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      02-07-2020, 01:40 PM   #1
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Arrow ► Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea (SDDS) 126660

hi guys, i am finally planning on buying my long awaited sea dweller deep sea this year (126660). my first big watch purchase and i am so excited .
i have been reading various posts from different forums on the best way to buy, but since we got a watch section and some watch pros here, wanted to ask as well.

rolex site msrp: $12,900
would it be realistic to walk into an ad and be able to buy this watch for msrp or $13,000?

davidsw: $15,000 - $15,500
(no tax - ship out of state)
rave reviews many happy customers but significant mark up compared to other sources.

chrono24: $14,500 - $15,000
(no tax - ship out of state)
seems you can find from trusted verified sellers with less mark up.

i do travel often and also exploring buying overseas.

bangkok duty free: $13,500 (vat refund included)
i have to pick up at duty free counter in airport. i am worried about declaring it when i return to us and paying tax, potentially wiping out any savings. the price above is from my last visit and currency exchange in december 2019.

bangkok regular store: ???
i have not been to a regular ad in bangkok. since this is a regular store, i am pretty sure i will be able to get a vat refund of 7%. if i am able to get the watch for $13,500 - 7% vat refund = $12,555 - vat processing fee.

rolex canada site msrp: 15,300 CAD ($11,505 USD):
hey why not, its only a few hour drive from new york. if i walk into an ad, will i be able to get one at msrp or slighty above? i don't think i will have any problem bringing the watch back across border. worst case scenario, i can ship the box to my house and just wear the watch back.

europe: ???
i plan on going to spain later in the year and can advantage of 15% vat. still have same question though on walking into an ad and buying the watch for near msrp. also question of declaration when i return back to the states.

any additional thoughts? i am 99% sold on the blue dial but still have an itch on the classic black .
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