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    #16
    Originally posted by Smpfan View Post
    For the finish I can recommend Gerryflex abrasive block „medium“. You‘ll get bright white shine on the surface.


    Greets Andi
    Tried everything and Gerryflex works the best...after some practice :-)

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      #17
      I‘m using a similar wooden device like capice01 is showing above. Sometimes I’m glueing the bracelet around a round wooden piece which is about the same diameter like a wrist, too.
      After removing deeper scratches or dings I‘m finishing the bracelet with my Gerryflex medium block. Between the bracelet links I‘m brushing with 600 or 800 grid wet sandpaper.
      For final finish after cleaning you can rub shortly in brushing direction allover with a jeweller‘s cloth to add some more shine.

      Results are amazing!

      Case, SEL and bracelet finishing:




      Greets Andi

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        #18
        Some more examples of Gerryflex work. It goes with titanium as well.













        Greets Andi

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          #19
          Mate you need to be more specific about your question. Is it 5/6 digit? The model is super important as the tools used for the task is different.

          Rolex changed their brushing type and technique. Sub-c clasp for example has graining effect (or call it micro scratches whatever you choose) which can be achieved with rubber wheels (some call them stone wheels) and can not be achieved using bergeon or any other brands woven or unwoven type of wheels, pads sandpapers etc..

          Originally posted by lpl View Post
          3M Sandpaper Pad
          Green Scotch Brite Pad.

          This is the homemade way. The gen-like brushing consists of multiple variations/combinations of Bergeron polishing wheels designed for Rolex, adding a "white" look on the steel.
          Bergeon does not produce those wheels mate, just like they don't produce most likely half of their products in house. I lived in Switzerland for 5 years, can testify for cost of living, manufacturing and salaries. if they would produce every single item on their catalog ue and wouldn't rebrand them you would pay x3 times for each item due to labor, manufacturig etc costs..

          For example bergeon one dip is a sticker product, the rubber silicon bergeon wheels are rebranded artifex wheels list goes on..

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            #20
            Originally posted by Smpfan View Post
            Some more examples of Gerryflex work. It goes with titanium as well.




            Greets Andi
            Nice work man, try to get white 3m pad. It is used for final polish on brushed finished surfaces. It will make the steel "whiter"

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              #21
              Originally posted by yosimiz View Post

              Nice work man, try to get white 3m pad. It is used for final polish on brushed finished surfaces. It will make the steel "whiter"
              Are you talking about these?

              https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CQ23AM..._.vDzCb810WA2S


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                #22
                Originally posted by momedic View Post

                Are you talking about these?

                https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CQ23AM..._.vDzCb810WA2S


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                7445 is exactly what I use. You just need a few passes. It has abrasive compound in it so use it gently. If you over do it will shine and the bracelet finish won't look correct. Altough you can always rebrush it easily..

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                  #23
                  Get a Bergeon sanding block, does the trick with steady hands and a little elbow grease.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by saxo View Post
                    Get a Bergeon sanding block, does the trick with steady hands and a little elbow grease.

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                    This - use medium then fine.

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by Jonj480 View Post

                      This - use medium then fine.
                      Does this work on the lugs of the case too or do you have to use those little wheels and Dremel to get the correct finish on the lugs?

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                        #26
                        For a 6 digit case I use the medium if it is minor fixes. 5 digit cases are a little different.

                        If ya wanna know.... because they are brushed at a 45degree angle, I use a 240 grit sanding stick, then the medium block, then the fine to tone it down a little bit. Then I will redo the bevel on a belt grinder with a 5000 grit belt, then final polish the bevel so the line between the polish and the brushing is nice and clean.

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                          #27
                          Should look like this:

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                            #28
                            Thanks so much for the info! Sounds like it might be over my head. I’ll be reaching out to you to send my 5 digit to you after I install a few gen parts.


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                              #29
                              Rolex changed their brushing type and technique. Sub-c clasp for example has graining effect (or call it micro scratches whatever you choose) which can be achieved with rubber wheels (some call them stone wheels) and can not be achieved using bergeon or any other brands woven or unwoven type of wheels, pads sandpapers etc..
                              yosimiz You‘re right. This surface cannot be achieved by using abrasive blocks or any pads.
                              Can you please point me into the right direction with a link or pic of a rubber or stone wheel?

                              Until now I did every work by hand but I‘m planning to use a grinding machine in future.




                              Greets Andi

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by Jonj480 View Post

                                This - use medium then fine.
                                Its a Bergeon block 5444. Just use the fine one, using medium to fine is for deep scratches. If your watch is full of desk dives then the fine will do the trick.

                                I use a cape cod cloth to polish the satin finish, just a few strokes it'll look amazing. Take note that cape cod is very abrasive and can ruin your brushing, so just a FEW strokes and wash it off with mild soap and warm water.

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