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Wearing a Citizen 6000 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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You can rotate the case back and remove it from the watch head to reveal the movement
You can rotate the case back and remove it from the watch head to reveal the movement
The rear of the watch, showing various numbers and markings
The rear of the watch, showing various numbers and markings
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
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
Removing the bracelet from a watch is easier with the right tools
Removing the bracelet from a watch is easier with the right tools
Replacing the original metal bracelet for a nylon NATO strap
Replacing the original metal bracelet for a nylon NATO strap

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