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Old 12 July 2018, 06:04 AM   #1
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Can an AP 15400 handle reasonable daily wear?

I was reading that AP RO can be a real scratch magnet. I'm wondering if the RO can handle 5-6 days a week of daily wear. Within reason of course, not going to be performing anything manual labor wise with it on my wrist. I know all watches will scratch. It's part of the experience and all that jazz... I still want to figure out how much scratches show on the 15400. I'm an AP newbie.

Comparing the RO to a Rolex datejust 41 (polished bezel, oyster bracelet). Does AP use softer steel? Is the finish of the AP easier to notice scratches?

What's your take?
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Old 12 July 2018, 06:14 AM   #2
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If you’re familiar with PCLs and the scratch magnet that they are, you’ll be fine, scratch-wise. The RO bracelet is predominantly brushed, so you’ll get away with more than the Oyster bracelet.
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Old 12 July 2018, 06:25 AM   #3
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That's pretty sweet news. Equivalent more or less to the Oyster brushed links on a SS sub? How about the bezel?

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If youíre familiar with PCLs and the scratch magnet that they are, youíll be fine, scratch-wise. The RO bracelet is predominantly brushed, so youíll get away with more than the Oyster bracelet.
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Old 12 July 2018, 07:18 AM   #4
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I had a 15400 and you really cant see the scratches on the bracelet, the brushed finish hides them well. Only scratches on the front of the bezel will bug you. I had mine for 7 months and the bezel was still perfect, Just be careful and youll be fine
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Old 12 July 2018, 07:30 AM   #5
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15400 is not as tall as say a ROO but you will get scratches on the bezel if it is a daily watch and they do show with the finishing it has.
So it will happen, the question is how much is too much.
On my steel ROO to start with it was ok, but the scratches combined with a dodgy service experience put me off it and I sold it. However I do have a non metal bezel ROO still so it did not put me off the overall design.
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Old 12 July 2018, 07:31 AM   #6
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Canít speak to the 15400 - but my diver is holding up great after 6 months of virtually daily wear.

Scraped it against some equipment today and expected to see marks but nothing. Itís probably more resilient than you think. The polished bezel edges seem to hold up very well indeed.



A few small scratches on the buckle but nothing major at all.
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Old 12 July 2018, 07:31 AM   #7
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It really all depends on wrist presence. A friend and I bought a few relatively close to one another and mine is near mint. His, not so much. The bracelet as others mentioned hide stuff as well, much better than the PCL of others.
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Old 12 July 2018, 08:34 AM   #8
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Chiming in on this. I donít wear a 15400, but I do wear every day, as a rule, my 14800ST D. It is stainless on a strap. No scratches on the case, bezel. For what itís worth.


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Old 12 July 2018, 10:56 AM   #9
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I think you will be fine. They hold up well to everyday wear.
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Old 12 July 2018, 11:04 AM   #10
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It’s one of those things you have to experience for yourself to know. Will you mark up the bezel? Most likely. Is it possible you keep it mint? Yes.

Worth owning? Of course.
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Old 12 July 2018, 11:10 AM   #11
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That's pretty sweet news. Equivalent more or less to the Oyster brushed links on a SS sub? How about the bezel?
Bezel on the AP will be better off if youíre coming from a polished bezel on the Rolex. The face of the RO is brushed. But as with anything, itíll all scratch. Some wrist presence will go a long way.

The detail between brushed/polished on an AP is special - youíll love it.
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Old 12 July 2018, 01:24 PM   #12
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Yes it can.

Iíve worn several RO on daily rotation with no issues.

Up until a couple of months ago, I wore a 25860.ST almost daily for the better part of two years.
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Old 12 July 2018, 11:00 PM   #13
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It certainly can handle daily wear. When I owned mine I was just too chicken to put it to the test though.


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Old 13 July 2018, 02:01 AM   #14
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I have had mine since March, wear 4-5 days a week, it looks brand new
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Old 13 July 2018, 03:21 AM   #15
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lovely watch for special occasions.
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Old 13 July 2018, 03:34 AM   #16
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Special occasions, my PP. Daily wear my AP 14800ST D, the model with a strap, circa 1995.


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Old 13 July 2018, 03:46 AM   #17
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On the Datejust, the crystal sits very high and thus it takes most of the contacts that may cause scratches.

On the Royal Oak, the crystal is flush fit.

If scratches on the bezel disturb you, the RO is not for you, that‘s why I solved the issue by buying a RO Diver with Ceramic bezel as a scratched bezel would bother me.
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Old 16 July 2018, 10:48 PM   #18
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Yes, it certainly can. As long as you have some "practice" wearing a watch like this you'll be fine. Would I recommend it for a person's first luxury watch, no I wouldn't.
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Any Nautilus is fine fine as a daily, so any RO is too, not even talking ROO
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Old Today, 04:29 AM   #20
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I've had my 15400 since March and have been wearing it a few times a week and it still looks great!

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I have had a 15400 since April and I have to admit I don't wear it much. Really just on the weekends going out to a dinner for a few hours.

But that has nothing to do with being worried about scratches or marks. It's mostly because I choose not to wear it to work because I like keeping a low profile in the office. I think it would be fine to wear a RO daily as long as you aren't one of those OCD types obsessing on every hairline, scratch or mark. Personally, I think watches look better after they have built up a patina.

So to answer your question, yes, you can. As long as you aren't worried about a little flash and aren't OCD about marks.
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