I’ve purchased multiple Rolex in the last two years from an AD that I had no prior history with. Green bezel Sub, James Cameron DSSD, pink dial OP, and another ladies watch for my girlfriend. You may not be able to walk in and get a hot model same day, but if you just ask and have a little patience it is possible to get these watches. I don’t need any watch right this instance, so it doesn’t bother me much, I just tell the AD what I’d like and then if/when I get the text/call I’m pleasantly surprised.Loose skeletal hands, 40mm, less than 48 lug to lug, coin edge bezel, 12mm thick, taper bracelet and smaller clasp, and I’m in at 6k.
As far as being to close to Rolex price, go try to buy a Rolex at retail.
I also don’t think it’s quite the nightmare it was a year or two ago (or even 6 months ago) as the economy has changed a lot, watch prices have come down drastically, so demand has also come down quite a bit. Yes, there are still “wait lists”, but I’m seeing more and more threads of people who just walked into an AD and walked out with a Rolex they wanted. I think I’ll give it a shot next time I’m back at my AD in early March (fingers crossed).
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