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What is your ‘Patina Threshold’

  1. vibe Mar 31, 2022

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    Two 1018s, one with plenty of patina and one that is so minty!
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  2. noless Mar 31, 2022

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    this actually is less obvious in real life, but honestly, I am still on the lookout for a seamaster... somehow the dial spot does still bother me a bit...

    I am also extremely tempted to at least relume the hands.
     
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  3. Rochete Mar 31, 2022

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    I don't think I have a threshold, I'm adicted to patina. Lost lettering isn't patina in my book though, I don't do that.
     
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  4. michael e Still learning. Mar 31, 2022

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    No limits as long as I like it.
     
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  5. JwRosenthal Mar 31, 2022

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    That’s not so bad. Relume hands to match the pips for sure! It’s already gone so nothing to lose there and it makes a world of difference to not see that gapped tooth smile whenever you look at it.
     
  6. vibe Mar 31, 2022

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    so sexy
     
  7. ghce Apr 1, 2022

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    Best comment so far, " addicted to patina"
    Me too!
     
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  8. tennjed Mar 17, 2023

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    I am a newbie on the forum. "Newbie" is almost as nebulous a term as "patina.".........For me. I think I have no patina threshold, as long as the patina is associated with what I would call charm. Patina/charm associated with a history/story will pull me in every time, especially if the price is not painful. The photo is an old Doxa out of Bulgaria. I think, in this case, given the bargain price, it was the fact that the patina was so well contrasted against the new Playtex that trapped me.

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    Great thread.

    Best,

    Wayne
     
  9. styggpyggeno1 ΩF Enforcer ....and thread killer Mar 17, 2023

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    I draw line at/when patina commands a premium.

    I find it ridiculous when a watch with patina/damage/flaws/etc. is considered worth more than a watch in pristine condition. Something that often happens in the Rolex part of the hobby.
     
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  10. pbook4g5 Mar 17, 2023

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    As long as the watch is functional, readable, and not dramatically different looking than when it first came out is where I draw the line for patina. It’s a fine line, sure, but like it was mentioned above… patina should not command a premium
     
  11. JwRosenthal Mar 17, 2023

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    Yup, only hobby I have seen where people pay more for damage.
     
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  12. Dan S Mar 17, 2023

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    Omega also. I happily paid extra for this damaged dial.

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  13. noelekal Home For Wayward Watches Mar 17, 2023

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    I like to think I am not too picky. I can admire a vintage watch that survived 60 to 80 years to come into my collection.

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    But, even I have standards. This poor Zodiac looks like aisle 7 before a badly needed clean up.
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  14. tennjed Mar 17, 2023

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    The Zodiac has quite a bit of charm. I always wonder if the patina occurred mostly while the watch was in constant use, or if it took place in the recesses of some drawer.
     
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  15. noelekal Home For Wayward Watches Mar 17, 2023

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    I think that moisture intrusion got to the dial on this watch.
     
  16. wilderbeast Mar 18, 2023

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    Lots of examples on here of highlighting and harmonising their patinated dials through a strong strap choice. Similarly, I love the pairing of this olive green strap with the patina on this humble Avia Chronograph from the mid-1960s - quirky but still very presentable:

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  17. Boojumhunter Mar 18, 2023

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    I think this answers the question for me. I like to think of this dial as akin to the leathery skin of someone who has worked under the sun all their life. The preservation around the markers are like smile lines! IMG_7180.jpeg IMG_7183.jpeg
     
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  18. Spruce Sunburst dial fan Mar 18, 2023

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    The 'like' is for the Longines. I can’t see any patina on the dial :)
     
  19. jankoxxx Mar 18, 2023

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    The only thing that bothers me are non original parts… As for patina even this is attractive for me although this one needs a new Omega glass and a correct crown (anybody have any? ).
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  20. river rat Mar 20, 2023

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    My taste for patina over the years has changed. Years ago I was looking for a vintage Tudor snowflake way before Tudor started remaking them we called it the poor man's Rolex sub they were way cheaper than a Rolex. I was looking for a 7021/0 some crappie pealing dials and some real funky patina on some lumes. Then I see this one for sale at the MWR PX great price the dial was mint but as I look back wished I found one with a little patina in the lume but still would not buy a bubbled crappie dial.
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    A few watches I bought since and you can see how I started to like some patina in by vintage watches.
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    On vintage watches the nicks and bangs on the case are part of the history of them like military watches and divers they were used as intended like a pilot bumping the watch in the cockpit of a aircraft or a diver in the water bumping his watch on a rock in a dive. And how the lume turns into a great color with time.
     
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