Hey Everyone - Happy Fourth of July!
I had arrived at Ben Bridge just after they opened and there were as yet no visitors. Also, it was July 3rd, so many folks were busy with other things for the Holiday and the parking lot at the mall definitely showed a large decrease of cars over normal.
They have a ‘slightly increased’ Rolex stock. No SS. We spent about a half hour talking watches.
My Tudor Pelagos LHD wants a brother, the Black Bay GMT. It is commonly known that the BB GMT is a difficult one to get. My Ben Bridge sales rep said the last one (their only one so far) they had received was many months back. As I have a good history with them, they “will see what we can do for you.” They were honest with me (always are) and said “it could be a few months to even a year – we just don’t know.”
I told them playing the waiting game was fine, as always.
They offered me a cup of icy cold water in a purple Ben Bridge cup and a purple BB pouch for carrying a second watch. The pouch is not that great as it is quite thin and has an inside-exposed metal snap where its backside could damage a watch if not wrapped. But they do show customer appreciation, always a nice gesture.
One thing I was told is that they had two Asian groups (vacationers obviously on “a quest”) come in looking to buy any and all SS Rolex and some other specific models.
Next it was a short trip a few blocks over to my Rolex AD. Again, the parking was amazingly available, as that huge shopping area is almost always packed beyond belief. People park and spend almost all day walking the old 1950’s-era shopping areas. It can be a real madhouse, with huge seas of people. (Old Town Scottsdale.)
The AD now has a somewhat increased stock. Many Daytona’s, all PM. I have been interested in the Skydweller but had concerns about its size on my 6.5-6.75 arm. Not my wrist, actually on the arm. (I cannot for the life of me, nor my AD, understand how a watch can be comfortably worn way up on the WRIST – literally on the back of the hand. A “real head-scratcher for me” said my sales rep.) But to each their own. Whatever works out best for the wearer.
The several SD they had were PM, on OF bands. There was only one with a bracelet, a WG. HEAVY. I was pleased that it fit me quite nicely. Perhaps my flat-ish arm bone is a plus? The SD is not large enough to appear obtrusive on me and the dial is easy to read. It is also quite an impressive bit of technology with the 9001 movement.
My doubts about it not being right for me were totally blown away. As always, a watch needs to be actually checked ON YOU to verify fit and appearance. Buying blind is often not good, as we have seen from some posts regarding buyer’s remorse.
They are now working on getting me the particular model and dial I want. They will “eventually” get me one and they know from a previous purchase that I have the patience to wait as long as it takes.
Within their cases they had an Explorer, Air King and an increased supply of YM’s. “The Explorer will most likely be gone before COB tonight.”
They have had to tell some customers that “To get a Daytona SS we currently have enough interest that you would have an eight-year wait.” Of course, that caused consternation with some of the potential buyers when the reasons had to be explained. But at least my AD is always up front and honest with everyone. They are what every AD SHOULD be. Brutally honest, total professionalism, no B.S.
They just had a surprise visit from the head of Rolex USA who brought along the rep for the entire Southwest U.S. This local AD has the second-best sales in the Southwest next to a Houston AD, who only beat them out by around 100 units for the last calendar year. The Houston area has a lot of Big Oil money and some other very major industry, which we do not have here. Our claim to fame is a large and ever-increasing population of well-to-do residents, plus a lot of tourism, which all helps explain the local AD success.
They, too, had the Asian groups looking to scarf up watches. Undoubtedly, they had to have been the same two groups that Ben Bridge had. The owner told me that one group knew nothing about watches and thought the DAY-DATES were “10-thousand-dollar watches.” He also got a chuckle when they asked if there were any Submare-EEENS.
My sales rep gave me a nice 2019-2020 catalog as a freebie and said that they would get me the SD – “eventually.” At least it won’t be an eight-year wait - I hope. Which will arrive first – the BB GMT or the SD? Heh.
My business with the Rolex AD goes back to 1987 and they always get me what I want, treat me well -- and I am FAR from a “prime client” with my few purchases.
You are truly fortunate if you have a quality AD to work for you.
As an added plus, my sales rep (and the owner) love for people to just stop in and talk watches.