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    • rooo
    • By rooo 23rd Apr 05, 11:52 PM
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    rooo
    • #2
    • 23rd Apr 05, 11:52 PM
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    • 23rd Apr 05, 11:52 PM
    Not generally discounted afaik - they are pretty exclusive. Ernest Jones is probably your best place on the high street.
    • --Tony--
    • By --Tony-- 24th Apr 05, 12:16 AM
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    --Tony--
    • #3
    • 24th Apr 05, 12:16 AM
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    • 24th Apr 05, 12:16 AM
    Hong Kong lol
    • quoia
    • By quoia 24th Apr 05, 12:38 AM
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    quoia
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    • 24th Apr 05, 12:38 AM
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    • 24th Apr 05, 12:38 AM
    Bahrain International Airport

    &

    Dubai International Airport
    There are 10 types of people in the world. ‹(•Ώ•)›
    ‹(•Ώ•)› Those that understand binary and those that do not!


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    • basill
    • By basill 24th Apr 05, 7:42 AM
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    • 24th Apr 05, 7:42 AM
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    • 24th Apr 05, 7:42 AM
    You could look here, http://www.blitzwatches.co.uk/ I think they are grey imports so only covered by vendors guarantee.
    This shop seems okay in the web reports I read but watch out some other discounters grind off serial numbers.

    Good luck

    Basill
  • escentual
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    • 24th Apr 05, 9:37 AM
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    • 24th Apr 05, 9:37 AM
    Hi,
    I have always found if you ask you can get between 12-17% discount from your local rolex dealer. The rolex mens sports watches (explorer, daytona etc) are a rarer so they are less keen to do a deal, but if they have one in stock and you are going to be a regular client they can be persuaded. Just make an offer.
  • pin
    • #7
    • 24th Apr 05, 10:27 AM
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    • 24th Apr 05, 10:27 AM
    A while back my friend actually flew to Geneva to buy a Rolex on a cheapo Easyjet flight. Flight, accomodation, etc AND the watch was cheaper than buying it from the UK. He did do a fair amount of research before hand before heading over though!
    • plumb1
    • By plumb1 24th Apr 05, 10:27 AM
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    • 24th Apr 05, 10:27 AM
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    • 24th Apr 05, 10:27 AM
    Bodrum Turkey,cheap as chips there
  • Allexie
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    • 24th Apr 05, 10:43 AM
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    • 24th Apr 05, 10:43 AM
    What about pre-owned...(alright...second-hand!). Lots of people trade in their old ones to get a different/latest model so some jewellers then sell the traded in ones. I got mine this way about four years ago and saved about £500. It was a current model then, (styles don't change that frequently) and is still being sold today.



    hth
    ♥♥♥ Genius - 1% inspiration and 99% doing what your mother told you. ♥♥♥

    • quoia
    • By quoia 24th Apr 05, 11:55 AM
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    quoia
    A while back my friend actually flew to Geneva to buy a Rolex on a cheapo Easyjet flight. Flight, accomodation, etc AND the watch was cheaper than buying it from the UK. He did do a fair amount of research before hand before heading over though!
    by pin
    Of course by doing this he actually became a criminal !
    There are 10 types of people in the world. ‹(•Ώ•)›
    ‹(•Ώ•)› Those that understand binary and those that do not!


    Veni, Vidi, VISA ! ................. I came, I saw, I PURCHASED
    (11)A104.28S94.98O112.46N86.73D101.02(12)J130.63F126.76M134.38A200.98M156.30J95.56J102.85A175.93
    S ω6.59 so far ..
  • pin
    Of course by doing this he actually became a criminal !
    by quoia
    First time I read that, thought, what???

    However I think you mean by that that he didn't pay duty for the watch?
    • quoia
    • By quoia 24th Apr 05, 2:49 PM
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    quoia
    First time I read that, thought, what???

    However I think you mean by that that he didn't pay duty for the watch?
    by pin

    Yes that's what I meant....

    Flight, accomodation, etc AND the watch was cheaper than buying it from the UK.
    by pin
    ..unless "etc." included IMPORT DUTY AND VAT, then it must have been smuggled in !

