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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. Dino944

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    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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    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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    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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    It is a total fake.
     


  7. in stitches

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    yup, i thought the same.
     
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    Ah, thanks! I should probably avoid eBay when purchasing a watch.
     


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    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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    how could you guys tell? Was it from the movement when opened or just on its face alone? It looks so genuine... but Im a novice so I dont even know what to look for...
     


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    Both. Fonts are wrong on the face, the back as someone mentioned before is completely unfinished and is also unsigned.
     


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    So... leather NATO on Daytona: yes/no?

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    No, imho. It's not terrible, but there are much nicer options.
     


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