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Do you think this old watch ever saw a polishing wheel?

August 16 2012 at 12:59 AM
mike  (Login mghcal)
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Here's some photos of a watch I got yesterday. I'd like your expert opinions on whether it's ever been polished and if the bevels are original. Should I just be happy with the battle scars or have it shined up on the polishing wheel? Personally I like the dings as it doesn't matter if it get's a few more:)It's pretty raw at the moment as it was found sitting in a box of junk watches for who knows how many years.
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AG78
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Either way, I would not have it polished...

August 16 2012, 1:36 AM 

To my amateur eyes, it looks very nice. I am a firm believer
in leaving watches as they are. I would not describe your
watch as "raw" - it's simply beautiful.

 
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(Login mghcal)
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Thanks AG

August 16 2012, 2:04 AM 

I've really been enjoying it! I agree and will keep it as is except for maybe a light polish of the crystal. I've read on other forums where people have taped certain parts of their watches to keep them scratch free and some have freaked out over that first scratch on their case but this one I don't have to worry about that:) I've just got to remember to quit looking at that glossy dial while driving!

 
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Darlinboy
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No way to know for sure. I'd leave it as is. nt

August 16 2012, 3:03 AM 


 
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I'm happy for YOU Mike! Finally it's yours ;-)

August 16 2012, 3:46 AM 

Leave it as it is, as I told you from the early beginning,
polish the tropic and clean the radium dust of the dial,
then start enjoying it!!

You did VERY well Mike! I'm proud wink.gif

Rg.Philipp

 
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(Login mghcal)
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Thanks Philipp!

August 16 2012, 4:23 AM 

Thank you Philipp! This was my first real purchase of a watch like this and your advice made me more confident to really buy it. I really wouldn't be enjoying this watch today if not for your invaluable help and I can not thank you enough for that! You're a really good friend and thanks for putting up with my countless dumb newbie questions:) Tomorrow I'll polish that crystal a bit and maybe even try on a nato and this weekend I'll see about a movement service and cleaning those radium specks. Who would have thought I'd be so excited about a watch that instead of sleeping I get up to go stare at that dial again at 2am:) Someday I'll be like you Philipp, a bigcrown on one arm and smallcrown on the other;) Thanks again!!!
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Philipp
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There are no dumb questions..look what you found!

August 16 2012, 11:58 AM 

As I was watching at one I would like to own myself, the patina on the side of the bezel, the shape lugs,
super rare bezel insert, stunning tropical face due to these radium dust on the dial, it's perfect wink.gif

I will send you a new dome wink.gif

Enjoy!

 
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(Login mghcal)
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It's been sitting waiting for me for years...

August 16 2012, 2:17 PM 

Thank you again Philipp! I saw that green funk on the bezel and pointed it out to my sister and she looked at me like I was crazy for being excited about that:P It's got an almost dark brownish color in certain light that you'll someday have to see in person. Not quite as tropical as some 5508's including yours which has that amazing brownish orange which I had complimented you on long ago but this watch will get there as I wear it out in the sunshine! A tropical is exciting as it's always the sign of a well loved watch. Post up a photo of your's Philipp!

 
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Awesome Watch!..

August 16 2012, 5:00 AM 

I say leave it alone and find a NOS dome 16 for it. The case looks super. If you want, just use some cape cod cloth...

 
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mike
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Thanks Glen!

August 16 2012, 1:58 PM 

Never heard of cape cod cloth but I like it being kind of dull on the sides as the sun really picks up the shine from the bevels and it makes a nice contrast which maybe was the point of bevels to begin with. I'll take your advice and leave it as is.

 
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Arvid
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OMG don't you dare touch it

August 16 2012, 7:09 AM 

I can't tell you for sure if its had a polish or not - doesn't look like it, but who cares if so!? It is a beaut!!

 
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(Login mghcal)
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Thanks Arvid! nt.

August 16 2012, 1:58 PM 


 
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(Login seve1939)
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Have to see in person, but looks unpolished--real beauty--more

August 16 2012, 7:55 AM 

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(Login mghcal)
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Thanks Lou!

August 16 2012, 2:01 PM 

I've yet to see a pointed crownguard case but yours looks fantastic! Your patina looks like mine, a real tool watch!

 
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(Login IgorDR)
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Yes. nt.

August 16 2012, 9:21 AM 

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(Login mghcal)
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Re: Yes. nt.

August 16 2012, 2:09 PM 

Do you have a photo of an unpolished 5508 to compare to? I searched the vrf and found one of Kevin O's SYL 5508s that looks unpolished to me and it looks similar to mine.

I don't really care about polished or unpolished, just makes me wonder how much this old watch was used and how long it's been sitting in that box of junk watches waiting for me:)

 
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(Login dutchclock)
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Beauty

August 16 2012, 12:20 PM 

the only pollish I would apply: the plexi. Or simply install a NOS example. Stunning piece which I would leave as it is: a stunning example.
Enjoy !
cheers,
Mark

 
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(Login mghcal)
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Thanks Mark!

August 16 2012, 2:05 PM 

I'm super stoked about this watch! In a bit I'll break out the toothpaste as I don't have any polywatch and I'll try and post another photo then. Thanks again!

 
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Hammer
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Beyond words , wow , now that's one heck of a Rolex , Congrats !! (nt)

August 16 2012, 3:03 PM 


 
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(Login mghcal)
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Thank you Hammer!

August 16 2012, 4:14 PM 


 
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(Login LunetteVerde)
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Now, that will beat my morning latte anytime :-) Thanks for posting NT

August 16 2012, 5:59 PM 


 
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(Login mghcal)
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Thanks!

August 16 2012, 11:43 PM 

Now that I have my own I can finally give back and contribute as all of you so often do. Thanks for keeping the dream alive for so long by posting all those great watches!

 
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(Login Pam367)
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Ever been polished or not ?

August 16 2012, 7:03 PM 

Who care, I also have same question! U watch have a really beauty bevels and fat case.
Leave as it and enjoy about it!
Congrats for this nice collection happy.gif

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Chung

 
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mike
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Thanks Chung Awesome bevels on your's too!! nt.

August 16 2012, 11:32 PM 


 
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(Login Sub-Dweller)
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Unpolished or Polished....either way it's one of the........

August 16 2012, 8:26 PM 

nicest and most original 5508's out there happy.gif

 
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(Login mghcal)
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Thanks Michael!

August 16 2012, 11:44 PM 


 
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