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    Do any of you sterilize newly purchased vintage watches?

    Do any of sterilize newly purchased vintage watches?

    If so, what are some of the Dos and Doníts of doing this? The most obvious Donít that comes to mind is not to immerse the watch in water if it isnít water-resistant. Any others?

    Maybe some of you donít sterilize a newly purchased vintage watch. Iíd like to hear your reasons why.

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    Re: Do any of you sterilize newly purchased vintage watches?

    I don't know if i would call it sterilizing, but i definitely want remnants of the previous owner(s) removed.
    I will typically discard the fabric or leather band and install a new one, and i always remove the bracelet and run it through an ultrasonic cleaner to try and get the gunk from between the links.
    As for the case, if i'm removing the movement and crystal for repair then i will ultrasonically clean the case, otherwise i give it a good cleaning with a rag and bit of alcohol.

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    Re: Do any of you sterilize newly purchased vintage watches?

    If you are going to do this often, check out an Ozone cleaning system used for CPAP users. Nothing touches the watch except air.

    Very easy to use. Here's an example.....

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/CPAP-Disi...c1&athena=true

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    Re: Do any of you sterilize newly purchased vintage watches?

    I'm afraid of alcohol so I use Windex instead. I spray on a rug, not on a watch!

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    Re: Do any of you sterilize newly purchased vintage watches?

    I'm a biologist, so "sterilize" has a specific meaning for me, and short of autoclaving it or soaking in bleach, you're not really sterilizing it, you're just cleaning it.

    I just clean mine. Cases and dials go in Hagerty's Jewelry Cleaner. Movements go in Zenith wash and rinse solutions. And I wash my hands before and after.
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    Re: Do any of you sterilize newly purchased vintage watches?

    I'm always amazed. I like the 'replace the strap or clean the bracelet' I like the wipe down the case but sterilize? Never even crossed my mind.
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    Re: Do any of you sterilize newly purchased vintage watches?

    I often decase the movement and run the case through an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. I don't really love old fungus and someone else's dead skin cells and sweat.
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    Re: Do any of you sterilize newly purchased vintage watches?

    I was thinking how this thread didn't come up before. As I have many vintage watches that are pre-owned, I always think how someone else used to wear it for long long time, and before a good clean, I would not be able to wear it.

    First, I remove the strap. If it's stretch bracelet, I clean every detail with bleach dissolved in little water and use cotton buds. Alcohol is not enough.
    Then I move on to the case. I always open the case back and clean the dirt under it and around the movement. Whole case too, crystal all around, between the lugs especially.

    Only then I know someone else's skin and dirt is removed and it's safe for me to wear. It may sound little drastic, but I can't change it.
    Light version of obsessive cleaner, I guess.
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    Re: Do any of you sterilize newly purchased vintage watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneJockey View Post
    I just clean mine. Cases and dials go in Hagerty's Jewelry Cleaner.
    What?!! Vintage dials go into Jewelry Cleaner? For most of them it will be last procedure in their life.

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    Movements go in Zenith wash and rinse solutions.
    Do you disassemble them before wash? Do you do assembly, oiling and regulation after that?

    And I wash my hands before and after.
    Do any of sterilize newly purchased vintage watches?
    It is just vintage mechanical pieces, not bio hazard materials. LOL. Sanitizing is more than enough. No need to sterilize.
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