So, today a friend wanted to visit the Montblanc Store and another AD in the same mall. The Montblanc people were truly lovely. They know me and they know my MB came from the Tourneau Outlet Store, at tremendous savings, yet they always welcome me and let me try on other watches. We had fun there.
Now, in contract there is another AD (in addition to Mayors) in this mall. And they carry some very nice lines including Glaschutte Original. So, my friend who would really like to get himself a gold watch with a very simple Patek style dial zeroed in on a Glashutte Senator in Gold. The watch had two stickers on it. One at $16,000, the other at $14,000. I asked why the two stickers and the sales guy, said Glaschutte recently raised prices and the watch was really priced at the higher of the two. Even though they clearly purchased the watch at the lower price. That was off-putting number 1. I asked what kind of discount they might offer and he said no more than 10%. So, when I thought he was out of ear shot, I suggested to my friend that he might look gray market, but the sales guy heard me and scoffed at me for this. But he made two claims that just ticked me off.
Claim 1: He claimed that a Glaschutte watch not purchased AD, thus not registered with Glaschutte papers, would be denied service by Glaschutte should something go wrong with the watch. Regardless of whether the customer was fully willing to pay for service.
Claim 2. To further support his claim, he said that if someone purchased a Ulyses Nardin gray market, and needed service, if it was sent to Ulyses for service, it would be confiscated by Ulyses. REALLY? I mean maybe Ulyses can refuse to service a watch not purchased through an AD, but how is it possible he could be telling people Ulyses had the right to confiscate the property of someone, leigitimately purchased, regardless of whether it was AD or not?
We left soon after I told the sales guy he was full of............
Now maybe I'm not informed enough, but I think this is BS. Could I be wrong? Could he be right?