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Old 14 October 2013, 01:51 AM   #1
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glidelock

is the glidelock system tough ? is it gonna ever fail ? is it nicely engineered ?
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Old 14 October 2013, 01:59 AM   #2
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It is well engineered but only time will tell if the design is tough enough.
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Old 14 October 2013, 02:05 AM   #3
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Old 14 October 2013, 02:09 AM   #4
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There's actually TWO glidelock systems the subc and DeepSea glidelocks are totally different - the DeepSea glidelock allows you to make adjustments WITHOUT taking the watch off whereas the subc glidelock means you have to take the watch off to make adjustments.
The DeepSea engineering overall is remarkable.
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Old 14 October 2013, 03:52 AM   #5
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There's actually TWO glidelock systems the subc and DeepSea glidelocks are totally different - the DeepSea glidelock allows you to make adjustments WITHOUT taking the watch off whereas the subc glidelock means you have to take the watch off to make adjustments.
The DeepSea engineering overall is remarkable.
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Old 14 October 2013, 06:05 AM   #6
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Since Rolex re-engineered the glidelock this last year my guess is that they worked the bugs out.
here's the comparison I saw -
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Old 14 October 2013, 07:41 AM   #7
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Since Rolex re-engineered the glidelock this last year my guess is that they worked the bugs out.
here's the comparison I saw -
Thanks a ton for sharing as this helped me alot with my Hulk.
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Old 14 October 2013, 07:58 AM   #8
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I have both the glidelock and the easylock. The easylock is way more comfortable.
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Old 14 October 2013, 08:15 AM   #9
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I am sure it will last. It sure feel more sturdy.

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Old 14 October 2013, 08:15 AM   #10
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I am sure it will last. It sure feel more sturdy.

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Old 14 October 2013, 10:50 AM   #11
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I have both the glidelock and the easylock. The easylock is way more comfortable.
Do you mean the Easylink?
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Old 14 October 2013, 11:00 AM   #12
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Great pics of the glidelock. Thanks for those...well done.
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Old 14 October 2013, 11:01 AM   #13
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i really like the new clasp but i prefer the weight of older models. I found it uncomfortable to wear my ceramic gmt all day.
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Old 14 October 2013, 11:02 AM   #14
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Love the glide lock. Wish they all came with this.
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Old 14 October 2013, 11:58 AM   #15
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glidelock is sweet on the DSSD. The ability to make minor adjustments is a big plus in my book !!
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Old 14 October 2013, 01:51 PM   #16
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Great pics. Thanks


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Old 14 October 2013, 02:01 PM   #17
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Since Rolex re-engineered the glidelock this last year my guess is that they worked the bugs out.
here's the comparison I saw -
Very interesting. Thanks for the comparative photos.

It appears that my sub has the older style Glidelock.

Does anyone know why Rolex redesigned it and what (if any) advantages there are with the newer version?
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Old 14 October 2013, 02:26 PM   #18
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Do you mean the Easylink?
Yes Easylink.
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Old 14 October 2013, 03:46 PM   #19
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Should be good for a generation. Beyond that, I wouldn't know.
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Old 14 October 2013, 10:30 PM   #20
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Great photos, Duey!
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Old 14 October 2013, 11:50 PM   #21
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Old 15 October 2013, 12:00 AM   #22
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Does anyone know if the glidelock bracelet can be ordered from a AD & will it fit on a 16610 sub?
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Old 15 October 2013, 12:03 AM   #23
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Thank you for the photos. I have two original Glidelocks and have had no issues. Looks like the first link coming out of the mechanism is solid such that it does not cantilever against the mechanism.

Again, thanks!
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Old 15 October 2013, 12:33 AM   #24
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Does anyone know if the glidelock bracelet can be ordered from a AD & will it fit on a 16610 sub?
Yes, the glidelock bracelet does fit on the 16610. I just put one on my 16610LV, thanks to Sam.
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Old 15 October 2013, 02:12 AM   #25
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Thank you for the photos. I have two original Glidelocks and have had no issues. Looks like the first link coming out of the mechanism is solid such that it does not cantilever against the mechanism.

Again, thanks!
Looks like they re-engineered the mechanism for a cost savings by eliminating the female-female 1/2 link swivel. ( except on the TT which still has it ). You can now connect a full link directly to the mechanism. A standard 1/2 link is now included with the bracelet ( except on the TT ).

The folding clasp that sets against your wrist is now longer, which I see is a design improvement. With it sticking it out past the end of the glidelock itself, the bracelet pulls against your wrist forcing the back end of the glidelock to remain closed. In the original model, that was the major design flaw that I noticed, that the back end would flex open.
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Old 15 October 2013, 02:21 AM   #26
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good points but i'd be more concerned with the integrity of the much smaller pin connecting the fold-over not visible when worn. that't the part that won't hold up. the other concerns seem more cosmetic and not a fail prone issue. i've also had more issues with link pins coming loose on the 6 digit ref# rolexes. never had a pin come loose on my last geb 5# refs even without loctite. my newer models seem more prone to unscrewing on their own.
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Old 15 October 2013, 05:26 AM   #27
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Must admit - did not know until read this thread, that there are two different Glidelocks for SubC and Deepsea. The stuff you pick up daily here is amazing!
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Old 15 October 2013, 07:28 AM   #28
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Must admit - did not know until read this thread, that there are two different Glidelocks for SubC and Deepsea. The stuff you pick up daily here is amazing!
I knew that but the fact that there were two versions of the same glidelock i did not know. just looked at my wrist and was glad to see i have the second version. thanks Duey for the pics.
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Old 15 October 2013, 11:43 AM   #29
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Nice comparison pics
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Old 15 October 2013, 12:20 PM   #30
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Interesting thread. I didn't realize there was two different versions of the clasp.

I notice the newer clasp has pronounced laser welds on the portion of the clasp that attaches directly to the link. One side looks more noticeable than the other...It may have been rewelded (?)

I don't see the advantage of the longer clasp portion that lies on the wrist unless the glidelock is 'maxed' to its most outer position....even so, I cannot get mine to open under stress. YMMV.
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