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Difference between patina and water-damaged dial?

  1. seamonster

    seamonster Respectable Member Mar 4, 2014

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    Especially on vintage Omega diver watches, the SM 300 and the SM 120 of the 60's and early 70's, how are we to tell the difference between a patina caused by tritium hands and hour-markers that have aged gracefully over a period of time and another with a so-called 'patina' that is actually caused by moisture or water-damage.

    Kindly show examples of both.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Spacefruit

    Spacefruit Prolific Speedmaster Hoarder Mar 4, 2014

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    for me it is unimportant what caused the change.

    if it is attractive I call it patina.
    if it is not, I call it damage.
     
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