Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Doran, Apr 21, 2008.
If you were willing to pay the extra, you could have one the next/same day
I don't, no need.
My Christopher Ward C60 Trident Elite 1000 arrived earlier this week.
Initial thoughts are all positive. The build quality and specs rival my Omega Seamaster at a third of the cost. Very beautiful watch and very eye catching, quite a lot of comments already from wearing it to work.
If you're expecting a year then I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Worth trying the various models on if you haven't already to see which suits your wrist best.
Wish I could wear my Trident to work, but really don't fancy it meeting any of the chemicals I use. Excellent build quality and feel though, and as you say, everyone comments on it.
I do need to go and try on at the moment just looking if it could be an option
You'll need to get onto the lists of some ADs to stand a chance. Some claim lists do not exist, but some lists clearly do exist!
and some ask for large deposits
All depends on where you are located and the size type of the AD (independant or chain) you would be dealing with.
If in the South East or London area, I'm sorry to say that a new customer would be very lucky to get one within a year.
Have seen people get one within a few months but that is not the current norm.
Up until recently grey market prices on a Sub date were acceptable, this year however the price is simply too much IMO. I guess this is fueled by speculation on possible discontinuation/replacement of the current model come March next year.
You got it - there is no such thing as a wait list.
AD’s support their VIP customers so even if you’re next on ‘the list’, an in demand watch will go to one of their valued customers and not you.
My advice; don’t wait around or pay overs - Find something else you like.
Worth watching this video if you’re into, or chasing a Rolex and interested in wait lists and production.
Go and speak to your local dealers in person, explain what you want and ask to buy. They will say waiting times / list, ask to get on and offer deposit - basically show you are serious.
Do this in a few of them and go on lists in each place.
You've got a good chance of getting a Submariner by getting your name down with a few different dealers. If you're specific in the model and chat to them so they know you won't be buying it to sell on you might not even have to wait that long. I've managed to pick up several SS sports models since late last year.
You've got slim to no chance with a GMT Master though, without some prior purchase history.
latest one for the collection, might go up in value
Is that the Stratos? I've never seen one with the date between 4 and 5; it's normally at six. How old is it?
Probably the closest I'm going to get to a Seamaster for quite a few years!
Its a El Primero Flyback "Rainbow" - a French air force specification made from 1999 into early 2000s.
My one is 2004
Interesting that they chose to write 'Fly-back' on the relevant black and white versions, but not on these - any idea why?
Nice. The rainbow dial really sets it apart.
I did read the French air force had direct influence on the dial, there are a few other tiny differences too like the minute chrono dial being slightly bigger and the seconds sub-dial being slight smaller than the standard flyback.
Also the sub-dial and chrono second hands are different.
My one has a non-standard sapphire crystal case back to view the movement (mint condition original back safely in the box!)
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