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    116600 SD4K Ceramic opinions?

    I have a hankering for one had my first when they first cane out and ex wife insisted on having it back as it was. birthday gift from her,. So that went I love the SD43 and deepsea blue, but still have a hankering for the watch again. Nostalgia is expensive and I am doing lot of it recently.
    Have we got many owners on the forum?

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    116600 SD4K Ceramic opinions?

    Best of ceramic divers for me with the caveat of not having seen the new Sub(in the flesh)which looks good.

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    116600 SD4K Ceramic opinions?

    It wasnít made for long. Took me a while to realise what it was then it was gone.

    Maybe one of the most limited Rolex runs ever?

    (Pure speculation as a layman).


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    Hereís mine. Iíve got/had GMTc, Subs, GV etc and this one could be the best. Love that it was short run, no cyclops, glidelock ......

    Prices keep creeping up so get another one quick.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dandanthewatchman View Post


    Hereís mine. Iíve got/had GMTc, Subs, GV etc and this one could be the best. Love that it was short run, no cyclops, glidelock ......

    Prices keep creeping up so get another one quick.


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    That is undeniably tasty.

    Much less bloated than the SD43


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    I have a WTB for one !

    Iím saying this in case any owners are selling ..

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    They have popped up on SC from time to time, usually around the £10k mark, but not difficult to find on dealers sites. WF had one a month or two back fresh from a Rolex service and still covered in the stickers and that was just under £12k. Most on here are probably approaching first service time, so factor another grand on top of any bargain price.

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    Thanks for the heads up wow a £1000 service, I will try and buy one thats come back from a recent service than.

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    Watch I most regret selling


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    Quote Originally Posted by shoppy View Post
    Thanks for the heads up wow a £1000 service, I will try and buy one thats come back from a recent service than.
    I think a standard service is probably £600-£700 if you can get away with it, but by the time you add on a crystal, crown and anything else that Rolex insist on changing I think £1k is probably a more reasonable figure for planning purposes.

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    Ooh, I do love a 'dweller. 2 x 116600's in this pic. One beater, one stickered!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 33JS View Post
    Ooh, I do love a 'dweller. 2 x 116600's in this pic. One beater, one stickered!

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    Not a bad place to be!

    They only look slightly different in size but wear so differently. The SD43 feels very big.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    They have popped up on SC from time to time, usually around the £10k mark, but not difficult to find on dealers sites. WF had one a month or two back fresh from a Rolex service and still covered in the stickers and that was just under £12k. Most on here are probably approaching first service time, so factor another grand on top of any bargain price.
    There are several at the dealer in Milton Keynes ( eBay) but silly money.
    £10k for a full set, good condition and a service sounds good, above there I think Iíd rather go for something else.

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    I have set a target for approx 11.5k with a service in that, that should get me a minty serviced example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoppy View Post
    I have set a target for approx 11.5k with a service in that, that should get me a minty serviced example.
    Did you see the two on eBay

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe narvey View Post
    There are several at the dealer in Milton Keynes ( eBay) but silly money.
    £10k for a full set, good condition and a service sounds good, above there I think Iíd rather go for something else.
    You won't get a SD4K for that now.
    3 months ago maybe but like all Rolex they have shifted northwards(for transparency I have one so have a vested interest) but if you spot anything with B&P under 11K I'd be surprised.
    I'm picking mine up after it's Rolex service tomorrow and it was £550.

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    Vested interest also but they seem good value (in Rolex terms ) compared to other ceramic sports models

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    They are around, keep looking at Facebook selling sites, picked up a unworn full UK set last week, for under 11k.

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    Vested interest as well for good reason..I think the tide will turn upwards in a big way at some point..very very short production run.

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    Had one. Didn't feel special to me - moved it on. Probably not the best move financially but there we go.

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    My favourite Rolex, the only one I need.


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    Never had one for a period of time, would like to try one..........

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    Iíve posted on this absolutely superb watch before (link below). Itís my favourite modern Rolex.

    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...a-Dweller-4000


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    116600 SD4K Ceramic opinions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hood View Post
    You won't get a SD4K for that now.
    3 months ago maybe but like all Rolex they have shifted northwards(for transparency I have one so have a vested interest) but if you spot anything with B&P under 11K I'd be surprised.
    I'm picking mine up after it's Rolex service tomorrow and it was £550.
    Hmm.. okay thanks.

    Quite fancy a Breguet but thereíís a gap in my collection for a 116600. Maybe will just have to see what comes along first.

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    I think itís down fall was being too similar to the outgoing SD at the time.


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    The bracelet end link fit was constantly talked about. Remember seeing one in a dealer cabinet and didnít give it a second look. Didnít even try it on as was too busy enquiring about a submariner! Now that it is non current it is really gaining appeal. I like the look of it but have never tried one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMTMaster View Post
    I think itís down fall was being too similar to the outgoing SD at the time.


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    Personally, I dont think it sold well when it was current as it was considerably more expensive than the Sub date yet very similar in a lot of peoples eyes.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Oh, and just to add, probably the only watch you would ever need.

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    Thank you everyone for contributing; I really liked mine for the period I owned it. I removed the diver extension and it was one of the most comfortable watches I have owned along with the daytona and YM. I do remember it was about a significant more than the standard sub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 33JS View Post
    Ooh, I do love a 'dweller. 2 x 116600's in this pic. One beater, one stickered!

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    Wow very nice Sir I only have the 2 myself


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    Quote Originally Posted by bazza. View Post
    Wow very nice Sir I only have the 2 myself

    you Sir have a magnificent pair!!

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    The SD4k is quite top-heavy, so needs the bracelet well sized.

