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Old 1 June 2020, 10:40 AM   #1
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Royal Oak Chrono - Which one??

If I am a new Audemars Piguet customer, and was looking to purchase one of he following watches from an AD, would both be somewhat obtainable? I’m assuming the rose gold is easier than the stainless steel.

If not, what would be the estimated wait time?

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Old 1 June 2020, 12:13 PM   #2
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Yes, the rose gold would be easier to obtain than the stainless steel. It would be easier to acquire from the boutique than ADs. Last month there was one seller here list the rose gold piece for sale at the lower price than msrp.

How long is the waiting time it varies from city to city, you better check with the boutique in your city.
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Old 1 June 2020, 12:20 PM   #3
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The RG one was sitting in the AD in NY when I passed through last year. I think both should be okay overall outside of Asia especially after the price hike at the beginning of the year.

I do find myself thinking about adding the RG one (have the SS) and putting it on the rubber strap these days. Seems like all other watch makes like VC is having their own RG + Blue dial watch added these days.
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Old 1 June 2020, 12:51 PM   #4
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The AP AD in Houston told me 2-3 years for the SS if I put down a deposit. He expects to receive 2 Or 3 annually and the waitlist for those putting a deposit is 6 names long. Without a deposit he said 3-5 years.

Check out Chrono24, multiple on there. The SS prices are over MSRP but the gold bracelet and on leather are a little below to in line with MSRP, depending on the seller.
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Old 1 June 2020, 02:05 PM   #5
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You can get both from boutique “usa” quite easily. What’s your wrist size? You might consider the 26315


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Old 1 June 2020, 10:00 PM   #6
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You can get both from boutique “usa” quite easily. What’s your wrist size? You might consider the 26315


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My wrist size is 8 1/8 inches. I think the size of this watch will be fine on my wrist. I’m 6’4” and weight 225. The smaller watches look lost on my wrist.

I appreciate everyone’s input. I can’t wait to land my first AP. The journey getting there will be a special one.
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Old 1 June 2020, 10:04 PM   #7
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Definitely go Boutique over AD for either reference, travel permitting. And make the inquiry in person not over the phone or internet.
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I think the NYC boutique is the closest. Hopefully the rioting doesn’t destroy their building.

I’ll definitely make an inquiry in person.
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Old 2 June 2020, 12:16 AM   #9
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The AP AD in Houston told me 2-3 years for the SS if I put down a deposit. He expects to receive 2 Or 3 annually and the waitlist for those putting a deposit is 6 names long. Without a deposit he said 3-5 years.

Check out Chrono24, multiple on there. The SS prices are over MSRP but the gold bracelet and on leather are a little below to in line with MSRP, depending on the seller.
It seems like AP doesn't support their ADs much, with that kind of allocation to ADs, how can they make money?

If people have to wait that long, it might be better just goes grey with a little premium.

For Texas, this coming July the new AP Boutique will be open at Highland Village Park in Dallas.
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It seems like AP doesn't support their ADs much, with that kind of allocation to ADs, how can they make money?
AP is moving away from the AD (multi brand model)... The boutiques now are mostly corp owned or a joint venture with the big boys in the area (ex. THG and Sincere in SEA, WoS and Wempe in the EU... etc)

This will not change in the near future ...

https://usa.watchpro.com/audemars-pi...ibrand-retail/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-w...-idUSKCN1LM2MI
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AP is moving away from the AD (multi brand model)... The boutiques now are mostly corp owned or a joint venture with the big boys in the area (ex. THG and Sincere in SEA, WoS and Wempe in the EU... etc)

This will not change in the near future ...

https://usa.watchpro.com/audemars-pi...ibrand-retail/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-w...-idUSKCN1LM2MI
Thanks for the articles.

I hope they start to sell it online soon, so customers can have more chances to acquire the models that they want. They still should have the boutique in every city, so we can see the real thing before we purchase online.
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It seems like AP doesn't support their ADs much, with that kind of allocation to ADs, how can they make money?

If people have to wait that long, it might be better just goes grey with a little premium.

For Texas, this coming July the new AP Boutique will be open at Highland Village Park in Dallas.
Exactly what I did, paid $1500 over MSRP for the blue chrono 26331st brand new. NO wait, no hassle and no non-sense. Just easier that way.
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Exactly what I did, paid $1500 over MSRP for the blue chrono 26331st brand new. NO wait, no hassle and no non-sense. Just easier that way.
Congratulations!

You paid = $26800 + sale tax + $1500 or = $26800 + $1500

Either one it still seems like a very good deal for blue dial.

What is the date on the warranty card?
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Congratulations!

You paid = $26800 + sale tax + $1500 or = $26800 + $1500

Either one it still seems like a very good deal for blue dial.

What is the date on the warranty card?
The latter, no sales tax, 2020 warranty card. Was an existing good relationship I move a lot of watches with.
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It seems like AP doesn't support their ADs much, with that kind of allocation to ADs, how can they make money?

If people have to wait that long, it might be better just goes grey with a little premium.

For Texas, this coming July the new AP Boutique will be open at Highland Village Park in Dallas.
The Houston AD is a very large jeweler and also is an AD for a lot of Richemont brands as well as FPJ. They’re not going to go broke selling only offshores or ladies RO.
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The latter, no sales tax, 2020 warranty card. Was an existing good relationship I move a lot of watches with.
Congratulations, you have got the best deal ever. I would love to do the business with this grey dealer in the future. Hope he is the trusted grey dealer also. Do you mind to PM me about this grey dealer? I would really appreciate your help, thanks.
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The Houston AD is a very large jeweler and also is an AD for a lot of Richemont brands as well as FPJ. They’re not going to go broke selling only offshores or ladies RO.
I think you are talking about Zadok Jewelers. Yes, it's a very large jeweler in Houston, but AP give them very limited stock. Zadok is building their own building on Post Oak Blvd now. AP plans to shut down all the ADs in the near future, AP wants to sell their watches at their boutiques or online only. I think Zadok wants to own AP boutique in Houston also, but it depends on the deal with AP.

I email AP about acquiring their watches that is not available at AD. AP gave my information to the manager of new AP boutique in Dallas (suppose to open later this year) to contact me.
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I think you are talking about Zadok Jewelers. Yes, it's a very large jeweler in Houston, but AP give them very limited stock. Zadok is building their own building on Post Oak Blvd now. AP plans to shut down all the ADs in the near future, AP wants to sell their watches at their boutiques or online only. I think Zadok wants to own AP boutique in Houston also, but it depends on the deal with AP.

I email AP about acquiring their watches that is not available at AD. AP gave my information to the manager of new AP boutique in Dallas (suppose to open later this year) to contact me.
I am referring to them. If Zadok loses the AP license it won't be huge loss of revenue for them.

I bought my RO from them back in 2017 before the hype. I went by the store during Xmas time checking out the stock, and one of the ladies was like "I remember when we used to be able to get steel RO's to sell".
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