guaranteed' to be allocated your desired watch. Called a few ADs and told such practise is not allowed
    Sounds new to me. I don't think the ADs would accept this form of payment for the popular ROLEX sports models, and anyway, they don't need to.

    I am actually very tempted to suggest to the ADs to do like what the telcos do whenever new phones are launched and people start hogging the shops to buy the phones. The telcos would usually place a signboard outside their shops to inform potential customers which new phone models are AVAILABLE, which are OUT OF STOCK, etc. Likewise, the ADs can do the same for those popular watch models.

    I'm very tired and demoralized to have to always walk into several ADs every two days to ask if they have stock for those few ROLEX sports models

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    Sorry for the slight miscom. What I meant to say was if you spend 250K or so on other pieces then they will be able to get the 116500 for you.

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    Same experience for myself, walking in with hopes and never fail to come out disappointed. Actually putting your names in the ADs waiting list is just a way to comfort you. As a walk-in, your chances of getting a hot ss sports model is almost 0. VVIP whom purchased other higher tier brands such as PP, will always get the first placing. (Proven as I've a friend who bought a few pateks, and was offered 43mm sea-dweller as well as a SS Daytona.)

    The best way as of now I could advise is build relationship with your preferred AD. Showing sincerity, and no intention of being a flipper.

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    Repeat after me - bye bye Rolex

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalOak View Post
    Repeat after me - bye bye Rolex
    Wish I could say that but when I switched my targets to Patek Philippe (PP) and Audemars Piguet (AP), the same situation remains, and in fact, even worse.

    I asked for the steel PP Aquanaut - NO STOCK!
    I asked for the steel PP Nautilus - NO STOCK!
    I asked for the steel AP Royak Oak blue dial - NO STOCK!
    I asked for the steel AP Royal Oak ultra-thin - NO STOCK!

    I was rejected outright at the PP boutique when I requested to be placed on waiting list for both the Aquanaut and Nautilus

    So it's not just ROLEX... sometimes I just feel like giving up, no stamina

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanklassik View Post
    Wish I could say that but when I switched my targets to Patek Philippe (PP) and Audemars Piguet (AP), the same situation remains, and in fact, even worse.

    I asked for the steel PP Aquanaut - NO STOCK!
    I asked for the steel PP Nautilus - NO STOCK!
    I asked for the steel AP Royak Oak blue dial - NO STOCK!
    I asked for the steel AP Royal Oak ultra-thin - NO STOCK!

    I was rejected outright at the PP boutique when I requested to be placed on waiting list for both the Aquanaut and Nautilus

    So it's not just ROLEX... sometimes I just feel like giving up, no stamina
    I think your experience is the same as most of us.

    I'm now looking into Grand Seiko because there are quite a number of interesting new pieces from them - the Snowflakes, GMTs, divers etc.

    There are also pieces from JLC that are quite nice, like the recent Polaris and Master Control. Respectable brand in its own rights with a great history of watch-making.

    So, bye bye Rolex

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    JLC watches have great history in watch making - that i agree. but how many out there are willing to accept the depreciation of the watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalOak View Post
    I think your experience is the same as most of us.

    I'm now looking into Grand Seiko because there are quite a number of interesting new pieces from them - the Snowflakes, GMTs, divers etc.

    There are also pieces from JLC that are quite nice, like the recent Polaris and Master Control. Respectable brand in its own rights with a great history of watch-making.

    So, bye bye Rolex
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    Quote Originally Posted by triton View Post
    JLC watches have great history in watch making - that i agree. but how many out there are willing to accept the depreciation of the watch?
    JLC can buy used lor, or drive a very hard bargain with the dealers when buying new.

    GS can buy cheaper in japan. The Snowflake is Y620,000 there but 8900 here.

    In life, we can't have the best of everything, isn't it? I cannot see myself paying 16k for a Hulk or 27k for a Daytona too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalOak View Post
    JLC can buy used lor, or drive a very hard bargain with the dealers when buying new.

    GS can buy cheaper in japan. The Snowflake is Y620,000 there but 8900 here.

    In life, we can't have the best of everything, isn't it? I cannot see myself paying 16k for a Hulk or 27k for a Daytona too.

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