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Old 23 January 2015, 11:24 PM   #1
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Glidelock question

Hello everyone,

I have 116610LV and 116610LN, both are random serial, bought them in last year. But today I just see the different in glidelock. I am wondering which one is newer model, left or right ? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 23 January 2015, 11:33 PM   #2
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They look the same to me
one just looks fitted tighter than the other...
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Old 24 January 2015, 12:39 AM   #3
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They look the same to me
one just looks fitted tighter than the other...
Yeah, I don't get it.
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Old 24 January 2015, 12:41 AM   #4
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I think there's only one type of glide lock. I just think they are set differently as the others have stated.


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Old 24 January 2015, 01:27 AM   #5
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Yes the Glidelock was updated a while back.

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.

Here's some pictures of the updates.
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Old 24 January 2015, 01:36 AM   #6
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I was waiting for Duey's post... I had a feeling he would clear this up..
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Old 24 January 2015, 01:54 AM   #7
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Old 24 January 2015, 02:08 AM   #8
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Glad Duey helped our buddy Sheldon here:

http://www.minus4plus6.com/glidelock.htm
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Old 24 January 2015, 02:11 AM   #9
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Yes the Glidelock was updated a while back.

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.

Here's some pictures of the updates.
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Old 24 January 2015, 02:11 AM   #10
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Old 24 January 2015, 02:17 AM   #11
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Old 24 January 2015, 02:19 AM   #12
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Yes the Glidelock was updated a while back.

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.

Here's some pictures of the updates.
Great post, thanks for the info.
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Old 24 January 2015, 02:24 AM   #13
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another thing to get the ocd crowd going lol
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Old 24 January 2015, 02:25 AM   #14
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Old 24 January 2015, 02:27 AM   #15
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Interesting, thanks for sharing!
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Old 24 January 2015, 02:47 AM   #16
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Nice. Thanks for the information, Duey.
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Old 24 January 2015, 02:59 AM   #17
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I was aware of the change but I had heard that there was some weak point within the original Glidelock that was remedied. Does anyone know what that could've been?
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Old 24 January 2015, 03:40 AM   #18
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I was aware of the change but I had heard that there was some weak point within the original Glidelock that was remedied. Does anyone know what that could've been?
This is what Sheldon said on his minus4plus6:

"Perhaps this is the reason why for the update. with a solid link, there is no cantilevering off the end of the hinge.

In my experience with two original Gildelock clasps, I have never had any issues with them which leads me to question whether the modification was made because of a design fault, or for a production improvement, - time will tell."
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Old 24 January 2015, 03:48 AM   #19
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Due to the way in which the glidelock allows for fine adjustment in the fitting I do find I worn them quite fitted.

In having both to compare I do find the update version slightly more comfortable.
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Old 24 January 2015, 03:49 AM   #20
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Interesting if you ask me. Much more so than bezel point alignment topics. Isn't this the stuff we should be talking about?

Thanks OP and Duey.
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Old 24 January 2015, 04:42 AM   #21
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Yes the Glidelock was updated a while back.

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.

Here's some pictures of the updates.

Excellent post.
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Old 24 January 2015, 04:47 AM   #22
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awesome knowledge on this forum! thanks Duey
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Old 24 January 2015, 04:56 AM   #23
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Good to know
Thanks Duey for the informative pics.
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Old 24 January 2015, 05:46 AM   #24
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Old 24 January 2015, 08:13 AM   #25
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Interesting if you ask me. Much more so than bezel point alignment topics. Isn't this the stuff we should be talking about?

Thanks OP and Duey.
Patrick, I totally agree we should be talking about stuff like this.
I get so tired of the "look at me topics" or the "Isn't my watch pretty topics" or "I just bought a watch topics"
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Patrick, I totally agree we should be talking about stuff like this.
I get so tired of the "look at me topics" or the "Isn't my watch pretty topics" or "I just bought a watch topics"
But which version is ok for use in the shower! Now that's a question that needs to be answered
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Old 24 January 2015, 09:51 AM   #27
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So when was the newer version released?
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Old 24 January 2015, 10:18 AM   #28
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Wow, had no idea. Thanks Duey. You would think we would be on top of this stuff...
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Great to know, no idea the glidelock has been updated.
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This is what Sheldon said on his minus4plus6:

"Perhaps this is the reason why for the update. with a solid link, there is no cantilevering off the end of the hinge.

Yes, but was there a spot weld issue as well?
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