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      05-16-2018, 10:10 AM   #705
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Hi guys. I am new to high end watches as I have had only cheap ones in the past. I am getting married this summer and it's tradition in my girls culture for her parents to buy me a jewelry gift. She explained to them I would prefer a watch over a ring or necklace etc. They now have told me they want to buy me a Rolex. They didn't give me a price limit and sent me images of 2 they found at the store that are priced at 12.6k and 15k to give you an idea.

I am a 30 year old mechanic. It will be a watch for occasional weekend use but mainly formal events. Some opinions about what I should look into would be appreciated. I am starting my search now on their website.

After reading a bit about their selection I believe I would prefer a Daytona since it was created for car racing which peaks my interest much more than something like a yacht master.

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Hi guys. I am new to high end watches as I have had only cheap ones in the past. I am getting married this summer and it's tradition in my girls culture for her parents to buy me a jewelry gift. She explained to them I would prefer a watch over a ring or necklace etc. They now have told me they want to buy me a Rolex. They didn't give me a price limit and sent me images of 2 they found at the store that are priced at 12.6k and 15k to give you an idea.

I am a 30 year old mechanic. It will be a watch for occasional weekend use but mainly formal events. Some opinions about what I should look into would be appreciated. I am starting my search now on their website.

After reading a bit about their selection I believe I would prefer a Daytona since it was created for car racing which peaks my interest much more than something like a yacht master.
The Daytona is a wonderful watch. Sadly, even though Rolex says it is 'available,' if you walk into an Authorized Dealer and ask for one they will either put you on a waiting list for a year or so, or point you somewhere where you will pay at least 30% mark-up.

I definitely want one in the future, but I went with an Omega Speedmaster to hold off my chronograph needs!

I would also look into the new Baselworld watches (new GMT, etc), but also be prepared to wait a bit.

Do you know if your fiance's family has a relationship with a Rolex dealer? If they do it will be MUCH easier

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      05-16-2018, 01:41 PM   #707
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Wow I didn't realize about potential wait times. They have connections at 2 Jewelers. Not sure if they are a Rolex dealer. They had a Daytona in their hand and texted me a picture.

They didn't give me options on brands and I don't want to start asking them for different things. The fact that they said pick out a Rolex I am more than grateful for. Her father has a number of Rolex's which is I believe why that's the brand they want to get me.


Edit. The Daytona they were holding I found on the website
https://m.rolex.com/watches/cosmogra...6503-0001.html

I like this one alot.

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Wow I didn't realize about potential wait times. They have connections at 2 Jewelers. Not sure if they are a Rolex dealer. They had a Daytona in their hand and texted me a picture.

They didn't give me options on brands and I don't want to start asking them for different things. The fact that they said pick out a Rolex I am more than grateful for. Her father has a number of Rolex's which is I believe why that's the brand they want to get me.


Edit. The Daytona they were holding I found on the website
https://m.rolex.com/watches/cosmogra...6503-0006.html
I'm sure that they have connections somewhere then! In that case, I would let them know what you want and let them do the nitty-gritty. It seems that they know the watch world!
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I'm sure that they have connections somewhere then! In that case, I would let them know what you want and let them do the nitty-gritty. It seems that they know the watch world!
Yea good point
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Hi guys. I am new to high end watches as I have had only cheap ones in the past. I am getting married this summer and it's tradition in my girls culture for her parents to buy me a jewelry gift. She explained to them I would prefer a watch over a ring or necklace etc. They now have told me they want to buy me a Rolex. They didn't give me a price limit and sent me images of 2 they found at the store that are priced at 12.6k and 15k to give you an idea.

I am a 30 year old mechanic. It will be a watch for occasional weekend use but mainly formal events. Some opinions about what I should look into would be appreciated. I am starting my search now on their website.

