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Old 26 February 2020, 12:57 AM   #1
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Rolex Daytona Bezel Polish / Replace

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My two tone daytona bezel looks bad, too many scratches on the gold bezel.

Ive heard it cannot be polish due to the ink number, is that true?

It is better to polish or to replace?
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Old 26 February 2020, 01:50 AM   #2
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It can be polished but will look just as bad as it will be shiny but the numbers rounded and runny looking....
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Old 26 February 2020, 01:51 AM   #3
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Try a gold polishing cloth first - worked wonders when I had my TT Daytona. It won't take out the deep scratches but will clean it up nicely.
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Old 26 February 2020, 02:10 AM   #4
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Try a gold polishing cloth first - worked wonders when I had my TT Daytona. It won't take out the deep scratches but will clean it up nicely.
Are you sure the writing of black ink on the bezel will not dissapear?
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Old 26 February 2020, 02:12 AM   #5
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It can be polished but will look just as bad as it will be shiny but the numbers rounded and runny looking....
What do u mean by the numbers rounded?
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Old 26 February 2020, 02:30 AM   #6
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Look at any polished Daytona ss and gold...the polishing wheel ruins the crispness of the numbers and make them look like trash....rounded, runny, shiny, not crisp, blah blah blah
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Old 26 February 2020, 02:34 AM   #7
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Look at any polished Daytona ss and gold...the polishing wheel ruins the crispness of the numbers and make them look like trash....rounded, runny, shiny, not crisp, blah blah blah
Well, that's a little like saying, "Look at any toupée -- that all look fake." Obviously, you don't notice the good ones in the first place.

I've seen a Daytona bezel polished at an RSC and you'd never know anything had been done. A lot depends on the depth of the scratches, of course, but it's certainly possible to polish that bezel without ruining the engraved numbers.
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Old 26 February 2020, 02:42 AM   #8
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Anyone tried polishing the bezel daytona with cape cod cloth? Picture much appreciated.
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Old 26 February 2020, 02:51 AM   #9
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I'd not let cape cod cloth anywhere near my Daytonas. Get the work done professionally by a good watch maker who know's what they're doing.
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Old 26 February 2020, 03:15 AM   #10
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Try a gold polishing cloth first - worked wonders when I had my TT Daytona. It won't take out the deep scratches but will clean it up nicely.
Picture after polished with cape cod cloth would be much appreciated
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Old 26 February 2020, 03:53 AM   #11
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I'd get Rolex or a trusted watch maker to do it.

Get it done every 7-10 years with a service.

Cape cod clothes are used by loads of people but they introduce so many micro scratches. I'd just prefer to get it done correctly. It will take the material off and after 20-30 years those numbers will fade but they can be correctly AND you can always just purchase a new bezel.
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Old 26 February 2020, 03:56 AM   #12
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As others have said, do it yourself with cloth lightly or send it to a refinishing pro. Tread lightly.
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Old 26 February 2020, 04:34 AM   #13
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Its always advisable to post pictures of anything you may consider changing / polishing, only go forward if you can go back,

awaiting pictures.........
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Old 26 February 2020, 05:29 AM   #14
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Are you sure the writing of black ink on the bezel will not dissapear?
It did not disappear from mine - check my previous threads - August 2012 page 4. I never sent the watch to be polished only used the gold polishing cloth on it - I would NOT use a cape cod. Start gently and work your way forward. I think you will be happy with the results.
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Old 26 February 2020, 05:33 AM   #15
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I would go with the light polishing and see if that does the trick. Sounds like the only other option is a new bezel so you really don't have anything to lose if on fact the scratches are that bad.
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Old 26 February 2020, 05:58 AM   #16
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Can the GMT numbers on the bezel get reapplied? It is an ink after all.
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Old 26 February 2020, 06:02 AM   #17
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Icon14 Cape cod

You know you can wipe the “fluid” from a cape cod cloth on your finger and lightly use you finger to polish.done it many times over the years and no fine scratches!
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Old 26 February 2020, 06:06 AM   #18
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Can the GMT numbers on the bezel get reapplied? It is an ink after all.
Modern GMT's with ceramic bezels do not use "ink", they use platinum or yellow gold. Older GMT's I have no idea.
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Old 26 February 2020, 06:27 AM   #19
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Modern GMT's with ceramic bezels do not use "ink", they use platinum or yellow gold. Older GMT's I have no idea.
Sorry, I was half asleep when reading / typing, we are talking about Daytona, so tachymeter scale. If it is not ceramic, than numerals are ink, correct?
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Old 26 February 2020, 02:28 PM   #20
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It did not disappear from mine - check my previous threads - August 2012 page 4. I never sent the watch to be polished only used the gold polishing cloth on it - I would NOT use a cape cod. Start gently and work your way forward. I think you will be happy with the results.
What is the title of the thread?

is the 2005 Rolex Daytona TT 18K & S/S with Slate Dial thread?


what gold polisher do u use?
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Old 27 February 2020, 02:08 AM   #21
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For what it's worth, I've had good experience with a "Sunshine Polishing Cloth" on gold. I find it less messy than a Cape Cod. I'd go very slow with light pressure and remember you are removing a little bit of metal with each pass of the cloth so I wouldn't break it out for every tiny scratch.
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Old 27 February 2020, 04:33 PM   #22
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Okay, finally Ive tried the GOLD POLISHING CLOTH, and it WORKS!!

The black ink daytona bezel looks good after polish, somehow no change. yet the bezel scratches reduced from 100% to 25%.

The gold cloth turns into black color.

It took 20 minutes to polish the bezel.

For those who want to get rid of scratches from daytona GOLD bezel, you can buy GOLD POLISHING CLOTH. (not cape cod cloth)
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