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Old 08-31-2018, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So it goes like this:

I am have a vintage Seiko, and the case is somewhere between good to so-so condition, meaning that there are a few light scratches on the case.

As the rest of the watch is in good to very good condition (except for the glass which is getting replaced), I am thinking about getting the case polished.

Consulting with a watch aficionado yielded the anticipated "don't do it, as it will cost more than the watch" (true) and the "it will reduce the watches value as a vintage watch".

As I am not a collector but rather a fan, and as that particular Seiko ("Sunburst" dial) is low priced anyway, I am not concerned about the possible decrease in value on account of polishing the years away, but I was wandering about the possibility of polishing it myself: is is a possible DIY or... am I asking for trouble?

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Maybe we have to differentiate here. Any shop who will polish your watch with a flapper wheel or the like WILL round your edges and damage the watch.

You'd have to have a special lapping setup to keep the edges sharp and the look "correct".
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Maybe we have to differentiate here. Any shop who will polish your watch with a flapper wheel or the like WILL round your edges and damage the watch.

You'd have to have a special lapping setup to keep the edges sharp and the look "correct".
Well,
I have no intentions of giving it to a pro - for cost reasons. I am more inclined to try it myself, so of course I'll watch the edges .
And that's exactly my question: Is it something I can do myself (assuming I am not a pro, but also not all thumbs)? Tips will be much appreciated.
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Make some little polishing "sticks" with some hard leather glued to a wood backing. Apply polishing compound to leather and do it by hand slowly. With a hard firm surface you can keep edges sharp and clean. Use a different stick for each grit of polishing compound. If you have to use something like a Dremel use the hardest felt wheels possible, and again leather if possible, even make some wheels out of hard leather, like used for shoe soles. Go slow and be careful.
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I would pick up a case(any old watch) from a flea market and get a bit of experience
before you start on your Favourite, i also have found a good/best possible polish/cream can reduce the amount of elbow grease.
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If it is a watch that you don't intent to sell, do it. If not, this might lower the resale value of your watch. Purist collectors prefer the case untouched even if there are a few scratches.
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Make some little polishing "sticks" with some hard leather glued to a wood backing. Apply polishing compound to leather and do it by hand slowly. With a hard firm surface you can keep edges sharp and clean. Use a different stick for each grit of polishing compound. If you have to use something like a Dremel use the hardest felt wheels possible, and again leather if possible, even make some wheels out of hard leather, like used for shoe soles. Go slow and be careful.


Slightly old post but I would follow this advice as well. If doing by hbd you have less chances of potentially ruining the case beyond repair. You can see the results immediately and correct/adjust accordingly. Even some toothpaste or polishing cloths could to the trick!

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There are some very good articles on case polishing if done correctly and sympathetically i think its fine. However if dove in an uneducated way it can be almost vandalism imho.
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