99 The final plating will look exactly as the finish you have prepared. These guys polish new parts, and apply a huge range of techniques to get this right. A trip to the watch forums in search of scratch-fix techniques for this crystal type will yield about a dozen different remedies. This will remove most of the If you have a mid-priced watch, you’re likely telling time through a mineral crystal. You only need to use a moderate amount of pressure. Yes, it’s sometimes very tempting to want to polish a scratched case/case-back but I guess it’s better left alone or VERY carefully polished without trying to remove all scratches! So please don’t ask ? Tag Heuer is a bit like you they are not providing any polishing onny as a separate option for the customer. I can see it’s gentler than sanding but some material must be removed to polish out a deep scratch. Again, if the cloth becomes too black, reapply the polish using a clean section. If you polish a watch case, you have to sand the case down to the deepest scratch first. Rub a small amount of your chosen polish over the case in a circular motion, using a soft polishing rag. Fill in the gaps and then take it down. I’ve got some very good resolution pictures (before and after and I can prove that polishing is a good thing to do, even many times 5-7). Sad what has happened to the one in your picture though. Once cleaned, gently rinse the watch … Elbow grease and a variety of household products can … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmY5wJNsYO4. Buff the areas where the gold plating is damaged. I think we should finish this conversation about polishing on a good note I know dealers well enough to say, if there’s a dirty great big unsightly scratch on something that would stop a sale they’d want it gone. Pixie dust I guess . Obviously the polishing process is removing material from around the scratch, lowering the surface around it to bottom out the scratch and being always careful of heat as this could stretch and buckle metal. Rolex.uk for example doing amazing work on polishing, Omega.uk not too bad as well. Your email address will not be published. Dip the brush in the solution, and gently brush the watch to clean. For the last 10 years I’m in UK. 3. Using a soft cloth, buff the surface with watch crystal polish, using circular motions until the scratches are no longer visible ; If this does not work, the scratches may be too deep to buff out. 06 – Before you polish your watch, you will want to clean the bracelet to remove any dirt and debris. Apply a small amount of polish to the surface of the watch crystal. Any advice on what medium to use to polish the case of a rose gold plated steel watch case? It’s a fascinating watch. The main and true reason why some workshops don’t want to polish the customers watches is that the polishing is a time consuming process and instead let say 4 services (manual mechanical) a day with no polishing involved it’s possible to complete only 2 with the polishing per watchmaker. If the scratches are still visible, repeat the process. I think you can answer the question yourself. You have a few options here – you can clean with a polishing or lint-free cloth, a soft bristled toothbrush, or a chamois cloth. Acrylic is used for its low cost and its capacity to be polished. I am sure they have other ways to do this as well. In any case, I do have a few more comment. Includes free vocabulary trainer, verb tables and pronunciation function. With the wide variety of watch tools available, you can polish a watch case or watch case back to a high finish, as well as work on other cleaning projects. Or do we polish them away and find out too late that they are what we wanted to keep above all? Clean between the areas of the watch that attach to the watch band. Learn how your comment data is processed. Use a normal brass or silver polish to work around the entire surface including watch casing and the chain. Cutting, shaping and polishing out many a deep scratch in my time. Lots of windows, shields, headlight lenses and guards are now made with clear plastic. This can easily be 1/10mm or more… Once that is done, you polish the case, and remove more material. You are very welcome to post on this blog in the future, but maybe keep the tone to what your last post was, and not to the tone of the previous posts. Pop the crystal out of the case. Jun 14, 2019 - Learn how to polish up a stainless steel watch with this step by step guide. Wait a few minutes then remove the toothpaste with a moistened soft cloth, using small, circular polishing motions. You will notice that the cloth becomes still slightly gray as tiny metal particles and dirty micro abrasives stick to the oil. Polish the dial or face of the watch. We do this since years, and it’s the best way to restore even 50 years old 6538 cases. Don’t polish the cases of vintage watches, but if you do, at least ask the customer (that’s the person who owns it and pays the invoice) if they want it done. Apply a small amount of the metal polish onto the applicator pad that's provided. If I'm satisfied with the result I'll apply a light coat over the entire watch case to even out the finish. A lazer weld before polishing is preferable IMO. Markings on the case are sometimes ambiguous, and counterfeit or "upgraded" assay marks, while certainly not common, are known to exist. In the video, the