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    Repairing Scratches?

    Greetings!

    Not 100% sure this is the right place for this, but I'm new here so I'm sure I'll get smacked around if I'm wrong.

    I'm pretty close to getting one of my grail watches (either a Speedy or black Seamaster) and so I've decided to sell one or two of the watches I don't really wear.

    One is an Accutron Gemini 26A09 (retails for $895, bought it from an AD for what you'd expect) that has an unfortunate smooth mirror polish pretty much all over it. Naturally the minor scratches are very visible, which seems like it would lower the sale price a lot more than similar scratches would on a brushed finish. There are a lot of minor scratches on the band as well, but I'm not as concerned with that.

    Anyway... what's the best strategy for selling this sort of watch? Sell it as is? Take it to some manner of pro to have it re-polished? Try something myself at home?

    Any suggestions are appreciated. Pics below. Thanks!




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    Re: Repairing Scratches?

    Is the bezel Gold plated?

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    Re: Repairing Scratches?

    No, the whole thing is stainless steel.
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    Re: Repairing Scratches?

    Take it to a watchmaker and have it polished, bracelet also. It would be
    like detailing before you sold your car.

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    Re: Repairing Scratches?

    Good call, thanks. I'll go hit the google.
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    Re: Repairing Scratches?

    You can polish it yourself, but I recoomend Watchbreath's advice.
    You need a 100% polished surface. They can do it. You can not.

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    Re: Repairing Scratches?

    If the scratches aren't deep, you can do it yourself with cape cod cloth. With enough elbow grease you can make it look almost new.


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    Re: Repairing Scratches?

    That watch's bracelet alternates brushed and polished surfaces I believe, does it not? That would make it a bit tricky. Those are beautiful watches.

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    Re: Repairing Scratches?

    Are not many places in Atlanta worth much as watchmakers IMHO.
    Womble watch works in Marietta has a descent reputation, or did, among some WIS. If you find another one that does nice work, please post it.
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    As long as you follow those simple rules - you shouldn't listen to anyone about your watches.


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    Re: Repairing Scratches?

    Thanks for the info. Yeah, the bracelet has alternating polished/brushed parts, so I'll probably pass on doing the bracelet myself. If I do give the cape cod cloth a shot on the case, is there anything I need to know... like if it comes in contact with the crystal, it'll explode?

    What's the ballpark cost of a watchmaker polishing anyway?
    Currently selling (check sales forum):
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    G-Shock GW-9200 Riseman (3147)
    Seiko Kinetic SKA381


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