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    Question Flaw Not Visible from 1 Foot Away is OK for a New Watch?

    to wit - a flaw not visible at 30cm (about a foot away) with the naked eye, is OK for a new watch. Apparently a Swiss watchmaking standard.

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    Re: Flaw Not Visible from 1 Foot Away is OK for a New Watch?

    If I’d paid a heap of cash for a watch I wouldn’t be best pleased if it had a flaw that was visible at 29CM but you lost sight of it at 30CM. If it was an affordable then this would be quite acceptable but not with a more expensive watch.

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    Re: Flaw Not Visible from 1 Foot Away is OK for a New Watch?

    Hell no. Before purchasing my most expensive pieces I louped the crap out of them. One had a piece of hair or dust only visible with a loupe. Told them to order me another one.
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    Re: Flaw Not Visible from 1 Foot Away is OK for a New Watch?

    IMHO, piece of hair or dust is worst than and shouldn't be categorized as flaw. A flaw is something like a say lume paint not being 100% even. A dust is a manufacturing mistake correctable with low cost, but if you want everything on the dial, around the case to be "flawless", I don't know what kind of yield rate a manufacture is able to achieve
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    Re: Flaw Not Visible from 1 Foot Away is OK for a New Watch?

    if you don´t bother when I pay with "flawed" 30 Dollar notes...
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    Re: Flaw Not Visible from 1 Foot Away is OK for a New Watch?

    I believe an expensive watch should be Perfect at the time of purchase, perhaps even under the torture of a flaw-inducing loupe. What happens after that while on the wrist of the new owner is another story. I suppose the ultimate goal is to maintain ownership where no flaws are visible from a foot away or more.
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    Re: Flaw Not Visible from 1 Foot Away is OK for a New Watch?

    Absolute garbage.
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    Re: Flaw Not Visible from 1 Foot Away is OK for a New Watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by sticky View Post
    If I’d paid a heap of cash for a watch I wouldn’t be best pleased if it had a flaw that was visible at 29CM but you lost sight of it at 30CM. If it was an affordable then this would be quite acceptable but not with a more expensive watch.
    Quote Originally Posted by torquemada View Post
    if you don´t bother when I pay with "flawed" 30 Dollar notes...
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stark View Post
    I believe an expensive watch should be Perfect at the time of purchase, perhaps even under the torture of a flaw-inducing loupe. What happens after that while on the wrist of the new owner is another story. I suppose the ultimate goal is to maintain ownership where no flaws are visible from a foot away or more.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bradjhomes View Post
    Absolute garbage.
    Apparently, "no flaws visible with the naked eye at 30cm" is the standard now for mid-tier luxury watches. Will you no longer buy Omega or Rolex?

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    Re: Flaw Not Visible from 1 Foot Away is OK for a New Watch?

    If i'm spending 10k on a watch it better be perfect under a loupe. How hard is it really to make sure a 30mm dial is free from any flaws ?
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    Re: Flaw Not Visible from 1 Foot Away is OK for a New Watch?

    That is absolute nonsense. Luxury watches in this day and age should be perfect out the door, especially since prices have appreciated faster than inflation or wages.

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