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  • Renting Luxury Watches

    Interesting concept.

  • #2
    For those with extensive, upper echelon collections and their watches don't get enough wrist time then this could be a solution.
    Become a vendor to Vyrent?!

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    • theTIME
      theTIME commented
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      That's funny Steve!

    • scantor
      scantor commented
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      Would anybody here do this?

    • Locoboy5150
      Locoboy5150 commented
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      Well, if anyone here wants to rent Scantor's Invicta watches, I'll one up him. If you rent my Invicta watches, I'll throw in the ultra exclusive crystal haze on many of my Invictas - FOR FREE!

      How can you pass up on that extra "bonus?"

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    • #4
      rent-a-grail

      gonna think on this & observe... initially... i think back on the thread ROAD WARRIOR posted...expensive watches are worn to be seen by your peers and thereby receive elevated instant social status...i.e. not a member of unwashed masses...hoity toy n the wrist and ...just imagine the rest of a fabulous life...

      cars and exotic models have long been rentable for the type of occasions I guess a grail watch has been available...


      sidebar:

      how are scratches, moving hands between 12-4, dings, smashes handled...well...cars manage...


      so think of trends-consumption conspicuous-business model...

      I'll be watchin' on this

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      • #5
        I buy and wear watches that I like and wether or not we know it our watches say a little about us. Having said that I wear for enjoyment not status up or down. I guess it’s like my wife and a lease cars....she wants a new look every so often. I smell what the rent a rock is cooking but I’m full at the moment. Cool concept.
        Some men are morally opposed to violence. Fortunately for them, the men that protect them are not

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        • #6
          Hmmm, considering the listed prices of their monthly membership, seems one could get some epic watches on their own eventually, if one truly has a few extra grand lying around, monthly, in couch cushion change, or certainly one could be getting some sweet mid-luxury pieces.

          I guess it would take saving that up for a few years to get to Royal Oak Chronograph territory, but at least it would be your own watch.

          Renting watches seems a bit like wearing someone else's shoes. I'm not a fan.
          Watch fan for over fifteen years now. Seems no end in sight. House will eventually collapse under the weight of watches and winders, but at least I'll always know what time it is!

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          • #7
            Can't think of any situation that this would work for me. I'm that guy that goes out an buys bowling shoes instead of renting, even though I only bowl 3-4 times a year!

            SENT FROM MY FLIP PHONE USING TAPIOCA

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            • #8
              I myself wouldn't do this, but if you are worried about someone wearing this before you and you skeeve that, I would think that company cleans the watches before lending it out to you. How about if you buy a used watch off of EBAY it's like the same thing as renting it from the other person before you.

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              • TymeBandit
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                You're 1/2 way right Steve. True when you buy a used watch on eBay someone has worn it before you, but that's when the script flips. Once you buy a used watch on eBay it's then YOURS. You're not paying monthly for it, you don't have to return it, you're not worrying about damaging it which could cost you more, it you want to mod it, that's your prerogative.

              • scantor
                scantor commented
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                I get your point Arthur.

            • #9
              I know guys who have rented a car before buying one. Before laying out the big bucks, they wanted to be sure it was a good fit for them. I guess this may be similar, but I think a visit to an AD would really be enough to answer your questions. Other than that, I just don't see the benefit - I don't wear a watch to impress anybody.

              Life is short...don't waste a minute of it. Gary

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              • ScottyB
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                good point...like renting a car before buying sea model... i might think on it...if... I was hunting for $3,000+ watch i would want a long date with all positions explored... a visit to the AD wouldn't cut it...they are pressuring to make sale,,,maybe sales man/lady knows zip about watches or very likely less than us addicts...and is chattering distractingly in background while me wit man brags about encyclopedic horo knowledge acquired over 100,000 post over a decade plus...well... some of you may get it...others think differently

            • #10
              I doubt I would ever rent a watch. I have owned several high end watches and truthfully the only people who know high end watches are other watch collectors. I used to get asked a lot about the watch I was wearing and most people will recognize a Rolex but they probably spend more money marketing their brand than all the other companies combined! The problem was people would ask if the Rolex was REAL!!!!! Other brands I have worn like my Hublot, Patek, Vachone, Ulysse Nardin etc when asked I would tell them and they would say is that a GOOD watch!
              When I would get into the brand and tell them what the watches usually cost the Hublot being the the most expensive, I would get a look like I was sick in the head and the usual "Are you crazy, I would never pay that much for just a watch". I have rented Exotic cars on more than one occasion and stopped that practice because of the cost per day $1500.00 for what to turn a few heads?
              "Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." Philip Stanhope

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              • #11
                Very interesting concept , probably modeled after rent-a -car , rent appliance/furniture etc. style businesses. Like ShopHQ this style of business is a bean counter/book keepers dream for making hidden cash and money while showing stagnation on paper. If the concept gets legs and doesn't crash , expect to see more doing it.
                Hazy....try again...

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                • #12
                  If you like to take on a false appearance this could be for you. Some actors are better than others...........interesting way to test drive

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                  • #13
                    Originally posted by gman66 View Post
                    Other than that, I just don't see the benefit - I don't wear a watch to impress anybody.
                    Ah, that's because you need to rethink what brands of watches you're buying. My Casios impress all the hot babes out there when I'm out on the town!


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                    • gman66
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                      Doh! You're right - I forgot all about that!

                  • #14
                    Originally posted by Locoboy5150 View Post

                    Ah, that's because you need to rethink what brands of watches you're buying. My Casios impress all the hot babes out there when I'm out on the town!

                    Ahaha, one of my FAVORITE scenes from that GREAT movie. Honestly love that whole film, lol. The Piaget Steve Martin was wearing was pretty sweet. Considering I've seen them, used of course, for quite a few grand, I guess that would more than help cover a cheap hotel for a night.

                    Reminds me also of a debate on another forum from someone denigrating "cheap" brands, claiming he only owned "elite" watches, lol, while listing some very inexpensive Casios in his signature. I posted this exact gif ahahaha.
                    Watch fan for over fifteen years now. Seems no end in sight. House will eventually collapse under the weight of watches and winders, but at least I'll always know what time it is!

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                    • #15
                      Originally posted by TymeBandit View Post
                      Can't think of any situation that this would work for me. I'm that guy that goes out an buys bowling shoes instead of renting, even though I only bowl 3-4 times a year!
                      Haha, I hear you on that. Speaking of films starring John Candy, I think it was in Uncle Buck that bowling was described as "rent-a-foot-disease."

                      What's really weird is I'm totally fine buying a used car (diligently inspected, of course), especially given that most new models haven't thrilled me for quite a while. So, long hours logged in someone else's car, cool. Wearing a shared watch...not.

                      This has also kept me from ever buying a used watch, which is probably unfortunate considering the wonderful watches on the used market.

                      I think there was a company called Eleven James that tried this, and lasted a few years at it, but eventually folded. Seems it was not a profitable venture. Some critics cited the notion that investing in a fine watch on a temporary basis kind of defeats the attraction of owning one, given that they are sold often as a watch to last a lifetime, rather than for a night on the town.

                      And, again, if monthly fees are steep, which they appear to be, then it would seem customers who can't afford such watches likely would rather put watch dollars toward affordables, entry to mid level luxury, or just paying the bills, and those who can burn a few grand a month in disposable income might be more likely to just buy something, than rent it.

                      Guess time will tell if this place finds a footing.
                      Watch fan for over fifteen years now. Seems no end in sight. House will eventually collapse under the weight of watches and winders, but at least I'll always know what time it is!

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