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  1. The_Walrus May 21, 2017

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    Good day all.

    So here are the before and after pics of my 105.012 from servicing.
    The watch maker ran the watch through the ultra sonic.
    Kindly take note of the bezel. It wasn't sealed for protection before it was cleaned.
    Warning to everyone out there.
     
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  2. BenBagbag May 21, 2017

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    Woah, you totally lost 250 and 225 there. That's a shame. :(
     
  3. gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed et alia May 21, 2017

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    Yikes:(
     
  4. alam May 21, 2017

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    I'd say more in the [$] thousands the way these are being sold lately!
     
  5. BenBagbag May 21, 2017

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    lol i meant the numbers on the bezel. Clearly damaged the right side much more. It's a real shame.
     
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  6. redpcar May 21, 2017

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    I've ruined one bezel in the ultrasonic cleaner (ultrasonic water hammer). Turned a perfect insert into a ghost bezel:( Consider it one of my many noob taxes.
     
  7. alam May 21, 2017

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    I knew what you really meant.... ;)
     
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  8. LawBrk May 21, 2017

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    Is this a common thing? I feel like common sense would dictate to not place a printed bezel into an ultrasonic cleaner? i.e. Remove the bezel and place the case alone to be cleaned.
     
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  9. The_Walrus May 21, 2017

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    I'm waiting to hear back from the owner who is a well respected watch maker, decades in the industry. I'm of the opinion he may have left it to one of his employees. Unsure how I proceed from here.
     
  10. dbane007 May 21, 2017

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    Wtf. Your watchmaker dunked your entire watch into the ultrasonic? That's a terrible idea for a number of reasons.

    Anyhow, the bezel is extremely delicate and most high power ultrasonic will cause some of the enamel to flake off and/or remove the thin layer of varnish/gloss leaving a very matte/charcoal finish.
     
  11. Drawarms May 22, 2017

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    he owes you a new bezel
     
  12. cvera May 22, 2017

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    Ouch but thanks for posting. Now I know what to make sure my watchmaker doesn't do.
     
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  13. LawBrk May 22, 2017

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    In my mind there is some manner of remuneration for the loss of vintage quality/value. But moreover, this is the perfect example of why you have to give EXPLICIT written instructions every time you have something serviced. Or send it to someone/place that has the collector community backing for "restoration" or "specialist service" I.e. SwissTec.

    Sorry this happened to you, I'm in NEO if you need a couple beers to console you next time you're in the area.
     
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  14. nixf6 May 22, 2017

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    Thanks for the heads up.Thats a very expensive lesson .
     
  15. The_Walrus May 22, 2017

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    I'm Sydney, Australia and the watch maker I have used is one that is compassionate towards the needs of the vintage collector.
    Comes with great references from a few forums and FB groups, has stabilized the lume and serviced a Rolex of mine last year with no issues.

    I suppose it's a matter of pricing the damage and going from there. I've left the watch with them, not paid for the service till I'm contacted by the owner. Won't name him as I await their side of the story.

    Surely laziness by a staff member. One should know any painted or enameled part should not be cleaned ultra sonically. They couldn't be bothered removing it seems the bezel from the case.

    Thanks @LawBrk for lending the shoulder to cry on. I am quietly tucking into a couple of cold Stellas in a corner of my home.
     
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  16. Wing Zero May 22, 2017

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    Wow. Speechless.
     
  17. The_Walrus May 22, 2017

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    This is true, how do I price up the damage?
     
  18. SgWatchBaron May 22, 2017

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    Damn it. The ultrasonic messed up my 6265 Daytona bezel as well. See the before and after... all I used was some washing detergent and 30secs in the ultrasonic in warm water. Also, alcohol swabs will make the paint run... I will recommend warm water and light detergent without ultrasonic.


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  19. kreyke May 22, 2017

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    Thanks for the heads up man.
     
  20. The_Walrus May 22, 2017

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    Sorry to hear. I suppose this isn't fitted to the watch no more?