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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 1812post #27166 of 4831212/19/13 at 6:53ampost #27167 of 4831212/19/13 at 6:59amTC - Most of the times just lukewarm hand soap and water will do the trick. I think a baby toothbrush with soft bristles would be fine for your steel watches, anything in Titanium I would be a lot more wary as it scratches more easily.
I've been using of the those "OR Scrub brushes" on my steel watches for some time without any problems, but never hurts to me more careful I suppose.
I would DEFINITELY NOT do the steam cleaner for the watch case as Dino said. Also don't submerge it in piping hot water either.post #27168 of 4831212/19/13 at 8:25ampost #27169 of 4831212/19/13 at 9:34amI just wear my bracelet watches (AP, Rolex etc) in the shower. Soap up and rinse is usually enough. If the watch is really dirty, I will take it off and soap it up some more and then rinse.
No issues and they always come out looking good.Quote:Originally Posted by Dino944
I unless you wore a watch in sea water or have sand in it wouldn't use a tooth brush on my Rolexes (or other watches), a friend ruined the finish in the bracelet of an Omega he had years ago using one. If you get a steam cleaner it might be ok for the bracelet, but I'd keep it away from the head of the watch. You don't want anything with extreme heat or extreme cold near it. Quick exposure to extreme heat or cold can result in getting condensation under the crystal (which can spot a dial or cause parts of a movement to rust). Also, extreme heat from a steamer can over time affect the integrity of the gaskets. As for cleaning my RO, all I've done is rinse it off first to get rid of loose dirt. Then use a little of that soap foam (in the pump containers) a diluted with warm running water. I try not to expose the head of the watch to too much water or too much soap. I gently wipe some of the soap/foam water on the bracelet links using my fingers (making sure I got the front, back, sides and clasp). Then I rinse it off using warm water. I have a nice thick microfiber (not the little thin ones for cleaning eyeglasses), and I gently press it against the various surfaces to absorb water. Then I get a can of compressed air and from about 8 inches away I spray the bracelet links to get any remaining water out (wipe it off with microfiber) and I'm done.
I've been doing that on most watches for years and my RO since I've had it and it look like new.post #27170 of 4831212/19/13 at 10:41amQuote:
Yea, that's what I did in college, but I wouldn't do that with watches I really cared about, now that I know more. I personally never had a problem, but I just don't chance it with good watches. Quick exposure to hot and cold temperature (room temp to hot shower to cold air) could cause condensation to form inside your watch. In addition, steam from a hot shower is not something I'd want the head of my watch exposed to (I'd have concerns about condensation forming due to extreme temp changes over a short period of time, steam vapors getting inside, and over time premature breakdown of the gaskets that keep the watch water resistant as they are contracting and expanding with quick extreme temperature changes). Also, I would want to dilute the soap as some harsh soaps can sometimes affect the gaskets that seal a watch, either breaking them down or making them slippery, and potentially loosening and compromising the watches water resistance. Beyond that, some soaps if not diluted will build up over time leaving a film in between links and the clasp which then retain dirt particles (defeating the purpose of cleaning the watch).
They are your watches so do what you like with them, I just prefer to be more careful with my own watches.post #27171 of 4831212/19/13 at 11:08am
I am thinking of washing mine in a mud puddle. The particles in the water should act like an exfoliant and scrub the other dirt right off!
Actually I just use a damp cotton swab to get in between the strap and lugs then a town to keep the crystal clean.post #27172 of 4831212/19/13 at 11:24amQuick update: quite enjoyed meeting up with my TWAT brothers Newcomer and DLJr. We all enjoyed meals with serving sizes so large that we just ate half. In the spirit of TWAT we passed by Wempe to check out some fun stuff. Here's a wrist shot of the three of us checking out some pieces from Nomos:
We also passed by one of my dealers on 47th street, where Nuke and DLJr were supposed to be the "voices of reason" potentially "talking me out" of these insanely priced Patek cufflinks. Well, lo and behold, we saw a few in person and they both sang praises for the design and how nice they looked ahahah. That's TWAT for you! 😜
/****** Apparently I live on Instagram too - mainly timepieces, shoes, attire and the occasional cheeseburger. @no_frills_vc. ******/post #27173 of 4831212/19/13 at 11:37ampost #27174 of 4831212/19/13 at 11:46ampost #27175 of 4831212/19/13 at 11:50ampost #27176 of 4831212/19/13 at 11:52am
Looks like a great day gents! Sorry I couldn't be there for the fun.
As for the Patek cufflinks, when one considers the price on a basic Calatrava...the cost of the cufflinks isn't that bad. 18Kt cufflinks from high end jewelers such as Cartier or Van Cleef & Arpels, etc would cost you at least the same or possibly more! Just trying to help you out...as the "Voice of reason." hahahapost #27177 of 4831212/19/13 at 11:53ampost #27178 of 4831212/19/13 at 12:09pmQuote:
Sorry about that. I admit that while it was fun having Wempe's manager take that wrist shot for us, it would have been more fun had we been with Kate as she took this selfie:
Here are some pics of the Patek cuff links in yellow gold that I am sorely tempted by. Not mine, but from the good 'ol Internet:
I am also sorely tempted by these older versions of their cuff links, which are also cheaper actually (less gold though):
(Again, pic ain't mine but from the internet/Purists).
Here's the same cuff link, but in rose gold. See it? Doesn't look half bad on John Mayer, right?
Can't see it? Here's another pic:post #27179 of 4831212/19/13 at 12:12pm
Not yet. Waiting for bonus season a month or so from now so I feel better about blowing some cash haha.Quote:Originally Posted by Dino944
Looks like a great day gents! Sorry I couldn't be there for the fun.
As for the Patek cufflinks, when one considers the price on a basic Calatrava...the cost of the cufflinks isn't that bad. 18Kt cufflinks from high end jewelers such as Cartier or Van Cleef & Arpels, etc would cost you at least the same or possibly more! Just trying to help you out...as the "Voice of reason." hahaha
But my willpower is steadily eroding......post #27180 of 4831212/19/13 at 12:13pmQuote:
That young lady's baps are going to fall out. And why is the cabaret singer sitting down?
One day I'm going to come back to New York and visit you gentlemen. That sounds like a threat. It's more of a vague promise. I might wait until I've got a better watch. Hmm..maybe buy that instead of visiting New York? Life's impossible sometimes.
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