How would you clean the back case from my Waltham Vanguard?

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    How would you clean the back case from my Waltham Vanguard?

    What would you use to cleaned the back case of my pocket watch?
    The case is a BRIGHT MIRROR FINISH SILVERODE CASE. THE CASE IS MARKED "SILVERODE" THE CASE IS SO SHINY AND REFLECTIVE but it has some yellowish decoloration. Like finger prints.
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    Would you use alcohol, or what cleaning product.

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    Re: How would you clean the back case from my Waltham Vanguard?

    I don't generally polish my cases, but when I do the only thing I allow to touch them is Simichrome on a soft cloth.
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    Re: How would you clean the back case from my Waltham Vanguard?

    Is alcohol bad?

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    Re: How would you clean the back case from my Waltham Vanguard?

    I would first try a polishing cloth. It will remove light surface tarnish like finger prints. If it does not, I'd try a mild polishing compound.

    Since you probably don't have these right now, try a CLEAN cotton cloth and tooth paste.... really. It might well work.

    Silverode is a trade name for a nickel compound that will take a high level of polish. If done properly, the cases are really shiny and beautiful.

    Good luck!
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    Re: How would you clean the back case from my Waltham Vanguard?

    Alcohol isn't bad, per se, provided that you don't get on the movement.

    I just see it as unlikely to do anything to remove any corrosion or discoloration. I've used it on cases to remove price sticker residue, but that's about the extent of what it can do.
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    Re: How would you clean the back case from my Waltham Vanguard?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_hutcherson View Post
    Alcohol isn't bad, per se, provided that you don't get on the movement.

    I just see it as unlikely to do anything to remove any corrosion or discoloration. I've used it on cases to remove price sticker residue, but that's about the extent of what it can do.
    It can be a bit risky in that it will leak into watches which are tight against water. It then can dissolve the paint on some dials. So don't use too much.

    I speak from sad experience...
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    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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