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Postby taxico » Sat, 30 May 2009 11:32 pm

long story short: i got a non-rolex watch today. i won't be buying a rolex sub after all.

short story long:

before my shift began today, i went into another dealer to have a look-see, and was served by an elderly man (i found out later he's the owner and happened to be in to drop off some watch tools).

after chatting with the older-timer for 10 minutes and then explaining why i was looking around for a rolex, he steered me towards a private room, sat me down and slipped his watch off.

he explained he knows "my sort" and judging from the pieces i have in my collection, i would not enjoy wearing what i had called "a pompous prick's watch," and would most likely be rid of it within a year.

thus i should not be buying a rolex from him as i would not be enjoying the ownership experience, and that i would also take a massive hit on the depreciation when i sold it (i didn't tell him i was looking into a 2nd hand rolex).

if i was going just after the water/dustproof case, extensive service network and durability of a rolex, then i would find the same thing in a tudor dive watch, and with a much smaller price tag.

he proceeded to show me his own tudor hydronaut ii. his was over 2 years old (it was first released in early 2007) and has never been opened. sticking them on a timing machine, he proved to me it's accuracy was on par with his employees' rolexes.

although the movement wasn't a proprietary one from rolex, it has been around for a long time, and will continue to be, so spares are widely available for cheap.

it also comes in an oyster case sporting the triplock crown invented by rolex, and has a 3 year international rolex service center warranty. most agreeably, i would not have to pull my ball cap down low when i wore it out...

in the end, he did me a good deal (23% discount!) and then gave me a further "tax refund" discount when he found out i'll be flying out of the country next week.

what's more, i paid with currency that i had exchanged earlier in the year when the rates were overwhelmingly awesome; another added bonus for me!

the bad news is: i can't actually have the watch until i get to the airport next week.

so this concludes my hunt for a rolex submariner, but i'll still be visiting the "corner store" at funan to offload a few watches from my current collection later this year...

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Postby QRM » Sun, 31 May 2009 11:03 am

ha ah you wait, you will walk past the Rolex shop and start to wonder if you should have got the old sub, where as if you had the Rolex you wont walk past a tudor shop wondering if you should have got the tudor. :wink:

While every one has their own reasons, if you went for a tudor you should have looked out for a blue tudor sub, you wont loose money on it in the long run.

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Postby taxico » Sun, 31 May 2009 11:33 am

i was never a rolex fan to start with and i'm still not one. i've never get that special awe i have for other brands when i walk past a rolex display, and i still don't.

i did think about the old style tudor subs, black/blue, rose/shield dial, lollipop/merc/snowflake hands, with/without date, red/black numbers... had a coupla good deals come by too (about US$1,600-$1,800 for late 79090/79091 models).

decided there's no point in owning a collectible if i was out to trash it, and they looked too similar to the rolex sub. "if i wanted a sub, i should get a sub" was what i thought.

you have a point about buyer's remorse, but having been in the game for some time now, i know it's not gonna happen to me coz i wasn't out to buy a sub for the sake of owning one and then wound up buying something else as a substitute because i couldn't get what i wanted.

i didn't want a sub; i wanted a somewhat accurate watch i can abuse and own for a long time, and know there's support for all its parts (including the case) 20 years down the road.

that tudor fulfilled all my requirements and bettered it in a few other areas: a lower price tag and the fact that it's not a rolex; i'm all the more pleased it doesn't look anything like a rolex!

but heck; if that feeling for a sub gets to me down the road, i'll come back and let you smack my hands. : )
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Postby taxico » Sun, 31 May 2009 11:46 am

oh hey, the price. i didn't mention it... after all the discounts, the watch costs me less than sing $1,800.

not for nothin, but i think that's an awesome deal for a watch with 3 years warranty - $12.50/week!

as the wife's offered to pay for the watch as my birthday present, i won't be selling it...

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Postby QRM » Sun, 31 May 2009 12:06 pm

If you are planning on getting the VAT back at the airport make sure you take proof you are leaving the country, contrary to popular belief, UK residents cannot claim VAT back. Its designed for UK visitors, if you have a UK passport but proof you live or are leaving to go overseas then you can claim it back.

