Chicago 🐠, any good recs on stores with a good selection of micro brands?

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Microbrand guy here:
Physical locations basically never carry micros. Most micros do their own fulfillment, but there are some that use online retailers either exclusively or in tandem with their own site.
Watch gauge and SeriousWatches are micro focused retailers that I will personally vouch for.
If your in the US, understand the non VAT price is what you pay from SW, not the much higher VAT included.

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Tourneau on Michigan. Ask for Ashley. I think she’s new-ish so if you’re a serious buyer she’ll probably hook you up.

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Have also heard good things about "The Microbrand Store" online and based in USA I think

Also Chicago, looking for a good AD to work with for first Rolex purchase. Flexible on model but leaning towards a DJ. Any recommendations?

C1 - was offered first a date, then a no-date within a week of each other, and both were within a month of my visit. Unfortunately couldn’t purchase due to financial constraints, and the only reason I went in was because I believed I’d have a 1 year+ wait. As I mentioned in another comment on this post, I believe it was a new store associate who identified me as a serious and knowledgeable customer.

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You could go visit Chase over at Oak & Oscar. Obviously only has his brand but great watches and he’s got a solid whiskey collection stocked there.

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