So I'm about to get back into watch collecting after a 6 year hiatus and having to sell my small collection. Originally I thought I'd be going with a Rolex Yachtmaster, which was able to be had on the grey market for about a 5% discount or $555 off. At this I had decided to not go with the grey market, but instead to buy from an AD. Then my mind was changed when I was informed I would be able to get a Daytona within 2018, so obviously I won't be going with the grey market as it's about a 61% premium or $7,595 additional.
After my Rolex purchase I will be looking to add a dress watch to the collection. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon in white gold w/ grey dial has really caught my eye. The msrp on the watch is $18,800, but can be had on the grey market for a 30% discount or $5,550 off! While a few hundred dollars off would not persuade me to veer from an AD a few thousand just may.
I was curious at what point would you guys consider veering away from an AD or boutique and purchasing from the grey market? I have not priced this watch from an AD/boutique yet as Tourneau told me this was a boutique only watch and could only be had from JLC. If this is true what could I expect to get off of this watch?