After reading a bit about their selection I believe I would prefer a Daytona since it was created for car racing which peaks my interest much more than something like a yacht master.
Go with a stainless submariner. Safe bet. Not too flashy. Durable. Classic. Timeless.
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In my professional opinion as a Certified Financial Planner...why anyone would waste that much money on a watch is amazing to me...just sayin
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Cuz have enough money to screw around and save?
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Being that all the surveys I see show that the majority of American do not save enough, that allot of people I visit with do not save enough money and then knowing that entry level Rolex's run 5k to 8k ....now that explains why no one saves enough...cause of Rolex watches! Be careful out there....
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In my professional opinion as a Certified Financial Planner...why anyone would waste that much money on a watch is amazing to me...just sayin
The person gifting me the watch is in the 8 figure category. 15k isn't going to affect them. Also based on my little knowledge of watches I believe many hold value or even gain. A much better investment than most cars.
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Being that all the surveys I see show that the majority of American do not save enough, that allot of people I visit with do not save enough money and then knowing that entry level Rolex's run 5k to 8k ....now that explains why no one saves enough...cause of Rolex watches! Be careful out there....
Majority of Americans donít save enough. Majority of Americans donít own rolexes. Rolexes hold their value better than bmwís though.
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The person gifting me the watch is in the 8 figure category. 15k isn't going to affect them. Also based on my little knowledge of watches I believe many hold value or even gain. A much better investment than most cars.
Whoops. Didnít see your post. You beat me to the car comparison.
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Hi guys. I am new to high end watches as I have had only cheap ones in the past. I am getting married this summer and it's tradition in my girls culture for her parents to buy me a jewelry gift. She explained to them I would prefer a watch over a ring or necklace etc. They now have told me they want to buy me a Rolex. They didn't give me a price limit and sent me images of 2 they found at the store that are priced at 12.6k and 15k to give you an idea.

I am a 30 year old mechanic. It will be a watch for occasional weekend use but mainly formal events. Some opinions about what I should look into would be appreciated. I am starting my search now on their website.

After reading a bit about their selection I believe I would prefer a Daytona since it was created for car racing which peaks my interest much more than something like a yacht master.
Get the Daytona. Get a watch winder if you find yourself wearing it every weekend.
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Get the Daytona. Get a watch winder if you find yourself wearing it every weekend.
Just had to look up what that was as I have never seen that before. Thanks for the tip.
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In my professional opinion as a Certified Financial Planner...why anyone would waste that much money on a watch is amazing to me...just sayin
my watch box would make you cry lol
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The person gifting me the watch is in the 8 figure category. 15k isn't going to affect them. Also based on my little knowledge of watches I believe many hold value or even gain. A much better investment than most cars.
Got that right. My Daytona went up 50% in the past year, the market is clearly out of control. The stainless and gold two tone is very 80s. I'd really look for an all stainless watch. Less glitzy for you and it will actually hold value better. A gold face with diamonds can't be what you would want...
My white face stainless Daytona, the prior generation is now about $15,000.
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Even a SS Submariner is difficult to find. Rolex is holding back inventory on sport model pieces. If you go to a AD, you probably won’t see the display case fully stocked.

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The person gifting me the watch is in the 8 figure category. 15k isn't going to affect them. Also based on my little knowledge of watches I believe many hold value or even gain. A much better investment than most cars.
Median family liquid savings in the USA- $3k lmao

However; I am pretty sure Rolexes are not for that crowd.
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Even a SS Submariner is difficult to find. Rolex is holding back inventory on sport model pieces. If you go to a AD, you probably wonít see there display case fully stocked.
I've definitely noticed... couldn't find a regular old black ss sub.
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buying new rolex you tend to take a hit on value unless you get one of the sought after models (116710 BLNR, Ceramic Daytonas, 116610LV, etc.)

but just buying your standard sub or datejust or even the base stainless daytona, youll end up losing. Granted not as much as some things would depreciate, but still will come out in the negative.

Its why I recommend buying those standard models from the used market. I have yet to lose money on a used watch purchase. Especially if you only buy the good deals.
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Even a SS Submariner is difficult to find. Rolex is holding back inventory on sport model pieces. If you go to a AD, you probably wonít see the display case fully stocked.

Kind of ridonoculous right?
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buying new rolex you tend to take a hit on value unless you get one of the sought after models (116710 BLNR, Ceramic Daytonas, 116610LV, etc.)

but just buying your standard sub or datejust or even the base stainless daytona, youll end up losing. Granted not as much as some things would depreciate, but still will come out in the negative.

Its why I recommend buying those standard models from the used market. I have yet to lose money on a used watch purchase. Especially if you only buy the good deals.
You are wrong. Buy any sport ss Rolex and you won't loose value today unless it's a Milguass or any Explorer.
Subs are holding value, the LVc is selling higher than MSRP and Daytona Ceramics are selling second hand on an average of $19k, that's six over retail. There's no such thing as a base Daytona anymore. But even trying to buy an excellent condition Daytona with steel bezel will set you back $13-15k on a used watch, still over retail.

Bottom line if you buy your ss sports Rolex at MSRP, you will at worst break even. Any other model you'd take a $1-2k hit which isn't bad at all. My buddy just sold his two year old Planet Ocean 8500 and could only trade it at the highest amount of $1800. Breitlings, Omega, and Blancpain, etc.. will take a huge hit on resale. The only strong value holders are Patek and Rolex and a few APs.

In the end buy what you really like and plan to keep and you won't have any worries.
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