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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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Dirty bracelet
Dirty bracelet
Removing the bracelet from a watch is easier with the right tools
Removing the bracelet from a watch is easier with the right tools
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
The cleaned watch head, as seen from the bottom
The cleaned watch head, as seen from the bottom
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
The rear of the watch, showing various numbers and markings
The rear of the watch, showing various numbers and markings

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