Shiny New vs. Well Worn

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    Shiny New vs. Well Worn

    I really enjoy/appreciate seeing someone wearing a watch that shows that it has been used for its purpose, and shows the scars of that wearing. For example, a dive watch showing scars on the bezel, from such as coral scratches, etc. or a Hamilton showing well rounded edges from wear. To my eye these watches have more character than watches appearing brand new. How do you all feel?
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    Re: Shiny New vs. Well Worn

    The thought of dinging even my G-Shock drives me nuts. However, for anyone else...go for it. There was a Breitling with some bumps and scrapes for sale on the forum presented as an 'elegant beater'. I thought that was great.

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    Re: Shiny New vs. Well Worn

    I prefer to keep my watches clean and new. I use a pocket watch if it's likely to get scratched etc.
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    Re: Shiny New vs. Well Worn

    I wasn't talking about my (your) watches. I can't stand a single scratch on mine. I'm talking about seeing on another guys wrist.
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    Re: Shiny New vs. Well Worn

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostdancer View Post
    I wasn't talking about my (your) watches. I can't stand a single scratch on mine. I'm talking about seeing on another guys wrist.
    Same here. I enjoy reading how many adventures others went thru with their watches and how those nasty gashes came to be but can't stand imperfections on my own watches, especially the ones I really cherish.

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    Re: Shiny New vs. Well Worn

    While there's probably a point beyond which a watch has too many battle scars, I too like to see a nicer watch that's actually be used. Someone bought a durable, well made watch years ago and actually used it as it was designed to be used. Recently I've met someone who had a 20+ year old Seiko that's been a daily wearer - but still looked pretty nice. I also met someone that had a Breitling with the small second time zone module (what's that called again?) that also had been worn for a number of years. To me, those look much better than a new, blingy Breitling or some other expensive and obviously rarely worn watch, especially non-dress watches.

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    Re: Shiny New vs. Well Worn

    I love to see older chaps with watches they've worked through life with - old omega sea-masters or Rolexes with stretched bracelets and scratched acrylic crystals - got character

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    Re: Shiny New vs. Well Worn

    If someone wants to wear a beat-up watch, more power to 'em.
    I don't want to see scratches/dings anywhere.
    "Time is the school in which we learn. Time is the fire in which we burn."

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    Re: Shiny New vs. Well Worn

    No scratches or such, I like even to keep my Vintages in as pristine condition as possible.

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    Re: Shiny New vs. Well Worn

    Certainly not going out of my way to add "character" as many WUS's would say around these parts. But crap happens, hopefully not to mine ;)
    Better to regret something you have done, than something you haven't done...





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