I bought a Seiko Turtle (SRP775) last week from a jewelry store. I noticed the next day that there is a scratch on one of the lugs.
I didn't notice it when I bought the watch but I also don't recall hitting it on anything. Maybe it happened when the jewelers in-house watch guy took out some links for the bracelet?
I took it back to the store a week later (mainly because it is running 38 sec p/day slow, so it needs to go back to Seiko under warranty to be regulated). While I was there I asked about the scratch. Since I had worn the watch (there were a couple of tiny scuff marks I put on the clasp of the bracelet) I can't prove it was bought that way so swapping out the watch was off the cards.
The in-house watch guy said he could use some sandpaper to remove the scratch on the lug. My first instinct is that he is likely to make it worse than it is and he will never be able to replicate the brushed finish on the other lugs. He said he could do it on the clasp first so I could see what it looked like.
I know the watch will pick up scratches along the way. It's all part of the character and story of the watch. I'm just a bit bothered that I bought the watch new and Im pretty certain I didn't put that scratch there.
That said, I did get the watch on sale at 50% off retail so I'm not all that bummed. (they have other SRP775s at the same price so it wasn't discounted because of the scratch).
What are people's thoughts? Has anyone ever had a watch repairer try to sand out a scratch on a brushed finish? Should I see what it looks like on the clasp first (which will no doubt get scratched up anyway)? Or should I just get over it?
At the moment I'm inclined to just live with it because I don't really trust the jewelers in house watch guy (who may have put the scratch there in the first place!)
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