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Cleaning a Bronze Watch

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I didn't want to derail an existing thread, so I started a new one.

Here's a before and after. The watch is about 18months old.

The after is the result of leaving it in lemon juice for about 20 minutes, then a 2minute oral b brushing, I've done that twice, and I'm doing another cycle now. How many cycles do you think it needs?
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One cycle less than you've given it already. :wink: :wink:

It looked perfectly fine to start with and those 18 months of accruing patina has all been in vain.

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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Sat Aug 05, 2023 3:57 pm One cycle less than you've given it already. :wink: :wink:

It looked perfectly fine to start with and those 18 months of accruing patina has all been in vain.

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Ha ha. Thanks. :D

Well, you can't please everyone, and there was a little bit of green inside the lugs which I wasn't keen on. It's on a third cycle at the moment.

I'll put it on a strap after this cycle and post the result.
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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Sat Aug 05, 2023 3:57 pm One cycle less than you've given it already. :wink: :wink:

It looked perfectly fine to start with and those 18 months of accruing patina has all been in vain.

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Ha ha. Thanks. :D

Well, you can't please everyone, and there was a little bit of green inside the lugs which I wasn't keen on. It's on a third cycle at the moment.

I'll put it on a strap after this cycle and post the results.
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That looks great on the dark green rubber
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I could have told you that Guy would not agree with your patina vandalisation, but it’s horses for courses I suppose. A timely post given that I have just smartened a bronze watch up today…I used lemon juice and baking powder to make a paste…only one pass needed. Attached are some pics (not the best) of the Oris Fratello on a Tribus vintage oak strap. You can see what the watch looked like, pre-clean by the patina still on the two Oris strap buckles that the watch came with.
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One of the best things about bronze watches is the ability, should you wish, to reset and start over.

Personally I find the deep brown of the bronze patina to be too much, dirty looking almost, and when mine reach that stage I feel the need to reset. I then get to start the wonderful journey all over again. What fun! And you know full well that if you regret the reset, it’s only ever temporary.

If you like it, good for you. If you don’t, wait a few months and you’ll be liking it again. You have the best of both worlds.
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StrappedUp wrote: Sat Aug 05, 2023 5:06 pm That looks great on the dark green rubber
Didn’t know that you liked bronze watches Ryan…

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I’m with Guy on this one, bronze watches are meant to patina and if that look is not for you then it’s maybe best to not buy one.

I understand why some people prefer the new look of bronze but ultimately you know it’s going to patina, so if that’s not for you then you might need to look elsewhere. If you need to constantly reset the patina then I’m pretty sure you’ll tire eventually and move the watch on.

I’m probably the exact opposite, whenever I’ve bought a bronze watch I can’t wait for it to look aged. New bronze is not for me and if it didn’t look old reasonably quickly I’d be looking elsewhere and not buying bronze to start with.
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iain wrote: Sat Aug 05, 2023 8:22 pm I’m with Guy on this one, bronze watches are meant to patina and if that look is not for you then it’s maybe best to not buy one.

I understand why some people prefer the new look of bronze but ultimately you know it’s going to patina, so if that’s not for you then you might need to look elsewhere. If you need to constantly reset the patina then I’m pretty sure you’ll tire eventually and move the watch on.

I’m probably the exact opposite, whenever I’ve bought a bronze watch I can’t wait for it to look aged. New bronze is not for me and if it didn’t look old reasonably quickly I’d be looking elsewhere and not buying bronze to start with.
If they’re ‘meant to patina’ why are so few sold sold new in that condition? They can be aged and advertised and sold in that condition but they aren’t. They’re usually marketed/advertised in shiny, bright guise to attract they eye. I believe that with a bronze you can have the best of both worlds I guess, it’s part of the fun and the process of de-patinating really doesn’t take much time at all. Similarly, there are methods to age the watch case also. Each to their own, but ‘meant to?’ I disagree…agreeably.👍
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@Gar787 i suppose my choice of words when I said ‘meant to’ was around the watch designers who know a bronze watch will age and I’m sure this is taken into consideration at the design stage.

I remember when CW first showed their first bronze cases during one on the forum chats which no longer happen, they had designed their mk2 trident bronze case, but left it to see how it would look when aged before announcing it and releasing it for sale.

I accept some people don’t like that but we all know it’s going to happen and I’m not sure I could cope with a watch that needed working on every few weeks to retain its appearance.

As for why many watch manufacturers don’t sell pre aged watches. I assume it’s down to a combination of time, cost, and effort to do it, or they know many buyers want the watch to age with them.
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iain wrote: Sat Aug 05, 2023 8:51 pm @Gar787 i suppose my choice of words when I said ‘meant to’ was around the watch designers who know a bronze watch will age and I’m sure this is taken into consideration at the design stage.

I remember when CW first showed their first bronze cases during one on the forum chats which no longer happen, they had designed their mk2 trident bronze case, but left it to see how it would look when aged before announcing it and releasing it for sale.

I accept some people don’t like that but we all know it’s going to happen and I’m not sure I could cope with a watch that needed working on every few weeks to retain its appearance.

As for why many watch manufacturers don’t sell pre aged watches. I assume it’s down to a combination of time, cost, and effort to do it, or they know many buyers want the watch to age with them.
Well I could let the watch age gracefully, like me. But as it’s the 21st century, and appearance and preserving youthful good looks these days seems to be de rigeur…think of it like this, I’ve just given the bronze chap a little citrus botox…😉😉
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I like the look of fresh bronze and I don’t care for patina. It’s why I sought out the C65 Black Gold watch. Color, without the tarnishing grey-green to trigger my need to clean it. :D
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nbg wrote: Sat Aug 05, 2023 7:57 pm
StrappedUp wrote: Sat Aug 05, 2023 5:06 pm That looks great on the dark green rubber
Didn’t know that you liked bronze watches Ryan…

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@JAFO I'm with you on this....2-3 cycles to give it that wonderful rose gold appearance and brightness!! Looks great.
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