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    Rolex the Grail Watch

    I have noticed quite a few Rolexes, and Tudors for sale and am curious why there are so many. If Rolex (and Tudor) are high up the totem pole of "Graility" ( a new WIS word?) why are there so many used ones, especially relatively new ones, for sale? Just curious.

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    1) They sell a lot of watches...so it's bound to happen that there are more for sale than other brands.

    2) Many Rolex are selling in the open market for more than their retail price. There are a lot of people out there who are buying to flip.

    I think the fact that some models are selling for double their retail price is good evidence of their "graility".
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    Iíve owned 3 Rolexs in the past, all purchased used. All were nice enough but grew tired of them over time so sold them. I came to the conclusion that for the extra money, especially new, they werenít that much better than other brands for much less. Others will have the opposite opinion no doubt and thatís fine, everyone is different. Iím sure there are Patek and Journe owners out there who look down on Rolex. Itís all relative. Or another way to say it: one mans grail is anotherís beater.


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    I think that they're subject to a lot of hype. Not unjustified hype - but they're quick to become forum all-stars on here because they have a great combination of desirable attributes (style, design, technical innovation, history, etc.) and it's easy for someone buying a watch to get caught up in it all and get something because they feel they ought to not necessarily because they want to. When reality dawns, and that purchaser realizes they actually don't really love the watch - it's up for sale.

    Same thing seems to happen with Speedmasters.
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    Totally agree with The Walrus. You find tons of Omegas as well for sale, along with many other "grail" brands.

    It is just part of this hobby, IMHO.

    See it, want it, buy it, flip it.

    See something better, buy something better, flip something better.

    See something better,better, want something better,better.......and so it goes.
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    Re: Rolex the Grail Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by TheWalrus View Post
    I think that they're subject to a lot of hype. Not unjustified hype - but they're quick to become forum all-stars on here because they have a great combination of desirable attributes (style, design, technical innovation, history, etc.) and it's easy for someone buying a watch to get caught up in it all and get something because they feel they ought to not necessarily because they want to. When reality dawns, and that purchaser realizes they actually don't really love the watch - it's up for sale.

    Same thing seems to happen with Speedmasters.
    Haaaa, well said and I actually could have written this about myself in place of what I did write above, including the Speedmaster which Iíve owned and flipped twice!


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    Re: Rolex the Grail Watch

    Because it's the only watch you can buy, realize you made a mistake, then quickly relist it and make a profit.

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    Re: Rolex the Grail Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by walt hamm View Post
    I have noticed quite a few Rolexes, and Tudors for sale and am curious why there are so many. If Rolex (and Tudor) are high up the totem pole of "Graility" ( a new WIS word?) why are there so many used ones, especially relatively new ones, for sale? Just curious.
    If you're curious about Rolex, and can get one at or near SRP, you can flip it if you don't like it, and maybe even make a profit. So with that in mind, I'll take your comment, and raise you "how come MORE people aren't doing this?" If there's very little to lose financially, if anything at all, then why the hell not. I'm surprised there aren't more listings, actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mak1277 View Post

    2) Many Rolex are selling in the open market for more than their retail price. There are a lot of people out there who are buying to flip.
    ^This

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    It's a seller's market, where demand outstrips supply, so people can get their fix, enjoy the watch, and then move it easily for an incremental profit.

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