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Took a tumble....slight damage to my beloved Speedy

  1. sirish19

    sirish19 Dec 3, 2019

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    I All,

    I took a slight tumble the other day wearing my Speedy and found that I had scratches to my Hesalite crystal and a slight dent to my bezel (at around 58).

    My question is, can I polish out the scratches in the crystal and is that dent repairable? I have tried polishing with polywatch for a bit but still some fairly deep scratches remain. Is this salvageable and if so, what would you recommend to proceed with? Also, for the bezel, is it possible to replace the bezel and keep the insert or are these things necessarily paired?
     
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  2. SpeedyPhill

    SpeedyPhill asked ages ago but no longer interested Dec 3, 2019

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    First little scratch or bump on a watch seems important...
    But the Hesalite plexiglass can be easily polished... for the rest of the "damage" ... don't worry as it's Your damage on Your watch...
     
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  3. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Dec 3, 2019

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    DON bezel :eek: just leave it.

    Easy crystal replacement or more elbow grease on the poly-watch.

    All added character :thumbsup:
     
  4. vbrad26

    vbrad26 Dec 3, 2019

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    Ouch. Nice piece. Sorry to see it in that condition.
    A couple min with Polywatch should get most of those scratches out.
    As for the DON...leave it. I would not mess with it.

    Of course you'd say this lol
     
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  5. steveb73

    steveb73 Dec 3, 2019

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    Just leave it as it is...
    Like the others have said, get some Polywatch. I'd not used it until recently but it's easy to use and does a great job.
    I wouldn't worry about the bezel. You might end up with even bigger problems if you try to get it repaired!!!
    Hope you are ok!
     
  6. gbesq

    gbesq Dec 3, 2019

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    Don’t mess with the DON bezel. That’s a significant component of the total value of the watch. Any competent jeweler should be able to restore the crystal to pristine condition as long as it’s not cracked.
     
  7. Deafboy

    Deafboy His Holiness Puer Surdus Dec 3, 2019

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    I'm ok... but my Speedy!

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  8. FREDMAYCOIN

    FREDMAYCOIN Dec 3, 2019

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    Did the beer survive the tumble?
     
  9. fraglerock

    fraglerock Dec 3, 2019

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    Give Novus polish a shot. Buy a small bottle of Novus 1, 2 and 3. Work your way down from 3.
     
  10. Mossback

    Mossback Dec 3, 2019

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    Hopefully you were uninjured. The bezel is undamaged it simply tells a story.
     
  11. simonsays

    simonsays Dec 3, 2019

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    It is easier to sandpaper the crystal first to remove deep scratches. Mask off the bezel carefully with tape, then 2000 grit cloth going up to maybe 6000 to finish in a circular action over the whole crystal to keep it even. Lastly use the polywatch and you will get a great result.
     
  12. Uncle Meat

    Uncle Meat Dec 3, 2019

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    Tell everyone it's the result of a fight with a Grizzly bear!!
     
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  13. sirish19

    sirish19 Dec 3, 2019

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    Thanks all for the replies. I have spent a little time with the polywatch already so may give the sandpaper a shot and see how that goes. Good idea to tape the bezel and watch first. Hopefully I'll be able to post some great before and after pics. Will definitely leave the DON as-is. That was the first thing I checked when I noticed the scratched crystal.
     
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  14. sirish19

    sirish19 Dec 3, 2019

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    Haha, Yes, I was uninjured and the beer did survive as it was cushioned by my belly.
     
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  15. zinengineer

    zinengineer Dec 3, 2019

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    I took a spill earlier this year, the knees and hands took the brunt, but I saved the watch. The veggies from the farmers market in wife's basket didn't fare too well either.

    My story goes...."yea, I was doing a half pipe triple 360 double back flip"...it gets a good laugh. Reality = the sidewalk jumped up and tripped me :)
     
  16. sirish19

    sirish19 Dec 7, 2019

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    E47BE66D-94D7-42A7-86C5-13122ACC4A9C.jpeg Thanks to everyone’s advice, I gave a shot at polishing out the scratches. Started with 1000 grit sandpaper then went to 1500 then to 2000, on to 4000 and then finished off with polywatch. I am quite satisfied with the results. Here is the before and after.

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  17. fraglerock

    fraglerock Dec 7, 2019

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    Nicely done!
     
  18. joe band

    joe band Dec 8, 2019

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    ¡Viva Polywatch!
     
  19. NYCwatchgal

    NYCwatchgal Dec 8, 2019

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    WOW. What great advice from everyone and happy you were able to get the crystal looking like new again! Thanks for sharing and hope you're ok as well.
     
  20. vbrad26

    vbrad26 Dec 9, 2019

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    Nice work!