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    Dust on the dial. How does it get there!

    Hey guys. I noticed this morning that I had a small "hair" inside my watch on the dial. I've never noticed it before, and I've given the watch multiple inspections. What Im wondering is if anyone knows how something can get in there. I understand dust could get into through the crown stem. Assuming it could get by the gasket. But even if it got in that way, it would stay down in the movement. How would it get onto the dial! Maybe the date wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ithacaleather View Post
    Hey guys. I noticed this morning that I had a small "hair" inside my watch on the dial. I've never noticed it before, and I've given the watch multiple inspections. What Im wondering is if anyone knows how something can get in there. I understand dust could get into through the crown stem. Assuming it could get by the gasket. But even if it got in that way, it would stay down in the movement. How would it get onto the dial! Maybe the date wheel?
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    Re: Dust on the dial. How does it get there!

    I wonder the same thing. This lovely Mido had a spec of white dust on the dial that just showed up one day (yes it was always inside the watch, but it finally decided to migrate to the dial for some reason). Bugged me so much I finally had my watchmaker clean it for me.
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    Re: Dust on the dial. How does it get there!

    I had that happen to my Panerai 111G. Some specs on the dial and display back...but my 20 dollar Casio analogue watch has no specs that can be seen with my eyes without a magnifying glass or my glasses.
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    Re: Dust on the dial. How does it get there!

    Quote Originally Posted by ithacaleather View Post
    Hey guys. I noticed this morning that I had a small "hair" inside my watch on the dial. I've never noticed it before, and I've given the watch multiple inspections. What Im wondering is if anyone knows how something can get in there. I understand dust could get into through the crown stem. Assuming it could get by the gasket. But even if it got in that way, it would stay down in the movement. How would it get onto the dial! Maybe the date wheel?
    How does hair, dust, lint, etc., get onto a dial or inside a movement? Watches are assembled from numerous components. Try as they might watch makers have not developed the perfectly clean environment in which to assemble and adjust watches. So if you look closely enough with bright lights and high magnification you will find some foreign object in most watches.

    A related question is where that bit of lint has been hiding all this time? Could have been tucked behind a marker, under a hand, at the edge of the crystal, etc., only to fall loose. Or maybe you just missed it all this time.
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    Re: Dust on the dial. How does it get there!

    Chances are that it's been there all the time but it's just been hiding from you.

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    Re: Dust on the dial. How does it get there!

    I read that the water proof function was originally R&D'd to prevent dust/dirt from getting inside the watch. So I agree with others that the dust got inside the watch when it was built/serviced. I guess that's part of imperfect quality control.


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    Re: Dust on the dial. How does it get there!

    I believe that in most of the cases, dust particles, lint fiber... are thrown on the dial from the movement by the date disc when it flips at midnight, those nasty things could come into the watch by the crown from time to time if the crown is not properly protected while in action (manual wind, time/date setting...)

    Wearing a no-date watch would give you some additional protection against dust, lint...
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    Re: Dust on the dial. How does it get there!

    I just recently noticed a tiny dust particle on the underside of the crystal on my SMP, which I have owned for over a year. I could swear it wasn't always there, however in reality I don't know how else it could have gotten there since I bought it. I probably just never noticed.
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    Re: Dust on the dial. How does it get there!

    ..Many,many years ago, I watched a TV documentary about the decline of the U.S. automobile industry.
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    They told stories of putting Coke bottles and bolts in areas that would be difficult to find,when they rolled around....Just to piss
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