jkbarnes wrote: ↑Thu Nov 02, 2023 11:28 am
How has the value for money proposition changed over the years? Prices have clearly creeped up making them noticeably more expensive than they used to be. Do you feel the over quality has improved along with it, maintaining the value for money proposition?
I can’t say that I notice a significant difference in the overall feel and fit & finish between my C65 Trident Vintage from 2017 and my C63 Sealander from 2021 (or was it ‘22?). Are those two models too close in production runs to notice significant change? With those two models, I’m not sure what the price difference is when adjusted for inflation.
According to the archive the Trident Classic Vintage automatic released May 2016 ranged from $745 (strap) to $845 (bracelet). At the time it was discontinued in Feb 2019 it was $845 - $965. I think the trick here is vouchers which were readily available.
When adjusted for inflation the RRP range is $955-$1083 at release.
Voucher numbers adjusted are $763-$891 also using the release pricing.
The Dune which is pretty close to the old Trident Vintage (I would argue a little nicer) ranges $895 (strap) to $1095 (bracelet).
The Sealander 39 on strap is $810 and $980 on bracelet. Which is actually a little cheaper than the original RRP for the Trident.
The Sealander is looking like a bargain at only $50 over the voucher priced Trident in 2016 (on strap).
So there has been some creep over the last 7 years but not as much if you look at RRP without vouchers.
EDIT to add:
The 36mm Sealander was released in July 2022. RRP at release $765.00 - $925.00. Current pricing $810-$980. Since that was on the cusp of the vouchers you did really well grabbing one at the voucher price at release.
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