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post #33046 of 48312
I am convinced. My next watch is the Rolex GMT (the rootbeer). I have found a couple examples with a brown leather strap and it looks fantastic with leather. I have never seen a GMT rootbeer in person which also appeals to me. Just a different look.

The Submariner is awesome and perhaps that will be my third watch, but more than likely my third will be something different like an IWC.
post #33047 of 48312
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I wouldn't call it easy. You need to pry the entire bezel off with a case knife for something similar then the insert just pops out. The insert is just held in with a force fit. No adhesive or screws. The most important part is keeping an eye on the bezel click spring. It tends to fly ff. I wouldn't want to do it once a week, but I swapped bezels maybe once a year on my Subs.

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It takes me about a minute to do an insert swap. You can gently remove the bezel without marking the case with the same type of plastic tool you use to swap busted phone screens. The process is really easy once you get the hang of it. It's just a matter of working the insert around with the right amount of force; the fit is perfect so it just snaps in. I don't bother with extra bezel assemblies. I've never had a problem with click springs, either.

Can ceramic inserts be swapped as easily as aluminum ones?
post #33048 of 48312
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Can ceramic inserts be swapped as easily as aluminum ones?
Hell to the no.
post #33049 of 48312
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Hell to the no.

Are those held on with adhesive instead of being a snap fit?
post #33050 of 48312
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Are those held on with adhesive instead of being a snap fit?
Still no adhesive involved, but the bezel is not as easy to pop off(it's a totally different bezel system) and the insert is quite brittle when not pressed into the bezel.

It can and has been done, but not by your home watchmaker anymore.
post #33051 of 48312

I think the full gold GMT with the bronze/rootbeer dial that has no 12hr split is really interesting. I assume these are as rare or more rare? Its listed as a 90s model:

 

Rolex GMT Master II 16718 

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SD today.

Apologies for my lack of knowledge - but why is it some of these have "Ring Lock System" on the inner ring and some don't? I think it looks infinitely better without.

post #33053 of 48312
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Apologies for my lack of knowledge - but why is it some of these have "Ring Lock System" on the inner ring and some don't? I think it looks infinitely better without.
I'm not sure, but the special model could have something to do with the demanding requirements of professional chilli-eating competitors, due to all this gas-escape ring lock stuff.

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I'll get my coat...
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Apologies for my lack of knowledge - but why is it some of these have "Ring Lock System" on the inner ring and some don't? I think it looks infinitely better without.
Only the SeaDweller Deepsea has the Ring Lock System. The SeaDweller (SD4000) does not have it and never did. They are two different models.
post #33055 of 48312

Cf. "Rootbeer", there was a guy on here ages ago who had a gold one, I think, on a brown suede strap.  Looked awesome, and I think he sold the straps.  And something in the dark chambers of my battered bonce is telling me he was Swedish.  There are some search parameters in there somewhere...

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I think the full gold GMT with the bronze/rootbeer dial that has no 12hr split is really interesting. I assume these are as rare or more rare? Its listed as a 90s model:

 

Rolex GMT Master II 16718 

No not rare.  It was a standard production model.  They were in production for easily 25+ years.  I always thought it was ugly, as did my local ADs, who said it was tough to find people that wanted these "Bronze" GMTs.  

post #33057 of 48312

The solid yellow gold watch is over the top.  I'd have to see the same strap on both the SS and YG versions to pick one but Google is lacking in the solid gold on a leather strap area.

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No not rare.  It was a standard production model.  They were in production for easily 25+ years.  I always thought it was ugly, as did my local ADs, who said it was tough to find people that wanted these "Bronze" GMTs.  

 

Its so 70s I cant help but find it interesting. The sunray dial is really classy, but a gold/brown watch is probably not the most versatile...

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I find them ugly as well. I do find the Glashutte 70's models very appealing though. Obviously they have taken into account modern tastes.
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^ Yeah, that bronze GMT is butt ugly.
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