narrator questions the ethical ramifications of the practice. Apple’s iPhone X saddle brown leather case is a little too yellow out of the box. Step 2 Hold the stainless steel watch firmly in one hand with the reverse side up. We show you what to do and things to avoid so you get the best result. Our experienced watch polishing and watch refurbishment department can totally revitalise and rejuvenate your timepiece. so with the posters like this (and some others) you providing completely misleading information for the people/customers. Also I really would like to visit your new workshop. If your watch is made of a precious metal (such as gold), you will want to use either an extra-soft brush, microfiber cloth, or just your hands to avoid damaging the softer material. Required fields are marked *. For crystal watch faces, you may have to try three different grades of diamond paste, 6-, 3- and .25-micron pastes. This is not without reason. I was thinking about this post overnight and how a company like Rolex give no option but to have your watch polished if it goes in to service with them. Would love to see a more in-depth version in the future :) 1 reply 0. The watch looks now clean and shiny but there are still some micro abrasives on the surface. A very strongly worded opinion… So you are saying that polishing doesn’t remove any material. Chris! I’m also very happy to do not polish:) ) for the customers watches and my customers are very happy with the polishing quality I’m providing. Most people who collect vintage watches know that polishing reduces the resale value considerably. Just the cloth and your hand going over the surface a few times will do the trick. A quality timepiece can last a lifetime, so it's no surprise when the mental band and the watch casing itself become dull and discolored by scratches, dirt and oils. Just the little while I’ve been perusing the different forums, I have learned quite a lot. If the cleaning is overdue, you can get deeper into the bracelet and its crevices by dipping the soft brush in glass cleaner and gently scrubbing the bracelet. In this how-to, Dieter Bohn completely overthinks how to add a nice, dark patina to it. he was very successful, still is i am sure, selling vintage higher end heuers, omegas and such, polished to look as if new (dials usually redone too). When you remove sun block, lotion, or oil, use a soap-free detergent, then rinse and dry your Galaxy Watch thoroughly. Just wondering what the dirt is that starts building up around the buffing wheel? Copernicus Watch Sp was founded in 2009 by two passionate watch aficionados, Marcin Lewandowski and Marek Filipczyk. It’s a glass crystal that has been treated with heat or chemicals to withstand scratches, and might appear hazy. ? Take now a soft microfiber cloth and buff the entire watch. Strangely enough, I have had no takers yet …. If you only have a small titanium object, you can soak it in soapy water instead. This is the final article in a three-part series on bronze watches by contributing writer Justin Mastine-Frost. Then he polished it down to be a perfect match for the other lugs. my SKX seiko, even on the brushed areas, looks like some cool classic not just because it really is a great design, but the case gingerly taking on a classic patina. Use any type of watch crystal polish on a mineral glass crystal. If there are deep scratches, material will be removed. It does work to a certain degree… You do of course deform the case, and there are limits to enticing the material to change its position… Next, take a soft cloth and a little Brasso and polish the case thoroughly and buff with a clean soft cloth. That is unquestionably true. The plastic resin of a white Casio G-Shock gets dirty quickly with regular use. With all respect. For valuable vintage watches, polishing a watch's case is known to potentially decrease its value: it can noticeably alter the case's silhouette and will never be quite the same as the original factory finish anyway. Take the case to the sink and with a little dish soap, hot water, and a toothbrush, brush all of the gunk off of the case. Sad. Avoid squeezing too much out of the tube, especially if you have a large watch collection – because you might want to use it again. A clean watch movement will look more enticing especially when displayed in a watch case. my own take is that polishing & refinishing is indeed an incredible art. Good to see that you have found a nicer tone for your posts. Watch Cases Watch Case #10 to Fit ETA 6497-1 and 6498-1, Diameter 41mm See Thru "Exhibition Back" Watch Cases Glass Crystals Stainless Steel 41 mm Diameter Watch … it’s a many of polishing techniques to achieve a perfect results. Stainless Steel or Silveroid watch cases Indiscriminate polishing ruins the lines of cases, strips finishing, and turns a watch case into a bizarre, over-shined, characterless blob of metal that never quite looks right (in fact it looks terrible). How about you polish, and I don’t, and we leave it at that? Repeat if necessary and watch the scratch vanish. wet and clean the entire watch case (rub hard). Your choice is do not polish customer watches it’s all good. I just don’t believe that no material is removed. A better title would be "How to open and clean a watch case". After a minute, remove the watch, and immediately dry it off. Hi Christian The final plating