I've recently been toying with the idea of selling one of my cars and using some of the money to fund a grail watch or 2.
I love the car but I rarely get to use it or even see it these days because a lack of storage at my place forces me to keep it in a friend's garage an hour away.
Anyway I was in Melbourne last weekend to watch the Australian Open tennis final and decided to take the opportunity to try on a stainless steel Patek Aquanaut at the AD, which is so far the front runner on my radar if I end up selling the car. Unfortunately they didn't have an Aquanaut in stock, but luckily they had another model which I'm considering if I end up going down the dress watch route, a yellow gold 5196J.
I've had contrasting experiences with AD's so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I simply asked if I could have a look at the watch and the sales lady couldn't have been nicer! She sat me down at a table in a nice chair and poured me a drink before bringing the watch over. I made it clear that I was interested but it wouldn't be happening right away, and she still spent the next 40 minutes talking about watch collecting with me. It was refreshing that someone in an AD actually had a detailed knowledge of the watches they are selling and even a good knowledge and appreciation of watches they aren't selling.
At the end she gave me a lovely looking Patek Philippe book which I still haven't taken out of the wrapping yet, and the latest Patek model catalogue and Audemars Piguet catalogue because I had mentioned I was also considering a stainless Royal Oak.