Article : Is It Patina Or Is It Knackered?

While this hobby of loving watches and spending hours on end scrolling through Instagram, listening to fantastic podcasts by two Scottish guys and watching youtube videos you eventually come across the topic of patina.

So what is patina? According to the dictionary, it is the tarnish produced by oxidation or other chemical processes.

While I know what I’m writing here may well divide opinion, I honestly can’t understand why someone would want a crusty dialled, beat up knackered watch. Send it for a service, get it polished up and like brand new again you nutter lol.

I love the content from Christian at Theo and Harris, but when he mentions creamy custard dials I think he needs locking up. What a load of BS. The watch looks knackered Christian and needs sorting but somehow or other people, I feel, have been brainwashed into thinking they look fantastic.

Scottish Watches and Bark and Jack


Its some time ago now since seeing a video that Adrian from Bark and Jack made putting coffee to the lume on an SKX and bleaching a bezel. What on earth for it looked shit. Sorry I just don’t get it at all. I like Adrian’s content but when he mentions that he loves the scratches and dents in his explorer I can’t help but think that he’s fibbing and wishes it was in the condition it was when it was boxed up by Rolex and sent to the AD.

Watch brands now are even starting to do faux patina with aged coloured lume. Don’t get me wrong, some look great but others look terrible.

Certain watch industry experts, or so they call themselves, have made a market out of this nonsense. One that springs to mind is Eric Ku the Rolex expert, who drives prices through the roof by convincing the watch loving public into the whole patina thing.

If you watch The Antiques Roadshow, which is a Sunday tradition for me as I remember watching it as a child with my parents for an extra hour up before bed. You see people taking on their things ranging from absolute tat that makes the mind boggle as to why they could be arsed to drag it to some stately home, only to find out its worth jack but the story was interesting and they would never sell it anyway nonsense. To absolute treasures that are stunning but because they have a little dent or scratch or missing box and papers, the value is considerably lower than if it was in its original state.

The expert then goes on to say that if it was to be professionally refurbished its value would increase and everyone is happy.

This is where I rest my case. Why on earth is this craze adding crazy value to watches? I can fully understand a COMEX dial sub with all the dive log papers and bashed and scratched because the watch was used by a diver as a tool it was made for. This makes sense. Tropical dials which are destroyed by the sun don’t look cool they look ruined.

I know this is somewhat of a rant and perhaps could open a topic for conversation. Rant over.

  • Andy Witney