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The new SD4000 has made landfall at various ADs, and a bunch of TRF users have begun posting incoming threads. Most love it. It appears comparable in size and thickness to the SubC ND.

One user expressed disappointment that "it wore smaller than the SubC." The lugs certainly appear less chunky (which would satisfy those who don't like the look of the new Subs) and the crown guards also appear less thick. Here's a pic from TRF of the new SD4000 side by side with the LV.

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Some users have balked at the $10400 MSRP (US) especially since few discounts can be had for such a new in-demand release versus seemingly comparable SubC's that have been in the market for a longer time.

What say you TWAT brethren? Check out the new pics via TRF. Does it still hold your fancy?

Speaking of the SubC LV, well, it was a tough choice for the wife between that and the LN but a few minutes ago she made her decision:

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I have to go check our the new SD. And your wife made a great choice!
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

[...]One user expressed disappointment that "it wore smaller than the SubC." The lugs certainly appear less chunky (which would satisfy those who don't like the look of the new Subs) and the crown guards also appear less thick.[...]
Ahhhhh, it's still so gratifying that they've undone some of the bloat. After messing up the Explorer I and II, it's a welcome change.

Good choice on going green, by the way; a bit of colour is good to have among all the black dials.

PS: Although there are a few sharp folks there, I wouldn't put much stock in what the average main-forum TRF poster opines. That place makes the WUSsy public forum seem erudite at times.
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Getting chilly now:

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Belli - indeed re: TRF ūüėúūüí™ūüĎć
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Congrats on the pick up Frills!

 

I just wrote a long post on my tire kicking experience at an Omega boutique and looking at Speedmaster's but somehow it didn't post.  So I am going to sum it up by saying a Speedmaster is not on my watches to purchase list anymore.  I tried on a Speedy Pro manual wind, racing, Speedy with the 9300 movement, a Speedy with hesalite crystal and nothing.  Little quirks on the watch bothered me like the gaps under the bezel at 12 and 6 o'clock.  The bezel in brushed SS or painted SS did nothing for me and overall I thought the watch sat a lot higher than my GMT.  I tried it on multiple times and wore it around the store as the SA showed me other watches and nothing.  The pictures made me lust after one and then seeing it in the flesh just fell flat.  Oh well...everyone has at least one watch where pictures made it look awesome then you put it on your wrist and it doesn't sing.  

 

I thanked the SA for her time and went on my merry way.  I wish we had better boutiques here so I could try on some of the Mimo wrist candy but that will have to wait until bigger cities.  Have a nice Sunday evening y'all.

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Congrats on the pick up Frills!

 

I just wrote a long post on my tire kicking experience at an Omega boutique and looking at Speedmaster's but somehow it didn't post.  So I am going to sum it up by saying a Speedmaster is not on my watches to purchase list anymore.  I tried on a Speedy Pro manual wind, racing, Speedy with the 9300 movement, a Speedy with hesalite crystal and nothing.  Little quirks on the watch bothered me like the gaps under the bezel at 12 and 6 o'clock.  The bezel in brushed SS or painted SS did nothing for me and overall I thought the watch sat a lot higher than my GMT.  I tried it on multiple times and wore it around the store as the SA showed me other watches and nothing.  The pictures made me lust after one and then seeing it in the flesh just fell flat.  Oh well...everyone has at least one watch where pictures made it look awesome then you put it on your wrist and it doesn't sing.  

 

I thanked the SA for her time and went on my merry way.  I wish we had better boutiques here so I could try on some of the Mimo wrist candy but that will have to wait until bigger cities.  Have a nice Sunday evening y'all.


