The Gray Market Watches Conspiracy

Watchpro’s Rob Corder is a Swiss watch industry mouthpiece: the consummate insider-outsider. In Why [the] grey market is the friend we have to hate, Mr. Corder argues that gray and secondary markets provide benefits to the watch industry, such as price discovery and geographic redistribution of supply. The breezy bromide gives a thumbs up to gray market watches with unsupported assertions, lazy language and wishful thinking . . .

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Watch Dealer Markups – A Proposal

We’re in the middle of the greatest watch shortage in modern memory. It’s basically impossible to get any almost any current Rolex (and many OMEGAs, Pateks, Vacherons, etc.) from an Authorized Dealer (AD). The cupboards are bare. We can argue about why that’s happening, but the fact remains: there’s a massive mismatch between supply and demand. And there is an answer: watch dealer markups . . .

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Who Killed the Nautilus 5711?

  The Gerald Genta-designed stainless steel blue dial Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711 is an icon. A Grail Watch. And now, it’s DOA. Discontinued. Gone. Although rumors about its demise have been circulating for weeks, the news still comes as a shock. Why would one of the world’s best watchmakers, the ranking member of the watch industry’s Holy Trinity, kill its most iconic model on a Friday news dump? (FYI, Robb Report, it’s spelled Nautilus, not Nautlius.) We can only guess what triggered the move . . .

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Certified Pre-Owned Watches – AD’s FTW

In my post Who Will Own the Pre-Owned Watch Market? I explored the possibility of manufacturers selling certified pre-owned watches through their authorized dealers [AD’s]. RF challenged me to put some meat on the bones: to restate the need for a manufacturer-run certified pre-owned watch program and explain how it would work. First, there’s no question . . .

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