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    Rado Bezel Stains

    For our Rado peeps, I have a Diastar Original and Iíve noticed, for lack of a better word, what looks like dark blue or black stain-spots on the bezel that wonít wipe off. I was under the impression the bezel was essentially impervious to scratches, tarnish, etc. Anyone else experience this, and if so, any remedies?

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    Hey there,

    Henry may have a better suggestion, but when I've had that in the past, usually from hand lotion or mosquito repellent or food, I cured it quite simply. Assuming that it's a) not a vintage piece and 2) has decent WR - I just rinse it off.

    I make sure the crown is seated, run a tap (faucet?) at room temperature and, holding the watch under a gentle stream of water, gradually raise the water temperature while rubbing the bezel. Dry and buff with a soft towel and job done. If the TC bezel goes a bit dark, the water is too warm, but this is temporary. I have on occasion used a mild detergent with great success - just try to keep it off the seals and rinse it very well afterwards. (And no rapid increases or decreases of temperature.)

    This advice may well give the experts the horrors, but the (mis)treatment is based on Rado's claim in the user manuals that all modern Rados are sufficiently WR to shower with and swim with. Since lakes are cold and showers are hot, this treatment could be considered comparatively gentle.

    Never had any issues, but you may want to ask your local friendly jeweler to conduct a pressure test before submerging the watch. Also, bear in mind that not all TC bezels are the same. The Bezels on my two XL's react differently. The Skeleton is more prone to darkening , whereas the rattrapante tends to get lighter. I've read that some collectors use metal polish, but you have to take care not to damage the outer layer as the metal gets porous beneath the outer surface.
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    would a water down poly watch mix help I wonder as when I polish crystals with it I some times use the rag after to wipe over the case to clean off any dirt and what not so maybe it might help ? or a cape cod maybe ?


    not up on this model have you a pic ?
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    if vintage do you mean bezel or case edge ? as thought the originals was just case then I would cape cod it that what I do to help give vintage rado their shine back
    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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    Toothpaste.

    Not just clean but minty fresh!

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    I've used toothpaste on poly crystals, but I'm wary of using any abrasives on TC bezels. The Cape Cod cloths might work, especially if the WR is compromised and one is wary of getting the watch so wet.

    But since the issue isn't scratches and my Originals are still new enough to have decent WR, I've just used warm water and soap. (And done so with complete success.)

    My skeleton Original has some fine scratches on the 9 o'clock side from the 'Metals' photo shoot I did for the IWL Photo Contest. I am sure Cape Cod would get it out, but since it's down the side, I can't be bothered to import the Cape Cod cloths since, as long as that TC bezel is nice and shiny, it's all good.
    I'd Schwarzkopf it daily, except I couldn't be bothered with the inevitable explanations...

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    Quote Originally Posted by is that my watch View Post
    if vintage do you mean bezel or case edge ? as thought the originals was just case then I would cape cod it that what I do to help give vintage rado their shine back
    Yeah, I guess case, as there really isnít a bezel, or itís a case/bezel integration. Itís a new model, vice vintage.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ctimrun View Post
    Yeah, I guess case, as there really isn’t a bezel, or it’s a case/bezel integration. It’s a new model, vice vintage.

    yeah cape cod it or you can get this cloth packs for silver and other metals that like polish clothes of different thickness / roughness that what I use too can't think what they call them thou but it's like a a carpet book and they all one on top of the next and you just use which ever you think would suit it

    Last edited by is that my watch; Jan 27, 2019 at 02:42 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctimrun View Post
    Yeah, I guess case, as there really isn’t a bezel, or it’s a case/bezel integration. It’s a new model, vice vintage.

    That’s a great Rado. I vacillated between that exact model and the 50th anniversary limited edition as my first new Rado.
    I don’t see anything that warm water (and perhaps some mild detergent) won’t cure. I’d try that before moving on to anything abrasive.
    I'd Schwarzkopf it daily, except I couldn't be bothered with the inevitable explanations...

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    yeah have bid on one of the vinatge versions a few time as it bling like but just the right amount looking at a few rados as we speak hate auction why not just do buy now open to offers
    one night I dreamed I was locked in my fathers watch, with Ptolemy and twenty one ruby stars mounted on spheres and the primum mobile coiled and gleaming to the end of space and the notched spheres eating each other's rinds to the last tooth of time and the case closed - John Ciardi ...

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