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Old 16 June 2023, 04:07 AM   #4351
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I'm a Cortina customer, not a whale by any means but I did buy a few watches from them. In 2015 I walked in and bought a Rolex BLNR as a brand new customer and got a small discount off retail. In early 2022 I got my first Patek from them as a walk in after waiting just 2 weeks and paid retail. A few months after that my wife got a Cartier Santos and without asking they gave me a 15% discount off retail. I've honestly never seen nor heard of them selling any watches above retail. I do hear a lot of complaints though about all the hot models being hard to get, but that is pretty much the same everywhere you go.

I've read the same news as everyone else but I'm really not sure what the charging over retail part is about and I was never asked to bundle or buy anything I didn't want, and in fact when I asked if I needed to buy less popular models to build history they told me no and to just be patient and wait. Of course that absolutely could mean I'll never get the next watch, or the sales person I'm dealing with is one of the better ones, so take it for what it's worth. This is just my own personal experience.
That sounds pretty amazing. Would you mind letting me know who's your usual AD? I'd love to get in contact with them. (I'll obviously leave out the fact I was referred by 'ButtButt')
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Old 16 June 2023, 12:39 PM   #4352
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Old 17 June 2023, 03:43 AM   #4353
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I'm a Cortina customer, not a whale by any means but I did buy a few watches from them. In 2015 I walked in and bought a Rolex BLNR as a brand new customer and got a small discount off retail. In early 2022 I got my first Patek from them as a walk in after waiting just 2 weeks and paid retail. A few months after that my wife got a Cartier Santos and without asking they gave me a 15% discount off retail. I've honestly never seen nor heard of them selling any watches above retail. I do hear a lot of complaints though about all the hot models being hard to get, but that is pretty much the same everywhere you go.

I've read the same news as everyone else but I'm really not sure what the charging over retail part is about and I was never asked to bundle or buy anything I didn't want, and in fact when I asked if I needed to buy less popular models to build history they told me no and to just be patient and wait. Of course that absolutely could mean I'll never get the next watch, or the sales person I'm dealing with is one of the better ones, so take it for what it's worth. This is just my own personal experience.
early 2022, you went in as a walk in (after purchasing a blnr years ago), waited 2 weeks for a patek?
what patek?

in 2022, 15% off cartier? doubt
in 2018-2019 yes i believe.

i was a cortina customer as well, spend 6 figures with them and didn't get jackshit at the raffles city mall outlet.

went over to paragon and complained to another SA, in order to get a rootbeer, i had to bundle a moser pioneer.
that's in 2019, before covid.

cortina used to charge above retail before Rolex send that letter.
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Old 17 June 2023, 03:43 AM   #4354
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That sounds pretty amazing. Would you mind letting me know who's your usual AD? I'd love to get in contact with them. (I'll obviously leave out the fact I was referred by 'ButtButt')
he's in Singapore.
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Old 17 June 2023, 11:47 AM   #4355
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he's in Singapore.
I meant his SA. I have some means of getting around that region
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Old 18 June 2023, 12:29 AM   #4356
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early 2022, you went in as a walk in (after purchasing a blnr years ago), waited 2 weeks for a patek?
what patek?

in 2022, 15% off cartier? doubt
in 2018-2019 yes i believe.

i was a cortina customer as well, spend 6 figures with them and didn't get jackshit at the raffles city mall outlet.

went over to paragon and complained to another SA, in order to get a rootbeer, i had to bundle a moser pioneer.
that's in 2019, before covid.

cortina used to charge above retail before Rolex send that letter.
that account is run by cortina. they are in hot water right now.
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Old 18 June 2023, 02:56 AM   #4357
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that account is run by cortina. they are in hot water right now.
lol, i have problems with that stupid AD.

I bundled a sub date 126610ln with 2x IWC Mark Pilot
so i decided to sell my 116610ln i got from the grey market

they actually went thru fb grps and carousell, checking for flippers, linked it back to me.
ask why am i selling the sub date they have allocated to me?

first, you didn't allocate me shit, it was a bundled purchase.
secondly, get your internet scouting team to get familiarised with rolex reference numbers and open their damn eyes.
I gave the SA a piece of my mind and told them they just lost me as a customer, i don't give a fk if they have banned me.

dumb AD, dumb staffs. good riddance
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Old 18 June 2023, 11:53 AM   #4358
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lol, i have problems with that stupid AD.

I bundled a sub date 126610ln with 2x IWC Mark Pilot
so i decided to sell my 116610ln i got from the grey market

they actually went thru fb grps and carousell, checking for flippers, linked it back to me.
ask why am i selling the sub date they have allocated to me?

first, you didn't allocate me shit, it was a bundled purchase.
secondly, get your internet scouting team to get familiarised with rolex reference numbers and open their damn eyes.
I gave the SA a piece of my mind and told them they just lost me as a customer, i don't give a fk if they have banned me.

dumb AD, dumb staffs. good riddance
Which AD would you recommend, then?
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Old 18 June 2023, 01:01 PM   #4359
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Old 18 June 2023, 07:21 PM   #4360
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early 2022, you went in as a walk in (after purchasing a blnr years ago), waited 2 weeks for a patek?
what patek?

in 2022, 15% off cartier? doubt
in 2018-2019 yes i believe.

i was a cortina customer as well, spend 6 figures with them and didn't get jackshit at the raffles city mall outlet.

