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    Default 1 year of bronze patina - Polished Away!!

    Well I've been on the fence about polishing my bronze Helson. It was last polished about 1 year ago, and it's developed a fine looking natural patina over the year. Well, after seeing the new pics of the Lum-Tec bronze in it's polished glory, I decided to wipe the slate clean and polish her up!

    So, got the strap off and here's how it looks before the clean up. Honestly, I didn't think I'd like the 'old' look, but it grew on me quite fondly.





    But time to clean it up... Lathered up in Brass-O



    Polished up the buckle too. Started off polishing just half of it so it could really show the patina vs. polished comparison.



    Wow, what a difference!



    Ok, so after a couple times thru the polish, she's all cleaned up!!





    Looking good!!



    And of course a new, just-polished, wrist shot!





    Ok, so some of you are probably saying "what the hell has he done? Removed that beautiful 1 year old patina?!?!" Well yea, maybe. But it looks just as good polished up, and now I get to watch the patina work its magic all over again!

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    Does look better.

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    Scott,

    Don't feel bad! I've been doing the same thing to my bronze Aquadive 100 with brown dial. Lately I've been polishing it monthly. There's something to be said about letting it patina naturally and then polishing it and starting over. It's hard to describe but nevertheless very satisfying once done. I compare it to waxing my Panamera 4S. I get my Porsche detailed but sometimes I like to do it myself and then when I do it I take my time with it. After several hours it's Oh so Satisfying...... the mirror polish...the sparkling chrome. Unfortunately in Texas, this polish will "patina" in a day or so with pollen, bird poop, and pollution!

    The polished bronze looks very sharp on your wrist!

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    It's cool that this type of watch can give you two different looks and one can be fixed quickly if you grow tired of it, I like new and shiny.
    However that Helson developed a nice even patina, some watches that develop Patina look they survived a sinking of a ship with green all over them.
    Yours was more Antique or Aged Bronze, which is an actual finish that looks new when you buy it, in hardware type finishes.

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    I dont think it matters which way you go, letting it go or polishing it up, that watch looks fantastic either way!

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    Would be cool if you could leave the patina in the bezel number cutouts

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    Now the question is, can you use the non patina or patina on the inside of the glass case to determine that it's hermetically sealed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaaiea View Post
    Now the question is, can you use the non patina or patina on the inside of the glass case to determine that it's hermetically sealed?
    No, because even the small amount of air inside the case is causing inside bronze to patina.
    Just much slower but the metal is darker than when new, on mine it is anyways.
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