Interesting thread on TRF - Rolex IS watching

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Interesting thread on TRF - Rolex IS watching

Post by Panerai7 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:12 am

I found this interesting. As a lot of us predicted, Rolex is fighting a war against flippers/grey dealers.

My personal opinion: I just want to get a watch I'm gonna wear (not flip) within a reasonable amount of time from Rolex AD. And while I'm waiting in line I don't want to see "trusted" grey flippers selling for 2x MSRP. Whatever it takes for Rolex to accomplish that I'm fine with that.

https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=624963

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Post by logan2z » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:41 am

Absolutely incredible. I'm glad I have little desire to own a Rolex, I would never put up with the BS some people do to own one.

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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:42 am

logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:41 am
Absolutely incredible. I'm glad I have little desire to own a Rolex, I would never put up with the BS some people do to own one.
Me either. Freaking crazy what people would put up with to purchase a marketing tool. Like Ferrari.

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Post by logan2z » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:51 am

toxicavenger wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:42 am
logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:41 am
Absolutely incredible. I'm glad I have little desire to own a Rolex, I would never put up with the BS some people do to own one.
Me either. Freaking crazy what people would put up with to purchase a marketing tool. Like Ferrari.
Unfortunately I have no experience buying a Ferrari, but they produce a total of about 8000 cars annually while Rolex cranks out a million watches. So I'd expect it to be quite a bit more difficult to get my hands on a 488GTB than a mass-produced stainless steel watch.

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Post by Panerai7 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:17 am

logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:51 am
toxicavenger wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:42 am
logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:41 am
Absolutely incredible. I'm glad I have little desire to own a Rolex, I would never put up with the BS some people do to own one.
Me either. Freaking crazy what people would put up with to purchase a marketing tool. Like Ferrari.
Unfortunately I have no experience buying a Ferrari, but they produce a total of about 8000 cars annually while Rolex cranks out a million watches. So I'd expect it to be quite a bit more difficult to get my hands on a 488GTB than a mass-produced stainless steel watch.
Rolex will release them all once they exterminate greys.

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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:18 am

logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:51 am
toxicavenger wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:42 am
logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:41 am
Absolutely incredible. I'm glad I have little desire to own a Rolex, I would never put up with the BS some people do to own one.
Me either. Freaking crazy what people would put up with to purchase a marketing tool. Like Ferrari.
Unfortunately I have no experience buying a Ferrari, but they produce a total of about 8000 cars annually while Rolex cranks out a million watches. So I'd expect it to be quite a bit more difficult to get my hands on a 488GTB than a mass-produced stainless steel watch.
True quantity wise, but Rolex isn't releasing anything right now.

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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:19 am

logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:51 am
toxicavenger wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:42 am
logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:41 am
Absolutely incredible. I'm glad I have little desire to own a Rolex, I would never put up with the BS some people do to own one.
Me either. Freaking crazy what people would put up with to purchase a marketing tool. Like Ferrari.
Unfortunately I have no experience buying a Ferrari, but they produce a total of about 8000 cars annually while Rolex cranks out a million watches. So I'd expect it to be quite a bit more difficult to get my hands on a 488GTB than a mass-produced stainless steel watch.
True quantity wise, but Rolex isn't releasing anything right now.

But the comparison was meant to say people put up with b.s. to own something because of a name.

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Post by Grahamcombat » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:31 am

toxicavenger wrote:
logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:51 am
toxicavenger wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:42 am
logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:41 am
Absolutely incredible. I'm glad I have little desire to own a Rolex, I would never put up with the BS some people do to own one.
Me either. Freaking crazy what people would put up with to purchase a marketing tool. Like Ferrari.
Unfortunately I have no experience buying a Ferrari, but they produce a total of about 8000 cars annually while Rolex cranks out a million watches. So I'd expect it to be quite a bit more difficult to get my hands on a 488GTB than a mass-produced stainless steel watch.
True quantity wise, but Rolex isn't releasing anything right now.

But the comparison was meant to say people put up with b.s. to own something because of a name.
I certainly hope so

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Post by sierra11b » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:06 am

Would they refuse to service grey market watches? Do you need proof of purchase to even consider service? Certainly giving me a moment of pause in pursuing the exp1.

Might take another look at other great manufacturers/watches and save a ton in the process.

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Post by JBZ » Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:17 pm

I'm not saying you should buy a Rolex, and I'm not saying that you shouldn't, but just remember that a lot of stuff that gets reported on the forums with regard to Rolex or a myriad of other watch brands ends up being only partially correct or even wholly incorrect.
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Post by Seppia » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:21 pm

Panerai7 wrote:
logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:51 am
toxicavenger wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:42 am
logan2z wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:41 am
Absolutely incredible. I'm glad I have little desire to own a Rolex, I would never put up with the BS some people do to own one.
Me either. Freaking crazy what people would put up with to purchase a marketing tool. Like Ferrari.
Unfortunately I have no experience buying a Ferrari, but they produce a total of about 8000 cars annually while Rolex cranks out a million watches. So I'd expect it to be quite a bit more difficult to get my hands on a 488GTB than a mass-produced stainless steel watch.
Rolex will release them all once they exterminate greys.
If they were releasing enough stuff there would not be grey dealers.
It’s the scarcity that creates them.

Luckily the watches they make today mostly look either straight up terrible or just much worse than the five digit iterations to me (only exception I can think of being the OP in 36-34mm).