Yup, 5172G. I believe I posted about it here quite a bit during the time, I got laughed out of one AD and never heard back from the rest, but somehow Cortina delivered it.

Don't know what to say about the Cartier discount if you don't believe it.

Just sharing my experience with them, I haven't been able to get anything since then though lol (although I did turn down a 5320G with the salmon dial which I never asked for).
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Old 19 June 2023, 01:57 AM   #4361
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Not to be a downer but It would be cool if this thread was back on track talking about Rolex watches and there prices on moda etc.
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Old 19 June 2023, 02:28 AM   #4362
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Agree with Booth. Couldn't care less about AP, VC, PP etc
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Old 19 June 2023, 02:46 AM   #4363
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Which AD would you recommend, then?
none, ADs in Singapore are the worst.
concentrated wealth on a small island.
you think you're a big fish? there's a bigger one beside you.

spend your money elsewhere.
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Old 20 June 2023, 01:31 PM   #4364
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Prices slump by up to 50% for discontinued Rolex watches (Watchpro)

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none, ADs in Singapore are the worst.
concentrated wealth on a small island.
you think you're a big fish? there's a bigger one beside you.

spend your money elsewhere.
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Old 20 June 2023, 06:31 PM   #4365
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Old 20 June 2023, 10:26 PM   #4366
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Watch Society on YouTube was discussing the softening of the market as told to him by his grey market dealer friends in his latest video. He is based out of Dubai so another anecdote we can reference.
i would post a direct link but my post count is too low
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Old 21 June 2023, 10:55 AM   #4367
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Now green sky ss dropped to 37k. No. One bought when it was 40k plus and even at 37k no sell


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Old 21 June 2023, 11:12 AM   #4368
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none, ADs in Singapore are the worst.
concentrated wealth on a small island.
you think you're a big fish? there's a bigger one beside you.

spend your money elsewhere.
I totally agree.
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Old 21 June 2023, 03:37 PM   #4369
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none, ADs in Singapore are the worst.
concentrated wealth on a small island.
you think you're a big fish? there's a bigger one beside you.

spend your money elsewhere.
Not a lot big fish around.. is a lot of big sharks and killer whales haha
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Old 22 June 2023, 08:19 AM   #4370
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I expected 37mm and 41mm RO's to settle at retail+tax by late this year. maybe small 5-10% premium on top, but that's it.
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Old 22 June 2023, 09:36 AM   #4371
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I expected 37mm and 41mm RO's to settle at retail+tax by late this year. maybe small 5-10% premium on top, but that's it.

Going to need to specify colours and metals with such a claim

Might be true but for the prom queen blue in steel not a chance
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Old 22 June 2023, 12:59 PM   #4372
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mint oyster ss blue skyd sold at auction for 19.4k. kermit nib in 15100-15500

nib nos full sticker 2019 116515 black dial OF sold for 34100
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Old 24 June 2023, 07:23 AM   #4373
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New celebration dial 41 op at auction 28k at the moment


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Old 24 June 2023, 12:32 PM   #4374
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mint oyster ss blue skyd sold at auction for 19.4k. kermit nib in 15100-15500

nib nos full sticker 2019 116515 black dial OF sold for 34100
Funny. I keep trying to find a 116519LN and am offering decent money but everyone thinks they are worth >$40k. I'll just keep on waiting
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Old 24 June 2023, 09:51 PM   #4375
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Going to need to specify colours and metals with such a claim

Might be true but for the prom queen blue in steel not a chance
Walk into a botique. Buy a code 1159 base and put your name down. You'll be shocked how quickly you get a call.
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Old 25 June 2023, 02:20 AM   #4376
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Lol that guy listed it for like 40k the other day saying how quickly it was going to sell.
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Old 25 June 2023, 04:01 AM   #4377
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Walk into a botique. Buy a code 1159 base and put your name down. You'll be shocked how quickly you get a call.
so...spend 25k on a code just to get a RO at retail...?
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Old 25 June 2023, 06:24 PM   #4378
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Lol that guy listed it for like 40k the other day saying how quickly it was going to sell.

And it was sold for 28k. Nobody bid after 28. Thats tells you something. People are tired of exorbitant mark up


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Old 25 June 2023, 09:21 PM   #4379
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Maybe the person who bidded for 28k is their own guy. This price is already crazy
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Old 26 June 2023, 05:20 AM   #4380
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Still, 28k is still a pretty decent markup above RRP
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