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What is your ‘Patina Threshold’

  1. gbesq Mar 5, 2022

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    You never really know with Speedmasters. Here’s my 1996 3590.50. The tritium markers have patinated to a beautiful pumpkin shade while the hands, and especially the chrono hand are turning a much darker shade.
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    Then here’s my 1971 145.022. It’s 25 years older than the 3590.50 and the tritium still looks new and the markers and hands match perfectly.
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  2. JwRosenthal Mar 5, 2022

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    My ‘72 is like your ‘71 where the color has only shifted to pale lemon and no deeper- which is fine with me. Although it has gotten crumbly and half a piece on the 2 detached ::facepalm2::
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  3. TheGreekPhysique Mar 5, 2022

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    Lume on my 3590.50 is the exact same.
     
  4. Fallout Boy Mar 5, 2022

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    there is a very thin line separating "patina" and "damage" concerning gold (-tone) aka dress-watches.
    patina and steel is more common.
    I would proudly wear the 5513 shown by G. Fowler in A Man And His Watch page 166 or this 6202 from C24

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    true story-tellers!
     
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  5. size11s Can’t bat, can’t bowl Mar 5, 2022

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    I like a bit of patina. The lume on the numerals is heavily darkened but I think I know roughly where they are on the dial ;-)
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  6. Dean Fuller Mar 9, 2022

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    Discoloration is ok but I can’t get past damage. Lost lettering.
     
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  7. TIMElyBehaviour Mar 9, 2022

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    I have 3 that I would say is as far as I would go. My Rolex is crackling and I think adds to it. The two omega are tastefully old. I draw the line at rust brown. 1012613A-CDFD-4C6C-9C7D-3E3B70B0911A.jpeg DC420B1E-CB69-4034-8E4D-93F47DE8458F.jpeg BFF5F751-ECDE-4D65-8C57-FD6AB6A9A241.jpeg 4D907FB7-14B3-45FB-BCFC-5E41B7A4D93B.jpeg
     
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  8. Anthony Lane Mar 10, 2022

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    That. Is. Gorgeous.
     
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  9. Danwales Mar 10, 2022

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    Personally I don't mind a fair bit of patina as this often makes a watch that would be unobtainable for me in excellent condition within my reach. Also if a watch is almost pristine It would inhibit the joy of wearing it somewhat for me. I'd rather a piece with a few miles on the clock.
     
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  10. JwRosenthal Mar 10, 2022

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    That is providing that the old metric of Damage=lower value were still in place, but that isn’t necessarily how it goes anymore.
     
  11. Fallout Boy Mar 11, 2022

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    my OWN dress-watch-patina limit ;)

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  12. Anthony Lane Mar 11, 2022

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    This is crazy. Assume this is water ingress?
     
  13. Fallout Boy Mar 11, 2022

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    Probably, name it: atlantic-dial :)
     
  14. stokey7873 Mar 28, 2022

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    A little late to the conversation but enjoyed the pictures of patina and hearing opinions on where the wear crosses the line. This one teeters on the line for me but I do enjoy it and the case still has it's bevels which makes it feel like it isn't hiding anything.
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  15. alakapla1 Mar 29, 2022

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    Stunning!
     
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  16. levkov Mar 29, 2022

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    Went from "A little patina is OK" to "Only watches with patina" in no time. My wabi threshold I'd say is somewhere in the bottom of the Mariana trench ::facepalm2::. Not even sure I could ever like a new(-ish) looking watch anymore. They're just so.. lame :D Sorry about the bomb
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  17. FCA Mar 29, 2022

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    I like the dial to be as clean as possible.
    Also I like the case to be unpolished, so it's ok with some scratches and dings.
     
  18. Zapatta Mar 29, 2022

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    Hulk-ish
     
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  19. ghce Mar 29, 2022

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    Don't you mean jolly green giant :D
     
  20. iamvr Mar 31, 2022

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    Great topic and thread. Always interesting to see the different tastes and preferences.

    My patina threshold has always been rather low, but I have to differentiate. Black dials that turned into a tropical brown I do quite like but I would not want to pay a premium for it, the same goes for even creamy / champagne like patina. It becomes more difficult when it comes to freckles. These need to be fairly evenly spread and not too distracting to be acceptable. What I cannot handle at all are bubbles and blisters.

    Here are my post patinated watches.

    Two tropical dials that I like very much:
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    Fairly even creamy patina:
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    Some mild spotting, but not disturbing:
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    My most patinated dial and pretty much borderline case. If it wasn't for the very sharp case I wouldn't have bought it:
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