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    Engraving

    Decided to have a watch fully engraved - been on and off toying with the idea for ages but only now committed to it. Itís a watch I like but donít wear a lot just now so figured what the heck Iíll give it a go. Probs nothing to report for a week or so but in the meantime hereís the patient waiting to be operated on .....

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    Not sure if this is a silly question but, what with? Initials or something?


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    Something like this I imagine.
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    Look forward to seeing the finished article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    Something like this I imagine.
    Wow


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    Wow indeed! Each to their own, but not my cup of tea.


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    skill but imagine slipping on the case !!!!

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    I can't deny the skill and craftmanship that goes in to the work, but for me the outcome is just naff

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    Quote Originally Posted by NigeG View Post
    Wow indeed! Each to their own, but not my cup of tea.


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    Not something I would consider, canít see the attraction. It was quite common in the 50s and 60s, particularly with gold watches given as gifts, but I see it as an outdated practice rgat belongs firmly in the past.

    Years ago I bought a 1930s gold Waltham cushion cased watch with the most elaborate monogram Iíve ever seen on the caseback, a true work of art. That added something to the watch in my eyes, but that was exceptional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    Not something I would consider, canít see the attraction. It was quite common in the 50s and 60s, particularly with gold watches given as gifts, but I see it as an outdated practice rgat belongs firmly in the past.

    Years ago I bought a 1930s gold Waltham cushion cased watch with the most elaborate monogram Iíve ever seen on the caseback, a true work of art. That added something to the watch in my eyes, but that was exceptional.
    Each to their own - I did say it would divide opinion so not surprised to see comments like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunya View Post
    I can't deny the skill and craftmanship that goes in to the work, but for me the outcome is just naff
    Interestingly I feel similar if done to a prestige watch like a nautilus or Daytona. I feel it does add something unique to a watch in this day and age when everyone seemingly either has or wants a vanilla submariner. Dare to be different and not a sheep I guess.....
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    Nice to have something thatís pretty unique

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunya View Post
    I can't deny the skill and craftmanship that goes in to the work, but for me the outcome is just naff
    No, I'm not a fan either.

    I don't know if anyone here watches Deadliest Catch, but the Norwegian captain (Sig Hansen) wears one of the most ugly watches I've ever seen, it's some sort of engraved, gold thing, it's hideous. It's all I can think about when I hear 'engraved watch'.

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    I quite like a spot of engraving and have the case-back of my Submariner engraved. There's a guy in the US who does some amazing hand engraving, I wish I could remember his name.

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    Have been admiring engraved watches from afar for some time, go for it I say, looking forward to seeing the end result

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    I like it if tasteful, my engraver had hell of time with the ceramic bezel on the Daytona

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    I imagine it's like getting your first tattoo... Engraving your favorite watch. Not everyone's cup of tea but I like the look of that. Please keep sharing the progress

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    Quote Originally Posted by dickdutch View Post
    No, I'm not a fan either.

    I don't know if anyone here watches Deadliest Catch, but the Norwegian captain (Sig Hansen) wears one of the most ugly watches I've ever seen, it's some sort of engraved, gold thing, it's hideous. It's all I can think about when I hear 'engraved watch'.
    Looks like an 'Alaska gold nugget' watch - vulgar in the extreme but quite interesting to discover their existence and background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdkelly72 View Post
    I imagine it's like getting your first tattoo... Engraving your favorite watch. Not everyone's cup of tea but I like the look of that. Please keep sharing the progress

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    It will be the only watch I get done but Iím curious how Iíll feel about it. Canít wait actually

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    Are you doing it yourself?
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Are you doing it yourself?
    No no. Sent it to a chap in France whoís an enthusiast. Bit of a punt but hey ho

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    Should have done it yourself. Outcome would have been far more interesting


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    Quote Originally Posted by Neilw3030 View Post
    Have been admiring engraved watches from afar for some time, go for it I say, looking forward to seeing the end result
    This !

    I saw an engraved Steinhart on their FB group pages the other day... looked amazing

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAFF View Post
    Should have done it yourself. Outcome would have been far more interesting


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    More entertaining to others perhaps (in a car crash rubber neck style) but funnily enough thatís not my driving motivation

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    Quote Originally Posted by amnesia View Post
    This !

    I saw an engraved Steinhart on their FB group pages the other day... looked amazing
    Itís the same chap thatís doing it

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    Not something I would consider, canít see the attraction. It was quite common in the 50s and 60s, particularly with gold watches given as gifts, but I see it as an outdated practice rgat belongs firmly in the past.

    Years ago I bought a 1930s gold Waltham cushion cased watch with the most elaborate monogram Iíve ever seen on the caseback, a true work of art. That added something to the watch in my eyes, but that was exceptional.
    Any pic of the Waltham Paul ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBin5 View Post
    No no. Sent it to a chap in France whoís an enthusiast. Bit of a punt but hey ho
    Fantastic - something a bit different. Look forward to seeing the outcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJM25R View Post
    Any pic of the Waltham Paul ???
    Sadly not!

