2017 SMPc US Price

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    2017 SMPc US Price

    Hi, this seems like the best place to ask this question. Why is the previous version of the Seamaster $4400 (£3467) in the USA when it's £2920 in the UK? Is it normal that Omegas cost so much more in the USA? Was it always this price and it hasn't been dropped or did it used to cost even more than it does now? It seems really strange to me. The new version is $5200 ($800 more) whereas in the UK the new one is £3970 (over £1000 more). What is the reason?

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    Re: 2017 SMPc US Price

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    Omega Speedmaster Professional "Moonwatch" 311.30.42.30.01.006

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    Re: 2017 SMPc US Price

    Could have something to do with import tariffs between Switzerland and UK on one side and USA on the other.
    Plus local charges such as VAT

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    Re: 2017 SMPc US Price

    Seems like a great arbitrage opportunity.

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    Re: 2017 SMPc US Price

    Quote Originally Posted by theninja View Post
    Seems like a great arbitrage opportunity.
    I agree. The vagaries of the GBP/USD exchange rate over the years has really thrown up a couple of good opportunities.

    I think the same is true of the second hand market too although obviously the transatlantic trade in expensive used watches is limited I do think I see the prices in the UK used market rise when the pound weakens so someone is making the arbitrage trade.




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    Re: 2017 SMPc US Price

    So it used to be a fair amount more expensive in the USA but is now only a bit more expensive in the USA? Seems that Omega UK realized that they were undercharging (asking less than the market would bear) and have corrected that "error."

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    Re: 2017 SMPc US Price

    Quote Originally Posted by skriefal View Post
    So it used to be a fair amount more expensive in the USA but is now only a bit more expensive in the USA? Seems that Omega UK realized that they were undercharging (asking less than the market would bear) and have corrected that "error."
    The new version is only a bit more expensive in the USA. I'd say the old one is considerably more expensive in the USA. That's £2920 including tax in the UK and $4400 (£3467) excluding tax in the USA, so after sales tax you're looking at anywhere up to nearly a £900/$1100 difference in price. That's quite a lot imo.

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