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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

 

Until Dino pointed out the proportions of the strap recently, I didn't really get what was wrong with it, but he's right: I've nothing against bigger watches in principle, especially when they're as purposeful and functional as this one.  But it is a horribly proportioned beast.  It just didn't sit right.  So I tried the Sub, and almost to my disappointment, the slightly more modest, rather cheaper, less dick-waving watch looked absolutely peachy.  It just sits so nicely, the proportions are so iconic and balanced, and it gives a great feeling of robust presence while remaining one with the wrist.  The DSSD feels like it's hanging off you like a drunk on the upper deck of a bus.

 

The no date Sub is, to my untutored eye, simply a perfect thing.  In my distant wish list, it is merely one of many options, possibles or improbables to juggle.  But in itself, I feel certain  that there simply is nothing wrong with the Rolex Submariner.  Now an older SD, the same sort of size...that might be competition.  But it's hard to look past that particular "fungus" and say anything else would be inherently "better", at least unless you really were a professional diver.  In which case the Omega Ploprof is both more tool-like and more orange.  For mortals, the Sub seems like design perfection, and even though I know nothing, I'm sure I'm right. :)

 

 

Spot on.  I don't mind big watches at all - big sports watches anyway - but the DSSD just seems like a poorly proportioned mess.  And then there's the (read somewhere on the internet) 120 characters of mostly superfluous and self-congratulatory text plastered all over the dial. I know most Rolex models suffer from this to some extent, but this one seems the worst offender by a good measure.

 

The Ploprof is one freaking cool watch.  Regrattably, I am not sufficiently cool enough to pull it off.

 

That no-date Sub.... I tell ya, I better stop visiting the AD or the inevitable will happen.

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You'll appreciate the date when yer old blind and cranky...

post #23313 of 39278
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

frills - very nice. did not know you had that in the stable. whats your full collection consist of these days? if i may be so bold.

 

Have you ever tried putting together a collage of seven pictures?  Not very easy.  But maybe I am not very creative.

 

Aside from the 1967 DJ I posted, here's a "family pic."  

 

 

"Just" seven pieces but boy am I happy and satiated.  I still look around at other pieces but haven't felt that burning urge to just chase one down.  Dino will probably be disappointed but I've held off on getting that double red Sub.  However, I am meeting with my dealer tomorrow as a family member wants me to look at a piece she's interested in getting, and I did ask him to bring that double red Sub/SD again just so I can look at it one more time....... baldy[1].gif

 

I would consider the 116520 white dial Daytona to be part of this family - except the missus has co-opted it.  To "get back at her" I started wearing that 36mm blue dial DJ, which was the first piece I bought for her.  Why do l have this sinking feeling that she came out ahead in that exchange, especially since she can take back that DJ anytime she wants anyway........

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You trying to melt the internet, stitchy? He's got his Patek, another Patek, and then his other, other Patek....

 

 

Here's one way to melt the internet:

 

Warning: Kate Upton wearing only body paint, but I swear it looks like a real bikini. Still, probably NSFW. (Click to show)

 

 

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

A while ago while bored in an airport, I tried on a few Rolexes to pass the time (and the equally bored assistants didn't seem to mind my saying so, at 4am...).  Apart from the nice ladies from Sri Lanka and the Philippines, it was the Sub and the DSSD that stuck in my mind.  Generally speaking, I do tend towards "more is more" in my natural instincts.  I totally get the Panerai thing, having tried them recently.  And I retain a guilty and foolish lust for the unnecessarily over-sized Omega Planet Ocean Ti.  Although I'm trying to learn moderation with age, the "it's kind of a Sub, but with way more numbers" factor, made me ask to try the DSSD first.  

 

Nice intro and write-up overall.  Really have to try these things before you're able to make any kind of judgment call regarding aesthetics, "general feel," etc.

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Never pay over list for a GMT.  Great watch, but once supply catches up with demand they will be selling at list all day long!  I've seen this craze where people run out and pay over list to be the first to get a steel and platinum yachtys, an Explorer 114270, the 42mm Explorer 2s etc.  Once supply catches up, frequently the people that paid over list take a bath unless they flipped it to another sucker very quickly, or unless they keep it a very long time.  The only watch they made that had a long standing history of selling for over list (for nearly 2 decades) was the SS Daytona.  No matter what the hype was about any Rolex I wanted, I always eventually found them available new from an AD without paying over list.  

 

Absolutely agree.

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The good thing about tax is I will buy from a store here in Nashville and they usually throw in free shipping out of state so I save on god awful 9.25% sales tax in Tennessee.  Now the LV is tickling my fancy

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I think the BLNR went for over list for maybe 1 month tops because I am now seeing them for sale on forums for retail and actually just an hour ago I was at the local AD and they had one not on display but available for sale. Tried it on... stunning piece. Not worth the premium over the LN, however.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

A while ago while bored in an airport, I tried on a few Rolexes to pass the time (and the equally bored assistants didn't seem to mind my saying so, at 4am...).  Apart from the nice ladies from Sri Lanka and the Philippines, it was the Sub and the DSSD that stuck in my mind.  Generally speaking, I do tend towards "more is more" in my natural instincts.  I totally get the Panerai thing, having tried them recently.  And I retain a guilty and foolish lust for the unnecessarily over-sized Omega Planet Ocean Ti.  Although I'm trying to learn moderation with age, the "it's kind of a Sub, but with way more numbers" factor, made me ask to try the DSSD first.  

