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Old 10 January 2018, 03:42 AM   #1
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Scratched bezel on steel Nautilus question

I just noticed that I have a VERY small scratch in the flat part (top) of the bezel on my Nautilus 5712A (but the scratch goes across the grain of the metal so it is noticeable to the naked eye if the watch is fingerprint-free and catches the light in a certain way (and not otherwise). I've had the watch for 7 months. Two questions:

1) Should I be thrilled that I only have one VERY small scratch after 7 months, or dismayed that it is scratched at all?

2) When I have it serviced down the road, should I ask that they polish it, or not touch it?

p.s. I wear the watch about 4-6 days a week so I am sure there will be other scratches at some point down the line...
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Old 10 January 2018, 03:54 AM   #2
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DONT TOUCH IT. A light scratch that can only be seen in certain angles is no big deal. Enjoy it my friend
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Old 10 January 2018, 04:36 AM   #3
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DONT TOUCH IT. A light scratch that can only be seen in certain angles is no big deal. Enjoy it my friend
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Old 10 January 2018, 04:41 AM   #4
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i agree with the above generally. However im getting mine polished at servicing, the bezel for sure. Maybe id have them not touch the case though. Personal preference.

You are a few years out from that though.
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Old 10 January 2018, 04:44 AM   #5
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I agree with the others, let it go and enjoy your watch, more scratches will come
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Old 10 January 2018, 04:49 AM   #6
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unavoidable and part of owning one
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Old 10 January 2018, 05:06 AM   #7
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Agree not to polish it. No matter how careful you are, you are going to scratch it.
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Old 10 January 2018, 05:34 AM   #8
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Eventually might look like this (although probably not), but until then, enjoy!



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Old 10 January 2018, 05:39 AM   #9
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I have three marks on my bezel in 2 years, and that is with careful selective wear. I would only get it polished when I send it in for work.
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Old 10 January 2018, 05:48 AM   #10
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How did you do that?

Tiffany too!!!
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Old 10 January 2018, 05:58 AM   #11
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the no polish ever argument just went out the window on this one.

It doesnt look terrible, but if it was permanently like that i would struggle. With a polish at least there is hope of getting a new watch back again so you can then do that all over again.
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Old 10 January 2018, 06:01 AM   #12
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the no polish ever argument just went out the window on this one.

It doesnt look terrible, but if it was permanently like that i would struggle. With a polish at least there is hope of getting a new watch back again to do that all over again.
I know right? A ďTĒ dial no less Nah, itís all good. Please wear and enjoy your watches people.
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Old 10 January 2018, 06:08 AM   #13
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To each his own. The vintage guy in me loves that honest wear. I can appreciate both sides though as my modern pieces are kept mint....but I'd never voluntarily polish anything.
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Old 10 January 2018, 06:22 AM   #14
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I know right? A ďTĒ dial no less Nah, itís all good. Please wear and enjoy your watches people.

Yes! Thatís what itís all about.

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Tiffany too!!!

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To each his own. The vintage guy in me loves that honest wear. I can appreciate both sides though as my modern pieces are kept mint....but I'd never voluntarily polish anything.

Agreed wholeheartedly about the vintage vibes. I can see myself embracing the wear on a new piece after awhile.

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the no polish ever argument just went out the window on this one.

It doesnt look terrible, but if it was permanently like that i would struggle. With a polish at least there is hope of getting a new watch back again so you can then do that all over again.

itís kind of itís own character now... to polish it back to an ďevery mans ď nautilus would take it all away...

The watch is not mine, it belongs to a friend, who wears it under all circumstances. Had the pleasure of handling it last week. I posted it largely to make the OP feel better about his scratch (by comparison)

Mine on the left (also Tiffany, but no scratches (yet))




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Old 10 January 2018, 06:53 AM   #15
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i wouldn t consider scratched until this condition .
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Old 10 January 2018, 08:38 AM   #16
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I live with my scratches on my 5711 until service.
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Old 10 January 2018, 11:29 AM   #17
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I live with my scratches on my 5711 until service.
Thatís really my question. Do you have them polish it when you have it serviced,

Have you had it polished before and gotten it back yet? If so, how did it look when you got it back?
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Old 10 January 2018, 12:24 PM   #18
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Sorry I don't have a PP but I try to relate on Rolex DJ with fluted bezel.

Sent to RSC for service and polishing job, come back like showroom new...however I can clearly noticed the fluted bezel is not as sharp as before.

polishing do take out a certain amount of metal might NOT be too visible on flat surface bezel like 5711.
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Old 10 January 2018, 01:32 PM   #19
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Truth!

I just wish I could cope with it better ;)

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Old 10 January 2018, 01:52 PM   #20
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If you can ask them to polish only the flat surface then I will do it.

If they need to polish all the bezel then don't do it.
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Old 10 January 2018, 03:00 PM   #21
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If you just want a polishing job, check out LA Watchworks. They are true artists, and work on Pateks. No need to wait for service. This isn’t to ignite the polish vs no polish argument, but if you want a freshen up, you have options.
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Old 10 January 2018, 08:35 PM   #22
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Loving that!

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I LOVE this. Not just the added T...but the overall appearance of a watch that has been worn and not babied.

Maybe thats just me but it has character :-)
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Old 13 January 2018, 08:16 AM   #23
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I LOVE this. Not just the added T...but the overall appearance of a watch that has been worn and not babied.

Maybe thats just me but it has character :-)
Exactly, plenty of "character" here! After a certain point, just let it rip and enjoy the scares as a medal of well timed years.
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Old 13 January 2018, 01:41 PM   #24
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Nice to see some proper Nautilus, great watch.
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Old 13 January 2018, 09:32 PM   #25
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do not polish. the scratch will come again. unavoidable but take care of it.
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Old 13 January 2018, 09:45 PM   #26
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I have always wondered, can the bezel on a Nautilus, like the AP Royal Oak, be replaced? Or it's integrated with the case?
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Old 13 January 2018, 11:38 PM   #27
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Exactly! The Aqua And Naut have bezels that scratch easily. Do some more, wear with pride. You only have one scratch in seven months??? Impressive, unless she is a safe queen.
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Old 14 January 2018, 12:54 AM   #28
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I have always wondered, can the bezel on a Nautilus, like the AP Royal Oak, be replaced? Or it's integrated with the case?

I know on the AP it can be replaced when I asked their watchmaker. Itís not going to be cheap though, thatís why they advise 3-4 polishing before a full replacement


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Old 14 January 2018, 01:02 AM   #29
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I have always wondered, can the bezel on a Nautilus, like the AP Royal Oak, be replaced? Or it's integrated with the case?
its a separate part so i would assume so. Ideally thats my plan when it comes to polishing, just polish the bezel at regular servicing intervals and leave the case alone. I could deal with replacing the bezel, but wouldn't want to replace the case. Would love confirmation though that they will do that.
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Old 14 January 2018, 03:19 AM   #30
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its a separate part so i would assume so. Ideally thats my plan when it comes to polishing, just polish the bezel at regular servicing intervals and leave the case alone. I could deal with replacing the bezel, but wouldn't want to replace the case. Would love confirmation though that they will do that.
AFAIK the bezel and case are matched together in the final stage of case production so they not just take a spare bezel of the shelf if it needs to be replaced .
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