C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

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C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by barbusg60 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:14 pm

Hi all,
Im very interested in buying a bronze C60 but am wondering how the 'patinated' version is made/done?
Also, in your opinion, which looks best, that one or the raw finish?
I do like the look of the patinated one in pictures I have seen but am a bit wary of how the finish is produced. I wouldnt want it to look 'fake'
Thanks in advance,
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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by Clach77 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:46 pm

I don’t know how CWL do it, but I’d buy raw. They will end up looking similar anyway in time. But if your buy a raw one, it will be ‘your’ patina. Mine took about a year to get to the point it stopped changing.

I posted a number of photos of mine over a year. See here.
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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by iain » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:03 pm

I bought the patinated version and was happy with it. There seems to be a perception that buying raw allows the watch to change in appearance over time, whereas the patinated version is somehow all finished.

In reality the patinated version has only started on its journey and will still continue to age. I seem to recall CW saying somewhere (maybe in a loupe article but don’t quote me) that the patination process adds about 3 months worth of ‘natural’ aged apperance to the watch.

Buy which ever you prefer, but don’t discount the patinated version thinking it won’t be ‘your’ unique watch. It will still become that over time. I chose mine as I preferred the aged look over the raw version

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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by 0uatiOW » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:55 pm

Raw. Watching the patina darken is one of the points of owning a bronze watch (my opinion only), and when it does, it’s all yours.
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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by barbusg60 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:14 pm

Thanks guys, and for the link to your thread Clach77.
I'll keep reading up and looking at pics until I make a decision. Hopefully the right one lol.
Cheers,
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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by Danbailey007 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:56 pm

Here's what mine looked like after a month compared to when I bought it raw.
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And about a month ago..
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I would go with buying it raw and let it patinate as you wear it. I found to keep it even I have to rotate the bezel every so often as it tends to be partially covered by shirt sleeve/jacket.

I'll try and get another picture uploaded soon when I get back to wearing it, trying to give the others a chance for a bit as this one has been hogging the wrist time!
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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by Jcalder68 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:14 pm

I’d always go for raw.

I saw a pair side by side on a showroom visit at the back and of last year, as well as a third one that Declan had that had started raw and been tried on by (many) previous showroom visitors. This “used” one had, to me, by far the best finish and patina. It looked old, used and loved all at the same time, where as the artificially aged one looked too even and even a little bit staged.

Granted, I realise that the artificially aged patina will continue to develop over time, but I would far rather see it develop from scratch and then further evolve.

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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by barbusg60 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:31 am

Good points and thanks for the pics Dan.
I’m down in Somerset but get free train travel so may even think about visiting the showroom myself at some point.
Moving towards the raw finish now...

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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by JenningsPC » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:01 pm

The raw, only for pleasure of seeing watch patina first hand.

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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by barbusg60 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:52 pm

JenningsPC wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:01 pm
The raw, only for pleasure of seeing watch patina first hand.
I think your right mate, cheers

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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by Ian Mc » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:58 pm

This one was bough all shiny and fresh about 8 months ago. The patination started within a week of unwrapping it and now seems to have slowed right down.
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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by Deployant Dave » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:04 pm

Raw. Forced ageing seems a bit fake?

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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by Amor Vincit Omnia » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:28 pm

Deployant Dave wrote:
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Raw. Forced ageing seems a bit fake?
Not sure I’d call it fake, Dave. Fake to me is something or someone pretending to be what it, or they, is not.

This is more like, say, Stone-Washed Jeans, where someone else has done the ageing for you.
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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by scooter » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:18 am

I used to sit in the bath with my 32/6d Levis on.

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Re: C60 Bronze, raw or patinated?

Post by nbg » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:34 am

^^^^^ Ah I remember the good old days of shrink to fit 501s. Essential for pairing with a selection of Ben Sherman, or Fred Perry.

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