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Removing Scratches From An Omega Seamaster Clasp

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Removing Scratches From An Omega Seamaster Clasp

By: John B. Holbrook, II

December 16, 2006

Anyone who owns an Omega Seamaster or Speedmaster with the two-button clasp knows that it’s a fantastic clasp, but also knows that it shows scratches very easily.  Back when I did my review of the black dial Seamaster Pro (click here to read it) I made mention that I used Scotch Brite pads to remove the inevitable scratches which will show up on the clasp.  Over the years, I’ve received a lot of e-mails asking more what I do to remove scratches from the Omega two-button clasp, so I decided to do a tutorial on the subject.

Here’s a “before” photo of an Omega Seamaster with the two-button clasp.  As you can see, the large surface area of the clasp has picked up surface scratches:

The clasp really doesn’t look too bad in this angle, so here’s another angle where you can see some more of the surface imperfections which have developed from regular wear:

As I mentioned before, my favorite method to get the clasp of an SMP looking new again is to use a Scotch Brite Pad.  You can read more about the product on the manufacture’s web page – click here to read about 3M’s Scotch Brite Pad.  I find them in most grocery stores in the section where they keep cleaning supplies – dish and pan scouring pads, etc.  Here’s what they look like:

The first thing I do is wet the Scotch Brite pad down – I find it’s easier to use when wet.  Then, with the clasp in one hand, and the pad in the other, I rub the pad on the surface of the clasp using care to only move the pad in one direction.  DO NOT move the pad side to side – use long strokes lengthwise on the clasp, going with the grain of the metal.

It won’t take too many strokes, and it doesn’t require a great deal of effort or torque.  Just gently stroke the clasp with the pad, make sure to move lengthwise along the clasp.  Make sure you don’t accidentally rub any of the shinny, polished surfaces of the bracelet.  The Scotch Brite pad is for removing scratches on BRUSHED stainless steel surfaces (like the clasp of the SMP) NOT POLISHED stainless steel surfaces.  Once done, I usually go over the clasp with the yellow sponge side of the pad to clean it up a bit.

Here are the “after” photos – as you can see it looks much better!

People have often written to me and are very concerned that using the Scotch Brite pad method will ruin the Omega engraving work on the clasp, but as you can see, this isn’t the case.  You’d need a grinding tool and would really have to remove a lot of surface metal on the clasp to remove the engraving.

I use the above illustrated Scotch Brite scratch removal procedure on my Omega clasps once every 3-4 months and it keeps them looking like brand new.  The Seamaster Professional model in these photographs is two years old, but again, with some proper maintenance, can easily be kept looking brand new.

Certainly the same product and techniques demonstrated here could be used for other non-Omega watches – it should work just fine on any brushed metal surface, but it’s always a good idea to practice on a small area first.

You can discuss this article in the Omega Forum of my online luxury watch discussion forum community WATCH TALK FORUMS.

*All text and images contained in this article are the original work of the author, John B. Holbrook, II and are copyright protected. Use of any of the information or images without the permission of the author is prohibited.

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  1. Richard Chelvan says:

    That is excellent! Who would have thought? Unfortunately, I don’t think it will work with a Titanium bracelet.

  2. You are correct – but there are other techniques which you can use on Titanium.

  3. You are a genius my friend. You helped me fix from gut paining scratches I accidentally put on my Cartier Chronoscaph 21 — THANK YOU!!!

  4. Miguel Andres Salcedo says:

    Thank you Mr. Holbrook,

    I just recently got my seamaster and was troubled with the scratches in the clasp after only 2 weeks of use. This solution was like a miracle product it only took a few strokes and magically the scratches were gone

  5. Glad the article was of help Miguel!

  6. Awesome! Will have to give this a try….who would have thought a 20c Scotch Brite would be so useful?

  7. Genius!!!!

  8. Would this technique also work on links in the bracelet?

  9. It would, yes – just be careful to only use the technique on brushed/satin finished areas NOT polished.

  10. Paul Smith says:

    Mr Hallbrook, does it have to be a Scotch Brite pad? I used a “generic” one that I have in the house and my scratches did not come off!

  11. I’ve never tried a generic one.

  12. Paul Smith says:

    So I went out and bought a 3M Scotch Brite pad (much more than 20 c!). This worked really well because the surface is much more abrasive and harder than the generic ones that cost 20 c. It is very important to go really slow to start and make long straight strokes or else the “brushed” look will not look good. If the scratches do not come off, gradually increase the pressure.

    I wonder if in the end it may be better to use something like Bull Dog steel wool which comes in very fine grades. I am not prepared to try this on my new SMP unless someone else already has!

    Thanks for posting this article John!

  13. I am thinking about doing this, but am concerned that the after photos seemed to have a deeper brushed look than the original.

    the other thing i would want to do is attach the scotch brite pad to a block and use a rule so i know that the scratches (brush effect) run straight and are in line with the band.

  14. Hi John

    I tried this on my Omega Planet Ocean Chrono prior to reading your post – and was actually looking around on the web to see what other people recommend when I found your post – and couldn’t stop smiling!

    What I have done since is use two pads – I start off slowly with a new one and finish with a well used one (yes, just used one that is used for cleaning pots…) – and it seems (subjectively) that this works almost even better with a brushed look remaining but sort of a bit “finer” than with a new pad.

    That sort of adresses the above comment as well (I think)

  15. Just tried this on my Planet Ocean – works a treat!! Had a nasty surface scratch obtained after a mere week of wearing (WOW these clasps mark easilly!!); I stressed about it a lot; but this technique works flawlessly!!

    I was initially concerned about using a ‘scouring pad’ on the clasp thinking it would just scratch it even more – however it’s not the case… just going slowly with a little pressure in one (downward) direction did the trick nicely!

    I used a brand new official 3M ScotchBrite pad – I also bought a ‘non scratch’ varient which I haven’t tried yet; however will be interesting to see what effect (if any) that has.

    Ideally I would like to do (as you suggest) this once every 3-4 months, since I suspect that doing it too often would ruin the finish after not very long! However, for now, at least I know there is a way back from minor surface scratches to my beloved PO 😀

  16. Glad this worked out for you!

  17. Hii there ty very much for the info i have an 6 months old PO and thank for the technical instruments that u gave us it works like a magic!!! thanks man really now i came back smiling…

    is it works for the bracelet itself??

  18. Pasxalis1987 says:

    Hi John
    I was wondering if scotch brite can remove hits (cannot call it just scratch) from a corner of the clasp.

    Thnx in advance

  19. Possible – depends on how deep.

  20. This worked wonders for my rolex oyster bracelet! Now my sub looks like new! Thanks a lot!

  21. Prashanth R says:

    Many thanks John!!! This is really David Copperfield stuff! Works like a charm on brushed surfaces of SMP clasp and bracelet….Ingenious!!!

    PS: 3M could take a business tip from yourself 😉

  22. Ramine N Mossadegh says:

    FANTASTIC!!!! You are a hero. I had to buff my Omega Seamaster 300 Diver buckle every 3 months or after every dive trip. Found a cheaper place near Wall st for $20/pop. Now w/your method it’s only the cost of a scotch pad.

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