Most of the time, it is that first scratch or ding in your watch that will hurt the most. Jack Forster of Revolution Magazine tells about the first ding in his Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15300. That triggered me to show you the first severe scratch on my Royal Oak. As you know, this watch has a lot of polished and brushed parts, most of the time divided by razor sharp edges. Luckily, none of the sharp edges has been damaged, because you can’t get that corrected any more (also AP can’t do this). I believe the bezel of my watch only needs some slight polishing on one of the polished parts of the bezel.

And here is the dramatized shot:

Anyway, it could be worse but it still hurts of course. I love this watch dearly, so I will get it corrected at some point. Probably during the next service overhaul. I have other watches that have scratches as well, but none of them feel like the one on this Royal Oak.

Check out the thread by Jack Forster on Revolution Magazine forum (formerly known as Horomundi). Click here.

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Robert-Jan Broer, born in 1977, watch collector and author on watches for over a decade. Founder of Fratello Watches in 2004.
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  • Hans Mennink

    Cat Stevens was right:The fitst cut is the deepest.

    Fantastic watch b.t.w.

    • @Hans: Thanks, it’s a watch that is always in my rotation programme 🙂

      @Tim: Thanks, I have never seen another one in the flesh (and in the wild), excluding watch fairs and meetings with watch friends.

  • Tim

    Beautiful and, something you don’t see very often these days, tastefull Royal Oak; i can only imagine how it hurts 😉

  • SteKos

    I remember whacking my first good watch into the metal plate in a doorway, and putting a gouge in the bezel, and a scratch on the crystal. Really freaked me out at the time.

    Since then, I read this zen story, and now I don’t worry about it anymore:

    A general was toying with his prized antique. It slipped and almost fell to the ground.
    “Aiyah! That was close!” the general said. He became silent for some moments thinking. “I have commanded tens of thousands of troops to risk my life in battle and was never afraid. Why then did I become so agitated over a small cup?”
    He finally realized it was attachment that brought about fear of loss, thus causing him anxiety. Hence he flipped the cup over his shoulder and smashed it.

  • Hey, a ding here and there gives the watch “character”, right? Excellent post.