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    Steel Watch bracelet that squeaks? How to oil it?

    So, this is a weird question... I have a steel bracelet on my watch that squeaks... yes like any metal part that moves, the hinges in the bracelet actually squeak ever to slightly. It's not the end of the world, and it's fairly new so I guess eventually it will break in, but it leads to think... can I just oil/grease up the links? It think it's just the screw-in pins are kind of tight and they are squeaking against the hinges of the links.

    What can I use? WD-40? I don't know much about oils... what's safe?

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    Re: Steel Watch bracelet that squeaks? How to oil it?

    I would use a dry lubricant for less mess than WD-40

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    Re: Steel Watch bracelet that squeaks? How to oil it?

    Has it always squeaked or is this new? If it's a new squeak, before you go out and buy something, try just taking it in the shower and soaping it up, because it might just be grime stuck in the links.
    before it broke in.
    Edit: Oh I just noticed you said the watch is new. How new? I've had a watch that would squeak for about a week and a half before it broke in.
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    Re: Steel Watch bracelet that squeaks? How to oil it?

    I would avoid WD 40 because of the stink and oil becuase it tends to attract dirt. Wear it a bit to see if it beds in and if not show it some dry lube.

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    Re: Steel Watch bracelet that squeaks? How to oil it?

    I've resolved a squeaky bracelet by reversing it.
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    Re: Steel Watch bracelet that squeaks? How to oil it?

    Quote Originally Posted by EsbenOpen View Post
    Has it always squeaked or is this new? If it's a new squeak, before you go out and buy something, try just taking it in the shower and soaping it up, because it might just be grime stuck in the links.
    before it broke in.
    Edit: Oh I just noticed you said the watch is new. How new? I've had a watch that would squeak for about a week and a half before it broke in.

    Going on three days now, it's brand new so I figured it would need to be broken in.

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    Re: Steel Watch bracelet that squeaks? How to oil it?

    Do not oil it. Just wear it, and the squeak should go away.

    By by chance is it a Rolex? They are known for having squeaky bracelets for a week or so due to the tight tolerances.
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    Re: Steel Watch bracelet that squeaks? How to oil it?

    Quote Originally Posted by cedargrove View Post
    Do not oil it. Just wear it, and the squeak should go away.

    By by chance is it a Rolex? They are known for having squeaky bracelets for a week or so due to the tight tolerances.
    It's actually an Eterna bracelet. Very tight. I'm thinking it will loosen. I'm going on vacation and I'll bring it along to loosen up.


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    Re: Steel Watch bracelet that squeaks? How to oil it?

    Can you even get "Jeff Gordon" DuPont bottles anymore? I've a few left and that is the best chain lube I've ever used in 30 years of human powered and motor powered, 2 wheel conveyance. The current offering, while very similar in appearance, is not the same by a long shot.

    anyway, my turtle bracelet squeaked like a rusty tank tread when I first got it. Didn't do anything to it but wear it and let the body oil do the work. Doesn't make a squeak anymore and, it's hypo allergenic- to me anyway! Even now rinsing it and wiping it- no squeaks.
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    Re: Steel Watch bracelet that squeaks? How to oil it?

    Dip it in motor oil and you're good to go. Just have to employ elbow grease and apply degreaser afterwards.


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