Zero Rolex inventory in Vegas

This isn’t news by any means. But since I am in Las Vegas this week for a conference for work I figured, why not try and see if I can find anything. I mean, it’s Vegas!! Any thing can happen.

Yesterday I visited 4 Rolex sellers (two ADs and two Botiques). In particular I told them I was looking for a 40mm Explorer 1 or a Date Sub. None had any inventory. But they were all very kind and took my info in case they could accommodate me before I leave on Friday.

What’s crazier is between this trip and my trip to Texas last week that’s 5 Rolex sellers I’ve visited who haven’t even seen the new 42mm titanium Yacht Master. The rep at the boutique next to Watches of Switzerland said she had only seen one in person and that was on the wrist of a customer. I asked and she confirmed, that customer owns nearly one of every other Rolex model as well so he gets priority on new releases.

I was finally able to try on the 40mm Explorer 1, and I hate to say, it fit like an absolute dream. Even better than the Sub Date. It’s a beautiful watch.

Given that Rolex shuts down for the last two weeks of December they are all less than hopeful that any new inventory will be arriving while I am here.

I have to say, this may have turned me off to Rolex completely. I had no expectations that I’d find anything, and I’m well aware of the state of things with the company. But the exercise of visiting 4 stores and hearing the same thing from all of them made me feel like I was in the world of make believe and wishful thinking. It’s not a good feeling as a customer. My AD back home has me on the list for a sub date and said maybe by the end of the year or early next year. But I feel pretty soured on the brand after visiting 4 sellers with zero inventory available.

That said, I did get to try on some Moser watches and man are the gorgeous. Maybe that’s what comes home with me from this trip. TBD.

Update: https://www.watchcrunch.com/BigIona/posts/so-here-s-the-thing-266434

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It really is quite a pathetic state of affairs. Maybe move into discontinued models on the used market If a Rolex is wanted.

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lol what a bizarre company

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GotTheTime

lol what a bizarre company

not bizarre, veblen.

they can sell 3000 pound/dollar whatever watches for 10,000 or more

ramping up production makes them more available and so cheaper and less desirable.

the customers have brought this on themselves by believing all the hype and marketing.

sympathy none - there are plenty of great timepieces in store of you have rolex money to spend.

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Let’s not pretend that when you get the call you aren’t going to get the Explorer 1 and post “Got the call!!!” like everyone else.

They make great watches that look and feel great. And that Explorer you will get one day. Is going to look amazing on your wrist.

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WristCounselor

Let’s not pretend that when you get the call you aren’t going to get the Explorer 1 and post “Got the call!!!” like everyone else.

They make great watches that look and feel great. And that Explorer you will get one day. Is going to look amazing on your wrist.

This is precisely why I don’t criticise them. Because I want the watch regardless of the drama surrounding it. Since I’ve got my Datejust in July, I have worn it every chance I get and don’t see that changing anytime soon.

I don’t want a Rolex for the hype or status or whatever other nonsense reason people claim, I just really like the watches.

Next on the list, a GMT II…

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WatchN2.0

This is precisely why I don’t criticise them. Because I want the watch regardless of the drama surrounding it. Since I’ve got my Datejust in July, I have worn it every chance I get and don’t see that changing anytime soon.

I don’t want a Rolex for the hype or status or whatever other nonsense reason people claim, I just really like the watches.

Next on the list, a GMT II…

I’d venture to say criticizing the brand and the watches are 2 different topics.

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WatchN2.0

This is precisely why I don’t criticise them. Because I want the watch regardless of the drama surrounding it. Since I’ve got my Datejust in July, I have worn it every chance I get and don’t see that changing anytime soon.

I don’t want a Rolex for the hype or status or whatever other nonsense reason people claim, I just really like the watches.

Next on the list, a GMT II…

I want the new two tone GMT II

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DPTBKW_85

I’d venture to say criticizing the brand and the watches are 2 different topics.

I’d agree with you but for countless posts and comments I’ve seen conflating the two here on WC.

“I will never buy a Rolex because of the AD” type thing.

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WristCounselor

I want the new two tone GMT II

I’ve had that in the wrist. It’s stunning. But I don’t wear gold so just steel for me will do!

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WatchN2.0

I’d agree with you but for countless posts and comments I’ve seen conflating the two here on WC.

“I will never buy a Rolex because of the AD” type thing.

I believe it’s gotten so bad though that they are one in the same because the AD is the only place you can get a new one at retail. So I think there’s plenty of blame to go around for ADs and Rolex business model. I’d say for many that don’t want to play purchase history games at an AD, the better route is to purchase second hand at this point. Like I don’t 3 want watches and 9 months of waiting to buy a submariner.