will look exactly as the finish you have prepared. It’s a myth that buffing works without any removal of material, but I accept that it’s a lot gentler than polishing. "With a soft, clean cloth, wipe the inside of the band and wipe gently around the case back—this will remove excess moisture and any lotion build-up … Your email address will not be published. while it’s arguable whether the polishing was anything near the original, it did cosmetically look very newish. Mitka and I would love to visit your workshop in Exeter, and see what equipment you have, and how you do things. If a watch case is solid-gold it will usually be hallmarked or stamped with a karat symbol or assay mark, like "WARRANTED U.S. ASSAY". This will remove most of the dirt and oxidation and make the areas shine where the surface level gold plating is still good. It’s not worth it, it’s a bad idea, and it destroys your watch. What metals were commonly used to make watch cases? Maybe that’s why so many others encourage it, as they are looking to “force” another purchase somewhere down the line. Come over to our workshop from wherever you are (I guess Germany and Lithuania respectively), and we will take a stainless steel watch case, measure the case thickness in various places with a micrometer, and inflict three 1/10mm punch marks on one of the lugs, one side and the top of the case. Rub the watch dry with a towel I agree. If over restoration destroys function I can see the point of leaving well alone, but otherwise I guess it’s a personal choice. A few scratches is never a problem at the end of the day. WOSTEP training or not. The case is ruined, and with that, the watch is ruined. but i’ll end on the story of a fellow watch seller friend of mine. I totally admire polisseurs, and I know that it takes years to get that right. Look up the English to Polish translation of watch-case in the PONS online dictionary. The advice from many others suggests that polishing is best but as you noted, eventually you’d ruin the watch and have to buy another. Snap the watch case open. I am truly grateful that it’s Christian and Mitka, and not some of the others who are servicing my watches… If someone ever tells me that he or she has attended “Master Watchmaking School” in Germany I’ll just walk away. Not getting rid of it entirely but make it look like years of handling had polished them almost out, still there but less unsightly. To get a satin finish, prepare the watch case with a high polish as described before. Also maybe you would like some time to visit my new worksop in Exeter too? it is now 2018 and i’ve come around strongly to this point of view for my own vintage and aging new pieces, tho the decision is always up to the owner and his/her preferences. Spray glass cleaner on a soft cloth, and wipe down the watch face, case and bracelet to refresh the shine. If you own a specialty watch, consult the directions on how to properly do this so you do not break the watch. Not every polishing is the same. And if it is heat that’s required to ‘move the metal about’ then I doubt he’d still be holding it at the circa 1400 °C melt point of stainless steel – or he has asbestos hands , completely disagree. We did in the past, but don’t polish any more. Using a polishing cloth or light steel wool, apply the chrome polish to the affected area in a circular motion for a few minutes, topping up the polish top avoid using a dry cloth. There’d be nothing left of the case. This must be done very gently to avoid damaging the crystal. Rinse the watch case under warm water and dry and polish with your cotton cloth ensuring that all of the paste has been removed If any patina still remains then repeat steps 6-9 again. If they would have been polished at every service, nothing would be left of the cases. It’s not worth it, it’s a bad idea, and it destroys your watch. Many watches can be opened up by simply inserting the flat edge of a screwdriver into the edge of the casing and snapping the case open. Rub a small amount of your chosen polish over the case in a circular motion, using a soft polishing rag. Natürlich wird ein ganz geringer Materialabtrag auch beim ‘buffing’ messbar sein, aber sicher nicht mehr als im Zehntel Promille Bereich, also fast nicht messbar am Gehäuse, daher aber die schwarzfärbung des buffingwheel. They replaced the crystal and out in a new main spring, but when I got it back, they had polished it. If I'm satisfied with the result I'll apply a light coat over the entire watch case to even out the finish. Cheers Tom. Watch cases and bracelets are brought back as close to factory finish as possible using state of the art buffering equipment and various mops depending on the material of your watch. Hi Christian. But along the sides of the case where it was in contact with this almost ‘tacky’ plastic there are the outlines of a stain. For all “polishing experts”, have a look: https://youtu.be/YMuWrI-sCj8. beautifully expressed, and an enjoyable thread to read. Simichrome works in two different ways: it's both a mild abrasive and a chemical polish. Removing Mineral Glass Watch Crystal Scratches. Some enjoy the authenticity of an unpolished case, the decades old scratches that tell the story of a vintage watch and those people might recommend you never polish your watch. Choose a polishing cloth that is designed for fine metals. The cloth will become