TRASER 3105 S, 2005
July 13th 2005 - Put my first real scratch into the clasp
The day started like the last ended, with rain... it is rainy season but the rain kept falling and so I went to check the drainage of the roof. The company that maintains our house, or at least pretends to do so, said it fixed the one blocked drainage tube on our front right side of the building. But today there was enough rain so I could check on it. And of course, the tube was still blocked and the roof started to look like a duck pond near that outlet. And you know how it is when you start looking around the house for things to be fixed: you suddenly find more and more defects or things to maintain and at the end you forget about time and the watch and are running around with a bunch of tools fixed to your belt. And that is when I obviously put a nice diagonal scratch into my clasp starting in the middle of the clasp safety leading diagonally to the right upper corner of the clasp.
Since I had such a busy day wading through water and climbing around the house, I was not able to take a before photo. But trust me, it was one of those visible scratches that a WIS sees also from the front side of the watch :)
Time to use the "Magic Sponge" as I call the Diamond Dusted Sanding Rubber for its magical powers. The "Magic Sponge" is now for sale from PMWC. Please click here or click on the picture below to order that great Watch Polishing accessory from PMWC!
How to use it and the most important rule for polishing
"ALWAYS FOLLOW THE LINES OF THE EXISTING BRUSHING!"
Most bracelets are polished parallel to the bracelet length. I am not sure why this is the case, bracelets could be brushed across the links too. Somehow it is a standard that the brushing lines of satin brushed bracelets always follow the lines of the bracelets. It might have to do something with the gloss of the finished bracelet.
After ca. 10 minutes - yes, you need time and should never rush when polishing - the clasp looked like above. Factory new! And here is the magic sponge that does these wonders. A Japanese product. It is not just an ink eraser. The rubber is softer and will wear off more quickly then an ink eraser. But this is exactly its advantage. The soft rubber will make sure that the surface makes better contact with the diamond dust this eraser contains. This polishing sponge is available in coarse, medium and fine types. I bought the medium type sponge which works best for satin brushed clasps as found on the Traser and most watches with satin brushed bracelets. And investing 10 minutes of time to get that clasp to look like new is a lot better then wearing the watch and every time you look at the dial, "seeing" that scratch on the clasp!