 

Until Dino pointed out the proportions of the strap recently, I didn't really get what was wrong with it, but he's right: I've nothing against bigger watches in principle, especially when they're as purposeful and functional as this one.  But it is a horribly proportioned beast.  It just didn't sit right.  So I tried the Sub, and almost to my disappointment, the slightly more modest, rather cheaper, less dick-waving watch looked absolutely peachy.  It just sits so nicely, the proportions are so iconic and balanced, and it gives a great feeling of robust presence while remaining one with the wrist.  The DSSD feels like it's hanging off you like a drunk on the upper deck of a bus.

 

The no date Sub is, to my untutored eye, simply a perfect thing.  In my distant wish list, it is merely one of many options, possibles or improbables to juggle.  But in itself, I feel certain  that there simply is nothing wrong with the Rolex Submariner.  Now an older SD, the same sort of size...that might be competition.  But it's hard to look past that particular "fungus" and say anything else would be inherently "better", at least unless you really were a professional diver.  In which case the Omega Ploprof is both more tool-like and more orange.  For mortals, the Sub seems like design perfection, and even though I know nothing, I'm sure I'm right. :)

 

Mimo, I went through the same process with the Rolex divers and this is my opinion, for what it's worth.

 

The DSSD is an excrescence on the wrist. I'd rather sport a pink G-Shock.

 

The 116610 and 114060 are definitely several steps forward in terms of engineering but perhaps a step backward in terms of design, wearing rather too "square". I definitely prefer older Subs, and of those (recent models) I most prefer the 16600 Sea-Dweller for its extra heft, both literally and (in the visual sense) figuratively. It just feels more substantial and satisfying to wear, without appearing bloated and show-offy in the manner of its lamentable successor. The only caveat I'd have is that the marginal extra thickness might be an issue if you wear tightly-cuffed dress shirts most days. I don't, happily, so ... no worries.

 

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Well-played, frilly.

Bonus points for The Upton.


RogerP: get it over with. devil.gif And take some cool pictures!


Hayward: touché ...



For those looking at $9K-ish for the latest, greatest Rolex GMT.....may I present the oldest, greatest GMT (gilt-dial 1675, photo from HQ Milton)....



Oh man. That patina makes me feel a little spendy.
post #23318 of 39278
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

You'll appreciate the date when yer old blind and cranky...

 

I'm already there!

post #23319 of 39278
very nice family pic, frills.

you need to do a semi circle of three up top, and a semi circle of three below, and the crown jewel in the center. thats how you do a collage of 7.

or if you want to wimp out, 2 on top of 3 on top of 2.
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Frills, your collection is beautiful.  Wish I knew more about PP as the only one I can name is the nautilus.  Still learning from this thread!

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Wow, Frills, so many pateks, and it's photoes like those got me to buy a grand complication watch, that Longines Retrograde; albeit it's not even 1/10 the price of a Patek. shog[1].gif

And the Upton photo did melt my screen haha.
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question for you guys. i wrote a blog post for work about the rolex gold sub 116618LN i posted a few pages ago. it was kind of a fluffy piece, but it was not meant for TWATy people, just regular watch folk. i wonder what you guys think of the changes made to it as compared to the 16610.
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My fiancee likes the look of the LV and the BLNR so we have been discussing while waiting on the call for the BLNR to arrive so I can go try it on in person.  Seems like they are going for over $9K when the old model list was for $8500.  Can always wait for the hype to die down as well as it will not be on my wrist until next April 11th....
Never pay over list for a GMT.  Great watch, but once supply catches up with demand they will be selling at list all day long!  I've seen this craze where people run out and pay over list to be the first to get a steel and platinum yachtys, an Explorer 114270, the 42mm Explorer 2s etc.  Once supply catches up, frequently the people that paid over list take a bath unless they flipped it to another sucker very quickly, or unless they keep it a very long time.  The only watch they made that had a long standing history of selling for over list (for nearly 2 decades) was the SS Daytona.  No matter what the hype was about any Rolex I wanted, I always eventually found them available new from an AD without paying over list.  
 

Thanks for this information, helps me to keep a cool head while purchasing.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

question for you guys. i wrote a blog post for work about the rolex gold sub 116618LN i posted a few pages ago. it was kind of a fluffy piece, but it was not meant for TWATy people, just regular watch folk. i wonder what you guys think of the changes made to it as compared to the 16610.

Can you please link, I got 20 mins to wait for a client, haha.
post #23325 of 39278

Frills. Frills. Frills. 

If I owned even one of those Pateks, I would be one very happy dude! :D Enjoy them! 

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