I'm looking into the IWC Aquatimer with either blue or black dial. Pulled up local ADs on IWC's website, only one around so I drove up last week.
Had a nice first showing of the blue dial Aquatimer on rubber strap, was then offered to bring in the black dial with stainless steel bracelet for comparison over night, was also told that the new Rolex SS Pepsi will be given away at a cocktail reception next Saturday, which is today. I told the lady that she doesn't have to overnight the second IWC, I'll just show up on the reception which was one week out, ground shipping would have been in time.
So I showed up. Today. Here the bottom line: the other IWC was not brought in, she came up with a weird excuse that doesn't line up one inch with what I was told the week before, and the managers changed their mind and retracted the Rolex giveaway - the highlight of the reception, and nobody called me either to let me know that the second IWC won't be available.
My alterative was a road trip over the weekend but I stayed in town for this reception and for buying one of the IWCs. I was really looking forward coming home today with one of them, but I wasted an entire weekend and about a 4 hour roundtrip. Heck I even thought about buying both.
Also, while being there I was totally ignored by another sales personal who saw me waiting for him, we had eye contact twice, I made clear that I had a question, but he kept doing small talk with a couple for ages and when done, rushed away in a hurry. I had to yell after him. He clearly didn't consider me a paying customer. I guess my cargo shorts gave that away. Problem is, I gave away all my suits, jackets and nice shirts when I retired at age 40. I'm sick and tired of dressing up, done that for a long time. T-shirt and shorts, every single day.
This was not the first local AD letdown, but I thought I need to support local brick & mortar businesses. I won't do that mistake again. From now on I will make my decision solely based on information, reviews and photos to be found online, and I will also order online only.
Saw so many pretentious people at this reception. All this schicki-micki nonsense talk and cheap ass show boating over freakin watches. Not my world.