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Also, Newcomer, not only do you need to stop sitting around in the AC, but you also need to quit drinking. Less booze money = more watch money biggrin.gif

Haha! You are probably right about that.

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Unfortunately, we all have our vices. But I am well on my way to new watch-dom!
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Congrats Frills. The new SD look awesome.

I also really like what you did with the Hulk - never seen that strap combo before and I'm sure your wife wears it extremely well

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Also, Frills, thank you very much for the awesome write-up. That really solidifies my feeling that the SD4000 is jockeying with the BLNR for (what is in my opinion) the best modern Rolex. The four watch shot is especially useful.
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Great post, thanks for sharing! The spoilering is far too modest, as it's always nice to see photos of these things actually being used, especially of that quality.
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Epic travel pics, Kaplan.

And that's some gorgeous, well-earned patina on your Sub.

Thank you Belli & Keith, that's very kind :-)
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Looking good up in here!  Congrats on the acquisitions everyone!  Loved the write up on the watches Frills.

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Well, here she is. As far as I can tell Rolex is indeed finally delivering SD4000s to US ADs at a slow but consistent pace, starting last weekend. Not forum claims of "hey I saw the SD4000 in Las Vegas or Chicago or Tourneau in NYC last weekend." This one came from a US AD, and this one is sitting on my wrist as I type this out. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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As Belli noted, the SD4000 hits all the right, "balanced" notes. For people who complain about the chunky lugs of the new ceramic Subs, the SD4000's lugs are a teeny weeny bit (in the millimeters, really) more tapered, but is still chunkier than older models (which is a plus for me since I like the "heftier" look for sporty watches). Here's a pic of the SD4000 beside my SubC ND:

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Note how the SD4000's crown guard shape also makes it look "more tapered" than the "more square" look for the SubC. Case sizes are both 40mm, although I haven't taken a Belli-style measuring instrument to them (which showed us here in TWAT that the "Daytona 40mm" is really 38.5mm)... so this claim is based on Rolex's official statements.

What about thickness? At 15mm the SD4000 has substantial wrist presence, although in pictures it's hard to tell that it's much thicker than the SubC ND's 12.5mm, when looking just at the case:

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But from the same pic above, once you look at the lugs as well, you can see how the SD4000 is thicker than the SubC ND FROM THE SIDE. Interesting that the lug taper renders the SD4000 "sleeker looking" from the front, 'no?

The DSSD at 17.5mm, on the other hand, is "only" 2.5mm thicker than the SD4000. Note that this is the same jump from the SubC ND to the SD4000!)... but still looks substantially thicker side by side:

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It may well be because of the domed crystal of the DSSD (which by itself is already 5.5mm!) - very different look when viewed from the front, notwithstanding the fact that I put my DSSD on a red RubberB strap:

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(Of course the DSSD's case size is also 44mm, a full 10% larger than the SD4000 at 40mm).

All in all, I love the SD4000. If I must have ONLY one watch that strikes that "balance" between (a) having a substantial hefty wrist presence but (b) having sleeker lugs and crown guards and (c) sports a date function but (d) does not have a cyclops and finally (e) boasts all the modern conveniences like the glidelock clasp and its micro adjustment system (which the Subs have), the diver's extension link (which the Subs do not have - but the DSSD does), the cerachrom bezel insert, maxi dial lit by Chromalight for older eyes... AND (f) isn't so "in your face" as the DSSD, then SD4000 hits all these notes.

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I don't think that fans of the DSSD will find it a replacement for that bad a** look and the domed crystal. Of all of Rolex's currently produced models, only the DSSD boasts that magnificent domed crystal and for that alone I think it will keep its most ardent fans from switching to the SD4000.

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But, for what it's worth in Frilly-land, I've taken the last few weeks to assemble my set of Rolex dive watches. Like TC, I put the Hulk on a white RubberB strap since the missus uses that most often - and it looks stunning on her:

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Family shot:

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Much to Dino's delight (I'm sure), I'm keeping the SD4000 on its original bracelet. The others will stay on their straps, for variation and for the hotter summer months. I quite like how I consistently reach for all of them depending on the occasion and mood.

