Why are Rolex watch prices in Britain hiking up, despite the pound sterling slump? The luxury Swiss timepiece brand increased price tags by 5 per cent – while demand still outstrips supply
Rolex raised prices for its watches in the UK after the value of the pound fell against the US dollar to near the lowest level in more than three decades.
The price hike, first reported by trade publication WatchPro, follows a slide in the value of the British pound against the US dollar to US$1.15 and near the lowest since 1985.
As the pound has weakened, the relative price for Rolex watches became cheaper in the UK compared to other markets.
The price of a Rolex Submariner without a date function increased to US$8,600 (£7,500) from US$8,200, WatchPro reported. The price of a red and blue bezel GMT Master II jumped to US$10,000 from US$9,600.
Rolex produces about a million watches a year.
- Swiss luxury watch brand Rolex increased the price of its timepieces sold in Britain from September, despite the pound sterling’s slump against the US dollar
- The Rolex Submariner’s price increased to US$8,600, while the red and blue bezel GMT Master II jumped to US$10,000 – but customer demand still outstrips supply