    Naughty, naughty !
    There are 10 types of people in the world. ‹(•Ώ•)›
    ‹(•Ώ•)› Those that understand binary and those that do not!


    Veni, Vidi, VISA ! ................. I came, I saw, I PURCHASED
    (11)A104.28S94.98O112.46N86.73D101.02(12)J130.63F126.76M134.38A200.98M156.30J95.56J102.85A175.93
    S ω6.59 so far ..
  • Viz
    I looked into buying a Cartier watch a few years ago in Tenerife. I found the official Cartier dealers prices were a lot less than here. All to do with exchange rate and less VAT of course.
    I could of had the watch i wanted and paid for the package holiday and still have money left over on the UK price.
    Never buy a stupid dwarf -
    Its not big and its not clever.
  • langers
    I bought an Omega Seamaster when I was in San Fran at Christmas in Maceys, they had a 20% off deal and with the exchange rate at nearly $2 to £1 I ended up getting about £300 off the price.

    Of course if you don't happen to be going to the US then it's not that cheap but if you are then it's a bargain
    Langers
    • quoia
    • By quoia 25th Apr 05, 5:20 PM
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    quoia
    I looked into buying a Cartier watch a few years ago in Tenerife. I found the official Cartier dealers prices were a lot less than here. All to do with exchange rate and less VAT of course.
    by Viz
    No "VAT" at all as such - all but a duty free island....
    .... and if you had bought one and brought it back like "pin's" friend then you'd have joined the criminal ranks as well.
    There are 10 types of people in the world. ‹(•Ώ•)›
    ‹(•Ώ•)› Those that understand binary and those that do not!


    Veni, Vidi, VISA ! ................. I came, I saw, I PURCHASED
    (11)A104.28S94.98O112.46N86.73D101.02(12)J130.63F126.76M134.38A200.98M156.30J95.56J102.85A175.93
    S ω6.59 so far ..
  • Victor_Meldrew
    I bought an Omega Seamaster in England after some research. I could have bought it much cheaper via eBay and various internet sites. So why buy it from a registered UK dealer? Because I got all the original documentation with it - there's no question as to its authenticity. You can buy internet Omegas but 9/10 they have their serial number scratched off so that you cannot trace where it came from. The reason they do this is because Omega do not sell their watches on the internet and if they find official sellers doing this they will not sell any more watches to them. if you want to buy an expensive watch I think you may be better advised to pay the "correct" price and buy it from an authorised dealer. Even so I still managed to get 20% off from Beaverbrooks so you still get a bargain but when it comes to spending over a grand I think you'd have more peace of mind. If you were to buy a second hand watch yourself wouldn't you want it to have good authenticity ( and therefore pay a higher price)?
    Remember - if it's too good to be true then it's almost certainly a rip-off
    I don't believe it!
  • Victor_Meldrew
    PS I forgot to say to Quoia - very nice avatar.
    I am hoping for a victory v Leicester today as I work in Loughborough and I'm surrounded by Leicester oiks who think they are our local rivals! If we can get promoted this year and F****t relegated it would be fantasy dream land - but Leicester down as well....................bliss!!!!

    Victor
    I don't believe it!
    • FF99
    • By FF99 26th Apr 05, 8:14 AM
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    FF99
    Depending on the price of watch you are after, it would definitely be worth a trip to HK. Genuine Rolex's can be had for up to 35% - 40% less than the UK.

    If you were efficient you could get a flight that left London Friday at 22.00, arrived into HKG at 17.00 Sat, left HKG 01.45 Sun and arrived back into London at at around 07.00 Sun. No need to miss work and you still get half your weekend ! Only costs would be the flight (around £400) and airport transfers (HKG would only cost about £13 round-trip on the Airprot express). You would not even have any meals to buy !
  • pin
    But, again as Quoia has pointed out several times, you will be technically hit for duty and VAT on your return to the UK (unless you bought from HK duty free).
    • fatboyonadiet
    • By fatboyonadiet 26th Apr 05, 9:56 AM
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    fatboyonadiet
    Looked at getting an expensive watch once and didn't work out that much cheaper (was thinking about Dubai) and instead bartered with Beaverbrooks and got 15% off, a few months later the watch went up in price by 25%! So got a true bargain!
    2p off is still 2p off!
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