Jbarwick - sorry to hear, but hey, you tried it in the flesh and it just didn't work. A far better way to decide versus shelling out money for a watch you just saw in 2D, online, from some seller you've never dealt with. On to the next hunt!!!!!!
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I'm not a fan of a rubber strap on nice watches...so I'd want to see it on a bracelet.  I have seen the Calibre bracelet on the standard model.  I'm curious to see if it gets modified at all, for the diving version.   Its a nice watch, but probably not for me.  Although, a few friends that are big Cartier collectors are very interested in acquiring one.  
I'm genuinely surprised that there would be any appeal to a serious collector; Cartier's idea of a diver's watch looks like a complete mess to me. It's an unmitigated typographical train wreck, and the faux-altimeter-look triple date window ‚ÄĒ¬†usually confined to badly-drawn pilot's watches, though the infection is spreading ‚ÄĒ just adds to the theme of ineptitude and confusion.

If they'd done the bezel, subdial, date wheel and depth rating in Roman numerals too, it would have at least made for a pretty sweet parody of the expensive fashion diver's-watch trend. As it stands, it just looks like something that a person who's into modifying Seikos would come up with.

PS: Harr-umph!
Edited by Belligero - 5/4/14 at 4:09pm
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[...]As related above by DLJr, I am in a unique position right now where my expenses are low, and my income is (relatively) high. I also have no one who can tell me what I can and cannot splurge on. So I have a unique opportunity to make an irresponsible decision, and plunk down some cash on a Journe, VC, Patek, AP, etc. I feel like the window is ever-decreasing. Once marriage comes along, so does home ownership, furnishing said home, bills, etc.

The Extreme Lab 2... sooooo cool. Have you seen that youtube video?[...].
Service requirements could easily turn some of those into regrets once spending priorities change, especially if you're stuck dealing with Richemont on an exotic-ish movement.

Dario at Kronosblog had an enthusiastic write-up on the Extreme Lab II when it came out, although I'd be wary of anyone that states "a watch that is made out of over 500 parts!" like it's a good thing. It's technically impressive in its complicated way and it's certainly successful as a concept watch, but I personally wouldn't want to wear that design, and I definitely wouldn't want to be holding the bag at maintenance time.
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These are from user "artschool" from TRF, who just unboxed his SD4000 (citation required as I do not know him, nor did I ask permission):

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Beside his 114060 SubC ND:

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Might just be the angle of the pic for sure, but because of the sleeker lugs, the less chunky crown guards, and more markings on the bezel it seems like it's actually smaller than the SubC ND 'noh?

Thickness compared to the SubC ND:

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Edited by no frills - 5/5/14 at 8:17am
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So Frills, is that enough of a difference to get the SD4000 when you have a Sub ND?  I know you have the same Patek in two different metals but that is quite different from 2 similar SS Rolex well...I guess one does have a date :lol:

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Originally Posted by jbarwick View Post

So Frills, is that enough of a difference to get the SD4000 when you have a Sub ND?  I know you have the same Patek in two different metals but that is quite different from 2 similar SS Rolex well...I guess one does have a date :lol:


Unsure. My first reaction after seeing the SD4000 right beside the SubC ND was hmmm I think I may be okay with the 114060. I don't mind not having a date - and as appealing the sleeker lugs and crown guards are to classicists the chunkier look has grown on me.

But - I haven't seen the SD4000 in person, and the pics don't highlight enough of the difference between the "silky matte" dial of the SD4000 and the glossier dials of the modern Subs.

Guess I'll have to see what I feel once I actually see the SD4000 in person.
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GMT IIC
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@no frills I realized I said I had to see the Speedy Pro in the flesh to decide if it was for me then asked if seeing the SD4000 pics, would it work for you.  Funny how things just slip from your thoughts.  But once you pointed the subtle differences out, it could make a big difference on how it wears to the 114060.  Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

 

@zippyh Love it!  Looks well worn and well loved.

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zippyh - love the G-Shock and GMT shots!  Enjoy Maui!

 

jbarwick - yeah, really not sure.  There are some pieces that just look marvelous in 2D and then once you take into consideration what you already have, and once you see it in the flesh... Hm.  We shall see.

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