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    Protecting clasp against desk diving marks

    Anyone do anything inventive for this?

    Iíve seen a few products for case back protection, which I have never seen the need for (apart from when using NATO straps, whatĎs scratching the caseback??) but not seen anything, or recall any discussion on saving the clasp on bracelets - which seem to take the brunt of any wear

    Wearing a different watch/strap/not working at a desk etc is not the answer I am looking for!

    I thought about some sort of Teflon spray (if they sell that?). Not got much further with the idea than this! :)


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    Quote Originally Posted by notenoughwrists View Post
    Anyone do anything inventive for this?

    Iíve seen a few products for case back protection, which I have never seen the need for (apart from when using NATO straps, whatĎs scratching the caseback??) but not seen anything, or recall any discussion on saving the clasp on bracelets - which seem to take the brunt of any wear

    Wearing a different watch/strap/not working at a desk etc is not the answer I am looking for!

    I thought about some sort of Teflon spray (if they sell that?). Not got much further with the idea than this! :)


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    Buy a spare clasp.

    Remove the original, store safely, fit new clasp and live the care-free clasp bashing life you deserve.

    Or wear, bash, forget, then at service time have it refinished / replaced.

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    Thin layer of clear nail polish.
    I usually don't care but I have heard of people doing the above. Alternatively you can leave the protective sticker on.

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    Sellotape, should be plenty available in the office.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunya View Post
    Buy a spare clasp.

    Remove the original, store safely, fit new clasp and live the care-free clasp bashing life you deserve
    .

    Or wear, bash, forget, then at service time have it refinished / replaced.
    Why stop there? Better yet: buy a spare watch, remove the original, store safely etc. etc.

    Option 2 sounds better to me ;)

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    sleeves.

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    Cerakote.

    Or have your footman wear the watch

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    Go upholstered and have your desk wrapped in a nice quilted fabric or heavy weight tweed perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Passenger View Post
    Go upholstered and have your desk wrapped in a nice quilted fabric or heavy weight tweed perhaps.
    This! Those old leather-topped writing tables.
    Problem is I work from all over the place, laptop and a grubby bar or coffee-shop table etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    sleeves.
    Sleeves you say?

    Michael Douglas In ďFalling DownĒ
    Homer J Simpson
    Magnum PI

    You donít see these luminaries wearing long sleeves, nor me!


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    Never seen any of them sitting at a desk worrying about swirls though ;-)

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    Protecting clasp against desk diving marks

    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    Never seen any of them sitting at a desk worrying about swirls though ;-)
    What do you think sent Michael over the edge? Why do you think Homer is never a plump armís length away from the next Duff?

    And poor old Magnum cannot even out his arm down....



    Heís obsessed. Look, heís noticed a hairline scratch on the bezel and heís almost drowning with fury!



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    I use steel. Seems to work fine.

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    In a previous thread someone said they cut to size a phone screen protector and that it worked well. I commented at the time that I thought it was a good idea I must try. I didn't get any further than that and have since just accepted any desk diving marks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notenoughwrists View Post
    What do you think sent Michael over the edge? Why do you think Homer is never a plump armís length away from the next Duff?

    And poor old Magnum cannot even out his arm down....



    Heís obsessed. Look, heís noticed a hairline scratch on the bezel and heís almost drowning with fury!



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    hah.. look at him actually in water in his GMT.. is he MAD?

    I think anything you do or add to protect the clasp is going to look crap. Leave it and refinish at service.. or bung a mousepad in front of trackpad/mouse to rest arm on.

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    Just some tape over


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    Buy a 'gamers' mouse mat... They're about 2ft wide and cover the whole desktop in neoprene. No more marks!

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    Wear and enjoy !!! Life's too short and all that !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post

    Or have your footman wear the watch
    Classic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraniteQuarry View Post
    ....

    Or have your footman wear the watch
    Better still, have your man refinish the clasp every evening, after heís pressed your trousers and shirt for the next day. Sorted.
    Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

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    I've tried duct tape and bubble wrap but I felt like a dick, looked like one too.
    Now I just wear out bracelet clasps as easy as I wear out wedding rings.
    Gray

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    I use steel. Seems to work fine.
    That looks like it's only got a hundred years or more desk diving left. Better take care
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    3 m helicopter tape. Buy it off ebay in the shortest length you can.

    Same piece has been on my 14060m for 5 years. Just cut a piece appx 1.5 X 1 cm then round off square edges. Can barely be seen, but just provides about 10 microns of depth and clasp is unmarked beneath.

    I use helicopter tape on my road and mtbís so usually have some in the toolbox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post

    I think anything you do or add to protect the clasp is going to look crap. Leave it and refinish at service..
    This is my take ... a watch when used will pick up a little wear ... its life ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    3 m helicopter tape. Buy it off ebay in the shortest length you can.

    Same piece has been on my 14060m for 5 years. Just cut a piece appx 1.5 X 1 cm then round off square edges. Can barely be seen, but just provides about 10 microns of depth and clasp is unmarked beneath.

    I use helicopter tape on my road and mtbís so usually have some in the toolbox.

    Steve
    As above. The heli tape I bought from Paragon tapes is still in place after 5yrs on my road bike, I donít bother with it for my MTB as itís a Kona Heihei ti, from the days when ti was ti. The same tape keeps my casebacks immune from the dreaded Nato strap burn. Virtually invisible when fitted. http://www.paragontapes.co.uk/products

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    Quote Originally Posted by gray View Post
    That looks like it's only got a hundred years or more desk diving left. Better take care
    Might get the clear nail polish out. With each email sent 0.0000001g of 904L crumbles into the air.

