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    There are plenty of high end and not too high end watches in the 37-39mm category and 10mm or less thick. They all come with leather straps and any would be suitable in the boardroom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigspendur View Post
    There are plenty of high end and not too high end watches in the 37-39mm category and 10mm or less thick. They all come with leather straps and any would be suitable in the boardroom.
    Of course they would. I was not saying you MUST have a classic vintage. I was stating that when I served on a large Board, a metal banded watch was taboo, and a classic vintage watch with a leather strap would have been an ideal solution. Again, this has probably changed. Especially with the young Tech companies. I can imagine a lot of business casual and Apple Watches, or Smartphones instead of bespoke suits and leather banded watches in the Boardroom these days.
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    The marvelous, mysterious, MuDu Friday. When you've got a Mudu going ... well, then you're there.

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    Sorry guys, but I have to disagree on this one...

    My choice is antique, collectable pocket watches!

    If you want to show off your watch, you can put a lot more pomp into it just by how you extract the watch from your pocket and present it!

    You have set the stage before people even get a close look at the watch itself.
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    Waltham Vanguard with wind indicator

    Railroad grade
    Model 1908
    16s
    23j
    mfg. 1926
    Adjusted 6 position, Temp. & Isochronism.
    Canadian type dial.

    The hairline fracture on the dial put this watch within my budget range. Without the hairline, you can add an extra $1000 to $2000 to the price.

    All railroad grade watches were lever set as opposed to stem set (see bottom photo.)
    The railroad employees who used these watches were not allowed to reset the time. This was done by the railroad company's Time Master's Office when the watches were periodically inspected for accuracy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howdydave View Post
    Waltham Vanguard with wind indicator

    Railroad grade
    Model 1908
    16s
    23j
    mfg. 1926
    Adjusted 6 position, Temp. & Isochronism.
    Canadian type dial.

    The hairline fracture on the dial put this watch within my budget range. Without the hairline, you can add an extra $1000 to $2000 to the price.

    All railroad grade watches were lever set as opposed to stem set (see bottom photo.)
    The railroad employees who used these watches were not allowed to reset the time. This was done by the railroad company's Time Master's Office when the watches were periodically inspected for accuracy.
    Hmm are you sure about that? The lever was a safety mechanism to prevent accidental changes of the hands. The standard was 30 seconds a week and watches were not inspected weekly. there weren't enough inspectors to inspect every watch weekly so the crewman would have to change the time to maintain accuracy. If the watch didn't meet accuracy based on an inspectors comparing watch the watch was confiscated for inspection and adjustment and he was given a temp replacement. Of course this all varied from company to company.

    I'm all with you on Pocket Watches but most are way more impressed by having a Rolex put in their face than any Pocket Watch no matter how nice it is and even though it's better than any modern wrist watch out there.
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    I picked up a Seiko watch that I liked the looks of for 3 bucks. Square face and gold. The battery was dead and the gold band is covered in grime and dirt from someone else's sweat. Yuk! I took the band apart and soaked it overnight then scrubbed it with dish soap, water, and an old toothbrush, and now it's clean. But there are a few scratches on the crystal. I tried to do some hand buffing with Braso as I read that it works to remove fine scratches in watch crystals. But I see a few deeper scratches.

    What do you guys recommend to remove scratches?
    Could I take it to my buffer and use some green or white compound followed by blue to polish it? Just the crystal that is. I'd hate to screw it up but I do have the buffer and compounds.

    What do you all think?

    Here it is. You cant see the scratches in this picture...

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    Not as fancy as some of the stuff you guys have but I normally ware one so...
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    A new set of micromesh pads Jerry, they were designed for scratch removal.
    Wet sand them through all 7 grits. Might be a Nice weekend project. Nice watch as well.
    Like the shape.
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    It depends what the xtl is made from. If it's plastic (which I doubt) they sell stuff called Polywatch which is made for that and it does a great job on plastic or acrylic xtls. Some say toothpaste works good too. If it's mineral glass then forget it. You need to replace it. If you try pads they will either do nothing or scratch the glass more.

    Now I have seen posts over on the Seiko and Citizen Forum where folks have used a series of diamond grits to polish glass but it's a long haul and you need to know what you are doing. A new glass isn't expensive as long as it can be sourced.
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    Not to be disagreeable, but the micromesh pads will scratch the crystal worse yes, by design.
    But they assume you won’t stop at the first grit level, which is 1500 grit. You then go up to 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000, and finally 12000 grit. Each pad you switch directions 90’ and sand until the previous grit scratches are gone. This process does work, and has been used in aviation, as well as glass shop scratch removal for over 30 years. On a watch, you go full face from the get go and remove material. On aviation or racing glass you focus your 1500 grit efforts on the scratches only, then with each subsequent grit you increase your work area by 2” diameter, this minimizes the parallax from the created thinning of the sheet.
    They are also great in the shop for mirror like pens. For a watch face, start with new pads, or just replace the crystal if it’s available as it will certainly be easier.
    https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop...n-sanding-pads
    Toothpaste will make your watch smell minty fresh and possibly prevent, or cause tarnish, but that’s about it, unless as BS said, the crystal is plastic..
    Good luck Jerry..
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