Dent & scratches on the casing

Dear Sir/Madam,

I've bought a 47400 Tonneau Dual Time recently. I love the watch.

However, I have recklessly caused a little dent on the front face of the white gold casing.

What should I do about it?


It WILL happen no matter what.
12/20/2007 - 05:32

The first scratch/ding is always painful but as they say, it adds 'character' to your watch. Do you want to your watch unworn & looks pretty all the time but you won't get to enjoy it? What's the point of buying it then? Much cheaper if we see it in AD often  So, don't worry & wear it often now that you have scratched it. When it goes for service some years later, VC will make it look new.

Re: It WILL happen no matter what.
12/20/2007 - 06:42

Thanks Rei. I feel much better now. I don't feel like I am the only one with a scratched VC now.

LOL Swift, welcome to the club :-) The 1st time is painful but then
12/20/2007 - 10:59

you get used to it

Don't look at it as a scratch but as patina and cachet

Well...none of my VCs has been scratched
12/20/2007 - 14:06

LOL!!! But my APs have.

A horror story....
12/20/2007 - 15:07

I remember at Basel 2003, I had just recieved a long awaited watch and was wearing it with pride and happiness. About 10 mins after having put the watch on I went to attend a watch presentation. I entered the room which was set with tables in form of a U and chairs all around. 

I took a seat next to the wall on the left side. Watches started being passed around and at one point I lifted my left arm to scratch my head and WHAM!!!! I had just him my new watch bang against the wall .

I didn't even dare move, my friends sitting next to me had turned white and I just wanted for the ground to open up and swallow me whole!

I finally came to my senses and checked the watch and there was a tiny little micro scratch. I was so relieved that I started talking gibberish, laughing and crying at the same time .  I was so happy my watch was tnot seriously damaged that I looked at the little scratch with fondness.

I don't even know what I'm trying to get at here...I guess that almost 5 years later I'm still relieved

you shouldn`t have told me this story...
12/20/2007 - 16:46

even thought it finishes well, now I think I`m going to have nightmares about it

Indeed scarier than The Grunge!!! LOL! (nt)
12/20/2007 - 17:12


You've been listening too much Nirvana lately Rei, shouldn't it rather
12/20/2007 - 17:22

be "The Grudge"?

One that really freaked me out was The Ring (the US version was really good too).

Scarier than the Grudge, more terrifying than the Ring...
12/20/2007 - 19:25

Coming from the land that spawned the origninal "the Grudge" and the "Ring", having watched almost all of Freddie and Jason's movies, and having the "Halloween" and "The Exorcist" theme songs for my ringtones, nothing really frightens me much....

Or so I thought, until I got some scratches on my one year old PP 5146 a few days ago!!

What was even scarier was my wife's reaction when I told her I got the scratches from wearing my Patek to do groceries at Costco!   She made Linda Blaire look like Barbie!

Moral of the story:  Don't to wear your Pateks to Costco!

Redeeming factor:  It wasn't one of my VC's!!

Hope this makes everyone feel better (or at least tickled a rib or two).



LOL!!! You're right Sir! (n/t)
12/21/2007 - 04:55


I understand what you mean,
12/20/2007 - 14:36

as I think this feeling already happened to everybody wearing his watch, the first time. And I am also concerned!

This is part of your watch's life, and if you go ahead with vintage, it is worse in termes of scratches, but this is also the charm of  the watch story, and as Alex said, it gives patina, which is unique.

I hope you could feel much better after it...

LOL! It makes me laugh and sad
12/20/2007 - 16:20

when you accidentally dent or scratched your watch. I feel the same thing as all of you guys do. But its part of life. If you don't want dent, ding or scratch then dont wear it. Even wearing long sleeves will leave tiny scratches on your watch. VC will fix all of it when you bring it for servicing. They do a terrific job.

Looking on the bright side...
12/20/2007 - 16:49 is better to have had a scratched VC (I personally prefer the term `loved`) rather than none!

Welcome to the Lounge Swift, and congratulations on your recent purchase!

And please post pics when you can!



Don't feel so bad...
12/21/2007 - 09:51

Scratches and "dings" are unavoidable if you're going to use your watch.

Three years back, I dropped my brand new watch (not a VC though) from a height of more than a meter while I was trying to photograph it. It had to be sent back to the service center for repair because the winding crown had come loose after the watch had landed on the hard concrete floor. There are still minor scratches on the case from that accident, but I don't worry about them anymore. Just two weeks back, I was careless again and dropped another one (!) of my babies on a hard surface...  Fortunately for me, my VC's still relatively "ding" free. I'm hoping it stays that way.  That's life I guess.

Horror story n° 2....
12/21/2007 - 12:54

I had bought a "sports" watch this summer, the brand's main advertising is about how shock resistant the watch is, that they have developed a new casing system bla bla bla...

Anyway, a few weeks after buying the watch I was putting it on my wrist one morning but it slipped on the floor, before hitting the floor I quickly tried to put my foot underneath as to cushion the fall but instead of cushioning the fall I actually kicked the watch which went flying into the wall .

Now that's embarassing.... ( the hands fell off and the watch of course stopped much for its claimed shock resistance)

The funny part is I took it to the shop I had bought it, with my tail between the legs feeling very stupid and the AD insisted that it be repaired under warranty because the watch did not live up to the alledged shock resistance, she considered that I had done an in vivo test and the watch had failed

LOL! Alex, that's very funny...
12/22/2007 - 13:54

Well, like they say, "Sxxt happens". Hope it ends well...but it's good that you did a test on the watch. It shows how full of sxxt watch companies nowadays in order to sell more watches. We should label them "marketing watch" vs "real no-nonsense watch"

12/22/2007 - 14:48

What a way to see time "fly"!  I hope your watch is returned to you soon in good order.    

LIFE is such!!!
12/21/2007 - 12:59

This my DTR after one year...............

Worse , bought this in Geneva,

put in the safe at the hotlel room,

and made the DENT , myself !

This on a unique watch !!

It really hurts

So shit happens


Most important !!
12/21/2007 - 14:07

Wellcome to our exclusive Club


Re: Dent & scratches on the casing
12/22/2007 - 11:50

Thank you all people for your kind advise. I've really learn something new in life.

Attached is my new VC, hopefully you will not notice the "dent".

That dent is absolutely terrible!!!! Swift you should definately...
12/22/2007 - 14:05

not do anything about it, because it can't be seen

Wear your watch in best of health and thanks for sharing the scan.

Are you a soccer player in a former life Alex?
12/23/2007 - 08:52

I have  a patek  5135  for about 2 weeks, one day I was scooping some dog food out of a big bag when the pot slipped and hit the 6:00 side of the bezel making a little scratch. I rubbed it out but didn't feel to bad about it. 6 months later that dog (akita) died at almost 13yrs old. So now it reminds me of him when I notice it.