Friday, February 27, 2009

How Do You Clean A Wristwatch?

By Debra Brian Hunt

While cleaning wristwatches is best possible by a practised person, you can manage it at home if you enjoy tinkering with mechanical things .You might not want to do this at first on a pricey or a dear wristwatch which you love, as you will most likely mess up the first watch you work on. Get a cheap one to practice on till you get perfect.

To begin with, make certain you have a place to practise. A big table that is clear will be good, or it would be even more wonderful if you have an apposite workstation in your garage where you can do this peacefully. Include a white sheet on top of the table prior to beginning, since this will not only make it convenient to see the little bits and pieces, but will also thwart parts from bouncing off the table when they fall.

On top of this, you will require excellent lighting in the room. You must also add a light, (fluorescent would be perfect) to the table so you can get some unswerving light. After that you require a first-rate screwdriver set. Confirm you get a fine quality set because this will not harm the screws on the watch.

Moreover, you should also have a tray to keep all the parts you take out of the watch on. It would be perfect if this has portions built into it, and as you strip the watch start placing the pieces from right to left so you don't get fix up later on. You also need a good pair of tweezers. This will be indispensable to handle the minute parts, and make certain you fit them back into the watch precisely.

You also need to have cleaning supplies. If you are serious about this leisure pursuit, you can obtain accurate ultrasonic parts cleaners online, but in the beginning you can just utilize Naptha. This is the component that makes up lighter fluids, and evaporates swiftly without leaving anything behind. Pour a very minute amount in a cup and then saturate all the parts in this for some time.

After you do this, you need to take a small brush, paintbrush, or makeup brush, and brush the pieces and then remove them from the liquid and put them on a towel or filter paper to dry them out.

You will also need to obtain oil, such as Moebius to oil the watch sections. To do this, you need to have an oiler which is thin wire including a flat side. In order to see what you are doing, you need to have a magnifying glass. Procure a blower to help you get rid of dust from the sections, and get a hands remover to appropriately do away with and place back the posts while you clean the watch.

To commence, remove the back of the watch and open it up. After this, you need to let down the mainspring which is what allows the watch to work. The next thing to exterminate is the movement, followed by the hands and the dial in the end. Keep removing the parts till you are left with the frame of the watch in your hand. Now set all of them in the cleaner fluid and wait for some time.

After cleaning, start putting the parts back the way you removed them making sure you get the order right. Wind the watch and screw the lid back on and see if it works. - 16651

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