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    On a serious note (well nearly), I think clasps are so simple to refinish I canít see the point of walking around with sticky tape or some other concoction on them.
    Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

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    I use cellotape. Works brilliantly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mjgerrard View Post
    I use cellotape. Works brilliantly.


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    This, I did it for a long time on my Tudor black bay ted clasp and it worked well. Then I stopped and gave into the wabi look.


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    I ordered some scrap pieces of clear plastic tape which garages use to wrap cars. I just cut it to shape and stuck it onto the back of my SMPc clasp.

    It only cost a couple of quid and unless you look really closely, you donít know itís there.

    I know some people might think it is OTT, but I think it is worth doing, just to minimise scratches.

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    My mind is wandering........I wander if Yianni would wrap a watch

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    Piece of A4 paper, disguised as important notes, held in place by the keyboard on whichever side you wear your watch. The clasp never touches the desk

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    Seriously? Itís a minor scuff on the underside of a watch - letís all wrap our Rolexís in SELLOTAPE!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickJ View Post
    Seriously? Itís a minor scuff on the underside of a watch - letís all wrap our Rolexís in SELLOTAPE!!


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    It's like the good old days when Mr and Mrs Wedge up the road would leave the plastic protector bags on their new 3-piece suite, rendering it completely unusable as a sofa and chairs.

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    I regard myself as OCD and try to minimise scratches as much as possible, but [a] it's the clasp, and underneath, and (as said above) very easily refinished, and [b] I hate the feeling of leaving any stickers anywhere on the watch, which just feels like you're not wearing it properly and as it was designed to be worn.

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    And why?
    So itís worth more when you sell it?
    Or so you can look forward to that special day when you finally wear it without stickers?
    Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Or so you can look forward to that special day when you finally wear it without stickers?
    I'll give you a rose, pull out your chair when we eat / ----- I can't, 'cos In McDonalds it's a bolted seat / Don't matter 'cos I'm here with you / With a medium value meal and a chocolate sundae too

    Later on I'll come and help you sign on / I'll stare into your eyes, the housing benefits gone wrong / Don't worry baby it won't take too long / I'm just sitting, I'm just waiting, I'm just writing this song

    I'll take you for a ride, we won't go far / You've been running through my mind like a shining star / We've got plenty of time to make sweet love / 'cos tonight's the night we take off the glove

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    I can see both sides of the sellotape... I don't like clasps too badly scuffed and when they do go beyond what I can cope with, I reach for the garryflex. A couple of minutes and we're off again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der Amf View Post
    I'll give you a rose, pull out your chair when we eat / ----- I can't, 'cos In McDonalds it's a bolted seat / Don't matter 'cos I'm here with you / With a medium value meal and a chocolate sundae too

    Later on I'll come and help you sign on / I'll stare into your eyes, the housing benefits gone wrong / Don't worry baby it won't take too long / I'm just sitting, I'm just waiting, I'm just writing this song

    I'll take you for a ride, we won't go far / You've been running through my mind like a shining star / We've got plenty of time to make sweet love / 'cos tonight's the night we take off the glove
    Lost me there. Must be an age thing.
    Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkpw View Post
    I can see both sides of the sellotape... I don't like clasps too badly scuffed and when they do go beyond what I can cope with, I reach for the garryflex. A couple of minutes and we're off again.
    This works for me too.
    Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouse View Post
    My mind is wandering........I wander if Yianni would wrap a watch
    You mean, Yiannimise it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Lost me there. Must be an age thing.
    Goldie Looking Chain. But the line "I'll give you a rose, pull out your chair before we eat" was nicked from LL Cool J in 1987.

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    Protecting clasp against desk diving marks

    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    And why?
    So itís worth more when you sell it?
    Or so you can look forward to that special day when you finally wear it without stickers?
    I havenít talked about selling it or wearing it with stickers left on it, darling - but thanks for your concern ;)

    As you can see, Iím not exactly overly-concerned with the issue.....



    But I buy shiny things and am interested in keeping them somewhat shiny, so if there are clever invisible little things Iíve never heard of, for me and the wider audience to consider, like heli tape (thanks), plus have a laugh about it somewhat during the course of discussion, then the forum is all the richer for it.

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    Last edited by notenoughwrists; 23rd May 2019 at 06:50.

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    There's a much simpler solution. Wear your watch with the face on the underside of your wrist and the clasp uppermost.
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    Just take the scuffs...........pussies

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    Quote Originally Posted by seadog1408 View Post
    Just take the scuffs...........pussies
    Pah!
    Iím going to going and scuff it now, on purpose. Thatíll learn ya!


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    Quote Originally Posted by notenoughwrists View Post
    I havenít talked about selling it or wearing it with stickers left on it, darling - but thanks for your concern ;)

    As you can see, Iím not exactly overly-concerned with the issue.....



    But I buy shiny things and am interested in keeping them somewhat shiny, so if there are clever invisible little things Iíve never heard of, for me and the wider audience to consider, like heli tape (thanks), plus have a laugh about it somewhat during the course of discussion, then the forum is all the richer for it.

    Whatís good for M&M enterprises will be good for the country.



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    Was just wondering what was behind peopleís concerns was all.
    Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonesey View Post
    Goldie Looking Chain. But the line "I'll give you a rose, pull out your chair before we eat" was nicked from LL Cool J in 1987.
    Ahhh GLC! Those were the days. Tideeeee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonesey View Post
    Goldie Looking Chain. But the line "I'll give you a rose, pull out your chair before we eat" was nicked from LL Cool J in 1987.
    Oh right. Not my scene really, more Floyd and Dylan here so the deep meaning wasted on me Iím afraid! 😂
    Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

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    While you are all extracting the sap, this is a serious business to some ;-)

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