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Old Apr 15, 18, 11:18 pm
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Luxury watch hunting

I would like to know if anyone has any experience buying luxury watches in Japan. I am in the market for some specific watches. I am looking at either the Grand Seiko sbgw253g or their new SBGT241G. I am also considering a Rolex Oyster 39 with a grey dial.

With that said, I am not sure if I can find these limited editions outside of Seiko stores. I am looking for a good deal on either but I couldn't find one at the local BIC. My last choice would be the Rolex. I would only get if I could get a significant discount over purchasing it here in the states.

Does anyone know if 1) Other stores carry Grand Seiko Limited Editions 2) Carry Rolex at a good price? If a boutique in Ginza or Shinjuku had both for a side by side comparison, it would be ideal
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Old Apr 16, 18, 4:24 am
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Seiko's website lists outlets in Japan and other countries - Seems to be mostly high-end department stores (Takashimaya / MItsukoshi etc.) in Japan.
I don't know about watches, but with Japanese-made consumer electronics, camera equipment, whisky, there is often no price advantage to buying in Japan.
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Old Apr 16, 18, 9:21 am
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Wako would be the most likely to have the GS models: https://store.seikowatches.com/store/6078. Pricing would just be the tax free price, no discounting there.

If you are able to find the models you want at BIC, it's not hard to find a 7% watch coupon that I think includes GS (but definitely excludes Rolex). Watches could be a good deal when the yen was lower against the dollar, less so now.
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Old Apr 16, 18, 2:07 pm
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Not exactly what you are looking for but for GS- SeiyaJapan and Higuchi are two trusted Japan-based online shops who may be able to source for you. Seiya is Tokyo-based and Higuchi has a storefront in Oita (Kyushu). I also bought two mid-range Seikos (a Sumo and a SARB) from this Rakuten shop with a good reputation: https://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/10keiya/ Stateside, you can also try https://timelessluxwatches.com/ in Dallas or FineTime in AZ: https://www.azfinetime.com/
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Old Apr 16, 18, 9:37 pm
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I am also a watch-enthusiast (I own a PP 5711A, Daytona SS, GMT-II), and I have been to Tokyo multiple times.
For Patek or Rolex, prices in Tokyo are highly inflated compared to Europe. Not sure about Seiko.
So you might be able to get a better deal in say Paris or Barcelona.

Hope this helps.
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