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  1. AS69

    AS69 Jul 31, 2019

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    Hi guys!

    Need some help please :D
    I'm looking to buy a speed, and I just noticed on the one I found that we can see some rust under the pushers...

    Is it rust ?
    If yes, I guess it is not a very good sign and I should stop thinking buying this speed right ?

    Or you think it's not that bad ?

    Thanks guys
    cheers
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  2. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Jul 31, 2019

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    Hard to tell if that's just dirt or not from those photos. Pusher tubes can deteriorate, but it usually takes the form of pitting:

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    The only thing that typically "rusts" in the pushers on these is the spring inside.

    Cheers, Al
     
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  3. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Jul 31, 2019

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    That looks like crud that escaped the pre-photo scrub-a-dub.
     
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  4. tritto

    tritto Aug 1, 2019

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    Archer, I have picked up a 145.012 that I'm saving $ to get sorted. The pusher tubes are pitted around the neck and I'm considering getting them replaced with modern tubes when I get it serviced. Do you get requests to reuse the old caps (keeping the aged look of the caps consistent with the rest of the case) and is it possible to do so?
     
  5. tritto

    tritto Aug 1, 2019

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    @AS69, these are the tubes on my 145.012 after I cleaned the case. What looks like dirt is definitely a loss of plating on the outside of the tube.
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  6. marturx

    marturx Aug 1, 2019

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    OP, I should say go, because your pushers looks original. It´s not rust you´re seeing, just grime, or possibly loss of plating. But to me OK patina, whichever

    The function is still there, so I see no reason to change pushers. The watch is not to get anywhere near water or moist anyhow, right?

    @Archer´s example I bet comes from the southern hemisphere. In the north, we don’t see that kind of pitting, unless we’re talking gold plated watches
     
  7. S.H.

    S.H. Aug 1, 2019

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    No it also depends on the people wearing it: some have a really acidic sweat and burn through leather straps, plated watches, etc.
     
  8. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Aug 1, 2019

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    Wrap dental floss around them and move forward and back. Cleans them a treat and leaves them smelling minty fresh :thumbsup:
     
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  9. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Aug 1, 2019

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    This is brilliant!!! I have pondered how to clean crown tubes-::psy::
     
  10. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Aug 1, 2019

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    No yet. No idea if they are compatible or not...would have to try it.