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Cleaning your watches in an ultrasonic cleaner

  1. Thegreatroberto

    Thegreatroberto Jan 25, 2016

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    As per the title.

    I wear my watches on a monthly rotation, and when I take them off at the end of their month, put them into my £30 Amazon cleaner for two minutes. Then of course dry them.

    So, is the ultrasonics likely to be doing any harm to my watches?
     
  2. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Jan 25, 2016

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    If your collection consists of Invictas there should be no problem.
     
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  3. tyrantlizardrex

    tyrantlizardrex C is NOT for "Lizard". Jan 25, 2016

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    Given that they clean by vibrating enough to create cavitation in the water/solution, I'd say that's a bad idea.
     
  4. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Jan 25, 2016

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    Note that the previous post was a joke.

    What watches do you wear on monthly rotation?

    And some advice.

    Stop what you are doing until we know what your watches are.
     
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  5. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Jan 25, 2016

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    My previous post that is, not the Cookie Monster's.
     
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  6. CanberraOmega

    CanberraOmega Rabbitohs and Whisky Supporter Jan 25, 2016

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    Should be fine if you are removing the movement and dial first......
     
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  7. tyrantlizardrex

    tyrantlizardrex C is NOT for "Lizard". Jan 25, 2016

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    Other things not suitable for cleaning your watch:

    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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  8. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 25, 2016

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    Always wanted to ask @Archer

    When doing bracelets do you put anything between the wire basket and the bracelet to stop scratching. ( have not used one yet due to not knowing )

    PS it's a good one in the lab at work not a $20 one..
     
  9. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 25, 2016

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    Ultrasonics are great. Works on cats too.
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  10. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Jan 25, 2016

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    Here I've been using Miley Cyrus for removing small scratches in the crystal for years - and now you tell me it's not suitable?!? :eek:

    What du you recommend then? Quick wash and tumbledry?
     
  11. Darlinboy

    Darlinboy Pratts! Will I B******S!!! Jan 25, 2016

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    A microwave works so much better. Nukes the dirt and grime so it wipes right off - quick and easy. ;)

    And yes, works on cats too.
     
  12. Thegreatroberto

    Thegreatroberto Jan 25, 2016

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    Watch wise
    Omega speedmaster pro, mk2 a mk4, SMP 300m. And a Tudor pelagos.
     
    Edited Jan 25, 2016
  13. Barking mad

    Barking mad Prolific Speedmaster Hoarder Jan 25, 2016

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    Sorry but I am still stuck on the concept of wearing the same watch for a month:eek:
     
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  14. Thegreatroberto

    Thegreatroberto Jan 25, 2016

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    Ok, so I may have lied about the month bit. It's a week at most. But, the ultrasonic bit is sort of every 4th ish rotation.
    It does get any goo on the case and bracelet.
     
  15. Pvt-Public

    Pvt-Public Jan 25, 2016

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    Before using the ultrasonic, may I suggest using something like this to get the really stubborn gunk off. But remember always start with course grit and work your way down to fine. :whipped:::popcorn::
    rock-tumbler.jpg
     
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  16. Canuck

    Canuck Jan 25, 2016

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    image.jpeg The only timepiece I clean in my ultrasonic without first taking it apart. :)
     
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  17. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Jan 25, 2016

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    That's what you use Miley Cyrus for?!!?
     
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  18. tyrantlizardrex

    tyrantlizardrex C is NOT for "Lizard". Jan 25, 2016

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    The huge foam finger is required safety equipment when handling watches...
     
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  19. Deafboy

    Deafboy His Holiness Puer Surdus Jan 25, 2016

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    An ultrasonic cleaner is actually quite violent. I wouldn't insert a whole mechanism such as watch movement without first dismantling it in parts. That still applies in the case if the whole watch is dipped in the cleaner and no liquid reaches the mechanism (as you seem to suggest).


    :whistling: Other possibilities:

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  20. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 25, 2016

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    Does a one legged duck swim in circles...