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Well, as luck and my fate dictate, on a BNIB watch, ...
... I discovered a minor 'brush stroke' shadow across the hour hand lumi ...​
... datZ visible to the 'naked eye', but does NOT affect the 'glow' at all! ...
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... and, after some careful thought, I realized the following (in some sort of order!) ...​
... HEY! - I'm not perfect either and that brushstroke is nuttin'! ...
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... ah, no one's EVER gonna notice it but me! ...
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... if I sent an otherwise PERFECT watch back, ...
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... I might receive somethin' worse in the exchange! ...
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Furthermore, IMHO, these slight li'l 'blemishes' can be considered a "distinguishing earmark" ...
... which, goodness forbid, IF my watch were EVER lost or stolen, ...​
... would allow me to identify the timepiece to anyone 'in authority' ...
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So, when youZe wise WIS receive a new watch, ...
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... how many of you examine it really REALLY closely? ...
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... Or, worse yet, 'pour over it' with an eye loupe
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And - AND! - if you DO, what do you do when/if you discover a slight cosmetic blemish; i.e., ...
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... stuff like a misaligned screw slot, a speck of dust under the crystal, a scuff mark, etc.
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JUST my 2¢ ~ so, WHAT do YOU Good GeekZ think about all this
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I think it's purely a person preference issue/concern.

I have been know to be so damn picky, that it's impossible for me to be happy.

I also gladly wear watches that I know are blemished, but keep them anyway. :)
 

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Never settle for anything less then what you are paying for.
 

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I usually don't notice anything until I take a picture.

It's usually something way small.

Heck, if it bothers me too much I just take my glasses off.

Then I can't even read the numbers. :%
 

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Not acceptable on a new or used watch.I can accept lint thats visible with a loupe but not the eye. Marks to the dial and or hands go back.on a polished or brushed watch and bracelet, a small rub mark isn't cool but I'll fix it.But if its a blasted case, I'll send it back.Also, zero marks on the caseback.Theres no excuse to have them there.

I'm pretty critical on a new watch when it arrives.I have a check list to go by.It has to pass them all.The reason I'm so critical is I know that at some point I might sell or trade it.I rarely look at watches on the sales corners.most of them have the wrong condition ratings applied.
 

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Mr. Dedward, SIR! - Your observations, as well as those of the other gracious posters in this thread, are totally correctomundo!

FYI, I called the co. about the problem on my new watch and they said to ship it back and they'll be glad to replace it!

You can't ask for more than that, so I'm off to USPS to do the deed!

FWIW, I guess I'm just a hopelessly A.R.watch aficionado 'cause I simply can't live with such an obvious blemish!

Fortunately, I'm dealing with a wonderful person at a GREAT company and the situation will soon be resolved!

THANKS to everyone for the guidance and input! ... :)

 

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Man, you don't have to be crazy to collect watches ...
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... but, IMHO, FWIW - it sure does help! ...
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For your consideration & enlightenment, when I received my new Debaufre CSAR in stainless with green lumi ...
... I noticed a teensy, tiny, remnant of a brush bristle ...
... 'firmly ensconced' in the luminova on the hour hand! ...
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Now, again, although it was a visible-to-the-naked-eye "blemish" ...
... I DID have to use an eye loupe to verify my observation! ...
... and, after some horrific reflection and hand-wringing ...
... I decided to send the watch back to Debaufre - for an upgrade to the CSAR SS w/White Lumi ... !
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As I told them, besides the blemish, the green lumi was bright AND persistent on the dial markers ...
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... but, curiously, it was rather dim on the hands ...
... so, I asked that I be upgraded (for $40 more!) to the CSAR SS w/White lumi ...
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IMHO, FWIW, this is one heckava
'n good-looking timepiece ...
... that I regard as a "Modern Update" to some vintage "Aviator" Classics ...
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... that I've purchased from Debaufre AND Steinhart ...
... like my Nav B-Uhr Ltd. Ed. Auto ...
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