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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

I am quite enamored of my new Sub. But that don't mean I've lost any love for this one.

u6anery4.jpg

BEAUTIFUL watch...compliments
post #31397 of 48312
Forex - as one of the very few DSSD on here (anyone?.. Anyone?..) I'll be happy to give my impressions. Keep in mind here in TWAT you won't find it gets much love so if you're looking for user reviews you should probably peruse one of the many Rolex forums. This is SF after all and well the DSSD is hardly stylish I must admit

The gripes about its size and bracelet are legitimate. I would've killed to have the bracelet be an extra 2 mm wider by the clasp. That being said it's still a wonderful bracelet and the glide lock is something I hope will one day become the standard. It's just amazing

I find it to be very comfortable on my wrist. It's heavy and thick but many of my other watches are as well. I don't find it nearly as top heavy as I'd have expected. It's actually extremely comfortable once you size the bracelet appropriately. I'll admit that I removed the divers extension to take advantage of the more flexible and curved regular bracelet links. (Sacrilege on a true diver!!).

The watch keeps amazingly accurate time and it's just an awesome timepiece. From your post I understand why you would want a DSSD. For me I preferred its size and weight over its 40 mm brothers. I have nothing bad to say about the Subs and SDs out there. They're classically proportioned and if you think you may one day tire of a big and thick watch then you should rethink your desire to get a DSSD. As others have stated the new SD coming out is probably a much better proportioned watch. I love my DSSD - I find it to be as very much Rolex as it happens to be unRolex. And there's plenty of room on the sandbox for everyone to get along. In the end it's your money and the watch needs to sing to you. As you know the DSSD ain't cheap and there are lots of options at this price point. What else are you considering?
post #31398 of 48312
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Originally Posted by NonServiam View Post


Thank you! Vintage Omegas are clean, cool and affordable. I think this one would cost as much as the rubber strap for the AP ...

Not so sure about the ostrich leg strap I put it on though?

 

Of course I agree on the first point as mine is my "best" watch still, and certainly they are very cheap.  I'm also not sure about that strap: yours has a much more interesting dial than mine, with the gold Arabic numbers, so I think perhaps less is more with the strap - I don't think it needs all that texture.  The colour is nice, but perhaps something smooth and slick while still having some substance - cordovan?

 

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Originally Posted by Stiva View Post

History; personal remembrance of the interaction with the Governor; irony; aesthetics of a sort.

This argument has been had many times in relation to such matters as the collection of Nazi memorabilia. Leaving aside the 1% who are loons, to so doesn't mark support for war or genocide. In fact, a number of human rights activists are collectors of such memorabilia. Remembering these episodes in history are important lessons for future identification and avoidance. So we never forget the slippery slope, etc.

But more immediately, there was the comedic juxtaposition with Hirsh's post.

I can only presume your question was also put in jest dddrees.

 

Yes.  All of those things.  Unlike Nazi memorabilia, there is no sinister cause or political association represented here.  It's just a curiosity, a tacky relic of an historical figure, that I did indeed post for amusement.  I don't wear it - it sits with some other curios in my study.  But it was also given to me with a hint of irony, as I was working for the British Government at the time.  The former official in question was my friends' father, and we became quite close in his last years - a shared interest in politics and arguing!  It seems it was always fate that ten years or more after I got this, I ended up working in Iraq myself - eventually for the post-Saddam Iraqi government too, during which time Saddam was hanged for his crimes.

 

There is something inherently funny about a man wanting his face printed on the face of a watch.  That was the fundamental meaning of my post. :)

 

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

I am quite enamored of my new Sub. But that don't mean I've lost any love for this one.

u6anery4.jpg

 

That is a very beautiful couple.  If I ever burgle your house with someone else from TWAT, these are the two I want.

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Unlike Nazi memorabilia, there is no sinister cause or political association represented here.

Unless you are a Kurd or an indigenous marsh Arab.
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There is no anti-Kurdish movement around the world that uses pictures of Saddam to represent an ideology, that's what I mean. 

 

Though I'm starting to wish I had one with Mickey Mouse on instead.

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Don't get us started on Walt and Mickey.
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Evil rodent death cult.

 

But before we dwell any more on the ethical acceptability or otherwise of personal curios, here is a watch:

 

 

 

(picture from "watchuseek" via the Googlesphere)

 

I am rather in love with the case shape of the "Monegasque".  I saw a gold chrono of this in person recently, and a perpetual calendar rose gold version on someone else, I think I mentioned a couple of weeks back.  This is not a cheap watch by any means, but I found the finishing really remarkable i.e. up to "big three" standard.  It is certainly not going to be on every plumber's wrist like a Sub (tee hee...whatever, I SO want a Sub), and depending on which way you look at it, the lack of broad brand recognition makes for rapid depreciation - or so the comments next to this picture say.  The PC I saw was on the wrist of a grey dealer, and it's certainly a maker whose stuff he clears at big discounts a lot.

 

So two questions for the Borg-like TWAT Collective Intelligence: first, has anyone heard any comments either way on reliability, service, integrity, or otherwise the usability of RD watches?  And secondly, as there's not much volume out there, where to look for a tidy used bargain?

post #31403 of 48312
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post
 

 

Of course I agree on the first point as mine is my "best" watch still, and certainly they are very cheap.  I'm also not sure about that strap: yours has a much more interesting dial than mine, with the gold Arabic numbers, so I think perhaps less is more with the strap - I don't think it needs all that texture.  The colour is nice, but perhaps something smooth and slick while still having some substance - cordovan?

