Arthur, thank you for pulling the data together - it's something I sort of wanted to do, but never found the time to actually do it. I think the situation is more grave then you picture it - anybody feel free to correct me if you think my interpretation is wrong.
There are a few more places where Kingstons have been sold (e.g. UK sites) and reading that the ones currently being shipped are sub 120 in the line-up, leads me to believe that the percentage of Kingstons that have been flipped is more in the 30 - 40 percent range ......
As you, Dragoon and powerband have suggested, the Kingston's ROI, though maybe not the reason, definitely is a big incentive to flip the watch. If people weren't even able to recover the original purchase price (as with most purchases), I think most, if not all, would have tried harder to like and enjoy the watch. Personally, I don't buy in to the argument of changed taste (maybe for very few), but do see how the long wait has soured the experience for many and robbed them of their joy for the Kingston.
The wait for (future) GO-owners is indeed shorter (by design) but still requires a lot of patience and falls far outside the instant gratification window. I just checked: I got on the list and made my first down-payment already 21 months ago. We're getting glimpses of the finish-line, though and I do hope that Mr. Yao indeed manages to get all Kingstons out of the door before the end of the year (2012 that is).
But the Kingston has taught us a lesson in patience. Co-participants in the Forum Project (watch) in the Chinese Mechanical Watches corner are already getting impatient: the design was finalized mid November and the proto-type was unveiled yesterday. To me -and probably all Kingstonians- that's fast