I hate silver watch dials.

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    I hate silver watch dials.

    Under perfect conditions they are o.k. for the long term, but in real life conditions they get spotty, dingy, do not retain the enamel markings very well, and lose them with cleaning attempts. Watch producers put silver dials on their best pocket and wrist watches. Exception being r.r. watches that had to survive coal gas environment, needed best visibility and permanence. For metal dials my favorites for fine watches are multicolor gold, platinum and gold, gold alloy, and good enamel paint jobs. Also never saw a bad copper metal dial; not sure of their composition. Photos here of each. The pentagon is 100+ years of oxidation on solid gold alloy. Fairly common English multicolor gold. Illinois is solid gold with fired white ceramic, Elgin platinum with gold plating, 1932 copper, 1940+ black enamel.
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    Re: I hate silver watch dials.

    No response about my negative silver dial opinion. All shown are mine and I can show age 50+ silver dials that are near 100% condition, but most are certainly not. Have one 1920 upper grade solid gold Gruen that is a mystery. The dial has metal on metal. Maybe both white gold and silver and still nice. I am inclined to think gold, but could be all silver. So I acknowledge some few exceptions.
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    Re: I hate silver watch dials.

    Don't buy them???
    familiaritas parit contemptum; raritate admiratione wins.- Lucius Apuleius
    est necessry, accurate ad secundo? - Lysander magna
    iustum est horologium - Obscurus Genius

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    Re: I hate silver watch dials.

    I find ANY dial can be ruined by abuse. The silver shows the abuse more readily but it also produces a nicer dial in many situations. My modern high end watches tend to have silver dials because it shows detail better and is more readable to my getting older eyes...
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: I hate silver watch dials.

    Don't buy them? Hard to refuse when a wanted Omega which is otherwise very nice is $40.
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