What is the Rolex Luxury Watch Grey Market?

In many ways, the free market and the convenience of online shopping are the enemy of luxury watch brands like Rolex. After all, anyone who knows anything about economics knows the principle of supply and demand, yet luxury watch manufacturers misjudge the demand (and, therefore, the price) of their models all the time. Moreover, they also occasionally make models intentionally scarce, artificially adding to their prestige.

Based purely on demand, for example, there should be more stainless steel Rolex Daytona models. Yet, the company keeps numbers limited to build a sense of exclusivity. If you attempt to buy one from an Authorized Dealer (AD) you will need to be extremely lucky, or you may need to buy it alongside other less desirable Rolex models.

Luxury Watch Brands Create the Grey Market

Rolex Grey Market Online Shopping Jaztime Blog Review Showroom

For Authorized Dealers, watch manufacturers misjudging supply and demand is a problem. Dealers have to pay before they even know which watches they will receive. This can lead to problems when trying to clear their inventory of unsold, unpopular or obsolete timepieces. For instance, a Datejust 36mm with a pink diamond dial could be hard to shift, as it is too big for most women’s tastes, but too feminine for most men.

The solution? In many cases, they try to sell these less desirable watches together with more desirable models to a grey market dealer, who buys in bulk. Of course, the Official Retailer is unlikely to make as much this way, but sometimes cash flow issues and reducing the inventory are more important considerations than trying to sell watches in strict accordance with Rolex’s demands, which can be completely unrealistic.

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SIHH 2018 – New Panerai Watch Models

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Acciaio 38mm PAM 755 & PAM903 SIHH REVIEW 2018

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH for short, is one of the most important annual trade shows for the luxury watch industry. Held in Geneva, Switzerland, the event brings together many of the world’s top manufacturers, with most using the show to unveil new additions to their catalogues.

Italian watch company Panerai are among the big name watch brands regularly in attendance at SIHH and for enthusiasts and casual observers alike, their new offerings are almost always one of the major talking points, both before and after the event. In this article, we take a look at the new Panerai models introduced for 2018.

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How to Keep Your Luxury Watches Safe at Home

Rolex Patek Philippe Audemar Piguet Omega Tudor Lock Safes Safety Deposit Box Review

Expensive timepieces from the likes of Rolex, Patek and AP are a significant investment and as with any other item that is worth thousands of dollars, you need to look after it well and take precautions to stop it from being damaged or stolen. It is precisely for this reason that many luxury watch owners invest in a home safe.

Keeping your watch in a safe will not only give you peace of mind, it will also potentially reduce any insurance premium linked to the watch. Nevertheless, buying a safe can seem daunting, because there are so many types available. In this article, we look more closely at the various options and explain their plus points and drawbacks.

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GUIDE: How to Sell a Rolex Watch on eBay

How to sell your rolex watch on ebay

If you have a used Rolex watch, or any other luxury watch that you are looking to sell, one of the most obvious options is to try to auction it on eBay. Certainly, when armed with the right knowledge and expertise, eBay can be a great marketplace and you should be able to receive a decent amount of money for your timepiece.

With that being said, there are many things you should keep in mind when trying to sell your Rolex on eBay, and some potential pitfalls to avoid as well. In this article, we take you through some of the most important of these.

Disclaimer: Here at Jaztime, we offer a free quote service for those selling Rolex and other luxury watches. With this service, you can find out how much your watch is worth in hours and receive cash within a few business days. Get your free watch valuation by using our free watch quote form (here). Nevertheless, we also have experience in selling Rolex watches on eBay and are more than happy to share some of the secrets to success with you.

How to sell your Rolex Luxury Watch on eBay:

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New 2017 Panerai Watch Collection Review

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BRONZO SIHH REVIEW

The Italian luxury watch brand Panerai is recognized as a global leader in the watch-making field and any new releases are highly anticipated. Although the brand is primarily associated with classic design, their range of new models for 2017 could be said to place a much greater emphasis on the contemporary than in recent years.

Unlike brands like Rolex, Omega and Patek Philippe, who tend to unveil new models at the annual Baselworld Fair, Panerai instead showcase their new models at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH as it is more commonly known. In this post, we take a look at some of the new models unveiled for 2017.

1. LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech

Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech SIHH review

Arguably the most newsworthy of the 2017 releases comes in the shape of the LAB-ID Luminor 19050, which is a highly technical timepiece, carefully designed to take advantage of carbon’s unique properties. Visually, the watch has a 49mm Carbotech case – previously used on a Luminor Submersible model – giving it a wood-like aesthetic.

In addition to its carbon case, the model features a carbon nano tube coating on its dial, while it is powered by a hand-wound P.3001/C caliber movement. The case makes use of a ‘sandwich’ design, with the Super-Luminova coated plate underneath the dial, which illuminates the dial markers from below, offering excellent legibility.

