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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Hodinkee Founder Ben Clymer Cashes Out

You may have read Hodinkee’s big announcement: the website raised $40 million in venture capital and hired a new CEO. Given The Truth About Watches’ combative nature, you might be expecting another screed about Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer and his dark side combination of commerce and “journalism.” I come neither to praise nor bury Hodinkee, but to do the math. Let’s start with a couple of basics . . .

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Pre-Owned Rolex Daytona and Pepsi Prices Rising?

“Fresh data shared exclusively with WatchPro from secondary market specialist Chronext shows that, while there was a drop in prices in the early days of the pandemic, prices have rebounded in some cases spiked as it has become clear that pent-up demand would overwhelm supply because of the mothballing of manufacturing facilities during lock down in Switzerland.” That’s quite a lead (at least in terms of length). The question is, is it true? . . .

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Pre-Owned Rolex Prices Tanking?

Are prices for pre-owned Rolex tanking, or are they hanging tough through Coronageddon? Buy, sell or hold? To answer these questions, we turned to watchcharts.com. The free-to-the-public website automatically gathers sales data from a variety of sources: eBay, Reddit, Watchuseek, RolexForums, Paneristi forum and Vintage Rolex forums. They’ve got the facts on pre-owned Rolex prices . . .

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