Background: I bought this Speedmaster new back in April a day before my son was born and it?s been a great watch, runs about +4.5/day and I couldn?t be happier with that.
BUT today I noticed something strange?it appears the hour hand has ?burned? a shadow of itself into the watch face at 11 o?clock. It?s definitely on the face and not the crystal. I didn?t notice this when I bought it new and there is no sign of this phenomenon happening with the minute hand (or any of the Chrono hands).
My first thought is this has something to do with UV light, but it would have to be something very intense, and I have no idea what that could have been. I?ve been nowhere near a nuclear detonation or a tanning bed :)
I?ve searched and found instances of radium ?burns? on dials but those seem to ?bleach? the area lighter instead of creating a shadow. Plus, this is a new watch and doesn?t use radioactive lume.
It doesn?t bother me too much since I can?t see it unless the light is just right, and I?m more inclined to just leave it alone until it?s time for a service since it keeps such good time for a Speedmaster.