I've got what I think you're referring to as the "older version", having bought it about April of 2008. Pic below.
It has the melt job as well as the front sight being a night sight. They came with the DAK trigger and 12+1 of .40.
I had handled the P229R and loved it. I decided on the SAS because I didn't want a rail and frankly, liked the two tone and wood grips. The best price I found was Bud's, which is where I got it.
However, the wood grips proved to be too thick, so I sold them and put on a set of Sig Sauer grips that had been checkered by Hogue. And, after finding how much I like TruGlo TFO sights on my other pistols, I replaced them as well.
Here's the original P229 SAS:
And, mine with the new thinner grips, but before adding the TruGlo TFO sights: