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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. in stitches

    in stitches Well-Known Member

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    Fun fact I learned today!

    When you scratch/ding, and then polish, platinum, no metal is lost. The metal is just being displaced and replaced. Whereas with gold, you are losing a nominal amount of gold each time you polish it, to re-level the surface. Or so I was told by a very reliable source anyways.
     
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    Interesting premise.
    I am not sure I would agree, but there may possibly be less removed than gold.
    I have read that gold scratches differently than platinum, and that could contribute to the polishing to be different.
     
  3. Dino944

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    Yes, that is accurate. Several years ago when I was researching differences between platinum and gold in terms of durability, malleability, purity, and other qualities I saw that same statement about displacement rather than material loss quoted by several sources.
     
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    Hi Bkotsko, yes, and no, its my understanding that a nearly immeasurably small amount of metal is lost, so small that essentially no metal is lost.

    Gold is much softer, more malleable, and almost delicate (compared to platinum), such that gold does lose a reasonable amount of metal each time its polished. It wouldn't be something noticeable with one or two polishings, but over several years and several polishings the metal loss can be quite significant. I actually saw a really intricate gold wedding band on someone who had worn it for over 30 years and in some places the "Wear and tear" was very significant and there were areas that were much thinner and there were small holes in two areas.
     
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    Pretty much what Dino said. Source: materials engineering background.
     
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    This issue was previously touched on by Dino back in November last year in post #26687 in this thread.
     
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    All the more reason to herald the arrival of the Platinum Coke GMT IIc...
     
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    What if this analysis was applicable to dieting, working out and fat loss? That no fat is ever lost, only displaced?

    That would suck.
     
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    Pretty much how I feel....haha
     
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    When I began buying watches circa 1975 the Tudor line was priced 25 percent less than Rolex. At that discount I didn't see the point but at 50 percent it begins to make sense. My first Rolex was a Daytona which set me back $500. Followed shortly by a President for $3200.
     
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    And to think prices have only risen but fractionally!
     
  12. Dogs Bollocks

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    I am curious which watches right now you guys think have the most upside appreciation potential?
     
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    A couple of wrist shots, as promised. Trying to demonstrate how it can also work with a French cuff, although it needs a more casual jacket.[​IMG][/IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Buy a new rolex sub and not wear it for the next 50-60 years :slayer::slayer:
     
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    Thanks for the shots. Looks like I'll stick with Pelagos or the Sub, the Explorer II seems a little too casual for me and I wouldn't mind a watch that is austere.
     
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    I'd note that the Pelagos, like the Explorer, is bigger than the Sub too. That makes it look more casual in my eyes.

    Just a thought: how do you feel about the Explorer (1)? No diver-style bezel, but all the same distinctive Rolex style and versatility. Definitely suit-worthy, cheaper than the Sub too, and I think the current 39mm size is the perfect balance of modern, sporty and understated.
     
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    ^^ I'd have to agree. The standard Explorer is a lovely balance. I'd get one if I could justify it in my rotation.
     
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    Sorry for the OT, but for my car buddies here . . . picked up this badboy yesterday afternoon. Anyone hazard a guess? :)

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    @TC (Houston) is it a S 63?
     
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    I was going to guess a vintage SL, but the leather and everything looks too new and you don't strike me as a vintage car guy. Then I was going to guess a new pimped out G Wagen, which seems to be more in line with what you drive, but I checked the pics online and thats not a G dashboard.
     
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