    I've heard the SD43 sits more comfortably on the wrist, but it is a bit too chunky for me. The SD4k is a perfect size and just feels like a more special watch.

    Hope you find one!

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    Hereís mine with its elder sibling.



    My only safe queen, still stickered and bracelet unsized. It was bought from a forum member with the intention of wearing, but just havenít got around to getting the bracelet adjusted yet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 33JS View Post
    Ooh, I do love a 'dweller. 2 x 116600's in this pic. One beater, one stickered!

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    I think Iíve worked out why I canít find one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by klunk View Post
    Hereís mine with its elder sibling.



    My only safe queen, still stickered and bracelet unsized. It was bought from a forum member with the intention of wearing, but just havenít got around to getting the bracelet adjusted yet.


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    It really doesnít suit you and you should sell it to a forum member

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    All these dwellers, especially that DRSD are giving me movements in my erogenous bits...

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    The latest Sub and Sub Dates are slimmed down, 41mm, and look drop dead gorgeous. I would rather buy one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe narvey View Post
    It really doesnít suit you and you should sell it to a forum member
    I concur 😂

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    I had one of these for quite a while and now have 41mm ND Sub ... and I have to say that I do prefer the latter. The proportions are sublime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoppy View Post
    Have we got many owners on the forum?

    Bought mine new because I'm a (pre SD43) Sea-Dweller fan boy. Reaction was very negative - "overpriced Submariner" was the gibe.

    Arguably still underappreciated. They ain't making any more of them so I'd get one with no hesitation.

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    I have one which i am unlikely to sell, bought this a few years ago, well above retail. Shame, as i use to travel a lot and were regularly available at Heathrow!

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    I remember these not being sought after and being sold relatively cheaper.....and then they got pulled.
    I tried one at my AD who had one in the window and thought it was just ok

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    Well I managed to get one and love it again:) itís lovely forgotten how much so. Its just come back from service and had a new bezal insert, crown and glass. Also almost a complete set only thing missing is the outer white box.



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    Congrats on getting one. I love mine and have worn it daily for 2.5 years since getting it...



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    I've got two

    One is the fullest set you'll ever see. It has got the original coffin box with the serial on a sticker as it came from Rolex.

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    Copied this from a previous thread about the sd4k and was my opinion at the time..

    When this watch first came out I really really liked it for the aesthetics alone. I resented paying the full RRP because as others have said, it was unloved and I remember thinking this would probably be the first watch that if I paid retail, it would no doubt lose a few quid if I had to resell. (I remember when this came out all the old ways of getting 10 per cent off from the AD etc were a distant memory and the watch was making a lot less than rrp on the pre owned market).
    Anyhow, I took the plunge and bought one new on interest free over two years. From memory it was around £7k.
    A little while after, the news came that it was being discontinued and I thought to myself, this is a watch that wasnít popular when on sale, low sales numbers and only made for around 3 years. This has got to be a future classic. This is the last seadweller at 40mm, no cyclops and all the updates that the modern sports models have. (Ceramic bezel, wonderful bracelet etc).
    Anyhow, I remember a dealer friend telling me when I had one of my numerous 16610lvs over the years that the LV would never be a classic and expensive watch due to it being made in big numbers. Well he got that wrong. The LV has risen dramatically since I was buying ďYĒ serials at £4500 which are now £25k.
    Iím going to confidently predict that the sd4000 will become an Łber rare watch for the discerning collector in the future. How long this may take, I donít know. What I do know, judging by history, is that all the rare watches that nobody wanted at the time of sale (early Daytonaís?) that Rolex couldnít shift and stopped producing, have all become holy grails of some sort and values risen accordingly.
    What other watch in the last 10/15 years+ has Rolex made for such a short period of time, and even when it was on sale, didnít sell well?
    I honestly think this watch is so cool compared to normal sub and that it was definitely worth the premium at the time. This watch has cool writing on the case back which other Rolex dont. It has a cool helium escape valve. Technically, it can go deeper than a sub. In general, it just has more going for it.
    Il also say, every Tom, dick, and Harry has a sub, when was the last time you saw one of these in the wild? I havenít seen one apart from mine and online ever. And I always get asked, ďwhat Rolex is that?Ē..in short, Iíd advise anyone with an interest in modern Rolex to buy the best tool watch available in 40mm before they unfortunately become super expensive and unreasonable to wear as an every day watch...(like the £4500 lv which is now £25k and if I still had it wouldnít wear it for fear of damaging the £5k bezel..) enjoy them while you can guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowdon View Post
    I've got two

    One is the fullest set you'll ever see. It has got the original coffin box with the serial on a sticker as it came from Rolex.
    Would you want to part ways with either one ?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoppy View Post
    Well I managed to get one and love it again:) itís lovely forgotten how much so. Its just come back from service and had a new bezal insert, crown and glass. Also almost a complete set only thing missing is the outer white box.
    Congrats, really nice. These pictures aren't helping me at all...

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    Perfect fit for a smaller wrist


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    I am on my 4th SDc and will probably let this one go too in order to balance the books a bit.
    There's a bit of a nagging doubt that I'd be making a bit of a financial mistake doing it though.
    My last 3 were traded for a Kermit plus £800 from me,a Seadweller 1665 plus £6,200 from me and an Explorer 1016 -pretty much straight swap.
    I still have those 3.
    I suppose it maybe indicates I like the SDc but it's expendable in collectors terms.

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    Crikey, you don't hang around. Well done and a freshly serviced watch as well.

    Looks great. Like the sneaky Milgauss trying to muscle in on the photo.

    I still regret selling mine for around £7.5k, but it was a couple of years ago and the money went to buying a 5512 at the time.
    Last edited by Wallasey Runner; 19th December 2020 at 22:10.

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