Have a bit of a dilemma. I have been searching for my next big purchase for a while (1 year to be exact) and have not bought ANY watches since November of last year... looking at making this purchase between September and December of this year.
I am 95% set on the IWC Spitfire Chronograph and am now considering purchasing options... Only want to buy new really
1/ Buy new at AD - $10,400 + sales tax which I can avoid by sending the watch outside of state. Net Price = $10,400 +/- discount
What discount could I reasonably obtain from the AD? 0%? 5%? 10%?15%?
Is there any way we could ship the box out and I keep the watch :)?
2/ Buy new in Spain at AD - 10,000€ and get tax free credit of 15.7% by taking it out of the country on my way back to US. Net Price = $9,334 +/- discount (@ current fx rate)
3/ Buy new at grey market dealer - Currently at $7,995 at Joma... saw 3 weeks ago at $6,995
Personally I have NO problem buying from grey market as I consider factory warranties to be a fallback option at these quality control levels. If I can save >2k by going grey market I have some good wiggle room in the unfortunate/improbable event I have an issue to fund the necessary repair, in addition at that point the repair work would be under warranty as the work would be done by IWC...
All was fine and dandy UNTIL I encountered this post which shows multiple owners having issues with the movement freezing when using the flyback function...
Spitfire 3878 nothing but problems | Forum | IWC Schaffhausen
This has really made me think twice of buying with no factory warranty... I'm a little lost. What are your thoughts?