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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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Wear and tear is a great thing on a watch: it communicates the story of adventurous wrist time
Wear and tear is a great thing on a watch: it communicates the story of adventurous wrist time
Dirty bracelet
Dirty bracelet
The rear of the watch, showing various numbers and markings
The rear of the watch, showing various numbers and markings
Replacing the original metal bracelet for a nylon NATO strap
Replacing the original metal bracelet for a nylon NATO strap
The cleaned bracelet
The cleaned bracelet
The cleaned watch head, from the top
The cleaned watch head, from the top

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