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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 cleaned bracelet
The cleaned 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
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
Wearing a 50 year old watch, I like it!
Wearing a 50 year old watch, I like it!
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
Set the tool to match the mounting points on the case back, to enable it to rotate it open
Set the tool to match the mounting points on the case back, to enable it to rotate it open

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