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Old 14 September 2019, 08:47 AM   #1
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Remember your first scratch?

About six months ago I was on the phone with a buddy and telling him about it. I had only had the watch a couple weeks. I wasnít overly distressed about it, but I did question if I should fix it. He advised, ďwhen it is time for a service, they can polish it and make it like new againĒ.

Today I couldnít care less about the scratches, but I do wonder what the impact would be to clean it up in the current condition.

Iím glad I let that first one go...


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Old 14 September 2019, 09:17 AM   #2
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A well worn watch is a well loved watch. At least thatís the train of thought I prescribe to. Glad you are enjoying your watch OP.
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Old 14 September 2019, 10:06 AM   #3
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My guesstimate about $200-$300 to refinish the watch and bracelet.
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Old 14 September 2019, 10:33 AM   #4
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A Rolex has 2 or 3 professional polishes in it over it's lifetime IMO. After that too much material is taken off and corners begin to round. Preferably 1 or 2, so I would use them sparingly. Yours certainly needs it's first polish, done by RSC.

Better idea is to take care of your watches better. Many can say 'good for you, wear that bad boy' but most of use wear them AND take care of them.
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Old 14 September 2019, 10:34 AM   #5
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Today I could care less. My first Rolex was a submariner and I put a nice size ding on a lug after only a few days ownership. I was mortified and immediately took it to the watchmaker at my Rolex AD. He was amazing, afterwards it looked new.
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Old 14 September 2019, 10:56 AM   #6
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My mother in law just chip a piece off my crystal. I was upset but my wife reminded me its just a watch.
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Old 14 September 2019, 11:00 AM   #7
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Can we get a shot of your watch from a normal distance? Are the scratches noticeable if you aren’t closely inspecting for them?
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Old 14 September 2019, 11:01 AM   #8
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When I first got my BLNR I always thought I would get it polished at the first service, now after 3 years in rotation I wouldn’t polish anything! I love it the way it is
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Old 14 September 2019, 11:26 AM   #9
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I scratched the clasp on my DJ41 within 30minutes of wearing to work the first time.
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Old 14 September 2019, 11:42 AM   #10
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Honestly canít remember my first scratch. Iíve had my SubC almost 10 years and has been pretty much my daily watch. Itís got lots of scratches but they are my scratches. I wish I had wonderful stories of how they happened but mostly it was just life ó a bump here and there. My watch has been a faithful companion and it resembles me ó older and a bit worn.

Itís true what they say about owning something vs. having it own you. Enjoy your watch and your journey.
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Old 14 September 2019, 12:19 PM   #11
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Yours certainly needs it's first polish, done by RSC.

Better idea is to take care of your watches better. Many can say 'good for you, wear that bad boy' but most of use wear them AND take care of them.

Thanks. Iím not so sure it Ďneedsí a polish though. Why would it need a polish? Isnít it just a cosmetic aesthetic? My point of posting was just to show that a well worn watch will look well worn. If you wear it, it will get scratched, unless of course you are constantly guarding it and avoiding any opportunity to contact anything. Iím far more concerned with accuracy and reliability than the next scratch I see.

It is all a matter of opinion, and the only opinion that matters is yours to you and mine to me.

I certainly will not be getting it polished any time soon.



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Old 14 September 2019, 12:23 PM   #12
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Iíve never really worried much about the small surface scratches my watches tend to accumulate. When I eventually send it in for servicing I may have Rolex polish it up but until then there is no point as Iíll only end up getting more in the same place I just polished.
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Old 14 September 2019, 12:25 PM   #13
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Can we get a shot of your watch from a normal distance? Are the scratches noticeable if you arenít closely inspecting for them?


What normal distance? Arm moving?

Iím not concerned with that at all. The sapphire, dial, hands and movement are pretty well protected, even from my gorilla behavior.

Itís hard to imagine anyone recognizing scratches unless maybe sitting across a table at a meeting or a meal.


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Old 14 September 2019, 12:29 PM   #14
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Scratches show up quite quickly, especially hairlines. I don't think I've ever had a watch no matter how careful didn't get something in the first few days. PCLs scratch just breathing on them, so that's just a given. Anyway, I wouldn't polish it. Either take care of it or keep it as is, the more patina the better on some watches especially tool watches. I personally can't stand a polished watch, even 1 polish.
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Old 14 September 2019, 12:41 PM   #15
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A Rolex has 2 or 3 professional polishes in it over it's lifetime IMO. After that too much material is taken off and corners begin to round. Preferably 1 or 2, so I would use them sparingly. Yours certainly needs it's first polish, done by RSC.

Better idea is to take care of your watches better. Many can say 'good for you, wear that bad boy' but most of use wear them AND take care of them.
I agree. Still best to have a little neat and tidy mindset towards it so you can skip the professional polish as much as possible. I have a 27 yo Sub that still does not need a polish

I like the time worn “aged” look, not the beaten up look.
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Old 14 September 2019, 12:56 PM   #16
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There is nothing ďwrongĒ with either mindset. The majority of us in the no polishing camp are simply aware of the futility of polishing, only for the watch to incur more scratches that will need more polishing. Instead we choose to let our watches age gracefully. In essence, to develop character alongside our life experiences. We donít necessarily see them as mere scratches, dings, dents, and gashes as others would. Instead, we are reminded of the passage of time and both the good and bad instances that have passed in fleeting moments where we stop to admire our watches.

It all begins with the first scratch.
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Old 14 September 2019, 12:58 PM   #17
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What normal distance? Arm moving?

Iím not concerned with that at all. The sapphire, dial, hands and movement are pretty well protected, even from my gorilla behavior.

Itís hard to imagine anyone recognizing scratches unless maybe sitting across a table at a meeting or a meal.


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Perhaps he meant from armís length, or from how far away you are if we were having a meal or drink together. My guess is the scratches wonít be much visible, if at all.
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Old 14 September 2019, 01:06 PM   #18
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My watches only have a few small scratches except for the clasps which I absolutely destroy desk diving. Took me a while to get over it but now I love the "slightly" worn look of them, makes me feel like they have been loved.
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Old 14 September 2019, 01:06 PM   #19
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The beat it up mindset is more liberating though in that you will not even check the watch if you bang it somewhere. I have a friend who repeatedly rubbed his watch over a door jamb just to demonstrate where most of scratches come from. Most of his watches are quite beat up and he does not care.

I also admire some people for that.
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Old 14 September 2019, 01:19 PM   #20
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The beat it up mindset is more liberating though in that you will not even check the watch if you bang it somewhere. I have a friend who repeatedly rubbed his watch over a door jamb just to demonstrate where most of scratches come from. Most of his watches are quite beat up and he does not care.

I also admire some people for that.
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Old 14 September 2019, 01:48 PM   #21
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Yeah that bezel and PCL are complete scratch magnets
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Old 14 September 2019, 03:04 PM   #22
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Damn we talk a lot about scratches on this Forum. As in, all the time.

You could interchange the responses from thread to thread with the same remarks over and over and over and over...a bit maddening.

Of course, I could always adjust my Zoloft dosage strength.
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Old 14 September 2019, 03:28 PM   #23
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The beat it up mindset is more liberating though in that you will not even check the watch if you bang it somewhere. I have a friend who repeatedly rubbed his watch over a door jamb just to demonstrate where most of scratches come from. Most of his watches are quite beat up and he does not care.

I also admire some people for that.

There are better things in life to admire.

That being said, natural scratches are one thing but going out of your way to prove a point by purposely damaging your watch is stupid.


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