If it weren’t for master Wu I would not own a Rolex, I’m not wired to put up with this bullshit.

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Post by poppydog » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:38 am

I've read the original post on TRF several times over, but still have no idea who sold / has / flipped / wants to buy what? :scratch: :scratch:
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Post by rain_maker » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:26 am

poppydog wrote:I've read the original post on TRF several times over, but still have no idea who sold / has / flipped / wants to buy what? :scratch: :scratch:
Lol me too
I started to re-read and then decided it wasn’t worth my time.

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Rolex will release them all once they exterminate greys. - never

Post by diver » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:36 am

this "shortage", has been there for years, just expanding in models...

they kniw what the're doing, and doing it well. I'd love to be the fly on the wall in their "planning" room

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Post by JP Chestnut » Wed Jan 19, 2022 5:06 pm

Somebody likes bumping Rolex threads.

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Post by goaliechris » Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:36 am

The ADs also try to scare the buyer by saying if you sell it, and it comes in for service under a different name, they could “blacklist” you from purchasing a watch in the future (assuming you flip a lot and not once hopefully). Not to mention refusing to service that watch - so they hit both parties.

It’s getting old and tired, whatever game it is they are playing, if the rumors are true about freezing out the gray market. What’s been worse - their brand image when you could buy a Sub anytime you wanted almost, or this multi year period where you can’t and prices on the secondary market are 2-4x? Where shelves are bare and ADs can mostly just talk with you about watches but not show you any? Unless you buy $500k or other crap through them, and get lucky.

Now, I do get the retailer to boutique movement more, like what AP and PP are doing. But that’s not the same level as Rolex.


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Post by hoppyjr » Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:36 am

Funny thing is, three years from when this was posted and the problem isn’t better - it’s worse.

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Post by pbj204 » Thu Jan 20, 2022 2:28 pm

This could be an interesting year. With the Fed turning off the juice, bubbles are already starting to burst. We'll see if the watch market is immune.

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Post by 93 Turbo » Sun Jan 23, 2022 6:28 pm

Purely an observation, when a watch currently in production is selling 2 + times it's retail value, something has to give.

Either the manufacturer increases pricing to adjust the market, or the manufacturer attempts to increase production (I've heard that new facilities are being constructed, but this will be a slow burn and won't bring any marked production increase for possibly 2 years).

It will be interesting to reflect upon this in 24-36 months. Seeing if punters who bought currently hot & hugely price inflated sports models will be crying in the corner?
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Post by alund » Mon Jan 24, 2022 3:50 am

I guess only time will tell. I could only hope production would increase and become more available, but at this time I will not hold out any hope that this will take place. I know I will not be purchasing any of the over inflated models, even if there is one I would love to pick up.

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Post by DON » Wed Feb 23, 2022 5:09 pm

Fact is. Manufactures created the grey market by forcing AD's to buy watches they can't sell in order to get the ones that do sell. Besides watches. AD's have to buy accessories etc. for every brand they have in stock which costs money and which they would prefer to use on watches.

If they can't sell it. Out the back door to a grey market seller

They can sell men's models all day long, but carrying women's models is a waste to have them sitting around

Most women I know buy flea market quartz watches as they can have a variety for very little money to match outfits.

Can kill the grey market by being more selective in the number of models produced and not forcing AD's to carry whole lines. They would still have to carry womens models (if manufacture sells), but cut back on the number

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Post by jimyritz » Thu Feb 24, 2022 7:55 am

Rolex created the problem- go look at the OP 41’s in orange, pink, Turqoise all retail for $6000 and selling for 3-5 times msrp… I wonder how these grey mkt dealers are getting brand new watches— my guess.. from the ADs… if Rolex increased production they would squash the grey mkt or at least reduce the crazy mark up. Again, Rolex created the problem..

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Post by hoppyjr » Thu Feb 24, 2022 8:14 am

jimyritz wrote:Rolex created the problem- go look at the OP 41’s in orange, pink, Turqoise all retail for $6000 and selling for 3-5 times msrp… I wonder how these grey mkt dealers are getting brand new watches— my guess.. from the ADs… if Rolex increased production they would squash the grey mkt or at least reduce the crazy mark up. Again, Rolex created the problem..
Absolutely. I’m sure many AD’s are getting a kickback from grey dealers, so selling inventory to them. Rolex could absolutely end this with increased production.

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Post by pbj204 » Mon Jun 13, 2022 11:35 am

pbj204 wrote:
Thu Jan 20, 2022 2:28 pm
This could be an interesting year. With the Fed turning off the juice, bubbles are already starting to burst. We'll see if the watch market is immune.
Can I buy a Rolex at retail yet?

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Post by Ryeguy » Mon Jun 13, 2022 11:46 am

pbj204 wrote:
Mon Jun 13, 2022 11:35 am
pbj204 wrote:
Thu Jan 20, 2022 2:28 pm
This could be an interesting year. With the Fed turning off the juice, bubbles are already starting to burst. We'll see if the watch market is immune.
Can I buy a Rolex at retail yet?
Maybe not yet, but probably soon.

I just reread an old article about how Richemont Group bought back $212M worth of inventory from AD's and destroyed it to keep it from going into the grey market.

I'm not sure Rolex will ever do this, but I think the days of $10K grey market premium price points are coming to an end.

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