Take the cash option rather than credit your cc card etc less messy trying to follow up later.

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Postby taxico » Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:23 am

QRM wrote:ha ah you wait, you will walk past the Rolex shop and start to wonder if you should have got the old sub, where as if you had the Rolex you wont walk past a tudor shop wondering if you should have got the tudor. :wink:


you're right. i now own a sub as well.

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Postby QRM » Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:48 am

ha ha told you now you are on the slippery slope daytona fever next, I mean if your are going to own a Rolex may as well do it properly.

Anyway according to Daytona S/s blackface time its getting a bit late I am off to bed. :-)

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Postby taxico » Fri, 26 Feb 2010 1:02 pm

a gray dealer was closing down. i chanced upon them and saw the watch. very well priced for an unsold piece.

i hope i don't get the daytona bug... coz i have my eye on a zenith el primero... slippery indeed!
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Postby QRM » Fri, 26 Feb 2010 2:41 pm

Why not get the zenith rolex daytona best of both worlds then.

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Postby Dmon » Sat, 06 Mar 2010 11:07 pm

never into watches until i bght Rolex. before that I had few watches worth only couple of $hundreds. those are now sitting in cabinets collecting dust

Rolex is hardy. since i upgraded from norm watches, the way i wear is similar with plenty of knocks against walls and doors cabinets. not a single scratch on surface.

you will never regret and not buy other brands. i now see myself having one and only watch other brands zero values.....thinking of getting another one...

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Postby Mad Scientist » Fri, 13 Aug 2010 5:10 am

taxico wrote:i was never a rolex fan to start with and i'm still not one. i've never get that special awe i have for other brands when i walk past a rolex display, and i still don't.


Mate, you will never go wrong when buying a Rolex. I bought two pair of Rolex Oyster Perpetual with the wife, NEW. She had diamond crusted on the dials . Got to keep the wife happy you know !!
We bought both it in silver as gold tend to attract too much attention. Bought it for S$10K for both pair in 1994 in SG as I do not trust the HKG deal which will be cheaper but heard too many horror stories. Never regret it since. Got the service at Rolex Centre that comes with One Year WTY cost about $500.00 per piece but this is what makes keeping Rolex all worth while.Go for automatic not quartz
The Chinese businessman has this taboo that they will try not to buy second hand rolex. Pantang lah!!.So if you pass by Capitol SHopping Centre there are number of second hand dealer but authenticate ones that will allow you to have the regit number on the watch to be authenticate by Rolex Centre near Lucky Plaza.
I have several watches in my collection too. I have a 1985 Tag Heuer, a 1991 Raymond Weil , CD, Peirre Balmain, 1997 Kirium Tag. Longines, Omega and a 1975 Swiss Army Watch among others!!
We do trade among ourselves on watches as a hobby
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Postby yeoandy » Sun, 05 Feb 2012 7:28 am

Anyone can advise where I can get rolex watch authenticated as I am interested to buy the following Rolex Watch

http://xxxh-diamond-bezel-complete-with-box-cert

Thank you

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 05 Feb 2012 9:03 am

It's clearly a fake, the face is all wrong, and the pixels reveal that the '''diamonds''' are paste. Don't touch it with a barge-pole!

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Postby QRM » Sun, 05 Feb 2012 2:40 pm

Looks way over priced, and I know one mans food etc, but two tone with after market diamond bez reeks of Tacky!

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Postby Mad Scientist » Sun, 05 Feb 2012 6:13 pm

If you really want to go for it , have a caveat for it to be certified by Rolex Technician at Rolex Tower in the city. Those second hand Rolex dealers operating at Peninsula Plaza do provide this assurance.
Of course you have to pay for the certification but given the price you are going to pay for a piece of Rolex, better be safe than sorry. I did that when I bought Rolex watches from Rolex resellers. Do not buy something that turn out to be a lemon!!
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