Scratches on platinum :(

May 21, 2023,05:30 AM

Hi all,

I must have either scuffed this area (bottom right lug edge) by knocking it against something or wiped a bit too vigorously with a contaminated microfiber cloth - I don't normally care about microscratches but this is a bit much, as it is visible under regular lighting.

Should I ask for a polish at the next service, or is there an easier solution? It's about time and I've noticed the amplitude is sometimes a bit weak. Reading everything on the forums makes me a bit apprehensive about the whole polishing process.

Appreciate your thoughts!

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I wouldn't bother...

 By: m2 : May 21st, 2023-05:47
Lange does not lose case shape with repolish supposedly due to their laser welding, but I am not sure I would bother sending a watch in ahead of normal service time just for a polish. Service can take quite some time, especially for more complicated watch... 

See how far you can get with a cape cod

 By: vitalsigns : May 21st, 2023-05:53
polishing cloth, then reassess.


 By: ChristianDK : May 21st, 2023-06:03


 By: amanico : May 21st, 2023-07:03

That was also my suggestion

 By: Mike H : May 21st, 2023-08:08
I feel confident the result should be such an improvement that you will avoid sending it for real polishing. Try and let us know 😉

Wait for next service.

 By: jpd : May 21st, 2023-06:42
I had similar marks on my 1815 Platinum Sax-O-Mat and when I sent it for service via ALS Boutique in Singapore it came back a few months later looking like a brand new watch! No signs of any loss of material due to their laser treatment. Wonderful. Fast f... 

Always be careful

 By: Weems@8 : May 21st, 2023-06:53
I have no platinum experience. But i have stainless steel experience. Normally 316L i guess. With cape cod you can do much with stainless steel. But 100% new condition i did never get the scratches away. A top AD who deliver an undamaged watch is in my op... 

I know brands can laser weld

 By: TeutonicCarFan : May 21st, 2023-11:19
I guess I never thought of it, but can this process be done for PM watches too?


 By: amanico : May 21st, 2023-20:45

Precious metal

 By: darrony : May 21st, 2023-21:00

Agree with all posts

 By: Cozmopak : May 21st, 2023-14:57
I’m very sensitive to polishing on cases, but Lange is the one exception where I would allow them to refinish the case with their laser welding treatment. I’ve seen the results of this and it’s impressive. However the scratches on your lugs wouldn’t bothe... 

I'm almost always in the "never polish" camp...

 By: CR : May 22nd, 2023-04:40
... because I like to keep the scratches, but I know I'm in the minority there. If you do get it polished, tell them that maintaining the very crisp chamfers on the lugs is very important to you. That's what I'd worry about -- rounding the outer portion o... 


 By: amanico : May 22nd, 2023-05:37

Well, I am definitely in your minority camp as well

 By: Cozmopak : May 23rd, 2023-21:15
And I know of many other collectors who are in our camp too. Many.


 By: nice2guy : May 22nd, 2023-16:38
I was once told by Lange that if they laser part of the plat watch, they would have to polish the whole watch because the part that they laser would he of a different hue then the non laser parts. Is this commonly known to others here?

I don't know if they'd polish the whole watch, but they'd polish that entire part of the case...

 By: CR : May 23rd, 2023-10:06
the entire bezel, middle case, or caseback, for example. Here you can see the case in several pieces. ...