Originally Posted by no frills
On topic, for those of you who own Daytonas I've been told (forewarned) both by my watch service guy as well as my AD that the bezel is easy to scratch and tough to polish because of the engravings. Obviously not a major downside as it hasn't exactly dampened the overall desirability of Daytonas, but for those who wear Daytonas often do you find this to be the case? Do you just take better care if you care not to ding it so much, or do you just end up not minding the scratches?
The Nautilus can be a bit of a scratch magnet but so far I've managed to ding it only very, very slightly.
Yes, the bezel is difficult to polish due to the engraving. I think the few I've seen that were polished you could see some swirl marks showing where they had been polished (then again, I've seen swirl marks on several other brands of watches where people tried to polish out the scratches or dings). Its really very difficult to polish a watch so that it looks as perfect as when it left the factory. I personally would never let anyone other than a factory authorized service center polish any parts of my watches (particularly on a PP, AP, VC, Lange etc) but YMMV. I've seen a the results of a few independent watchmakers who over polished and ruined lugs, rounded off beveled edges, rounded bezels on Royal Oaks and Nautiluses. If they make a mistake on a watch at an authorized service center, you can complain to customer service and get it resolved, maybe a new bezel at their cost. If an indy ruins it, it will basically be at your own expense unless you have very generous watchmaker.
On the Daytona I wore everyday for 5 years, yes it got several scratches. I eventually got use to them. I avoided the polishing issue by requesting a new bezel when it went to RSC in NYC, I think at the time it cost around $125, not sure if the price has gone up. I am pretty careful with most watches now, so I really haven't scratched up the bezels of my Daytonas in recent years.