% of previously polished 40-60 year old watches? I say over 95% You?

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% of previously polished 40-60 year old watches? I say over 95% You?

greekbum
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July 12th, 2012, 2:30 am #1

I am asked by buyers all of the time has the watched been polished? As to say if it has its no good....LOL. I am of the opinion that if a watch has been serviced it has high % odds it was polished in the past. Multiple service marks = higher % it was polished. I have seen very few watches that were rare and desirable that were mint and unpolished in my life BUT I have seen many restored that look new and mint. Now what if the case was restored and looks like new is it still unpolished? LOL Of course not but its a strong case and whats wrong with using this term? Strong case thick lugs etc? This has been discussed before BUT I still see people with restored cases claiming unpolished. I have a random serial Submariner 2 years old in my hands and the owner has had it at the ad 3 times to take scratches out...LOL
The watch below was bought new by me and has been worn most of my adult life. I have polished this watch myself over 100 times since I bought it mostly by hand but even with a dremel sometimes.Its not a bad case but polished many times. I have seen worse and the owner claimed unpolished...LOL.
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LunetteVerde
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July 12th, 2012, 3:44 am #2

The mods have talked about this gazeelions of times of not hyperboling the sales ad but it still happens. Especially for the newbies, greenhorns & noobs - it's difficult for them to tell the difference of such cases.

Steve Mulholland, RC & members commented loosely about this hyperbole on the Facebook VRF page in Apr about a real life case of a buyer who was giving less than proud comments of his watch.

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1thunder
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July 12th, 2012, 10:13 am #3

It is great to see perspective from People in the know! For many of us 1 off annual buyers it is hard.

It amazes me when you see some of these pieces and the bevels look 3 inches thick.....Would it be a good idea to see the back of the watch as most of the time that s a true tell as to whether it has been polished?

Seems for me it is easy to see the how much meat has come off based on the shape.
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dcfis
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July 12th, 2012, 10:29 am #4

I am asked by buyers all of the time has the watched been polished? As to say if it has its no good....LOL. I am of the opinion that if a watch has been serviced it has high % odds it was polished in the past. Multiple service marks = higher % it was polished. I have seen very few watches that were rare and desirable that were mint and unpolished in my life BUT I have seen many restored that look new and mint. Now what if the case was restored and looks like new is it still unpolished? LOL Of course not but its a strong case and whats wrong with using this term? Strong case thick lugs etc? This has been discussed before BUT I still see people with restored cases claiming unpolished. I have a random serial Submariner 2 years old in my hands and the owner has had it at the ad 3 times to take scratches out...LOL
The watch below was bought new by me and has been worn most of my adult life. I have polished this watch myself over 100 times since I bought it mostly by hand but even with a dremel sometimes.Its not a bad case but polished many times. I have seen worse and the owner claimed unpolished...LOL.
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Allthis hooey about polishing ect doesn't mean much to meas long as the watch is nice and I like it. Too many people spend Way too much time on this. One thing though, what is a restored case? I don't know about that,are people doing something to squeeze more money out of unsuspecting buyers?
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poormans
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July 12th, 2012, 11:55 am #5

but they cand to magic if the luggs are worn and holes are wide they stay that way no matter how its done

but if a case is good they can bring it back close to mint but the cases i have seen where that has been done still lacks the crisp feeling of a untouched case speclially around the luggholes and on the caseback

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July 12th, 2012, 4:10 pm #6

I am asked by buyers all of the time has the watched been polished? As to say if it has its no good....LOL. I am of the opinion that if a watch has been serviced it has high % odds it was polished in the past. Multiple service marks = higher % it was polished. I have seen very few watches that were rare and desirable that were mint and unpolished in my life BUT I have seen many restored that look new and mint. Now what if the case was restored and looks like new is it still unpolished? LOL Of course not but its a strong case and whats wrong with using this term? Strong case thick lugs etc? This has been discussed before BUT I still see people with restored cases claiming unpolished. I have a random serial Submariner 2 years old in my hands and the owner has had it at the ad 3 times to take scratches out...LOL
The watch below was bought new by me and has been worn most of my adult life. I have polished this watch myself over 100 times since I bought it mostly by hand but even with a dremel sometimes.Its not a bad case but polished many times. I have seen worse and the owner claimed unpolished...LOL.
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soft Rolex cloth. It doesn't look any smaller afterwards. If polishing a steel car doesn't hurt it, I can't see polishing a steel watch doing any damage.

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July 12th, 2012, 7:35 pm #7

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