Stowa Flieger 2801 LE - scratched during strap change :-(

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    Stowa Flieger 2801 LE - scratched during strap change :-(

    Hello everyone,

    My brown leather strap (old style) was outworn and I decided to change it.
    I took my Flieger to some "watch-maker" and asked for changing the strap.
    Disaster happened. This fool took a knife and ...
    ... my Flieger 2801 LE has been scratched during strap change
    Will it be possible to remove this scratch easy or should I send my watch to Jörg Schauer?
    The scratch is not deep but it is annoying.



    Last edited by FliegerPL; July 11th, 2011 at 21:30.
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    Re: Stowa Flieger 2801 LE - scratched during a strap change :-(

    Very sorry to see the damages on your 2801. I think getting rid of scratches on a brushed metal case is possible but you need to do some researches first. To get started, I would read the following two:

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f275/ho...-b-496102.html
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f24/cap...val-42870.html

    However, the brushed finish on your Flieger is constructed in such a high standard that it would be very difficult to replicate the same level as before. Sending it back to Stowa might be worth it if you want it to look just as good as before. Judging from your photo it seems the scratches are not deep so it should not be difficult to fix. Maybe you can shop around in your area to see if any good watchmakers can do the job for you.

    For your future strap change, I would invest to get a Bergeon 6767-F strap change tool. DIY strap change is easy and no one can scratch your watch again.

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    Re: Stowa Flieger 2801 LE - scratched during a strap change :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by senna89wc12 View Post

    For your future strap change, I would invest to get a Bergeon 6767-F strap change tool. DIY strap change is easy and no one can scratch your watch again.
    Thank you for your answer.
    I've just ordered a strap change tool
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    Re: Stowa Flieger 2801 LE - scratched during a strap change :-(

    It doesn't look that bad to me, since the scratch isn't too deep. Probably if you are a diy guy, try some 3M heavy duty scotch brite pad (green color) to remove the scratch carefully.

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    Re: Stowa Flieger 2801 LE - scratched during a strap change :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by FliegerPL View Post
    Thank you for your answer.
    I've just ordered a strap change tool
    Sorry to hear about this scratch.
    May I ask where you ordered the strap tool from?
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    Re: Stowa Flieger 2801 LE - scratched during a strap change :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by harrym71 View Post
    May I ask where you ordered the strap tool from?
    On the polish auction website called "allegro"

    Strap Change Tool

    Cost: 16,00 Zloty = ca. $ 6,00
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    Re: Stowa Flieger 2801 LE - scratched during a strap change :-(

    Could you call it 'character' and shrug it off? It's a shame, but you'd get scratches eventually if you wear it everyday. The first is the worst, though. Especialy when it's not you who caused it. It would drive me nuts, too, though; so I'd probably look to have it fixed as well. Good luck and let us know if you find a sucessful solution.
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    Re: Stowa Flieger 2801 LE - scratched during a strap change :-(

    Indeed very heart wrenching to see that scratch on a 2801 LE
    Hope you can minimize that scratch to make it less...
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    Re: Stowa Flieger 2801 LE - scratched during a strap change :-(

    I feel for you and learned my lesson in a similar way. Took my watch to a jeweler to get some spring bars and swap a new bracelet onto my watch. This guy was wearing several rings and when he gave me the watch back it had scratches all over where his rings were rubbing the case while he was working on it. Frustrating. From then on, I do all my own strap/bracelet changes. If I have to live with a scratch, I'd rather it was me who put it there.

    I use Scotchbrite for bracelet clasps and it works well. For small areas like your lug I normally use a fiberglass scratch pen to repair issues like this. It works well as long as the scratches are only finish-deep and not further into the metal underneath.

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    Re: Stowa Flieger 2801 LE - scratched during a strap change :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by JarrodS View Post
    I use Scotchbrite for bracelet clasps and it works well. For small areas like your lug I normally use a fiberglass scratch pen to repair issues like this. It works well as long as the scratches are only finish-deep and not further into the metal underneath.
    Hmmm a fiberglass scratch pen seems to be promising



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