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    How to remove water spots from watch crystals?

    I could've sworn I've read about this before, but I can't find the thread.

    Anyway, I'm referring to all types of crystals, from sapphire to Seiko's "Hardlex" (mineral crystal). I think toothpaste should work for acrylic crystals (like Omega Speedmaster's hesalite), but I'm not sure about the other 2. Also toothpaste?
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    Re: How to remove water spots from watch crystals?

    What are water spots? Are they just water droplets that after evaporating,leave spots on the crystal? If so,wouldn't soap n water do the trick then dry it with paper towel or soft cloth instead of letting it air dry? I got a feeling i misunderstood what water spots are.

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    Re: How to remove water spots from watch crystals?

    Yeah, those are water spots.

    I've heard soap isn't good because it can dry the rubber seals/gaskets.
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    Re: How to remove water spots from watch crystals?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveInLA View Post

    I've heard soap isn't good because it can dry the rubber seals/gaskets.
    Oh no..but it's just so convenient. Wouldn't a lens cloth wipe it off? Either that or use lens solution for spectacles? Just spray a little on tissue n wipe the crystal. I wear glasses n the lens solution cleans my glasses very well. Cheap n not messy too.

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    Re: How to remove water spots from watch crystals?

    Try wiping with deionized water first. You can get it at the grocery store. If that doesn't work, use vinegar applied with a Q-tip.

    Tap water contains alot of minerals (eg calcium). Water spots are created when tap water has evaporated, leaving behind residual minerals (aka lime deposits). These deposits are the common crusty white residue around faucets and sinks. Also, if you wash your car (or watch) in tap water and don't dry off the water, you will get alot of water spots.

    Acids like vinegar dissolves minerals away.

    Also, don't use toothpaste on acrylic crystals. Polywatch is the way to go. There are tons of threads on this.
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    Re: How to remove water spots from watch crystals?

    I usually use those lens clothes that already have the solution on them, kind of like the small alcohol wipes. If I don't have any of those on hand, I just lick my finger, rub the spot off, then wipe away any remaining spit with my shirt.

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    Re: How to remove water spots from watch crystals?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveInLA View Post
    I've heard soap isn't good because it can dry the rubber seals/gaskets.
    The rubber seals and gaskets are dry -- they are made from cured rubber, and sometimes other non-liquid materials. A little oil or silicone compound might be applied to help them seat during assembly, but the sealing is done by the rubber. Soap and water won't hurt your watch, in fact a little soap will help detach and lift any grime off the surface so you won't rub it around and scour the surface of the watch.
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    Re: How to remove water spots from watch crystals?

    Is this thread for real?

    Toothpaste? Vinegar?

    Open mouth. Apply heavy helping of breath to fog crystal. Wipe on shirt.

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    Re: How to remove water spots from watch crystals?

    Don't baby the things, just spit on the dang crystal and use your shirt tail... that's what I do, on a daily basis. It gets off everything and anything and doesn't take hardly any saliva at all, you can simply lick your finger and wipe it across the crystal then use your shirt tail and rub hard... wa-la, it's gone and you're off and movin' again!

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    Re: How to remove water spots from watch crystals?

    I clean my watch crystals with lens cleaner and a soft lens cloth. A lot of watches actually come with the cloth, but you can pick up the entire kit of cloth and cleaner at most retail stores. I got mine from Sams Club.
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