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    Watch cleaning and polishing

    Hello everyone I'm still quite new to the watch collecting world. In fact I only started wearing a watch last Christmas.

    So as a total noob can someone explain how to clean silver watches and black watches so I can maintain their condition to enjoy for years and maintain value as much as possible for potential resale in the future.

    I have a dremmel with polishing kit as I use it for car parts but I'm assuming that would be too aggressive for a watch.

    I have recently purchased a watch repair kit so I can adjust straps and remove backs if required. I plan on buying a group of very cheap watches possibly broken to learn on before I go to town on my more expensive ones.

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    Re: Watch cleaning and polishing

    Quote Originally Posted by durhamcockney View Post
    Hello everyone I'm still quite new to the watch collecting world. In fact I only started wearing a watch last Christmas.

    So as a total noob can someone explain how to clean silver watches and black watches so I can maintain their condition to enjoy for years and maintain value as much as possible for potential resale in the future.

    I have a dremmel with polishing kit as I use it for car parts but I'm assuming that would be too aggressive for a watch.

    I have recently purchased a watch repair kit so I can adjust straps and remove backs if required. I plan on buying a group of very cheap watches possibly broken to learn on before I go to town on my more expensive ones.

    Thanks

    Callum

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    I'm not big on polishing but I rinse em under the faucet after a scrub with a toothbrush and colgate toothpaste ..... been doing this for 20 years and so far not even one cavity
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    Thanks ill give that a try :)

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    Toothpaste may be fine or raw metal but if you mean PVD or DLC in terms of "black" I would forgo the toothpaste as its abrasiveness may actually harm the finish. Water and a soft brush I all you can really do.
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    Before you put anything under a tap, do you know rhe water resistance of the watches and how robust the seals are?

    Do you know how to remove the movement and dial from the watch?


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    Re: Watch cleaning and polishing

    Quote Originally Posted by drunken monkey View Post
    Before you put anything under a tap, do you know rhe water resistance of the watches and how robust the seals are?

    Do you know how to remove the movement and dial from the watch?
    All my collection have at least some degree of water resistance.

    I may just wipe them with a damp cloth and then a dry buff with a clean watch cloth just to be safe

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    I just wipe mine down now and then when I take them off at home. That's about it.

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    My AD gave me a polishing cloth that has some sort of chalky dust covering it as well as just a basic microfiber. I rub it with the chalk fabric then clean off with the microfiber. Polishes SS really well
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    My water resistant watches (100m+) get a shower with a soft toothbrush and some shower gel. A microfibre cloth is also very good for dress pieces but whatever you do stay away from the Dremel as you can make a big mess with one very fast.
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    Re: Watch cleaning and polishing

    Im a noob just like you! I must admit that I jumped head first and bought a bunch of tools right away enough that I need a large tackle box to store them in. As far as cleaning, I purchased an Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner for about $30 and I normally clean everything in that. I have heard not to put PVD and of course don't put your watch with the movement in it. I normally remove the bracelets and clean them in it. With the watches that Im confident taking apart, I normally remove the movement and dump the case in the cleaner. It really cleans the hard-to-reach places well. A little jewelry cleaner or Dish soap helps also!
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