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  1. renault4gtl

    renault4gtl May 10, 2022

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    Dear all forum members,

    I am tending to buy this nice Heuer Monza wristwatch. As you can see, the watch looks clear. But I am not sure if it first was chromeplated, and than aftermarket PVD coating was applied, or it is original PVD coating.

    Can someone give me thoughts about PVD?

    Would also ask in your opinion about crown, yes looks quite damaged, but if it is genuine?

    Please find fotos below, many thanks to all members, hope someone will help me!

    My REPOST from Omegaforums!
     
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  2. abrod520

    abrod520 May 10, 2022

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    These aren't the greatest photos (and we are going to need a shot specifically of the crown to tell anything about it) but I don't see anything that would raise red flags. What makes you ask if the PVD coating has been redone?
    Further, based on the research you've already done on the Monza, what else makes you unsure about this example?
     
  3. imagwai

    imagwai May 10, 2022

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    Looks to be a reasonably honest example to me. But no shot of the crown, so quite hard to say if original or not.
     
  4. renault4gtl

    renault4gtl May 10, 2022

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    As first thank you for an answers given to me. Yes, I forgot to attach this photo below. Here you may see a crown.


    What makes me to ask myself it PVD was redone, is a PVD layer you can see in this attached photo, it looks like an orange peal, which is quite ok to me, but on the web I can find a photos of PVD Monzas where you can see brushed surface under the PVD layer. Please note another photo.
     
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  5. imagwai

    imagwai May 10, 2022

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    I see what you mean. I guess it is possible it's been repainted at some point, but it's quite hard to tell without the watch in hand.

    If you are suspicious, then I would pass and keep looking. These watches do come up quite frequently.
     
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  6. abrod520

    abrod520 May 10, 2022

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    Crown looks fine to me. They were unsigned on the Monza.

    Yes, I suppose that case finish could have been redone. To me it depends on the asking price; in those days PVD coatings were in their infancy and often wore off. Considering it's quite easy and economical to reapply, I think the future trend for coated watches of this age will be to see more and more of them re-applied, similar to how the majority of collectors now view skilled relumes versus the way they did 5 years ago.
     
  7. renault4gtl

    renault4gtl Jun 6, 2022

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    Many thanks for your inquiries, i bought it, yes intouched, really nice shape, more photos these days :)
     
  8. Fabrizio

    Fabrizio Jun 7, 2022

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    Congratulations for your purchase - looking forward to seeing the pictures then!
     
  9. matthew_VA

    matthew_VA Jun 7, 2022

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    Congrats! It's a great watch--I really enjoy wearing mine!
     
  10. dtf

    dtf Jun 7, 2022

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    Good decision, it looks great
     
  11. imagwai

    imagwai Jun 8, 2022

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    Congratulations, nice watch