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How to clean a vintage 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
Dirty bracelet
Dirty bracelet
Especially the parts facing the human skin can pick up interesting collections of dirt over time, giving rise to microbial ecosystems
Especially the parts facing the human skin can pick up interesting collections of dirt over time, giving rise to microbial ecosystems
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
This watch has an automatic Citizen 6000 movement with 21 jewels
This watch has an automatic Citizen 6000 movement with 21 jewels
Dirt inside the clasp
Dirt inside the clasp

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