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:rotflmao:   Absolutely love this !!!  

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Ditto.  After reading this thread, I have realized that there is a whole other level of expensive hobbies.  fml.  Honestly, though, how do you guys manage to wear these beauties so casually.  Maybe it marks me as a smalltimer, but I would be afraid of wearing them, and would only feel  comfortable if they were encased in some 3d printed transparent armband, maybe...


I'm probably a little more of a stress case around these issues than most of the guys here. I've learned to be careful and also have begun to accept that scratches are just part of the deal if you plan to actually wear and use the pieces. Also, some watches show scratches a lot more than others. Unfortunately the same brushed surfaces of the Royal Oak that provide its reflective brilliance are also very susceptible to scraches, so I tend to be very careful with that one and don't wear it when I expect to be in any sort of setting where it might get banged up. On the other hand, my Panerai, Sub and IWC Big Pilot tend not to scratch as easily and when they do it is far less noticeable, I really don't worry about those at all when I'm wearing them. In the end, unless you really gouge the hell out of it most scratches can be repaired at the time of service.
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Even if you do mangle it, it's not game over. Steel is a wonderful material for repairability.

Some guy scraped the shit out of his Royal Oak by downing a motorcycle, and it came out good as new with a bit of laser welding, lapping machine work, and polishing.

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(hat tip to Alliance Horlogère)

Looks good, huh? Some people would even say it's a 1OO% original, unpolished example. wink.gif

Life's too short to stress about things, anyway. Accidents happen. Just wear it and try not to mess it up on purpose.
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Well that answers the question "Is is safe to wear my watch while riding a motorcycle?".
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Just go down on your non watch wearing side laugh.gif
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^^ Oh yea...DUH!
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Thanks for the pics Dino!  I wear long sleeves and sit at a desk too but I must be harder on my watches than you :) I do blame the aluminum on my Macbook Air for some of the scratches.  I take the watch off every time I use my MBA now because you hear the metal on metal contact...

 

This is a interesting discussion on wearing watches that actually cost quite a bit of money.  Until my wife got me the Rolex as a wedding gift, I wore a Hamilton Khaki.  I was scared to wear the Rolex and get a scratch but after the first one, like Stitchy said, it gets easier. You just have to take some wear and tear into consideration when making your initial purchase.  Even the super careful people in this thread have some scratches as you can see on Dino's 15202 a couple pages back then No Frills losing a platinum pusher cap on his PP.  Speaking on which he did have a post on wearing his watches when he lost the pusher.

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Thanks for the pics Dino!  I wear long sleeves and sit at a desk too but I must be harder on my watches than you smile.gif  I do blame the aluminum on my Macbook Air for some of the scratches.  I take the watch off every time I use my MBA now because you hear the metal on metal contact...

Funny you mention that. The only significant scratch I have on my Royal Oak is from banging it against my Macbook when I was sliding it in my briefcase.
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An oldie from the "that'll buff right out" collection.
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A little work with a Cape Cod cloth...done.
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Ouch.

Regarding transportation, my ride home from work took me through the Royal Palace park. On a crappy city bike. Crappy, but the workout is all the better for it. For a nominal yearly fee, I need not worry about parking my bike, and can choose to take public transport either way. As a bonus, I get to dodge hapless tourists and ring the bell at pretty hipster girl riding in summer dresses. Oh, and have a nice view of my chosen timepiece. Today it was the Oysterquartz

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I never had anything of notice on mine.

well, it certainly does not happen to everyone, but they are more scratch resistant than scratch proof, similar to water resistance. neither is a guarantee, just some extra protection.

inb4 condom joke.
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rotflmao.gif    Absolutely love this !!!  

plus one.
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Ouch.

Regarding transportation, my ride home from work took me through the Royal Palace park. On a crappy city bike. Crappy, but the workout is all the better for it. For a nominal yearly fee, I need not worry about parking my bike, and can choose to take public transport either way. As a bonus, I get to dodge hapless tourists and ring the bell at pretty hipster girl riding in summer dresses. Oh, and have a nice view of my chosen timepiece. Today it was the Oysterquartz

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THIS. The awesomeness.

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well, it certainly does not happen to everyone, but they are more scratch resistant than scratch proof, similar to water resistance. neither is a guarantee, just some extra protection.

Nothing is a 100% anything, but you need "skill" and effort to break it and as before mentioned I've have "thrown" my watch through the air.
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i have seen enough scratched and chipped sapphire crystals in my day to disagree, but im glad you have not had any issues.

in other news, minty fresh still with the plastic wrap!







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