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What and how do i clean/wash out my watch it looks like fine dust mixed with oil it runs and stops and appears to be slow it is a fob watch but cant find it on the heading looks like the one i selected

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Don't try to fix it, this will be a very routine cleaning

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My wife's oyster perpetual is running exceptionally slow. It was cleaned and seemed to be running fine for the past 8 years. I've phoned Rolex service in New York with a $600 price for basic cleaning. This...


Hi Bob,

Unfortunately, Rolex automatics, like all mechanical watches, must be serviced every 3-5 years. This is because the oils in the movement dry and congeal on the bottom of the wheels (gears) and dust and debris in combination work like sandpaper to cause wear on the parts.

Think of it like a fine automobile, one would never neglect the oil change in their new Mercedes because the engine could be damaged. In this case it is the movement that can have excessive wear. Also, the mainspring at this point may need to be replaced, which is the power source of your movement. We service Rolex and all other high grade watches, and always beat the price of the Rolex service center, their time frame, and can provide discontinued parts where they cannot.

We are happy to service your timepiece at a much better price than that offered. Feel free to contact us through email or phone.

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I have wound muy omega speedmaster automatic to tightly at the bezel and it has stopped working. Can you tell me if there is something inside that can be released tostart it again?


There's a misconception that mechanical watches can be "overwound." Mainsprings in old watches can indeed set in place and freeze up if they are wound tightly and not permitted to unwind, but the steel used in modern mainsprings used in the past 50 years or so is an alloy that's much less likely to bind up compared to 19th century pocket watches. In addition, the winding mechanism in an automatic (aka, self-winding) watch is designed to slip once the spring has been fully wound so that the rotor and winding parts aren't damaged by suddenly binding up. In a manual wind watch, once the mainspring is fully wound, it's simply not possible to wind the watch further unless the mainspring snaps or comes loose from its anchoring--in which case, you'd be able to wind the watch forever without ever storing power in the mainspring to drive the movement. While it is possible for a watchmaker to open your watch and release tension on the mainspring, it's overwhelmingly likely that something entirely different is keeping your watch from ticking and keeping time.

Mechanical watches generally stop running for two reasons: (1) lack of power to the movement; or (2) something in the movement that is preventing the movement from running. If your mainspring is fully wound, you have power to drive the movement. It's time to think about what could be causing #2.

Problems in the movement are usually caused by dust or dirt that preventing a delicate movement part from working properly (e.g., dirt at the pivots can freeze up a gear, stopping a movement). However, it's also possible to have a mechanical failure, such as a bent tooth on a gear in the train. A further possibility is so-called "overbanking," which some believe is the origin of the myth of overwinding. A mechanical watch's balance assembly drives a tiny little forked lever back and forth to control the escapement and the rate at which the watch keeps time. If the watch receives a physical shock or if the parts are worn, it's possible for this tiny lever to get bumped out of its tiny pivot and jammed in place. When that happens, the watch will stop, even though a superficial check will seem to indicate that the balance is still moving freely. At the same time, because the watch isn't ticking, the mainspring isn't unwinding, and so the watch cannot be wound further.

In my experience, watches usually stop running due to dirt at the pivots or on one or more gear teeth. I generally see overbanking in older watches or mechanical watches that have been less precisely made and not routinely cleaned over their working lives--though I have seen it also occur in a few newer watches that were dropped. Better designed watches--and I would include Omega in this category--have escapement levers with built-in guards to make it more difficult for them to overbank.

As for how dirt gets into a watch that's supposed to be water-resistant and generally sealed against exactly that problem--well, as odd as it sounds, watches "breathe," and this process draws in dust and dirt over time. Worn against the body, a watch warms up and expands the air inside it, pushing some of it out of the case; upon cooling, some air is drawn back into the case. This process is obviously reduced in watches designed with a significant degree of water resistance (aka 50 meters or more), but the process is accelerated when you pull the stem out to set the time or even wind the watch via the stem--there's some degree of air gap between the stem and the stem tube, or else it wouldn't be possible to turn the stem. This microscopic dust--in minute quantities--mixes with the lubricating oils inside a mechanical watch and increase the friction in some of the key pivots. Over time, the combination of naturally solidifying oils that are thickening and a minute amount of dust can turn lubricating oil into glue. The watch cleaning process flushes the old oil and accumulated dirt from the pivot bushings so that fresh, uncontaminated oil can be used to re-lubricate these key gear axles.

