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Old 27 October 2020, 04:46 AM   #1
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Can this Pelagos be rescued?

Hi, one of my buyers decided to get his Pelagos polished to new now it looks like stainless steel, is there any way to restore back to the matte finish? How much would Tudor charge to perform this refinishing?

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Old 27 October 2020, 05:22 AM   #2
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for some reason my pix don't show up on some browsers, use this link:

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Old 27 October 2020, 05:23 AM   #3
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Just needs to be brushed out. Very easy with a green and then maroon scotch write pad.

The titanium oxidizes quickly so it will pick up the patina quickly.

Nice watch btw...watch the lume in the bezel...its known to fall out
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Old 27 October 2020, 05:38 AM   #4
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Just needs to be brushed out. Very easy with a green and then maroon scotch write pad.

The titanium oxidizes quickly so it will pick up the patina quickly.

Nice watch btw...watch the lume in the bezel...its known to fall out
Lume still strong:

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Old 27 October 2020, 07:51 AM   #5
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Restoring a brushed finish is easy
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Old 27 October 2020, 08:53 AM   #6
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Wear it. It will brush back on its on
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Old 27 October 2020, 09:08 PM   #7
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According to Bas RSCs don't touch the titanium cases.

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Old 27 October 2020, 09:51 PM   #8
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How did this polishing idea occur in the first place?
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Old 27 October 2020, 11:02 PM   #9
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How did this polishing idea occur in the first place?
he took it to a local jeweler and told them to remove a few scratches
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Old 28 October 2020, 12:52 AM   #10
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Ahhh, I thought maybe he wanted it to look like stainless but then regretted the idea. WIS.....
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Old 28 October 2020, 05:27 AM   #11
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That’s a poor polish job, getting the right finish won’t be hard for someone who knows what they are doing.
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Old 29 October 2020, 01:03 AM   #12
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after first round with green scotch-brite...
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Old 29 October 2020, 02:03 AM   #13
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after first round with green scotch-brite...
You need to be gentler with the scotchbrite. Do the strokes in one motion only and as linear as possible. Get a mechanism to hold the case steady or that will brush linearly.

Not bad for first attempt!
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Old 29 October 2020, 02:06 AM   #14
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You need to be gentler with the scotchbrite. Do the strokes in one motion only and as linear as possible. Get a mechanism to hold the case steady or that will brush linearly.

Not bad for first attempt!
yes, i'm going to go over it again with a finer grit
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Old 2 November 2020, 02:20 AM   #15
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i think it's now somewhat respectable:









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Old 2 November 2020, 06:50 AM   #16
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roach7 - I have a Pelagos and I think you have got that looking pretty decent now.

Titanium behaves very differently to other common watch materials. Some say it’s very scratch resistant. It’s not, it’s quite soft, but I’ve seen the odd Breitling Aerospace that’s had really hard use and not shown it.

What seems to happen is that scratches initially show up bright, but over time the metal oxidises and they become almost invisible.

I scratched the bracelet on my Pelagos, and initially polished it out with an ink eraser. That made it about 80% better, but over a couple of months it became invisible.

Having done what you have, I’d just leave it now. I suspect it will look near perfect over time!
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Old 2 November 2020, 07:18 AM   #17
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roach7 - I have a Pelagos and I think you have got that looking pretty decent now.

Titanium behaves very differently to other common watch materials. Some say itís very scratch resistant. Itís not, itís quite soft, but Iíve seen the odd Breitling Aerospace thatís had really hard use and not shown it.

What seems to happen is that scratches initially show up bright, but over time the metal oxidises and they become almost invisible.

I scratched the bracelet on my Pelagos, and initially polished it out with an ink eraser. That made it about 80% better, but over a couple of months it became invisible.

Having done what you have, Iíd just leave it now. I suspect it will look near perfect over time!
yes, i'm pretty happy how it turns out
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Old 2 November 2020, 07:16 PM   #18
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he took it to a local jeweler and told them to remove a few scratches
jeweler ... or butcher ?
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Old 3 November 2020, 04:28 AM   #19
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When dealing with linear brushing, I have found the easiest way to maintain a straight "BRUSH" is to hold the bracelet or watch in your hand, put the brushing material on the work surface and secure it in place (Tape, clamp, whatever).

Then in ONE MOVEMENT brush the item by pulling it straight towards yourself.

One, LONG, STRAIGHT as possible, movement.

Take the bracelet off the clasp and do each side independently.

Also do the Clasp Independently.

I rebrushed this old 70's seiko bracelet this way.

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Old 6 November 2020, 08:29 PM   #20
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Geez! Put some trigger warnings next time - that polished bracelet gave me a painful spasm!!

Your refinishing job has made it look better, no question about it. However, to restore the original matte finish on the bracelet, I strongly suggest using a finer grade of Scotchbrite and pay very close attention in getting a very smooth unidirectional brushing motion with even pressure - echoing what SN13 said above. Now it seems that the grain is a bit swirly and rough.

Please see below the bracelet of my Pelagos that I refinished over a year ago using grey Scotchbrite (ultrafine). It has already picked some scuffs over time, but I think the ultrafine worked well on it.

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