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Author Topic: Request: guide to cleaning techniques and tools  (Read 1883 times)
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« on: February 11, 2009, 01:32:03 am »

I recently bought a pocket watch and its running rather slow. I suspect it needs a good cleaning and some lubrication. I look to you fine gentlemen for advice on the tools and techniques of cleaning a mechanical pocket watch.

Preferably, since I am just starting out, a list of parts that are most likely to be causing the extra friction that I can mark them for cleaning and oiling. Will I need to take the entire watch apart?

Thank you sirs.

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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2009, 03:44:30 am »

Might help in giving you a rough guide to what to do...  But I seem to remember Harold stating that it missed out some important bits.


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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2009, 04:02:27 am »

For a beginner, that's a good starter site..  As a beginner, what you really want to learn is a simple clean and lube, and not more complex repairs.. I'd start out by learning proper tool handling techniques.

A good (but not free) online course is the TZ watch school..

It also has some good examples of tools needed.. At a minimum, I would suggest a good screwdriver set, two tweezers (#2 and#5), a hand blower, loupe or other magnifier, Rodico, pithwood and peg wood, watch papers, case wrench, perhaps hand setting and removal tools (although you can use tweezers for that), movement holder and covers..
After that, you could add in stem cutting pliers and case holder/cushion, springbar tools and a pin vise, and after that, complete your base set the tools for oiling, namely four hand oilers; Moebius 9010, 8141, and D5 oils, PML grease; and a four-cup metal oil stand,a s well as cleaning solutions and baskets.

That's the basic set of stuff that any watchmaker will have. There are other tools you can add, as you get more experienced.

As for books, I really like the DeCarle books...


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