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    looking for a new watch.

    Any suggestion where I should go.

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    on Aruba i would check out KAYS and also do some reading on this link.

    http://www.aruba.com/news/general-ne...hopping-needs/

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    Also shop around at home before you look around on Aruba. Be aware of what you should expect to pay to get a "bargain".

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    The store really depends on what you want (do you have a brand in mind?) and how much you want to spend. Are you looking for a $150, $1,000, $10,000 or $100,000 (yes, $100,000) watch?

    I got a nice gold watch at Little Europe and I would go back.

    I think the biggest advantage of shopping in Aruba is upper end selection more than price. For lower end watches, you can do as well at home.
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    I agree with rob o. In the sub $500 watch range (usually what I purchase) you aren't going to get any spectacular deals in Aruba. Not to say we havent bought any watches down there - we bought a nice ESQ for $250 at Little Switzerland a few years back and a $300 Tissot at the store across the way from Little Switzerland (I forget the name). They were decent deals, but nothing I couldnt have hunted down in the US.
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    I bought a beautiful Rado watch at Kays. I have bought a lot of jewelry there and am always very pleased with the quality. I bring my purchases to my jeweler at home and the appraised value is always way above what I paid. Joe at Kays is a really nice guy, very honest and very patient, spending a lot of time with us because I have a really hard time choosing what I want. On the flip side, I used to buy (twice) at Diamonds International, but never will again. I paid $1750 for a rainbow sapphire bracelet, and it broke 3 days after getting home. I called them and they told me I had to send the bracelet to them ( in NY) and they would decide whether or not they would fix it. I had to pay all shipping and insurance charges both ways, with no guarantee it would be fixed or even returned to me. So I had my jeweler fix it and it sits in my drawer.

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    that is disgusting
    that they (diamonds international) made the repair difficult.

    as others say, do your homework here in the states or wherever you hail from.
    sometimes, for ex: the jewelry center in NYC or BOSTON has wonderful deals and the convenience of being here in the USA.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba76 View Post
    I bought a beautiful Rado watch at Kays. I have bought a lot of jewelry there and am always very pleased with the quality. I bring my purchases to my jeweler at home and the appraised value is always way above what I paid. Joe at Kays is a really nice guy, very honest and very patient, spending a lot of time with us because I have a really hard time choosing what I want. On the flip side, I used to buy (twice) at Diamonds International, but never will again. I paid $1750 for a rainbow sapphire bracelet, and it broke 3 days after getting home. I called them and they told me I had to send the bracelet to them ( in NY) and they would decide whether or not they would fix it. I had to pay all shipping and insurance charges both ways, with no guarantee it would be fixed or even returned to me. So I had my jeweler fix it and it sits in my drawer.

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    This is true all depends what you are looking for. My husband bought a Tag Hauer last trip
    (brother pasted away got some money wanted something to remember him by) at Columbian Jewelers in the marriott...he got it a little cheaper than the states by about 400.00 not too bad. so it all depends what your looking for.Oh also bought my daughter a sapphire ring there that was beautiful, had it appraised wasn't much more than we paid but she "got it in aruba".








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    I second the vote for Kays. We deal with Tesh who is the best. Just remember that not every store may carry the brand of watch you might be looking for. For example, Kays doesn't deal in Rolex watches. However, you can find a variety of very nice Swiss-made watches. Last year, Kays was selling a watch in which the bezel was made with metal from the Titanic. As someone posted above, you can spend anywhere from $500 to over $100,000 for a single watch, depending on how much you are looking to invest.

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