black. You can tell pretty quickly whether the scratch is fading or not. Watch cases available for the ETA 2824-2 and ETA 2836-2 movements from Otto Frei, Oakland California www.ofrei.com Since 1930 Otto Frei Company has been suppling watch parts and supplies, including cases, dials, hands and movements. too much of each will end with the death of the patient. WOSTEP will of course teach polishing. Keeping a watch crystal clean is very easy and inexpensive. Any polishing must remove material. In this case, it is best to take the watch to a professional for an expert opinion or acrylic replacement. this example of the watch above has nothing to do with the bad polishing this is just old bad construction case with the worn holes (from inside not outside) Just buffing the case will bring back it's old beauty again. Wow, there are some incredibly dense people commenting here. With a felt wheel and buffing paste – with this method you don’t remove material, you “swap” material to another position and you smooth the surface! To get a satin finish, prepare the watch case with a high polish as described before. Next, take a soft cloth and a little Brasso and polish the case thoroughly and buff with a clean soft cloth. I couldn’t bear looking it so I sold it. Remove You don't have to live with the scratches, though. Additionally, many Rolex watches are made from multiple types of metals, which can further complicate the refinishing process. This is a difficult one for me. Deep scratches are not likely to come off with just toothpaste, so you might want to use another method. The watch came out of the box with a thin transparent soft sheet of plastic wrapped around the case for protection. The vast majority of Rolex watches have both high-polish and brushed surfaces on their cases and bracelets. We are mainly dealing with vintage watches. Even with water-resistant designs, stainless steel watches can be vulnerable to rust due to frequent swimming, saltwater exposure or even just frequent sweating. The workshop lazered on new metal and made it as good as new and it was cheap too. NOTE: Be wary as to not let any part of the pad touch the polished sides of the case, so as not to scratch it--I like to keep it snug around the tip of my finger. These polishers allow you to remove rust from watch cases and watch movements, as well as polish the watch hands and give them a high shine. Firstly, happy New Year from us at Watchguy.co.uk! This column addresses the various aspects of owning and caring for a bronze watch that extend beyond the obvious passion for patina. So being able to polish a watch case and bracelet and restore the watch so that it has the finish, shape and function as when new is something that the customer can immediately appreciate. As every watch is different, make a note as to which way the "grain", if you will, is supposed to go on your case and try to replicate that same pattern when buffing: while i don’t want dents and nicks in my steel watches, and never will, i must say i have become much healthier psychologically now appreciating the soft patina of wear and natural handling that even non-abused watches get over time. No Material is added or removed, even with deep scratches! plating is still good. That totally rounded the case side and edges – it looks better than after he hit it with a hammer – but its a different case shape now! I’ve been looking at this site as i feel i’ll be needing the watch guys and their skills in the near future. They make millions of watches a year so maybe it is a long-term strategy to slowly take some watches out of commission through over-polishing and the real collectable gets stashed by careful non-polishing collectors. Surely not? Carefully cleaning a white Casio G-Shock restores its appearance without harming the function or causing any damage. If you feel you should be compensated for your loss of time whilst travelling and in our workshop, that’s no problem at all. He then went on to do the same on deep scratches on the case. Half the price of a Longines quote well happy watch looks good as new. Proof is in the pudding. Sorry but all this story about not polishing sounds like a bad excuse. If the Galaxy Watch gets stained or contains any materials, wipe it with a moistened soft bristle toothbrush. Thanks for sharing correct information. You still can’t help being a bit offensive, though. I was gutted. but time (pun) has changed things in the watch world, as well as auction prices for high end watches being much higher (much) for comparable items that are original cases, not polished. aside from the matter of polishing over time removing watch material, even if done by authenticated pro polishers, i will admit ‘to polish or not to polish’ is in the end a subjective choice. All you need is a good-quality metal polish. A bit like culling the population? Which vintage car owner would want his pride and joy scratched and dented for the sake of originality? Rub the cloth back and forth over the link. 10pcs 1/8inch Cotton Cloth Polishing Buffing Wheel for Dremel Polishing Kit - Polishing Wheel or Silver Polish Wheel - Watch Polishing Kit - Jewelry Polishing Kit 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 $15.99 $ 15 . Anie demonstrates how to remove scratches and polish a watch band and case using the JOOLTOOL System. 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