I am in outside sales myself, in an unrelated field, and in my obsessive, over-the-top research into watches, I've visited every AD for high-end watches that I can find in my area. That's not all that many, mind you, about half a dozen, but I've been amused by the differences in the salespeople, from an impressively knowledgeable and personable sales manager at an AD for Patek, Panerai, Rolex, and JLC, a friendly wheeling-and-dealing smaller town sales lady at a jeweler that had a total of maybe 12 rolexes in the case, to some completely clueless 20-something in badly fitting suits at the chain store which still sold Rolex, Tag, Bell & Ross, etc.
It got me thinking - has anyone ever worked for an AD for nice watches? Tell me about it. What was the compensation like, the hours, the pressure, the experience?
When I was at the highend dealer, there was a rockstar-looking fellow in tattered jeans and wild hair picking back up his Submariner from service and talking about pickig up a Panerai while there, just because, and a tall, power-suit looking guy smilingly planning to buy his wife a Patek to go along with the car he just bought her.
The buyers and independent small business owners I typically deal with are down to earth folks with reasonably modest salaries. I got to wondering what life is like as a salesperson who, presumably, cannot afford many of his own wares.
Though highend sales manager showed me watches in my budget -- A Reverso, a Luminor, an Explorer -- he said that, since I was there, anyway, and clearly interested, I should at least handle a Patek, just to experience one. I did. I deliberately did not learn the model name or reference number, but it was an amazing piece -- and, for $40,000, it ought to be.
It's got to be interesting selling watches from $1k to $100k.
Talk to me about it.