As per the title ( and yes, I did use the search function and also perused the Stickies, Reference section, Main Forum, Watchmaking and other Sub forums ) ...is there a Dive Watch Maintenance thread?
I dislike reinventing the wheel just as much as the next Neanderthal so I'm hoping some of you more astute and experienced on here might point me in that direction..
Specifically, I'm wondering about what professionally employed or hobbyist SCUBA divers do for their watches.
And even more particular what is done for the spring bars?
I get the regular stuff -
• ensure the crown is screwed down
• inspect the watch and strap or bracelet before and after immersion in water
• rinse in freshwater after submersion in saltwater
• scrub the gunk off
• run the bracelets and straps through an ultrasonic cleaner on an as needed basis
• grease ( silicone ) the stem and case back gaskets as needed
• replace the stem and case back gaskets as needed
• replace the worn parts and scratched crystal as needed
• perhaps schedule the maintenance on a calendar like semi-annual or as needed
• perhaps include a visit with a trusted watchmaker/jeweler annually or as needed
oh GREAT! - i just made a dive watch maintenance thread....
Sooo.....what is done for the spring bars? Switch out all of them to stainless? Replace as needed? Is there a practice among divers ( like toothpaste in the face mask? ) to prep spring bars for saltwater immersion?
I just started on my 2020 watch maintenance routine and found a rusty spring bar in a clasp. A cheap, non stainless one. Out it goes, in goes stainless. But stainless also rusts in saltwater.
Can spring bars be soaked in light oil or greased with Yamaha blue marine lube?
My watches get wet very often in salt and fresh water - but not from SCUBA diving.
Looking for some ideas of what you Divers do before and after water immersion.
Any and all tips, tricks, ideas and common sense stuff I've overlooked...even voodoo if you find it effective.
TIA - Steve
PS - I had another search idea and mr. Google sent me back here...under the Steinhart Sub Forum. Of Course! why didn't I search Steinhart, first....wait...I don't own one. Shame on me.lol!
Gotta thread to read now. https://forums.watchuseek.com/f275/r...s-3169170.html