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Old 22 July 2021, 07:37 AM   #1
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Carbotech repair

I am asking for a friend , can this be repaired? Like a buff or a polish? Anyone ever got this sorted with Panerai?

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Old 22 July 2021, 07:54 AM   #2
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Ouch. That looks like an expensive fix.


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Old 22 July 2021, 08:32 AM   #3
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Don't think so and the risk of this happening is why I've stayed away from Carbotech. Carbotech, while it sounds innovative, seems like an answer to a question nobody asked.
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Old 22 July 2021, 08:44 AM   #4
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Ouch, send an email with pic to Panerai and I look forward to hearing the fix / cost.
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Old 22 July 2021, 08:47 AM   #5
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Makes me think of all the carbon fiber splitters that end up getting scraped in driveways and low curbs. Have to replace the whole thing.


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Old 22 July 2021, 01:30 PM   #6
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I do not think there’s a way to repair that and a new case sounds expensive.
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Old 22 July 2021, 06:20 PM   #7
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Eeeeek. :-( Luckily, the mark is really small.
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Old 22 July 2021, 09:04 PM   #8
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How about adding epoxy resin and then file and smoothen ? Like we laser weld steel or gold. Just thinking aloud.
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Old 22 July 2021, 11:24 PM   #9
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Don't think so and the risk of this happening is why I've stayed away from Carbotech. Carbotech, while it sounds innovative, seems like an answer to a question nobody asked.
I couldn't have authored a better take on some of the novel materials Panerai is choosing to work with. There's a lot of different ways to give watches a "blacked out" look. Each has their pros and cons. Panerai as experimented with composite, DLC, ceramic, Carbotech; you name it. Ceramic seems to be material that routinely rises to the top to accomplish this look (albeit still with its own limitations).

The Carbotech looks great. This sort of accident could theoretically occur with almost any material used. The repair could be tricky.
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Old 23 July 2021, 03:25 AM   #10
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Sorry this happened, but how? I was interested in getting a carbotech myself because a few posts I read on here indicated that the material is extremely tough. Doesn’t look like it based on your pic.
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Old 23 July 2021, 04:40 AM   #11
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I'm might be in the minority here but I don't think the ding is too bad. It's also kind of impressive to ding Carbotech (if you choose to look at it that way). Life is party about memories, and that's definitely a memory.

With that said, totally agree with the assessment of sending Panerai a photo. It's always good to know the cost if you want to try and fix.
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Old 23 July 2021, 04:30 PM   #12
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I have a carbotech and because the watch wears so easily, being extremely light weight, I wear it constantly. Result is I have bumped into things and banged it severely but there is not a mark on the watch. I am very interested to know how this damage occurred. It looks like it was scraped across concrete with a good force. Maybe a fall?
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Old 23 July 2021, 10:06 PM   #13
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I have a carbotech and because the watch wears so easily, being extremely light weight, I wear it constantly. Result is I have bumped into things and banged it severely but there is not a mark on the watch. I am very interested to know how this damage occurred. It looks like it was scraped across concrete with a good force. Maybe a fall?
Same here, how did it happen?

I recently scraped the 1118 TRON bezel across our home's concrete siding by accident. Some of the concrete was actually 'sticking' to the bezel!!!!!! i panicked there for a few seconds, then wiped it off. I swear you can't even see a scratch.

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Carbotech repair

Given its location I’d suppose some carefully applied epoxy would seal the surface. I don’t believe a DIY is in the cards to fill the small void I see.

While Carbotech from Panerai is based upon carbon fiber, it appears to be the chopped and powdered pressure infused version. Laid up in layers then cut at various angles to produce the final case. To avoid continued sloughing of debris during ownership I think they must coat it somehow.

So a little epoxy and tiny brushes should be enough to wear it safely. A total restoral may be difficult except by Panerai.


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Old 23 July 2021, 11:34 PM   #15
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Makes me think of all the carbon fiber splitters that end up getting scraped in driveways and low curbs. Have to replace the whole thing.


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There is a resin that’s been used for years to repair the scrapes. The surface is a pretty thick layer of epoxy coating on top of the actual carbon fiber weave. A small example for a ding is in this YT - the shallow scrapes are also easy to do…




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I'm might be in the minority here but I don't think the ding is too bad. It's also kind of impressive to ding Carbotech (if you choose to look at it that way). Life is party about memories, and that's definitely a memory.

With that said, totally agree with the assessment of sending Panerai a photo. It's always good to know the cost if you want to try and fix.
GMC tried selling this idea a few years back and it always comes up here. When I was building my house I had a beater Ford and it was a work truck with whatever damage that came with the work...I didn't care about damage. I didn't go out and buy a brand new F150 Platinum to haul gravel and lumber. I don't see my more expensive watches as something to not care about. I get not babying a watch and not obsessing over every scratch but if I buy nice stuff I prefer to and take pride in keeping it nice. If my nicer cars/trucks get dents or major paint damage...I get it fixed. Here's my "Gshock" truck and my "Rolex" truck....just a Lariat so maybe my "Stainless Datejust" truck.

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Totally valid opinion, as well. Thanks for sharing.

I think it’s just a different strokes thing, and how you wish to value/see a “tool watch”. One of my favorite posts on this forum was of a father’s gmt. (https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=609890) He would garden with it everyday, I believe. The thing was beaten 5 ways to Sunday, and when it was cleaned, you could really see how this person’s life physically changed the watch. In my eyes, that’s just beautiful.

If you take the monetary component out, which I completely understand is difficult, a watch is just a thing. And when we have children or family, it probably has its second best function and that’s being a memory or momento. I think about this a lot and how if I were to inherent a watch, would I rather have it like new and in store bought condition, or lived in/dinged up and full of memories of a loved one.

When I started collecting I would’ve said like new. Now, I’m more in the dinged up camp.
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Given its location I’d suppose some carefully applied epoxy would seal the surface. I don’t believe a DIY is in the cards to fill the small void I see.

While Carbotech from Panerai is based upon carbon fiber, it appears to be the chopped and powdered pressure infused version. Laid up in layers then cut at various angles to produce the final case. To avoid continued sloughing of debris during ownership I think they must coat it somehow.

So a little epoxy and tiny brushes should be enough to wear it safely. A total restoral may be difficult except by Panerai.


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I agree - I dont think I would personal consider taking on a repair myself of a carbon or ceramic case. Seems like too much going to on with the manufacturing process - either love the “experience” on the watch or send to Panerai for a fix. I have two ceramics but dont have a carbon. I suppose each has their pros and cons but I’ve always assumed if anything went wrong it was going to be more expensive than SS. Good luck.
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Most likely a new case would be needed?
Bad material for a watch case, IMHO.
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