I think this round of frillyvolousness is over, hope you enjoyed the ride! Till the next round...


Awesome writeup! Congratulations on the SD4000, it's perfect. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Haha! You are probably right about that.

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Unfortunately, we all have our vices. But I am well on my way to new watch-dom!


....and obviously enjoying yourself while you wait! I see you've got some of the Bluegrass state's better offerings.

I'll take mine with just a splash of water and a couple of ice cubes please smile.gif
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Thank you Belli & Keith, that's very kind :-)

Yes, I was about to say, the "patina" on your Sub is amazing.

I have never understood the whole "buying a watch for its history" thing. But I think that your watches are an excellent example of the beauty that can be obtained by wearing your watches and letting them develop their own "patination."
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Thanks. If it's a watch you're certain to keep - and especially if it's a tool watch - I think the battlescars just add to it's charm and personality. That's also one of the reasons I'm not having it polished when serviced (the other being not losing the defined edges from over-polishing, as Dino and maybe others have mentioned before). I've even banged the Sub around so much that the crystal have had to be replaced twice.
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Nice choice on the 36 mm!

I agree completely; larger watches can end up wearing you, which is not the look I'm going for in a dressy situation, even with my large, flat wrist.

Sales staff really seem to push oversized watches. When I was looking at Nomos at a shop in Vienna a few years ago, the well-intentioned saleslady tried steering me toward the oversized stuff by the Richemont brands they carried, saying that the normal-sized watches in the store were for ladies, or something to that effect.

This was despite the fact that I was wearing this 34 mm behemoth from 1948 at the time:



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I could be wrong, but wearing attention-seeking jewelry in a formal-ish environment doesn't exactly say confidence and masculinity to me.

Thanks Belli. You might be right about sales staff.
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Great choice - that should make for a very versatile piece and the size looks absolutely perfect for you.

Thanks, Roger. I do have narrow wrists, so this seems the perfect size for me.
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Mate, dunno what happened. Didn't see this till alerted by a post elsewhere.

Looks special to me, very impressive nod[1].gif

Thanks, mate. But where's Terry Thomas? frown.gif
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Congratulations, Wraith, that really is beautifully proportioned (my 3 o'clock date aversion notwithstanding!).  You're totally right about the size, especially with this dial colour and the bracelet, it's plenty solid and masculine enough and just the right kind of subtlety for a regular dress watch.

My wife's Rolex has a silver dial, so I thought I'd try one with that colour as well. Does look lovely smile.gif
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Congrats!  Enjoy your new Omega, looks great!

Thanks, Dino. You da man! smile.gif
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Thanks, mate. But where's Terry Thomas? frown.gif


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Well said mate!

Sir Bobby is on board for the World Cup for as long as we're in the tournament. May not be long then!? You never know.

Terry Thomas, now he's the man. Always a favourite of mine. On reflection though I do like the splash of colour Sir Bobby gives me in the glorious red, I've have had a couple of nods of approval too.

Your thoughts for my long term av"?

In the meantime this clip kills me every time, in my darkest moods it makes me LOL.

Keep well mate

Ding dong!


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World Cup, yes, I'm looking forward to it, but in a group which features Chile, the Netherlands and (I believe, Spain), can Australia even score a goal against such might? shog[1].gif

I've always loved Terry Thomas, since a child. Great talent.
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But, for what it's worth in Frilly-land, I've taken the last few weeks to assemble my set of Rolex dive watches. Like TC, I put the Hulk on a white RubberB strap since the missus uses that most often - and it looks stunning on her:

Awesome! And congrats on the latest addition, you are seriously out of control. LOL
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Congrats on the Rolex Frilly!

 

TWATers what's your opinion on Glycine watches? I tried on two today that I fell in love with. Especially the first one.

 

 

And not Rolex or something like that, but what I wore today. :D

 

 

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How to get the Rolex without the date magnifier?

 

 

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There aren't many that don't have them. Buy a Seadweller or a Seadweller Deepsea.

Yes... this new SD is very nice...!

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