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Cleaning a Citizen 6000 automatic watch

Rediscovering old beauty under layers of dirt

Aug. 23, 2020 -

This week I was cleaning my closet when I found an old watch. It came from my grandfather’s house. It looked like it had an adventurous live, full of wear and tear. I recognised that it had an automatic mechanical movement. Upon picking it up it almost instantly started running again. I wondered how cool it would be if I would gently clean it.

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The rear of the watch, showing various numbers and markings
The rear of the watch, showing various numbers and markings
This watch has an automatic Citizen 6000 movement with 21 jewels
This watch has an automatic Citizen 6000 movement with 21 jewels
The cleaned watch head, from the top
The cleaned watch head, from the top
Replacing the original metal bracelet for a nylon NATO strap
Replacing the original metal bracelet for a nylon NATO strap
The cleaned watch head, as seen from the bottom
The cleaned watch head, as seen from the bottom
Wearing your watch on a different strap can make it feel like an entirely different watch
Wearing your watch on a different strap can make it feel like an entirely different watch

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