"Hand distressed" Ombre Dial

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"Hand distressed" Ombre Dial

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I just received a Trident Bronze C60 with the "distressed dial." (Mine is the blue version.) The prominence of a few of the strikes across the left side of the dial creates, in my mind, a complete lack of symmetry that is jarring, This phenomenon is not evident on my watch alone, now that I study the CW easier pictures more closely. Have others had a sense that a few exaggerated marks are an issue? Will they "heal" over time as some sort of patina overtakes the dial?
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Re: "Hand distressed" Ombre Dial

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I have one of the original Ombres which to my mind has a single scratch running from 5 to 8 that feels out of place with the rest of the distressing. It felt a single scratch too far!

I’ve grown accustomed to it although it took a while, so I do empathise with you. But they’re there for good; that dial’s not going to change!
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Re: "Hand distressed" Ombre Dial

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I just got this one, which is not overly ombre. I don't like the heavily distressed dials to be honest.
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Will they "heal" over time as some sort of patina overtakes the dial?
Pretty much what the post from "Biggus" said, the face won't change at all but I would expect that you will get used to them and they will become less noticeable. I find that's what happens with scratches on the case of my watches - but that might just be me.
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It kind of depends on the viewing angle to some extent. Mine is pretty even though. The pictures make some of the lines stand out more than with the eye.

I should add that the 'hand made' aspect was one of the details that made me pull the trigger in the end. The fact that mine is unique to the other watches in the run was part of the appeal.
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Mine may be an outlier..the 'distress' seems to be pretty evenly applied..
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Post by Bahnstormer_vRS »

To me, the whole ethos of the CW Ombre dials is that each dial is unique with the striations varying in intensity, length, direction and number.
DavidHRC wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 6:00 pm . . . . .The prominence of a few of the strikes across the left side of the dial creates, in my mind, a complete lack of symmetry that is jarring, This phenomenon is not evident on my watch alone, now that I study the CW easier pictures more closely. . . . . Will they "heal" over time as some sort of patina overtakes the dial?
Therefore there will be a lack of symmetry to the pattern.

As to the 'healing' of the dial, if there is any I would expect it to be very slow, as the base metal of the dial is probably brass and the amount of air available to create any oxidation (healing) will be limited. Assuming of course that the bare metal has been exposed and not just a layer of paint.

You are, naturally, able to use the 60/60 Warranty (Terms & Conditions apply) and return the watch for a refund on the grounds that it hasn't met your expectations. You will then be at liberty to reorder a replacement with the hope that the dial has a treatment more to your liking.

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And this is the reason I have resisted the temptation of the Ombre dials. While I like the distressed look, I thankfully realized before ordering a green Sealander, that to be happy with the purchase, I would need a dozen or so to pick from to find the “perfect” look. Something easier done with actual pictures on the secondary market.
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Adds character. There are no others like mine :D

Highly doubt there will be any self healing or patination of the dial in the protected encased environment.


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watchaholic wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 5:00 am And this is the reason I have resisted the temptation of the Ombre dials. While I like the distressed look, I thankfully realized before ordering a green Sealander, that to be happy with the purchase, I would need a dozen or so to pick from to find the “perfect” look. Something easier done with actual pictures on the secondary market.
I kinda took the opposite view: pot luck with what might arrive. I added a bit of man-logic which guided me that there wouldn't be anything extreme. My C63 Sealander GMT green is only very lightly brushed.
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Re: "Hand distressed" Ombre Dial

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ajax87 wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 12:54 pm Adds character. There are no others like mine :D

Highly doubt there will be any self healing or patinatiom of the dial in the protected encased environment.

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Maybe it's hard to be sure from a sample of just 2, but we both have these green dials with the CW at 12, and both the scratching and the colour fade are very lightly done on both of ours.

edit. I should say a sample of 3, as @tikkathree also has a lightly distressed green version.
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The brass dial base isn’t going to heal or anneal to alleviate the Ombré distressing in any meaningful way. They were meant to carry the hand-made look and remain unique to the individual watch. While there is nothing defectively “wrong” with your watch, if you don’t like how this example looks you can return it and try again with a different one.

The distressed look doesn’t appeal to me in most any context. Hope you find one you like. The CW build quality is excellent.
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I often find "meteorite" dials a disappointment as well. I think if there's too much marking it's seems to detract from the watch.
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The entire concept of a distressed dial is weird to me. I understand wanting patina where patina may normally occur, but unless a crystal is broken there is no earthly way a dial will be marred naturally. I am positive I have wholly missed the point.
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Re: "Hand distressed" Ombre Dial

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NationOfLaws wrote: Wed Sep 21, 2022 8:26 pm The entire concept of a distressed dial is weird to me. I understand wanting patina where patina may normally occur, but unless a crystal is broken there is no earthly way a dial will be marred naturally. I am positive I have wholly missed the point.
I don't think it's that much different to any dial treatment though. You can enamel the dial, hand paint it, give it a guilloche or other pattern, give it a linen or other finish, have a sunray effect, or distress it in some way. It's all up to the buyer. I find a degrade colour attractive, and enjoy a lightly distressed finish.