 

 

Yes.  All of those things.  Unlike Nazi memorabilia, there is no sinister cause or political association represented here.  It's just a curiosity, a tacky relic of an historical figure, that I did indeed post for amusement.  I don't wear it - it sits with some other curios in my study.  But it was also given to me with a hint of irony, as I was working for the British Government at the time.  The former official in question was my friends' father, and we became quite close in his last years - a shared interest in politics and arguing!  It seems it was always fate that ten years or more after I got this, I ended up working in Iraq myself - eventually for the post-Saddam Iraqi government too, during which time Saddam was hanged for his crimes.

 

There is something inherently funny about a man wanting his face printed on the face of a watch.  That was the fundamental meaning of my post. :)

 

 

That is a very beautiful couple.  If I ever burgle your house with someone else from TWAT, these are the two I want.


I did wonder why, thanks for the explanation.

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Anyone here check out eleven james? Is that @nofrills renting out his collection?
post #31405 of 48312
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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

Forex - as one of the very few DSSD on here (anyone?.. Anyone?..) I'll be happy to give my impressions. Keep in mind here in TWAT you won't find it gets much love so if you're looking for user reviews you should probably peruse one of the many Rolex forums. This is SF after all and well the DSSD is hardly stylish I must admit

The gripes about its size and bracelet are legitimate. I would've killed to have the bracelet be an extra 2 mm wider by the clasp. That being said it's still a wonderful bracelet and the glide lock is something I hope will one day become the standard. It's just amazing

I find it to be very comfortable on my wrist. It's heavy and thick but many of my other watches are as well. I don't find it nearly as top heavy as I'd have expected. It's actually extremely comfortable once you size the bracelet appropriately. I'll admit that I removed the divers extension to take advantage of the more flexible and curved regular bracelet links. (Sacrilege on a true diver!!).

The watch keeps amazingly accurate time and it's just an awesome timepiece. From your post I understand why you would want a DSSD. For me I preferred its size and weight over its 40 mm brothers. I have nothing bad to say about the Subs and SDs out there. They're classically proportioned and if you think you may one day tire of a big and thick watch then you should rethink your desire to get a DSSD. As others have stated the new SD coming out is probably a much better proportioned watch. I love my DSSD - I find it to be as very much Rolex as it happens to be unRolex. And there's plenty of room on the sandbox for everyone to get along. In the end it's your money and the watch needs to sing to you. As you know the DSSD ain't cheap and there are lots of options at this price point. What else are you considering?

Thanks rnguy, I am toying with the idea of getting the Blue/Black GMT but I already have an Explorer II and it seems redundant, I do like the colors a lot. I wish I could borrow the DSSD for a couple of weeks and see how I like it, it is very hard to decide by just trying the watch on for a few minutes. I currently have the Speedy, Explorer II as well as Explorer I and I don't want to have too many watches. I think I have my bases covered for just about any occassion so DSSD would be truly a casual watch.
post #31406 of 48312
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

 

(picture from "watchuseek" via the Googlesphere)

 

I am rather in love with the case shape of the "Monegasque"....

So two questions for the Borg-like TWAT Collective Intelligence: first, has anyone heard any comments either way on reliability, service, integrity, or otherwise the usability of RD watches?  And secondly, as there's not much volume out there, where to look for a tidy used bargain?

I really like this case shape and I think they make some beautiful watches.  I've only met one person that had an RD chronograph (a much sportier model), but he hadn't owned it very long, so there was no discussion of its reliability or service.  I don't think there are many service centers for RD, but I would think parts and support might not be too bad as they are under the Richmonte umbrella (and IIRC they now have some affiliation with Cartier)  

 

As for finding a nice pre-owned example...that might be tough.  At least in the past they limited the production of each model to small batches.  I think in the beginning production was limited to some variation of 8, such as 8, then 18, and some models 88 pieces. I think some of their lower priced models they increased production significantly, but it varies by model.  I haven't followed RD products very closely in recent years.  Wishing you luck on your RD journey. 

 

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Originally Posted by Beckwith View Post

Anyone here check out eleven james? Is that @nofrills renting out his collection?

I've heard of it.  Not interested.  I'd rather just save my money for watches I want to own rather than renting them.  I think the base fee is $250 per month.  Participate for 2 years and you have $6,000 toward a watch you could own.  Also, I wonder if there is an additional optional insurance one needs to buy in case of loss, or if its included in the price of the watch.  A buddy of mine once had brought a Breitling into an AD for service.  They gave him a basic Breitling on a strap as a loaner watch...which he thought was very cool, until he lost it on his way through Central Park and he was held responsible for its replacement cost.  

post #31407 of 48312
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Originally Posted by forex View Post
 I wish I could borrow the DSSD for a couple of weeks and see how I like it, it is very hard to decide by just trying the watch on for a few minutes. 

You might be the ideal Eleven James customer.  They rent nice watches, including Rolex.  Not sure if you have one near you.  

post #31408 of 48312
I had never heard of Eleven James until now, but omg what an awful waste of money, if their CNBC profile has the right facts. You spend something like 10 grand a year so you can wear 3 PP-level watches for 2 months each. That's just....wow
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listed this odd couple on eBay yesterday. smile.gif














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That Zenith is pretty cool.
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