For some inexplicable reason I woke up this morning with the desire to wear a suit. So as I was selecting a tie to go with my grey herringbone suit I was struck with an even more inexplicable inclination to investigate the Cosmograph Daytona I saw in the 'sexiest watch' thread. What's peculiar about this is that never in my born days have I ever even remotely desired a Rolex. But there's something perversely appealing about the Daytona in gold/steel that called for a closer look.
Now I have never set foot in an AD or any other place that sells the über spendy stuff, so I really didn't know the lay of the land. But after a fresh soft pretzel to steel my nerves I strolled into the local Tourneau, since they're the nearest Rollie AD. I took a quick spin through the displays and was surprised to find that even among the high end stuff there was precious little that called to me. A couple of Cartier Tanks, a Baume & Mercier or two, and that was about it. Funny how quite often things that look appealing in photos are really unimpressive in the metal. Disappointing.
Anyway, when I got to the Rolex case I was disappointed to see that the only Daytona they had was an all steel model, and what I was interested in was the yellow gold & steel two-toner. I asked one of the sales droids if they had the one I was looking for and he took me next door to their Rolex-only dept, where another droid found the two-tone. She was very pleasant, although not terribly knowledgeable once she got past the standard Rolex rhetoric. But she was very accomodating, took her time with me, and let me spend a good long while with the thing on my wrist. Although I had no intention of actually buying the watch we did talk money and financing. However, when I asked if there was any room to move on the price she said simply that they do not do discounts on Rolexs at all.
Is this standard practice for Rolex ADs? Does Rolex have some sort of no-discount policy? Is this a standard Tourneau policy? Or is it possible that she knew not wherefore she spoke?