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Old 10 April 2018, 03:15 PM   #1
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Can Rolex do this during service? SD43 question.

I would never in a million years have this done, but am just curious... would Rolex be able to swap out the SD43's crystal/glass for one without a cyclops during a service?
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Old 10 April 2018, 03:16 PM   #2
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No. The model comes with the cyclops, full stop. For better or for worse, Rolex is not one to allow customization.
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Old 10 April 2018, 03:22 PM   #3
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Rolex will never allow that under any circumstance.
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Old 10 April 2018, 03:24 PM   #4
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I’m sure you could find a Rolex trained watchmaker to do that. I’m pretty sure the SD4K crystal will fit.
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Old 10 April 2018, 03:31 PM   #5
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Iím sure you could find a Rolex trained watchmaker to do that. Iím pretty sure the SD4K crystal will fit.
Hi Ra_88

I have a SD43 and while visiting a Rolex Service centre found my self talking with a Tech she said it may fit as it would appear its a larger case and bezel but the crystal maybe interchangeable, I have started several posts on the subject . Buy on the Tech forum some one has answer and measured the Two Crystals they are different .

If anyone finds out this isn't correct please let me know
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Old 10 April 2018, 03:31 PM   #6
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I've also been wanting to remove the Cyclops on my polar exp ii... Hmmm
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Old 10 April 2018, 03:32 PM   #7
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i thought the SD43 was a different size to everything else in the rolex range.... i wouldn't think anything else would fit
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Old 10 April 2018, 03:33 PM   #8
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Old 10 April 2018, 04:26 PM   #9
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Take it off yourself, Google for videos
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Old 10 April 2018, 06:29 PM   #10
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You can do it yourself if you want to.
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Old 10 April 2018, 07:12 PM   #11
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Why swap the crystal. Just remove it yourself, 10 min job, youtube is your friend...
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Old 10 April 2018, 09:32 PM   #12
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Doubt Rolex would do it as others have said. However, it's part of the story of the watch and I wouldn't remove it for that reason.


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Old 10 April 2018, 09:54 PM   #13
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I’m sure you could find a Rolex trained watchmaker to do that. I’m pretty sure the SD4K crystal will fit.
Won't fit. SD43 crystal is larger.
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Old 10 April 2018, 10:07 PM   #14
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you can probably DIY to remove the cyclops. Saw someone did that before.
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Old 10 April 2018, 10:11 PM   #15
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The crystal on the SD43 is definitely larger then the one on the SDC. Before I sold my SDC, I compared the two closely, and the SD43 is bigger by at least 1.5mm or so, maybe 2.

The other issue you'd have if you remove the cyclops yourself, you'll find that Rolex uses anti glare coating under the cyclops (placed on the crystal itself), therefore, you'll be rid of the cyclops, but have a cyclops outline where it used to be. Do a google search, you'll see what I mean.

Good luck!
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Old 10 April 2018, 10:23 PM   #16
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It’s interesting there still isn’t consensus on size of SD43 crystal. Still
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Old 10 April 2018, 10:33 PM   #17
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They will only replace parts with those that are original to the model number.
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Old 10 April 2018, 10:40 PM   #18
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Nope and if you get it done outside they won't even touch the watch nor service it.
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Old 10 April 2018, 11:31 PM   #19
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Nope and if you get it done outside they won't even touch the watch nor service it.
Really? I would think they'd just replace the crystal and add it to your bill.
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Old 11 April 2018, 12:53 AM   #20
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Really? I would think they'd just replace the crystal and add it to your bill.
That is exactly what Rolex would do.
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Old 11 April 2018, 01:13 AM   #21
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Really? I would think they'd just replace the crystal and add it to your bill.
Thats the case for the original crystal, not a custom or a crystal from another reference.
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Old 11 April 2018, 01:16 AM   #22
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The cyclops can be removed, just don’t follow Jocke’s tutorial!
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Old 11 April 2018, 01:30 AM   #23
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I am surprised I havenít seen a sd43 sans cyclops yet. I figured it would be a popular mod.
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Old 11 April 2018, 01:47 AM   #24
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Is the sd43 crystal raised like the sd4k? I didnít think that it was. Can anyone with an sd43 confirm?

Would that raised crystal cause an issue wit the fitment even if they were the same size otherwise?
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Old 11 April 2018, 03:37 AM   #25
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Is the sd43 crystal raised like the sd4k? I didnít think that it was. Can anyone with an sd43 confirm?

Would that raised crystal cause an issue wit the fitment even if they were the same size otherwise?
The crystal on the SD43 is nearly flush unlike the SD4k which is raised. It's the same thickness just that the SD43 is better designed to hide it.

I don't see how the SD4k crystal would be the same size. Isn't the dial and face larger.
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Old 11 April 2018, 04:15 AM   #26
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I believe the dial is the same size as the SD4K
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Old 11 April 2018, 04:35 AM   #27
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I believe the dial is the same size as the SD4K
Again, they aren't the same size dials. The SD43 is 1mm larger.

The SD43 crystal is close to 2mm larger in diameter.

Looks can be deceiving.
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I believe the dial is the same size as the SD4K
Have you actually measured them both, or are you surmising?
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Old 11 April 2018, 04:57 AM   #29
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Again, they aren't the same size dials. The SD43 is 1mm larger.

The SD43 crystal is close to 2mm larger in diameter.

Looks can be deceiving.
sorry didnít see your post.
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Well according to my scavenging through the various forums, I have discovered that the SD43's dial is 1mm larger than the Submariner/SD4K/DSSD who all have the same diameter dial.
SD43=29mm dial
SD4K=28mm dial
These measurements are specifically for the dials, not crystals. Although you can surmise what it may mean for the crystals.
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