Best country to buy a high end watch for tax/cost purposes? Have a road show coming up with a lot of EU + Asia travel, tempted to buy something nice if the market conditions are favorable.

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This is a great question - i would love to know as well!

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Always found Europe to be a lot cheaper than US. Quick tip - buy at a mall that does instant VAT refunds so you don’t have to mess with it at airports.

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When I looked at it last time, HongKong was the place to be.

Alternatively, I got a good deal at London Heathrow with the Pound being still fairly weak

Keep in mind that you will have to pay VAT in whichever country you reside in. For Rolex they check via the serial number.

With that in mind, HK offers the best prices in Asia, and Switzerland in Europe. Of course always depending on the current exchange rate. I got some great deals in the UK after the pound collapsed, but ADs tend to adjust prices quickly.

I don’t know which places you travel to, but I was checked almost every week when returning from ME to Central Europe. Admittedly, I wore a smurf. When they saw it was a LC100, they let me go. I once got stopped with a LC430 (Singapore) and they made me show the tax declaration.

The best place to buy it is at a European airport as there is no tax at all or an AD that provides full tax refund rather than Global Blue or similar.

I’d get it at your local AD, build that relationship

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