    I traded it in 2007 with a car trimmer in Harrogate who did some work on a seat for me. Iíd bought a pair of leather seats for the TR6 I owned, one needed work, the guy agreed to do it for £75. Turned out he was a watch enthusiast, I ended up selling him the watch! I think I took £40 off him and got the seat fixed free so
    i was happy with the deal. The watch was a beauty, a gold cushion case with white enamel dial and blued steel hands, a nice example of that 1930s style.

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    I really like the look of engraved watches and really like Steinhart as well so I canít wait to see the finished result, I could be tempted to do the same
    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBin5 View Post
    No no. Sent it to a chap in France whoís an enthusiast. Bit of a punt but hey ho
    Who is doing the work for you? I plan to do the same with one of my watches.

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    I love the work I had done on my Panerai. Iím thinking of getting another one done but with the added detailing of some gold inlay. Just need to find the right candidate (as in watch).

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert75 View Post
    Who is doing the work for you? I plan to do the same with one of my watches.
    Itís the guy from the Steinhart Facebook page I run for limited editions www.facebook.com/groups/759879951014682/

    Heís on Instagram also @indice51100

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefaulkner View Post
    I love the work I had done on my Panerai. Iím thinking of getting another one done but with the added detailing of some gold inlay. Just need to find the right candidate (as in watch).
    Do you have some pics of the Pam?

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    I had my Aerowatch engraved by Viljo Marrandi:



    https://www.viljomarrandi.com/

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    Lookng forward to seeing the outcome. I really like engraving on watches althought I'm not brave enough to have one of my own watches engraved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    I had my Aerowatch engraved by Viljo Marrandi:



    https://www.viljomarrandi.com/
    It was Dappers pics that inspired me to get my watch engraved, also by Viljo.

    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBin5 View Post
    Do you have some pics of the Pam?
    IMG_2588.JPGIMG_2583.JPG
    Last edited by stefaulkner; 21st August 2019 at 21:59.

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    Wow quite an area of surface work on the Pam. I know of that engraver.
    Last edited by RustyBin5; 22nd August 2019 at 00:06.

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    I think it looks awesome, minimalism is obviously en vogue at the moment but it means a lot of watches look quite similar.

    I agree regards it looking better on cheaper watches. It shows more of an appreciation for the skill involved as opposed to focusing on a luxury watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    I had my Aerowatch engraved by Viljo Marrandi:



    https://www.viljomarrandi.com/
    That design suits it amazingly

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    Stupid question maybe...what is used to blacken the steel in between the raised bits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    I had my Aerowatch engraved by Viljo Marrandi:



    https://www.viljomarrandi.com/
    It really works with this watch, alot of the time my opinion is the opposite(that Patek near the top being a good example).

    Somebody here has an Aevig Corvid engraved by the same guy which also looks great IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian View Post
    Stupid question maybe...what is used to blacken the steel in between the raised bits?
    Indelible ink. They apply it once the engraving finished and it is almost instantly wiped off the raised remaining polished surface. The textured surface of the engraved part helps the ink stain take hold and itís pretty permanent. A bit like scoring an undercoat before applying a finishing coat so it binds I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetlee View Post
    It really works with this watch, alot of the time my opinion is the opposite(that Patek near the top being a good example).

    Somebody here has an Aevig Corvid engraved by the same guy which also looks great IMO.
    FS - Unique Engraved Aevig Corvid
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    That Corvid is stunning, glad I wasn't around when it was for sale. I love the Kraken.

    Tapatapatapatapatalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBin5 View Post
    Indelible ink. They apply it once the engraving finished and it is almost instantly wiped off the raised remaining polished surface. The textured surface of the engraved part helps the ink stain take hold and itís pretty permanent. A bit like scoring an undercoat before applying a finishing coat so it binds I guess
    Thanks for that info...thought it might be some kind of ink but wasnít sure how it adhered so well to stainless steel.

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    What are you getting RB? Is it expensive?

    I've always liked the idea of getting a caseback done. Just thought it would be cool and easily replaceable if I moved it on (I know I'm a serial flipper).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveHarris View Post
    What are you getting RB? Is it expensive?

    I've always liked the idea of getting a caseback done. Just thought it would be cool and easily replaceable if I moved it on (I know I'm a serial flipper).
    Getting case sides, and lugs done plus full bracelet incl all links and clasp. The clasp can be used on rubber strap too I think so yeah thatís what being done. Donít know how long he will keep costs low but itís a very competitive Ä450

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    The Aerowatch works well because of the style of dial case. To me, that Patek looks awful, just doesn’t suit it. I’m just not sure it will work on a modern looking watch like the one you propose.

    They all remind me of Wild West guns though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian View Post
    The Aerowatch works well because of the style of dial case. To me, that Patek looks awful, just doesnít suit it. Iím just not sure it will work on a modern looking watch like the one you propose.

    They all remind me of Wild West guns though...

    Well they are mostly done by gunsmith engraver types so that makes sense.

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