Bottom line: if your mechanical watch has stopped working, it's much more likely that something is interrupting the intricate gears in the watch movement rather than a problem with the mainspring. A competent watchmaker or watch repair technician should be able to identify the problem relatively quickly and give you a definitive answer as to the true cause of--and cost to fix--your watch.

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If the watch is not worn for a day, is it normal for it to stop or slow down? Vintage SS mens datejust, oyster perpetual.


mcdevito75 here, Yes it is normal, especially if your Rolex is an automatic watch. The motion of your Wrist / Hand keeps your watch wound thru the Counter balance on the movement, as the counter balance turns it winds the mainspring little by little, thus keeping your watch wound. Once you take off your watch, if long enough the mainspring simply un-winds and slows and will eventually stop your watch completely. You can keep your Rolex wound even when you take it off by means of a watch winder, a small machine that will keep your watch in motion, or by hand, by rocking the watch back and firth in your hand for about 30 seconds, say before you gpo to bed at night, this way there is always some wind to your watch.

Aug 15, 2010 | Rolex Datejust SS

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My watch is running slow and I have replaced the battery


Not knowing the model or make I would say it will need to be sent to watchmaker for an overhaul/clean/ oil/ adjust. I dont know how old your watch is,either. Most watches have 1-2 year movement warranty.

Jul 19, 2010 | Timex 27191 Wristwatch

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Tag Heuer Tiger Wood Golf WAE1111.FT6004 Watch stops when not worn. Is there a problem


Hi,

An automatic watch needs to be worn, wound daily or placed on a watch winder to keep it going. It is not like a quartz watch that has a battery and can keep going when not worn. A modern automatic watch will run for about 36 - 48 hours on a full wind.

A quartz watch that stops like you describe is in need of a cleaning by a professional watchmaker. When this stopping occurs it is an indication the oils have dried out and the warmth from your body heats them so they are semi liquid again and the watch runs. but when the watch cools again the oils harden and the watch stops.

Hope this helps,

Ken
Yellowstone Watch, Inc.
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May 21, 2010 | Tag Heuer Tiger Wood Golf WAE1111 Watch

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When the watch sits for a period of time, usually overnight or longer, the second hand stops moving and it stops keeping time. When I reset the time it is fine until I let it sit again. Any ideas on this?


If this watch works while on your arm but not when it sits it is probably caused by the oils in the movement drying out. The warmth from your body heats them and allows them to become semi liquid again which in turn allows the watch to run. When the watch cools the oils become too thick and stop the watch.

A cleaning and service can correct this problem.

Hope this helps.

Ken Kotoski
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Nov 29, 2009 | Invicta 2306 Wrist Watch

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Runs slow by 60 seconds a day. day/date also turn a few hours late


Your watch is in need of service. Running slow is an indication the oils have dried out and are not lubricating any more. When oil dries it gets sticky like a soft glue. A mechanical watch can have the power to force the gear train to run but the constant drag on the dried out thick oils will cause it to run slow.

All watches should be serviced regularly.

The date issue is due to the hands not being installed properly. This is an issue that will be taken care of when the watch is serviced.

Hope this helps.
Ken
Yellowstone Watch Inc.
www.yellowstonewatch.com

Oct 27, 2009 | Seiko Divers Automatic watch

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Tropby radio controlled watch, runs slow, even with new battery


Your watch is need to clean an replaced the old oil in gear shafting that is the common problem of a watch when the old oil is sticky already thats makes the gear moves slowly and your watch is always late . If ever your watch was already clean and replaced new oil and still working slowly then the problem is in the circuit board is near to run out its needs to replaced whole circuit board so its better again. I know this because im a technician in Rolex service center before. Feel free to ask whatever the result.

Hope it may help you;

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VOTIT

Jan 30, 2009 | Bulova Watch

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Cant keep time


there is adjustment for that inside of watch or it just may need a little cleaning inside recommend take to jeweler and have serviced if you want to try cleaning at home simply take off back cover and clean with a little cigarette lighter fluid put little bit in wash around and drainout (do not soak) allow excess to evaporate out and replace battery and cover hope this helps

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