Scratches add character, but…

A little bummed my watch took a nasty bump on a basket at work. I was hoping I could have gone a bit longer without scratches like this. I’ll get over it.

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The only way to avoid scratches from use is to not use them, which sort of defeats their purpose for being. I sometimes struggle with that first scratch but relax after it’s out of the way.

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NotThatNeil

The only way to avoid scratches from use is to not use them, which sort of defeats their purpose for being. I sometimes struggle with that first scratch but relax after it’s out of the way.

Yeah a scratched watch is a loved watch. That first time does hurt though lol.

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Baskets!!

I think scratches on bracelets are inevitable.

Watch scratches - like death and taxes. Commiserations.

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Better to have loved and scratched than to have never have loved at all

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When I scratched my first watch I couldn't live with that feeling anymore😂 even though it was just a tiny scratch which if you don't know you wouldn't even notice. But now I rarely scratch my watches, it's a reflex that i put my arm away from bumps. But if I buy a new watch and scratch it, I don't really care.

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Could try buffing it out a bit with metal polish (at own risk - taking no responsibility on this one). #I$t happens. Most of us have been there too sadly if it's any conciliation, par for course! Good point is not so precious with it after that. At least it wasn't the watch! Careful with sandpaper or could totally ruin it.

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Watchwindup

Could try buffing it out a bit with metal polish (at own risk - taking no responsibility on this one). #I$t happens. Most of us have been there too sadly if it's any conciliation, par for course! Good point is not so precious with it after that. At least it wasn't the watch! Careful with sandpaper or could totally ruin it.

Yep, then using a little sandpaper to recreate the brushed look.

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A couple of weeks after I bought my first nice watch I bumped it into the toilets door in a Home Depot. The scratch is minimal. The circumstances of the scratch still hurt a bit though 🤬

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Drowning_in_Digitals

Yep, then using a little sandpaper to recreate the brushed look.

Wouldn,t bother with sandpaper unless you know a machinist! Just blend it in a bit to hide worst bits (your watch buddy rather not give too much "advice") wouldn't worry about it..keep iffy side down.careful with sandpaper or you might need a gun!

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Don’t worry, They buff out prefectly

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If it's an expensive strap get a professional to do it, otherwise just use elbow grease soft cloth and metal polish. (If it really still bothers you after a few weeks).

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It's hard to live with scuffs and scratches when there's only a few of them on an otherwise new-looking watch. Hang in there until the watch is thoroughly worn in and it'll be beautiful. Lesson learned from vintage watches!

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The clasp on the bracelet of my Omega Seamaster 300 heritage watch would not release eventually landed on my living room floor in pieces. The watch and bracelet are still under warranty so Swatch group service centre repaired the bracelet free of charge but the centre links were quite scuffed almost from the first minutes wearing the watch, I decided to request a buffing which will cost $65 plus 13% HST. Since I was at the office also decided to purchase the Omega steel mesh bracelet for $1099 plus the same 13% tax. A few persons in the office had a good laugh at my free bracelet service experience. Nobody ever believed the hobby was too sensible.

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This is why I have a separate work watch collection which consists of casios and pagani designs

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Embrace the chaos!!!!!

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It's just settling into its natural patina! When the inevitable first scratch happens, I just say to myself, "This is my watch. There are many like it, but this one is mine..." It's not truly yours until it gets some wear marks. That's the record of your journeys together!

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That's not really my definition of "a scratch", and it's more of a disorder then character from the looks of it😉

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If it bugs you: Cape Cod polishing cloth for the polished links, 3M green scrub pad for the brushed links. Make sure you tape off the different finishes while you work. Take your time and you will be able to get most of the damage "erased." There are plenty of YouTube videos

OR - second option:

A trip to your local watchmaker will do the trick...

OR - third option:

Chalk it up to an unpleasant experience and try to not get too bummed about it...

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If it bugs you: Cape Cod polishing cloth for the polished links, 3M green scrub pad for the brushed links. Make sure you tape off the different finishes while you work. Take your time and you will be able to get most of the damage "erased." There are plenty of YouTube videos

OR - second option:

A trip to your local watchmaker will do the trick...

OR - third option:

Chalk it up to an unpleasant experience and try to not get too bummed about it...

I was thinking about trying that at some point, but I am worried I would not match the fine brushing. I don’t have the skills yet.

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None us like it at all, but it is

Inevitable if you wear it. Just part of “Watch Life”

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Use Cape Cod fine jewelry cloths. You will get most of those out. It’s easy. I have done it to several of my watches over time including the Breigling I’m wearing right now

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To avoid this happening in the first place, I always coat my Watches with this stuff as soon as I acquire them! Best seven dollars and change you’ve ever spent your in your life one can will last years.

It's on the bracelet which is way way better than if it was on the case or glass imo

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Try traska watches, they have high hardening done which will avoid scratches ( better for daily wear: beater ) check them out

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Look into watches with hardness treatments, Zelos and Traska do them rather well.

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human_on_a_phone

I was thinking about trying that at some point, but I am worried I would not match the fine brushing. I don’t have the skills yet.

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This is my tissot gentleman, which as everyone can see is very very scratched up. I dont get sad anymore. I watch i really love and I use it so much its normal. Sometimes I used to go weeks without taking it off!

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