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    Opinions on patina-ed dial?

    Hi I also posted this on the main forum but it may be more appropriate here.

    I am curious to hear opinions on this patina-ed dial on a 1960s chronograph. I know patina can be sometimes viewed as a good thing on a watch that is 50+ years old, and sometimes a bad thing.

    Would you say this is a nice example of a patina dial? Or a watch to avoid?

    Would the patina add to value or take away from it in this case?

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    Re: Opinions on patina-ed dial?

    Can you take a photo straight on that's in focus? I think the patina looks fine but it's hard to tell from the photos.

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    Re: Opinions on patina-ed dial?

    Not sure if you're looking at patina. If the dial was white, then it has a nice yellowed patina. What I do see is pitting that is not good. Don't know if it will worsen over time, but the pits bother me.
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    Re: Opinions on patina-ed dial?

    I would say that any patina lowers the value compared to an original watch in perfect top condition. The trouble is that such watches are extremely rare and most of the really good looking ones are redials - which lowers the value even more and much more than mild to moderate patina. As for that dial, the patina looks almost as perfect as one can get for a patinated dial: even, not really noticeable and doesn't distract from the main features (name, subdials, markers, etc.).

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    Re: Opinions on patina-ed dial?

    An overall even patina is more desirable than that type of spotting/pitting. So the condition of this dial would not be considered a positive in terms of value or collectibility. Beyond that, it is really a matter of taste, and sometimes dials that look very spotted under high magnification look much more even to the naked eye. Personally, I think this one is ok at the right price, and these "poor man's Heuers" have become surprisingly desirable.
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    Re: Opinions on patina-ed dial?

    It's dial aging. Calling such dial deterioration "patina" always strikes me as trendy hipster jivetalk . It's deterioration of the original finish, nothing more, nothing less. In this case it looks like it may be in the lacquer layer, but you never know how the paint has been affected also.

    Collector's tolerance for dial condition varies. For me any damage to the original finish decreases the desirability. Ideally, I prefer to see a watch as the maker intended it to be and I have to decide what degree of lesser condition I can live with.
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    Re: Opinions on patina-ed dial?

    How can rust/dirt/decay possibly add value to anything? The watch looks decent, but would obviously be worth a lot more if it was like the day it left the factory.

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    Re: Opinions on patina-ed dial?

    Quote Originally Posted by KasperDK View Post
    How can rust/dirt/decay possibly add value to anything? The watch looks decent, but would obviously be worth a lot more if it was like the day it left the factory.
    It just needs to be called Ro.lex :D
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    Re: Opinions on patina-ed dial?

    Yup, if this were a Rolex Explorer or Submariner, people would use twee, upbeat names for the dial flaws---like "spider dial!" (cracked horribly) or "tropical dial!" (stained horribly)---and then double the price.

    Otherwise, I think the dial looks good. The watch looks like it has seen a bit of the world.
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