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    Yes, patina is part of the aging process, and for everything but lume this will happen. Modern day lume will not discolor ever, so you're seeing reputable major manufacturers doing tastefully aged tint to the lume.

    I also hate the homage crowd that bangs and grinds cases, destroys dials and hands, heaps mountains of lume on plots... all in a misguided attempt to make a watch look "vintage".

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDude View Post
    Faded inserts fetch a premium that's for sure.

    It's interesting, a lot of what people are asking for is artificial aging. That's what the brown tropical dials were too. We got pretty strong anti-patina opinions for the lume, but I think this should be on the table as well if we're talking about the other fake aging stuff...

    Fwiw I don't think we should artificially age inserts and dials from the factory.
    I can't agree enough. I really hate "fake aging." I think the "antique lume" on Steinhart's Ocean Vintage Military looks inauthentic and goofy, like ecru underwear. Or grandma panties.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDude View Post
    Yes, patina is part of the aging process, and for everything but lume this will happen. Modern day lume will not discolor ever, so you're seeing reputable major manufacturers doing tastefully aged tint to the lume.

    I also hate the homage crowd that bangs and grinds cases, destroys dials and hands, heaps mountains of lume on plots... all in a misguided attempt to make a watch look "vintage".
    Agreed. Likewise I think it makes it look worse that these don't look new, but are clearly "fake old." The vogue for simulating bad restoration is just misguided. Doesn't look right in any context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDude View Post
    Modern day lume will not discolor ever, so you're seeing reputable major manufacturers doing tastefully aged tint to the lume.
    If by tastefully aged lume you mean the sort of color of aged lume, i think this is OK provided they don't make it look aged but just the tint of color. I have a new Seiko diver that does this well and I think I have seen a JLC diver done that way too which is an homage to its original self. That I am OK with because that color of lume looks nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmasso View Post
    If by tastefully aged lume you mean the sort of color of aged lume, i think this is OK provided they don't make it look aged but just the tint of color. I have a new Seiko diver that does this well and I think I have seen a JLC diver done that way too which is an homage to its original self. That I am OK with because that color of lume looks nice.
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    I am thinking of the Panerai "dirty dials". I have one and it's uber tasteful. Best fake patina imo. I have previously voiced my opinion on this, I like the idea of this as an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDude View Post
    I am thinking of the Panerai "dirty dials". I have one and it's uber tasteful. Best fake patina imo. I have previously voiced my opinion on this, I like the idea of this as an option.

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    Can you post or re-post a pic of this model?

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    Can you post or re-post a pic of this model?
    I have the Pam 359 but there are probably 2 dozen models now with the dirty dial. You can see tons of them by doing a Google image search on "Panerai dirty dials".

    This is mine. It looks lighter and darker depending on the ambient lighting...







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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDude View Post
    I have the Pam 359 but there are probably 2 dozen models now with the dirty dial. You can see tons of them by doing a Google image search on "Panerai dirty dials".

    This is mine. It looks lighter and darker depending on the ambient lighting...

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    I love that. I have no problem with the vintage lume color, because at the end of the day it is just a color choice. I am a sucker for C3 though.......
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    Whatever you experts choose is fine by me, I just need to get on the list! A GMT is going to be the only thing that can get this Kingston off my wrist, there is no doubt in my mind about that. I have bought a couple watches since owning my Kingston and all they do are gather dust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDude View Post
    I have the Pam 359 but there are probably 2 dozen models now with the dirty dial. You can see tons of them by doing a Google image search on "Panerai dirty dials".

    This is mine. It looks lighter and darker depending on the ambient lighting...







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    Thats a nice color.
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    This is the Seiko i was talking about in my earlier post.
    Not my photo but i own this Seiko.
    Note the color of the lume. That sold me on it.

    The photo below is mine. Depending on the lighting the color can look a bit different but still in that beige/cream color range.
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