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

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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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Baselworld 2018 – New Patek Philippe Watch Models

The Baselworld Fair is the most famous luxury watch trade show in the world and the event, held in Basel, Switzerland each year, attracts significant attention from enthusiasts and casual observers. After all, it is at Baselworld that many of the world’s most beloved luxury watch manufacturers showcase their new models.

Among the very biggest names at the event each year is Patek Philippe, and the Geneva-based company is especially well-known among aficionados for designing highly complicated mechanical timepieces, which enjoy great prestige. In this article, we take a look at the main models introduced by the brand this year.

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How to Keep Your Luxury Watches Safe at Home

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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

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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.

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“Soprano” Star Tony Soprano’s Top Rolex Choice

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Throughout the brand’s history, Rolex watches have been worn by some of the world’s most recognizable celebrities, helping to add to their reputation as symbols of wealth, power and status. In addition, the manufacturer’s models have also been worn by some of the coolest fictional characters, with James Bond being the most obvious example.

Another classic example, however, is Tony Soprano, the clinically-depressed mob boss from the HBO TV show ‘The Sopranos‘. Portrayed by the late great James Gandolfini, the complex character became a symbol of masculinity and helped to pave the way for a new trend of TV villains who the watching audience somehow grew to love and admire.

In this blog post, we take a more detailed look at the watch Tony Soprano sported on his wrist, as well as a few of the other beautiful Rolex timepieces that appeared on the show during its highly acclaimed six season run.

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Actor and Producer Brad Pitt’s Watch Collection

Film star Brad Pitt is one of the most famous celebrities in the world, as well as a style icon. As a result, there is a natural interest in the things that he wears, especially when they are obvious status symbols like his luxury watches. The Hollywood actor is known to have an extensive watch collection and is a keen admirer of Rolex, in particular.

Indeed, over the years, Pitt has been seen wearing Rolex models for photo shoots and in his movies, as well as when out and about in everyday life. In 2000, he even starred in a marketing campaign entitled ‘Nothing But Rolex’ for a Japanese Rolex dealer. In this article, we take a closer look at some of the models he has worn.

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New 2017 Patek Philippe Watch Collection

The Geneva-based watch manufacturer Patek Philippe is firmly established as one of the most prestigious watch companies in the world, with past owners ranging from Queen Victoria to Albert Einstein. This tradition, combined with the company’s history of innovation, ensure that any new models attract significant attention.

Like many of the other top luxury watch brands around, Patek Philippe use the annual Baselworld Fair to introduce their new models and this year was no different. In this blog post, we take a more detailed look at some of the most interesting and exciting models unveiled by the manufacturer at this year’s event.

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Lord Scott Disick’s MUST HAVE Rolex Picks

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To many people, Scott Disick is best known as the on-again, off-again partner of Kourtney Kardashian and one of the many stars of the reality TV show ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’. To others, he is a model and businessman in his own right, who also has the authentic British title of ‘Lord of the Manor’.

Regardless of anything else, Disick has developed a big fan following. He has also become a style icon and one aspect of his sense of style that has generated a lot of interest is his taste in luxury watches. Indeed, he is known to be a keen collector of timepieces and owns a number of expensive and sought after Rolex models.

“My biggest choice of the day is the wristwatch,” Disick told Haute Time during a 2013 interview, highlighting just how important his luxury watch collection is to him. In this blog post, we take a closer look at some of the Rolex timepieces that make his decision so challenging every day.

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MMA Champ Conor McGregor’s Top Rolex Picks

Coner Mcgregor Patek Rolex Patek Philippe MMA Watch Review

Conor McGregor is by far the biggest name in mixed martial arts today, and while he may have been unsuccessful in his recent professional boxing debut against Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, the two-weight UFC champion emerged from the contest as an even bigger mainstream superstar than he was before.

A huge part of McGregor’s box office appeal is derived from his over-the-top persona, controversial press conferences and flashy outfits. Indeed, the fighter puts a great emphasis on looking good and in addition to his smart suits and his designer sunglasses, the Irishman is known to have an extensive collection of luxury watches.

Despite having no formal relationship with the company, McGregor is especially fond of the Rolex brand. In this blog post, we take a look at some of the Rolex models McGregor is known to wear.

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How to find the Best Watch Insurance for your Rolex

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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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