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Old 16 February 2018, 01:43 AM   #1
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Scratches on PCL clasp

Looking at getting a gmt I have other watches so it will be worn in rotation but will have more wrist time. How beat up does the polished centre on the clasp get get after a year or 2 that's the only thing that stops me from getting one. Thanks in advance
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Old 16 February 2018, 01:45 AM   #2
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Mine looks like I wear it, I prefer to look at the dial though
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Old 16 February 2018, 01:46 AM   #3
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If scratches will bother you then don't get it...
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Old 16 February 2018, 01:47 AM   #4
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I have micro scratches on the clasp of my two tone sub, but I think it's part of the experience
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Old 16 February 2018, 01:48 AM   #5
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PCL scaryches when you look at it.
You can brush it (I would never recommend that), Buy a strap instead, buy a brushed bracelet for it or just enjoy it and don’t worry about scratches
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Old 16 February 2018, 01:51 AM   #6
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If it’s a watch that’s going to be worn in rotation then it won’t be too bad. I haven’t noticed any excessive wear on mine and all my watches have PCLs.
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Old 16 February 2018, 01:54 AM   #7
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It also depends on the wearer. Experienced owners have developed everyday tricks and avoidances over the years that minimize scratches. I find myself doing these without thought. It has become second nature. I own both and can tell you a brushed finish on the clasp/bracelet like on a Sub is much less prone to showing minor scratches. It’s that way by design.
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Old 16 February 2018, 01:55 AM   #8
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Another option, along the lines of DoctorA's recommendations...

Maybe consider getting a super jubilee bracelet for it?

I've read that scratches show less on a jubilee than on an oyster with PCL?

Also, the hidden clasp will certainly help.

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Old 16 February 2018, 01:57 AM   #9
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It also depends on the wearer. Experienced owners have developed everyday tricks and avoidances over the years that minimize scratches. I find myself doing these without thought. It has become second nature.
Hey there Mystro

Can you share some of these "tricks and avoidances"?

I would like to learn :)

Plus, it might help the OP with the final decision.
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:00 AM   #10
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I've worn mine for over a month straight and have some micro lines, but nothing bad. I can't imagine if you're careful then anything beyond normal fine scratches would occur. My 1.5 year old 116600 barely has any scratches anywhere on the bracelet, so I'd imagine my PCLs on my 126300 will remain relatively scratch free too.


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Old 16 February 2018, 02:02 AM   #11
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Hey there Mystro

Can you share some of these "tricks and avoidances"?

I would like to learn :)

Plus, it might help the OP with the final decision.
That is a entirely different thread. There are so many. For example when traveling down a narrow stairwells or hallway, put your watch arm behind your back. When sitting down at a desk or table, place your forearms down closer to your elbows when resting your arms and not your wrist. Never take your watch off and sit it down on a hard surface. Use a tissue under your watch if you have to lay your watch down on a hard surface. There are so many I am sure others will chime in or we could make a separate thread on the topic.

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Old 16 February 2018, 02:02 AM   #12
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If itís a watch thatís going to be worn in rotation then it wonít be too bad. I havenít noticed any excessive wear on mine and all my watches have PCLs.
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It also depends on the wearer. Experienced owners have developed everyday tricks and avoidances over the years that minimize scratches. I find myself doing these without thought. It has become second nature. I own both and can tell you a brushed finish on the clasp/bracelet like on a Sub is much less prone to showing minor scratches. Itís that way by design.
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:04 AM   #13
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Yes, the clasp scratches more than the rest of the watch. Good news is you're the only one that notices. Those scratches are invisible at 3 feet away.
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:05 AM   #14
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That is a entirely different thread. There are so many. For example when traveling down a narrow stairwells or hallway, put your watch arm behind your back. When sitting down at a desk or table, place your forearms down closer to your elbows when resting your arms and not your wrist. Never take your watch off and sit it down on a hard surface. Use a tissue under your watch if you have to lay your watch down on a hard surface. There are so many I am sure others will chime in or we could make a separate thread on the topic.
I think this would be a good idea for a thread if it doesn't already exist.

I find that I do the one with my watch behind my back, and never rest my arm on my wrist. I guess it's just instinct.

Thanks for sharing though
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:06 AM   #15
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it will show more scratches than an AP RO bracelet for example. Scratches on a bracelet do not bother me but my PCL's are way more scratched than my RO bracelet since its not a highly polished surface like a GMT
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:07 AM   #16
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I like the look of PCL’s but I finally sold my GMT II because they are finger print magnets in addition to being prone to micro swirls and fine scratches. I am probably more OCD than most about it but if I purchased another I’d seriously consider getting them brushed or getting the jubilee bracelet.
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:08 AM   #17
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Scratches and hairlines are just part of PCLs. No way around them.

They are completely invisible to anyone not closely examining the bracelet under harsh lighting.
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:16 AM   #18
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I have owned my GMT for a little over two years and the bracelet is scratched up quite a bit. They don't bother me at all. I feel that watch is meant to be worn and it is going to get scratches and dings regardless of how careful you are so it's not worth stressing over. Some of the big ones sting for a while but I get over them eventually. They add character.
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:24 AM   #19
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That is a entirely different thread. There are so many. For example when traveling down a narrow stairwells or hallway, put your watch arm behind your back. When sitting down at a desk or table, place your forearms down closer to your elbows when resting your arms and not your wrist. Never take your watch off and sit it down on a hard surface. Use a tissue under your watch if you have to lay your watch down on a hard surface. There are so many I am sure others will chime in or we could make a separate thread on the topic.
I'd like to add: beware of metall zippers on your briefcase, on the jacket's pockets etc if you need pull something with watch on wrist.
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:25 AM   #20
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:32 AM   #21
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I'd get them brushed but that is just me since I really dislike polished centre links.
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:37 AM   #22
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Yes they scratch but I think its worth if for the beautiful contrast
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:38 AM   #23
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I'd like to add: beware of metall zippers on your briefcase, on the jacket's pockets etc if you need pull something with watch on wrist.
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:42 AM   #24
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X2 plus the zippers of my messenger bag and that Barbour jacket liner.
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:47 AM   #25
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:50 AM   #26
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I'd like to add: beware of metall zippers on your briefcase, on the jacket's pockets etc if you need pull something with watch on wrist.
I also put those little green felt pads on all my jackets snapped cuffs on the inside. You cant see them and it eliminates any metal to watch contact at the cuffs. I have been doing this for years on my Harley leathers, etc and never worry about bezel scratches.
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Old 16 February 2018, 02:54 AM   #27
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As with everyone else's comments, it scratches very easily. I wore my BLNR home after purchasing it and I was overly careful. I was walking around like I had a broken arm and, sure enough, that was a scratch on the clasp by the time I arrived home. I ended up getting a 97200 bracelet also.
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Old 16 February 2018, 03:13 AM   #28
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Bought my GMT in November and on NYE scratched the clasp quite a bit changing a flat tire... my AD will polish the watch annually for free if I want to, but the scratches donít bother me so Iím not worried about it. The PCLs add so much to the watch in glad I didnít get the Sub.


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Old 16 February 2018, 03:30 AM   #29
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Here is my Daytona today, after about 20 months. Worn in a rotation, probably 20% of the work week.

I'm one who brushed a GMT bracelet, definitely doesn't show the marks as much.

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Old 16 February 2018, 03:36 AM   #30
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I wore my BLNR for ~4 months exclusively prior to my Hulk and still looks very good w/ few hairline scratches.
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