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Old 3 June 2019, 04:46 AM   #1
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PM vs SS is it worth it?

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For nearly four years I have owned a SS Rolex SubC. I love it. In fact I reviewed it here just over a year ago. Naturally, like many I always wondered what would it be like to own the same watch, essentially, in PM. I was able to do so just days ago and am very lucky!

It begs the following questions: After owning both is it worth it? What are the differences? And would I still own both after acquiring a model that retails for four and a half times that of the other?

The Weight

The first thing people always point out is the weight. I can assure you they are night and day. Now why is the weight such an important factor? I cannot tell you for all. Wearing the gold vs the ss you notice the weight. The watch just feels like a pound on the wrist. It seems even more like a tank and very high end. To me the weight is the reminder of the preciousness of the watch. That said many say you get used to it. However, I doubt it ever feels light even if that is the case.

The PCLs

Years ago when I first joined people started daily threads complaining about PCLs. I never have. The PCLs add a dressy component and really refine the look of the PM vs the SS. The SS is pure tool and I mean that in a good way.

The Dial

I went with the sunburst blue. It catches the light and looks fantastic. It is my favorite dial in the Rolex line up. Compared to the deep black dial on my SS it really catches all light and can look black to light blue depending.

Some Subtle Differences

On the SS the screws on the removable links show through both sides. On the PM it does not.

Rehaut seems to be more steep on SS versus PM.

Answering the Questions Proposed and More

After owning both is it worth it? Hell yes.

Would I still own both after acquiring a model that retails for four and a half times that of the other? Yes. One is more covert and true to the original. The other is a dressy piece that really pops on the wrist. It is the ultimate show piece submariner.

White gold vs yellow gold? I would go yellow gold. It just screams to me. Some say it is too much. I say no. And I am not a loud person. But for this price and only owning one PM piece I know I made the right choice for me.

Did I have buyers remorse? For a split second. But then after wearing it for a bit I thought about the feeling it gave vs cash in the bank. The remorse went away quickly.

Should you go PM, consolidate etc.? Yes. Life is short. PM Rolex bought right hold decently well. Do not wait forever. Sell some SS if needed. But do it. You will not regret it. The only regret will be why you waited so long.
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Old 3 June 2019, 05:05 AM   #2
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Nice review Eliot. I can say I agree with everything you wrote. Congrats again on a gorgeous watch.


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Old 4 June 2019, 05:25 AM   #4
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Old 6 June 2019, 05:38 AM   #5
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Great review!

A quality post in this day and age!
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Old 6 June 2019, 11:28 AM   #6
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Old 28 July 2019, 12:57 AM   #7
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Old 30 July 2019, 06:14 AM   #8
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There's something about a YG sub that just makes me all warm and fuzzy.
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Old 4 August 2019, 06:10 AM   #9
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Its really worth it from my point of view and consideration.
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Old 4 August 2019, 07:56 AM   #10
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Its really worth it from my point of view and consideration.
Ty sir. PM rules
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Old 4 August 2019, 02:49 PM   #11
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Great review and insight, really helps since I’m thinking of consolidating!
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Old 6 September 2019, 12:55 PM   #12
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Thanks for the review, I'm getting there and traded for a Two Tone 16613 so half way there....on the PM.
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Old 6 September 2019, 01:59 PM   #13
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I totally agree, i had been wearing a sub for almost 15 years. Originally the 5 digit then traded up to a 6 digit. Few years later and I also had the PM itch. After trying on the DD40, Daytona, YMii, blue sunburst and black dial subs, the black dial stole my heart. Although I had a SS black dial, i didn’t get care. After few months I then traded up from the SS sub to the SD43. And now I feel I have 2 of the best rolexes in current production.




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Old 24 September 2019, 11:50 AM   #14
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Well said Eliot, I'm with you!!!
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Old 20 November 2019, 07:34 AM   #15
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Two great watches. I agree that it can be bulky but the look supercedes the weight.
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Old 20 November 2019, 12:09 PM   #16
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That was a great write-up. The PM Sub at approx. 1/2 lb. is a Hefty Piece, and one that should be an addition to an SS.

With the GlideLock, and it's utility especially in the any water, snow or dessert is second to none.
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Old 20 November 2019, 12:31 PM   #17
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Agree! Go with PM!


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Old 20 November 2019, 04:27 PM   #18
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I personally went 5 digit but otherwise I totally agree with OP's opinion.

And I confirm that one can get used to the additional weight (well at least for a 5 digit).

I'm so used to the PM weight that I find my SS oyster watches surprisingly light ...

Last point: even with a YG, I still love my SS ones and frequently alternate.
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Old 20 November 2019, 04:32 PM   #19
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Old 20 November 2019, 10:27 PM   #20
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Old 22 November 2019, 03:41 PM   #21
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Lovely read OP thanks.. one day for me, one day!!
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Old 2 December 2019, 06:16 AM   #22
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Old 8 December 2019, 11:28 PM   #23
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Old 9 December 2019, 12:57 AM   #24
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I recently made the switch to the dark side, I still love my SS watches but there is definitely something special about PM that you can't explain until its on your wrist
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Old 9 December 2019, 01:33 AM   #25
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Agree one thousand percent. People who ask why PM when you can go SS for a fraction of the cost do not understand PM (or can't afford it. Just being honest.)
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