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How to Clean Antique Watches

How to Clean Antique Watches

How to Clean Antique Watches. Although some antique watch repair shops clean
watches ultrasonically, the hand-cleaning method is still preferred for many antique
watches. You will need Watchmakers’ tools Cleaning
solution A lint-free rag A watch brush Pegwood A bellows A mainspring winder Pith and an
antique watch repair shop (optional). Step 1. Disassemble the watch movement, and place
all of the parts except the mainspring, balance, and pallets in a commercial cleaning solution. Check with a professional antique watch repair
shop about suitable cleaning compounds and methods for your watch. The age of and construction materials used
in the watch will determine which ones you use. Step 2. Remove the bottom clock plate and dry it with
a clean, lint-free rag. Brush both surfaces with a soft watch brush,
clean out the jewel holes and the pivot holes with pegwood, and blow the plate with bellows. A mechanical watch consists of a movement
bottom plate, balance assembly, motion works, keyless works, screws, a mainspring and barrel,
a wheel train and wheels, and an escapement. Step 3. Remove the lower balance end-piece from the
cleaning solution. Brush both sides, clean the active surface
of the endstone with a piece of pegwood, and place it in position on the bottom plate. Remove the bridges and cocks from the cleaning
solution, and clean them the same way. Step 4. Clean each wheel and brush the teeth and both
sides. Clean each leaf of the pinion with a pointed
piece of pegwood, and clean each pivot so that it is free of congealed oil. Step 5. Remove the keyless parts from the cleaning
solution, and brush both sides. Clean the screws in the same manner. Clean the cannon pinion, minute and hour wheels,
and then pegwood the holes. Step 6. Clean the barrel, cover, and arbor. Wind the mainspring into the barrel using
a mainspring winder. Press the spring into the barrel with the
flat end of a piece of pegwood, and then snap the barrel cover on. Step 7. Place the escape wheel and pallets in the
cleaning solution. Quickly remove the pallets, and brush them
with a soft brush. Clean the pallet and stones with a piece of
pith. Step 8. Clean the escape wheel, and wipe the teeth
with pith. Remove the balance spring from the balance,
place them both in cleaning solution, then clean them. Did you know The first pocket watch was invented
in Germany in the 1500s.

Reader Comments

  1. Step 1: Learn that not all antique watches are built in the same way
    Step 2: Don't trust everything you see on youtube

  2. Well, I'll take apart, clean and reassemble an antique camera, but I think watches is where I draw the line. It's the watch repair shop for me.

  3. Do not attempt to repair your own watch, take it to a professional. Everything in this video is incorrect and will cause damage.

  4. This is scarier than any horror movie I have ever seen advertised. I am going to have nightmares now. Please, take your mechanical watch to a professional watchmaker who can clean oil and adjust it. This video is highly disrespectful  to any one in the watchmaking profession. The idea that any normal individual can service a watch is completely untrue. I will be waiting for the how to video on heart surgery.

  5. Step one, pay no attention to this video.
    Step two, erase this video from your mind.
    Step three, take it to a professional.

    I am a watchmaker by trade, anyone attempting this, will inevitably be taking the watch to someone like me 🙂

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