Modern Submariner Patina
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    Modern Submariner Patina

    Hi All,

    Something that has intrigued me for some time now is how will the modern day Ceramic Submariner look in 30 years time? I love how the vintage Submariners show their age through faded/scratched aluminium bezels, faded dials and patina lume markers.

    How do you think the modern day Submariner will age given its scratch/fade resistant ceremic bezel, luminova markers and glossy dial? I have worn mine for 6 years now and despite some marks on the bracelet it looks as good as the day I bought which is testament to Rolex build quality.

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    Modern Submariner Patina

    I expect patina only in the dial painting and to a lesser degree in lume ( over a longer period of time.

    See my Luminova Seiko made in 1995 (24 years ago).

    Some dial patina. Lume looks new. I can only imagine Rolex holding up better.

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    Re: Modern Submariner Patina

    It won't. And I'm ok with that.
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    Re: Modern Submariner Patina

    I think it's unlikely that you will see any patina develop on super luminova or the scratch resistant ceramic bezel. If you want patina, stick with the tritium and aluminium bezel.

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    Re: Modern Submariner Patina

    It wont age.

    Owners don't want them to, and most owners use them more as jewellery / bling than a tool watch. Or as an 'investment'...

    If theres a small chance its going to get a scratch / ding the Sub is coming off and the G-Shock is going on.

    If you love how older subs look, get over to Burlington Arcade off Piccadilly and haggle like a mad man.
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    Re: Modern Submariner Patina

    I'm very happy that my Sub is not going to have significant patina. If I was buying a vintage Sub, I'd be looking for one that didn't have patina (or better yet, had a brand new service dial, tbh). See sporty's examples of vintage Rolex for what I would be looking for.
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