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squadras and panerais are also just very large to begin with...

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Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

Personally, I think the best defence against scratches is a watch that actually fits under one's cuff.
 

 

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.

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squadras and panerais are also just very large to begin with...

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thankfully, i am doing really well with the panny tho. squadra needs a servicing and polish. frown.gif

my DJ barely showed a scratch and i beat the crap out of it. i miss it. frown.gif
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Tegimented Submarine Steel - SDR

Very tough. I miss it a lot sometimes but I'm sure it's on a more deserving wrist than mine now..


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As far as I'm concerned, Sinn owns the under-$3K non-dressy category. They're an established, independent company with some real history — not some fashion-conglomerate-owned shell of a former name or lame-design-having off-the-shelf-Chinese-component-using fly-by-night "microbrand", their service is excellent, their no-BS designs are sober and functional, and they have a long list of useful technical innovations (surface hardening, de-humidification bits, lubricant-free escapements...). In short, they produce handsome, high-quality watches right in Germany, don't try to obfuscate the origin of their (top-grade) ETA movements, and price their stuff fairly.

They have an extensive list of models, although they apparently still haven't figured out how to take flattering photos of their own watches for their site.

If this even remotely appeals, check them out:



By the way, the hardened-steel thing is no joke. Here are my 20 mm and 22 mm bracelet clasps. Guess which one went through a bike crash...



Surprise, it ain't the scratched-up one, it's the one with the tiny dent on the lower left. They've both been subject to equal normal wear, aside from the hardened one taking a spill on asphalt. I don't know about you, but that's the kind of thing that I like having in a casual, everyday watch. One of the best luxuries is not having to worry about your stuff, so by that standard Sinns are extremely luxurious.
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 

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. 

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

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. 

 

Thanks for this.  You know what, I think I've gotten fairly good at taking care to avoid scratches.  My Nautilus has one tiny scratch at the bottom part of the bezel but that's about it (fingers crossed).  So if I end up going with the Daytona I think I'm fairly confident that I can either avoid major dings, or live with it if it happens.  C'est la vie.  If it gets too unsightly, I'll have the bezel replaced.

 

I also tried the Omega Speedmaster Pro at the Omega boutique on Fifth Avenue earlier this morning.  Lovely piece and the one with the display back is very nice, but at 42mm it was a bit large for my taste.  I know, the Nautilus is 43mm ear to ear but it wears very, very flat and light compared to the Speedy Pro.

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Thanks for this.  You know what, I think I've gotten fairly good at taking care to avoid scratches.  My Nautilus has one tiny scratch at the bottom part of the bezel but that's about it (fingers crossed).  So if I end up going with the Daytona I think I'm fairly confident that I can either avoid major dings, or live with it if it happens.  C'est la vie.  If it gets too unsightly, I'll have the bezel replaced.

I also tried the Omega Speedmaster Pro at the Omega boutique on Fifth Avenue earlier this morning.  Lovely piece and the one with the display back is very nice, but at 42mm it was a bit large for my taste.  I know, the Nautilus is 43mm ear to ear but it wears very, very flat and light compared to the Speedy Pro.

If you've gotten good at maintaining the condition your Nautilus bezel, you'll be fine with the Daytona.

If going for a Speedy Pro, I'd stick with the classic size.
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Is this watch worth a bid? I think it looks great but worried it may not be worth the price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230919164362?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
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Is this watch worth a bid? I think it looks great but worried it may not be worth the price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230919164362?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 I'm not an expert when it comes to IWC, so perhaps someone else will chime in, but I don't think its real.

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It is a total fake.
post #17561 of 33484
yup, i thought the same.
post #17562 of 33484
Ah, thanks! I should probably avoid eBay when purchasing a watch.
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Ah, thanks! I should probably avoid eBay when purchasing a watch.

not necessarily. there are plenty of great watches for good deals on the bay, you just have to be careful with what you buy.
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Avoid Eastern Euro sellers. It looks like the movement isn't even finished.
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referring to the IWC on ebay.

So is some poor guy going to pay over 500 USD for a replica or is he unaware?
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