Bites: The 3-6-9 and secret badges

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Hello Watch Family!

Welcome to Bites, your first-ever WatchCrunch Newsletter, or what I prefer to think of as our very own virtual 'Crunch Café' meetup!

The coffee is freshly ground, the cookies are homemade and @max can make a mint hot chocolate that I guarantee will be the best you've ever tasted.

I've saved you a seat on the comfy chairs by the fire, and it's even started snowing again, so you may as well relax and forget all that Christmas craziness for a while.

Grab a coffee and come chat watches.

Each week I'll pick 3 random topics from the WC universe, with 6 cool posts for you to have a look at and 9 awesome photographs from Crunchers (or are we Crunchies?).

The 3 - 6 - 9 (and some bonus fun at the end!)

The WC Admin team will be sending this via email too, so you can even have a sneaky read at work.

My three picks this week…. (with 6 WC posts and nine lovely pictures sprinkled throughout)….

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#patina

You know how some conversations can spark more unrest amongst watch folk than a Hublot rep at Nico Leonard's birthday party? Politics, religion and homage watches... some days I think we could put patina on that list too.

There was a lively discussion when @UnholiestJedi posted: Patina, WTF, which is an interesting thread to have a read through.

His analogy with vintage cars was brilliant...

"Consider a vintage car versus a vintage watch; when restoring a vintage car with scrapes & scratches in the finish and engines with the old oil & grease all over it, do we leave all of that on the car to "show its age"? No. We clean the engine & fix the paint. Is a car a tool the same way a watch is a tool? I think yes. Let the styling of the piece show its age, not the crud it's accumulated."

Which is a great point! I completely understand it when people explain to me that patina is about as desirable as a snooze button on a fire alarm. It's just damage at the end of the day, but I can't help loving it!

So what about faux patina?

I have mixed feelings on the subject, except for when it comes to @AllTheWatches Laco. As a massive Fallout fan, I absolutely adore that watch in all its faux radium-damaged post-apocalyptic glory.

Fauxtina is something that many of the big brands seem to embrace, but is it for the better? @Toddler did a really interesting video where he took a picture of the Omega Seamaster 300, with its vintage style lume, and manipulated it to see how it would look with a more modern colouration (I have to say, I prefer his reimagining!).

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We can't talk about patina without looking at... 

#bronze

I've recently been back to have a re-read of @AnalogExplorers article about a year of patination of his bronze Baltic. I'm obsessing over bronze watches at the moment, after being lucky enough to get my first ever bronze case flieger for Christmas, and @AnalogsExplorer's post has made me excited to see how mine will change with time.

His article includes some really beautiful photography which you should check out.

Can't be bothered to wait for a year for that luscious patina? @Saigoat can show you how to go DIY faux with some gun bluing paste, or have a look this post from @NISD21'Fad or Rad' and scroll about halfway down to see @TheTimeBum 's cool before and after picks.

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Finally, a hashtag I'd like to see more of...

#secretbadges

This is one for WC admin to think about.

I would love to see the creation of some secret badges.

Badges we don't know how to earn and we don't even know exist until we win them.

We would just randomly get told: "Congratulations! You have unlocked the secret ‘Lover not a fighter' badge!", unknowingly earned by reacting to 100 WRUW posts with a heart emoji.

Oh, we could have so much fun coming up with more of these!

Let me know your three hashtags of the week, what you think about patina and any cool ideas for secret badges.

Finally, I kind of feel no community newsletter is complete without a puzzle of some kind, and how can I possibly pass up an opportunity for a little game, so here is your anagram of the week...

What watch-related word or phrase can you make from: ARSE PIXELS

First to post the correct answer below gets a clap!
 

Thank you for having a read and take care of yourself my friends.

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Love it! Especially the badges idea. Still waiting on my mention in a Max video badge, but I can re-earn it next year I suppose.  :-)

Now I’m going to have to wear that Laco tomorrow!

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AllTheWatches

Love it! Especially the badges idea. Still waiting on my mention in a Max video badge, but I can re-earn it next year I suppose.  :-)

Now I’m going to have to wear that Laco tomorrow!

Wear it... or give it to me. 🤷‍♀️

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Secret Badge:

Shh Meme GIFs | Tenor

The Mute Badge: when you have been muted by 5 or more Crunchers. (This is for @Porthole who must hold the record, amirite?)

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Aurelian

Secret Badge:

Shh Meme GIFs | Tenor

The Mute Badge: when you have been muted by 5 or more Crunchers. (This is for @Porthole who must hold the record, amirite?)

Or the opposite...

The "Did someone say something?" Badge: have 5 or more people on mute 

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Aurelian

Secret Badge:

Shh Meme GIFs | Tenor

The Mute Badge: when you have been muted by 5 or more Crunchers. (This is for @Porthole who must hold the record, amirite?)

It makes for daft reading when I answer a question, or make a statement, and someone just does it later on. Oh well, this is the platform they want 😂

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Deeperblue

Or the opposite...

The "Did someone say something?" Badge: have 5 or more people on mute 

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I’ve asked more than once for way to track who I’ve muted, I’ve lost count.

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I've been thinking of a couple new badges...

Most <insert reaction emoji here> Received. 

The Streaker; longest WRUW Streak, both current & historical. The devs would have to figure out how to limit the counts to only comments posted during the Watch Crunch Day though. Also, it kind of fits thematically with the Wrist Pervert badge

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Also, thank you for including my post. 

♥️♥️

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RE: patina on cars vs. watches…

You fix the car because it is subject to the weather and will absolutely cease to be a viable car should you allow it to rust enough. Watch patina on the other hand, doesn’t keep a watch from functioning. Call it “damage” all you want, but no amount of patina is going to eat through a watch case in the next 100 years. 

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UnholiestJedi

I've been thinking of a couple new badges...

Most <insert reaction emoji here> Received. 

The Streaker; longest WRUW Streak, both current & historical. The devs would have to figure out how to limit the counts to only comments posted during the Watch Crunch Day though. Also, it kind of fits thematically with the Wrist Pervert badge

Ooo... I like the idea of badges that only one person at a time can have. 👍

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UnholiestJedi

Also, thank you for including my post. 

♥️♥️

I know you did a follow up post too, but I couldn't mention both as it would mess up my 3-6-9 numbers... and you KNOW there will be someone out there counting 😂

(I wonder how many will go back and count after reading this 🤭)

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SEIKO AUTOMATIC PRESAGE SARX055 Titanium Made in Japan - seiyajapan.com

My first guess: "SARX Pilees"

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street.credor
SEIKO AUTOMATIC PRESAGE SARX055 Titanium Made in Japan - seiyajapan.com

My first guess: "SARX Pilees"

Good guess!....but no.

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Deeperblue

Ooo... I like the idea of badges that only one person at a time can have. 👍

And/Or... the Most Received could be a monthly/yearly thing.

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Aurelian

Secret Badge:

Shh Meme GIFs | Tenor

The Mute Badge: when you have been muted by 5 or more Crunchers. (This is for @Porthole who must hold the record, amirite?)

This is an excellent idea. 👍