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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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Removing the bracelet from a watch is easier with the right tools
Removing the bracelet from a watch is easier with the right tools
There is a rotor that winds the watch when it is moved (on the wrist), a clever system that negates the need for batteries
There is a rotor that winds the watch when it is moved (on the wrist), a clever system that negates the need for batteries
The cleaned watch head, from the top
The cleaned watch head, from the top
The cleaned watch head, as seen from the bottom
The cleaned watch head, as seen from the bottom
The rear of the watch, showing various numbers and markings
The rear of the watch, showing various numbers and markings
The cleaned bracelet
The cleaned bracelet

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