Any advice on buying my first new Rolex at an acceptable price?! Thanks in advance :)

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  1. 12 Jul 2019 at 2:21 PM #1
    p5hko

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    Hello again everyone...

    So im finely in a postion to buy the dream watch, a Rolex Submariner date in black. The problem is jewellers arent very helpful unless you have been a past customer and even then they say the wait could be years. I see you can buy online but the markup is crazy, seems there going for 4k more than what they should be....

    I just wondered if any one is in the same boat or could offer any first time buying advice, i understood they shouldnt be more than about £5600 but some places want £10k for an unworn one, is this right?

    Thanks in advance for any pointers.

    :)
     
  2. 12 Jul 2019 at 2:37 PM #2
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    What advice are you actually after? Personally i went to fraser hart to buy my Breitling Chronomat and they couldn't have been more helpful. The young lad Aaron (solihull branch) was brilliant, talked me through the internals of the watch and what it's made of etc (not that i cared) and sourced me the watch from elsewhere in the country and even threw in it's first service for free. Depends where you go really but if you're in the Midlands i'd recommend going there.
    I love mine and wear it every single day, even on the jetski in the Solent. Love it :)
     
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    Thanks for that, im based in the south in Bournemouth. I guess its just finding a jewllers i can work with. I just dont want to pay almost twice what its worth ;)
     
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    My understanding is that all stainless sports Rolex are incredibly hard to buy at mainstream jewellers and hence the private mark up. I’ve tried jewellers in most U.K. cities, San Marino, Italy, Istanbul and Madrid. All the same reply - no chance
     
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    You can check new Grey market prices on the Chrono24 app, but they will make your eyes water.
     
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    If you’re buying used i’d go watchfinder and go into a shop. As good as Chrono24 24 is the watvhfinder shops you can go try it on , check condition etc it’s probably a few quid more than you’d pay private but your first Rolex should be a memorable experience. Go to the bullring in Birmingham buy your watch and go for a glass in the champagne bar in selfridges to celebrate. Congrats
     
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    Unfortunately it’s a case of either paying the ‘overs’ and getting one almost immediately or joining the back of a very long waiting list.

    I would also be mindful of putting your name down at a number of different outlets as Rolex are now monitoring this and taking a dim view of it.
     
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    Also try the watch on first. I’ve had my heart set on a few watches but after trying them on they didn’t look/feel right. I think the sub is a lovely watch but the seadweller was much better for my wrist.
     
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    Find a friend who has purchased enough to skip lists.

    Friend of a friend did this, the guy had spent £90k that year, no waiting for him.

    I’m hoping to do this, dateless Sub
     
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    Have you tried Laings in Southampton? Bought my Daughter a Rolex for her 21st this year and the service was superb
     
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    I agree with the above, I used them for my Tudor BB when they were an AD (Parkhouse) (sadly Goldsmiths are now the AD for Southampton)

    R L Austen of Chichester really nice too.
     
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    I ended up with a Bluesy last month, impulse buy randomly walked into Goldsmiths about 45 mins later walked out with it. They had it in stock after a waiting list person changed their mind. A lot of it can be luck, best to keep a constant eye out on various ADs.

    If I didn't buy it that day, the couple behind me would have bought it.

    Of course mine is a two tone I think waiting lists on full stainless may be longer not to mention Hulks and GMT IIs etc.
     
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    Buying at Watchfinder in Canary Wharf was a great experience with fair prices.
     
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    Watchfinder, I have purchased 2 from them the last one a GMT II expected to pay an uplift, however looked after me with the PX
     
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    Avoid large franchises, it is a submariner after all not a Daytona and mass produced so they should be able to put you on a ‘list’ and get you one within a few months max. Maybe one option would be to offer them to pay a deposit to show you’re serious (ridiculous I know...)? Alternatively, you can try Miltonaires who usually don’t have a very high mark up, but they insist you come to the store to buy (can’t purchase online or over phone) which I think is great.
     
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    Get the original (without the date) far more classy as everyone has the Sub date.
     
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    That’s why I would like a dateless Sub to replace my BB58
     
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    Thaks will have a look :)
     

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