I just heard, that Litle Switzerland does NOT sell Rolex's anymore. I thought they were the only dealer to do so in St Thomas, I may be wrong...A google search should get you the info you need....Happy Sales...
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Goldfinger's in St. Maarten had a great selection of Rolexs, my husband bought his there, the selection in St. Thomas was not good, we were there near the end of spring break and I think they were low on stock.
Since I don't know where any of you come from...there are better bargains on 47th street in the jewelry section of NY. Also the same in Fl. At least when you purchase in the US you get a guarantee and possibly know the store.
I bought a Rolex in Cozumel 5 years ago for $80. A knock off, of course. It really does look like the real thing and it do'es keep great time. Would never pay the price of a genuine one, sooner use the money on more cruises.
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Re: rolex watches
Originally Posted by ThrillRiderChick
We are cruising for the first time in March and visting St. Thomas and St. Maarten , my husband is interested in buying a rolex. Has anyone seen any good prices? Where?
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Better to check out the jewelers at the Thunderbird Flea Market on Sunrise Blvd in Ft. Lauderdale. At least, there are several stands to choose from - my DH bought a Omega Seamaster for about $ 800 plus
we got an apprasial and a money-back guarentee. These vendors are
permanent (located inside the main bldg) - I'd much rather keep my money in the US - alot easier in case there is a problem.
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We have looked at Rolexs all over the world and finally ended up in New York where we found the best price. We did purchase a TAG in Cancun and it wourked out well after we fianlly got help from the cruise line in gettimg a valid written guarntee. Price should be just one of the considerations in buying a Rolex. Suggest you find the model you like locally and check and re-check prices. There are many models out now and finding the exact same in another store may be difficult. Have at least the basic information before you arrive at the Caribbean jewelry store. Then don't forget the duty you will have to pay to customs or the sales tax you will have to pay back home. Not declaring your purchase could cost you your Rolex. Is the Rolex real and does it come in the Rolex original box with all gurantees that are valid in the country where you live? We looked in Hong Kong and found prices simiular to US prices. In China the price was cheaper however they would not sell to US citizens. Forget Switzerland, they don't want our money.Do you really want to waste your money on a fake Rolex. Everyone will know it's fake!!