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    Dial sun fading

    Is this something you usually think about and try to avoid? Do you have any watches that has been faded because of you?

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    Re: Dial sun fading

    I don't totally understand what you're asking, but I think you're asking if us WIS avoid direct sunlight on our watches so the dials don't fade. If so, I think I can speak for the majority that faded dials can be a great thing. Patina and aged watches are great things, so no, I definitely don't go out of my way to keep sun of my watch dials
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    Re: Dial sun fading

    I don't seek out sun damage, and keep my watches stored away from light when stored. I have had watches that, over time exhibit some fading and weathering, but have not purposely ever tried to create or accelerate the patina of age.
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    Re: Dial sun fading

    I reside in sunny AZ and I still try not to sweat this. Just don't store watches in the direct sunlight or under nonstop fluorescent light and all should be well.
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    Re: Dial sun fading

    I don’t care at all.
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    Re: Dial sun fading

    Quote Originally Posted by Henken View Post
    Is this something you usually think about and try to avoid? Do you have any watches that has been faded because of you?
    None of my wrist watches have faded from exposure to the sun. It is not the kind of patina I would seek out. A watch would have to be very special for me to accept it with a noticeably sun damaged dial.

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    Re: Dial sun fading

    My skin gave out long before any watch dial ever did. These days, I really try to avoid spending too much time in the sun. I suppose if I were a sun-bather or someone who spent hours in the sun each day, I’d probably be a bit concerned about over-exposing an expensive watch.

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    Re: Dial sun fading

    It happens. I'd spend more effort on keeping the hair and skin from fading before a watch.
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    Re: Dial sun fading

    Could someone provide a list of modern watch dials which could be faded by fluorescent light?

    I suspect that it would be a rather short list.

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    Re: Dial sun fading

    Quote Originally Posted by Longjean View Post
    Could someone provide a list of modern watch dials which could be faded by fluorescent light?

    I suspect that it would be a rather short list.
    Don't know who would test that (and what company would be dumb enough to send a sample to someone who would). Also it would depend a lot on distance since light intensity is inversely related to the SQUARE of distance.
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