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Old 09-11-2019, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I decided to get the new Arnie PADI edition, and went in search of it online, only to find out everyone is asking full retail price. Some are asking more. What gives? Is this normal for a new Seiko release? Should I wait til the hype dies down? Did you guys pay full retail? I could pay less if I order from Hong Kong, but without the boxes, which Is unacceptable to me.

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Old 09-11-2019, 07:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Recommended retail in Australia is $799 AUD (548USD) but they are selling online from authorised Seiko dealers for $639 AUD (438USD).

This is a 20% discount and they are in stock.
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Kat, every AD/watchmaker is different. Mine is a local guy I’ve done business with for many years. Because of that relationship, I get “special” discounts. 30 - 35% off for me for all new releases. Mainly US releases only but sometimes he can get something that normally isn’t readily available in the States. I’m a lucky man.

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MSRP in the US is $525.00, and that is what they are charging. Normally Seiko is 20-30 % below retail. This is unusual.


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I decided to get the new Arnie PADI edition, and went in search of it online, only to find out everyone is asking full retail price. Some are asking more. What gives? Is this normal for a new Seiko release? Should I wait til the hype dies down? Did you guys pay full retail? I could pay less if I order from Hong Kong, but without the boxes, which Is unacceptable to me.

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I got away with the Padi Arnie for ~400, but I had a discount code at Mimo's Jewelry. His prices are pretty good, though. You may want to look there.
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I got away with the Padi Arnie for ~400, but I had a discount code at Mimo's Jewelry. His prices are pretty good, though. You may want to look there.

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He is also asking full retail. Can you pm me the code you used?


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I paid retail, but I pre-ordered months ago when it was announced as I knew I had to have one!


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He is also asking full retail. Can you pm me the code you used?


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Never mind. He is sold out.


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Kat give it time they will drop in price.😜
Im waiting as I want the Gold SNJ028.
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Personally I'd wait. Too many times I've witnessed people having to have the latest and greatest, and 6 months later they sell for way less.

Guarantee this will be one that will as well. Part of my enjoyment with watches is finding the bargain, not being the first.
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I paid $ 499 with box from a Hong Kong seller I already know and trust, but at the moment he doesn't have one.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Seiko-Prosp...72.m2749.l2649

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The cheapest ebay, it seems to come with box.

ttps://www.ebay.com/itm/SEIKO-PROSPEX-x-PADI-SNJ027P1-SOLAR-DIVERS-ARNIE-BLACK-DIAL-PEPSI-BEZEL/323910763281?hash=item4b6a960311:m:m26ZJw-IOE8yIbZAH8otjww
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They are 420 retail here in the UK, I asked the AD I usually go to for his best price. He sold me it for 349 with all the boxes, manuals and a 2 year guarantee. Most places here will do a price match, Just had a look there are still a few places with stock online in the UK.


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Old 09-12-2019, 12:29 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Apparently they're flying off the shelves. Give it six months and I'm betting there will be a lot on the secondary market.


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I ordered from Relojesdemoda.com in Spain 14 days ago and spent $382 USD total delivered to Los Angeles w Paypal after Euro conversion. The Spanish website has an English option tab at the top. I figured it was a roll of the dice and I was covered by Paypal and my credit card if something went wrong. They have many good reviews from previous Seiko new releases on the web. Dhl tracking says it's on the truck for delivery today! Will report back tonight.

If you search for Arnie, nothing comes up but if you search for Arnold, both the black & Padi versions pop up.


Update - I received it in a Seiko box enclosed in another Seiko box enclosed in a Seiko sleeve enclosed in a shipping box enclosed in a padded shipping bag.
Chapter ring and bezel indices align perfectly with dial markers. Just Perfect

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Kat, every AD/watchmaker is different. Mine is a local guy Ive done business with for many years. Because of that relationship, I get special discounts. 30 - 35% off for me for all new releases. Mainly US releases only but sometimes he can get something that normally isnt readily available in the States. Im a lucky man.
You sure are, get to buy like that is so safe as you can move while still hot at ease.
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I ordered from Relojesdemoda.com in Spain 14 days ago and spent $382 USD total delivered to Los Angeles w Paypal after Euro conversion. The Spanish website has an English option tab at the top. I figured it was a roll of the dice and I was covered by Paypal and my credit card if something went wrong. They have many good reviews from previous Seiko new releases on the web. Dhl tracking says it's on the truck for delivery today! Will report back tonight.

If you search for Arnie, nothing comes up but if you search for Arnold, both the black & Padi versions pop up.


Sounds like a good option. I used that site once before, with success.


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Kat give it time they will drop in price.😜
Im waiting as I want the Gold SNJ028.
NEIL,

have you see photos of the gold one? i was all over that version until i saw the photos. the gold on this new version is not subtle like it is on the original H558; it's, dare i say, gaudy! the gold is more prevalent on the bezel and that is a major turn off for me. i know, i know, in 20 years i'll be kicking myself, but by that time, i won't give a darn about anything other than hoping i can still chew a piece of prime rib. LOL.

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Hi Kat,
I sent you a PM. Have not bonded with mine, so would sell to you. Please reach out if interested.
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Problem solved. As I was hoping might happen, someone here didnt quite bond with his Padi Arnie, so I shall take it off his hands........ literally! Look for pics of it dwarfing my wrist early next week..

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