Finally Christened….

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Thanks for all the comments and sympathy.
Thankfully, the damage to the bike seems to have been less extreme than first thought - both frame and forks are made from good old Reynolds 531 steel so a couple of the bigger lads in my local bike shop were able to “bounce” it back into respectable shape. A new wheel rim and derailleur cost a bit, but no more than my own damaged pride.
Even better news is that the watch is actually keeping better time now than ever before - only +1sec over the several days since since the tumble. Perhaps it is worried in case I decide to knock it about again and is working to its best behaviour?
As for the scratch/scar, it is staying and won’t be brushed out. I don’t want to tempt fate and wish more bike-related accidents, but knowing where the ding (and potential future dings) came from adds a bit of a story to the watch.
Don’t worry, folks, I’ll be back in the bike soon…


…with my Casio GShock ;-)

Keep well

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I've got a pretty scratched bracelet from the desk etc ( see first pic) . I used the 2mm fibreglass pencil to show the difference. It would have been better with a bigger 4mm one but it gives an idea what the effect is like. I personally don't notice the slightly uneven brushing versus the scratches.

Hope this is of some use

Mike

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Deks wrote: Tue Dec 07, 2021 3:08 pm I've got a pretty scratched bracelet from the desk etc ( see first pic) . I used the 2mm fibreglass pencil to show the difference. It would have been better with a bigger 4mm one but it gives an idea what the effect is like. I personally don't notice the slightly uneven brushing versus the scratches.

Hope this is of some use

Mike
Thanks, Mike. I had no idea it could work like that. I might give it a (careful) try on one of mine :thumbup:
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ajax87 wrote: Tue Dec 07, 2021 3:35 pm
Deks wrote: Tue Dec 07, 2021 3:08 pm I've got a pretty scratched bracelet from the desk etc ( see first pic) . I used the 2mm fibreglass pencil to show the difference. It would have been better with a bigger 4mm one but it gives an idea what the effect is like. I personally don't notice the slightly uneven brushing versus the scratches.

Hope this is of some use

Mike
Thanks, Mike. I had no idea it could work like that. I might give it a (careful) try on one of mine :thumbup:
Hi Alex,

I think it's perfect for bracelet clasps that can get a lot of scuffs. The image 2 above took me about 6 minutes nice and gently. Im just looking at my clasp right now and at normal distance it looks brand new :-). I would be careful with a circular bezel and urge caution. I did on a scuffed one of mine and am more happy now than with the scratches catching the light. Im thinking of devising some kind of rotating jig to spin the watch to get a much better rotated brush. If I get time tomorrow when the light is better I'll post a before and after of the bezel :-)

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^^^^Thanks for that great demo. I’ll be trying this for sure. :thumbup:
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Hi all,

I finally got round to doing the after photo on the C60 yellow. I bought this off the dreaded Ebay which was advertised as being good condition (I cant remember the exact words ). When it arrived the bezel was a real mess with scratches all around it which for me really distracted me everytime I looked at the watch. I later bought another off these forums from ProffGlen which I was over the moon with. I now wear the scratched one as an everyday watch and ProffGlen's on special occasions

Anyway back to the subject. I have attached a before and after of the watch showing the scratch over the numeral 30. I used the 2mm fibreglass pen trying to match the circular brushing. It's impossible to do it perfectly but at normal viewing distance it looks great to me and I no longer see the light catching the horrible scratches :-).

It's definitely a personal thing and I would only do it if the scratch(s) on a watch really bother you more than non-perfect brushed effect. I would definitely recommend on bracelet clasps after excessive "desk diving".

Before showing scratch over the 30 numeral
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After using a 2mm fibre glass pen
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That looks so much better Mike :clap:
Well done.
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:thumbup: Well done, I’ve got more than one I’ll be trying this on, including (crossing my fingers) titanium.
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watchaholic wrote: Fri Dec 17, 2021 4:34 pm :thumbup: Well done, I’ve got more than one I’ll be trying this on, including (crossing my fingers) titanium.
Hi Dwight,

Just be very gentle and take your time. I'd practice on a strap buckle the start as it's simply a straight line. It's also very therapeutic. I was over the moon when I did it on the buckle as it looked like new after

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That's a result, looks great! 👍
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ajax87 wrote: Fri Dec 03, 2021 3:09 pm Yea, glad you’re ok! I’ll agree though, that first scratch on a new watch lifts a weight off my shoulders.
There is a precedent for that. The Dutch rider Wim van Est suffered a fall down a ravine during the 1951 Tour de Feance wearing a Pontiac watch.

"...Pontiac, which had supplied watches to the Dutch team in the Tour de France, started an advertising campaign "Seventy meters deep I dropped, my heart stood still but my Pontiac never stopped"..."

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I was given this top tip by a watchmaker, the foam type finger nail buffing blocks are great for removing scratches in clasps and bracelets, works for steel and titanium.
The one pictured is wider than a watch clasp so its easier to get an even finish.
I've used these to great effect, apply light pressure, even strokes in one direction, start with the most abrasive side and repeat with the other sides of the block finishing with the smoothest.
The most important thing to remember....buy your own, don't pinch the one your wife has, she will not be pleased.

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David. S wrote: Sat Jan 01, 2022 10:24 pm 20220101_210312.jpg

The most important thing to remember....buy your own, don't pinch the one your wife has, she will not be pleased.

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After a rather inauspicious start, this thread has gone on to yield some useful tips. I’ve used a green scourer in the past, but perhaps it’s time to invest in some professional tools.
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