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How to find the Best Watch Insurance for your Rolex

Rolex Patek Philippe Audemar Piguet Insurance Swiss Watch

For the average person, the most valuable possession they are likely to own is either their home or their car. However, when you buy any expensive or valuable item, you are encouraged to purchase insurance to cover you against loss, theft and/or damage. This includes anything from a laptop or mobile phone, to a bicycle or motorbike. Clearly, when it comes to luxury watches, the same logic should apply.

If you cannot afford to easily replace your golden Rolex, you should give serious consideration to protecting yourself by purchasing insurance for it. In most cases, standard contents insurance will only cover you up to a certain value for a single item, and this is often not enough to cover the value of a watch. So how can you insure your watch and what are the various options available to you? In this article, we try to explain all you need to know.

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Astonishing Valentines Day Gift Ideas


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about ways to treat that special someone in your life, so that they know how much you care about them. To help you out, we have come up with a few gift suggestions.

At Jaztime, we stock a range of ladies’ watches from some of the top manufacturers around, including Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Audemars Piguet and Chanel. Whether you are seeking a classic dress watch, like the Rolex Lady-Datejust, or something a little bit less conventional, like the Ballon Blanc de Cartier, we have you covered.

Additionally, we offer a one year warranty, free shipping, and a low price guarantee.

Head over to https://www.jaztime.com/all-ladies-watches to check out our complete range.

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5 Phenomenal Panerai of 2016

The Panerai brand has continued to grow in popularity and reputation over recent years, and the manufacturer has introduced a number of new watches in 2016, enhancing its collection further. In many ways, the new releases reflect what you would expect from Panerai, with clear inspiration having been taken from vintage models. However, there are also one or two more eye-opening releases as well, for those looking for something a bit different.

1. Panerai Luminor Daylight 8 Days Acciaio PAM 785

Panerai Luminor Daylight 8 Days Acciaio
Panerai Luminor Daylight (view price list)

The first of two new releases to be based on the ‘Slytech’ watches commissioned by Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone back in 1996, the Luminor Daylight 8 Days Acciaio is perhaps the more aesthetically interesting of the pair. It takes its inspiration from a watch designed for Stallone to wear in his film Daylight – hence the name.

In terms of its appearance, the most obvious feature is its clear white dial, with blue dial markers and hands, which is a unique color scheme for the brand. The timepiece benefits from modern technology, however, with its impressive eight day power reserve and use of the new, much-heralded in-house P.3000 movement.

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Introducing the New Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Collection

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As a brand, Officine Panerai has a storied history, dating all the way back to its foundation in the mid-19th century. By the early 20th century, the manufacturer had already developed a strong reputation and during the 1930s, the company began to develop stylish, high-quality, functional watches for the Italian Navy.

In the years since that time, the company has continued to blend Italian style with Swiss reliability, producing a number of classic and iconic designs, especially during the 1940s and 1950s. This rich history remains a key component of the brand’s identity and it continues to influence almost all new Panerai releases.

Recently, the watch designer showcased a number of new releases at the Museo Marino Marini in Florence, Italy. Among the models on show was the unveiling of the new Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days collection, which strives to bring one of the company’s most recognizable 1950s designs into the modern era.

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Choosing the Right Size Watch That Fits Your Wrist

Have you been browsing for a new watch, but feel unsure about what size you should be looking to purchase? Rest assured, this is a common feeling. You want your watch to look good, but it also needs to feel comfortable. And if you pick the wrong size, you may attract attention for all the wrong reasons.

After all, the human mind has become accustomed to the concept of proportion, and we naturally notice if something appears too big or too small. Not to worry. Here, we have compiled a helpful guide, which will show you how to choose the right size watch to best fit your wrist and style, so you attract envious glances, rather than confused looks.

Measuring Your Wrist

first_stepBefore doing anything, it is important to take a measurement of your wrist. This will allow you to establish where your wrist falls on a basic scale of small to large, and give you an exact measurement to provide us with when you order your watch through Jaztime.com, so that ultimately we can adjust the bracelet for your ideal fit.

The easiest and most accurate way to do this is to purchase a tailor’s tape measure. If you have a tape measure thats great, if not you can use our printable wrist measure. From there, measure around your wrist, above the bone, in the exact location where you would wear your watch.  Take extra care to make sure the tape measure is neither too tight, nor too loose.

If you do not have a tape measure handy and if youcannot wait to purchase one, a simple trick is to use a sheet of paper, a tissue, or a piece of string. Wrap it around your wrist and mark the point where it overlaps, then use a ruler to measure the distance from the end to the mark you made.

As a general rule, 6 – 7 inches means you are in the small to medium range, while 7.5 – 8 inches means you are on the larger side. Any bigger than that means you are extra large.

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