How to Clean a Watch & Strap or Bracelet

Now that you have that watch you’re crazy about, you want to make sure that it stays in the best possible condition. So, it’s important to clean your watch every now and then.

Grime and dirt build up over time. First of all, It looks filthy. But it doesn’t only affect the watch on a cosmetic level.

Dirt on the tube can cause the crown to turn very heavily, for example.

It also adds a layer of grime to your leather strap. That will cause sweaty wrists because the leather won’t be able to breathe.

You also need to think about your water resistant watch. Chlorine and salt water wreak havoc on the rubber gaskets of your watch so you need to clean it with fresh water as soon as possible if you wore it in the ocean or the swimming pool. If you don’t, the rubber gaskets will dry out and your watch won’t be water resistant anymore.

This article explains how to easily clean your watch and your strap or bracelet.

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Our Top 3 of the Catawiki Watch Auctions – #2

Hello, fellow watch freaks!

This is our top 3 for the Catawiki Vintage Watch auctions which end on February 16th and 17th at 8 pm (CET).

It’s always difficult to only highlight 3 watches but this week we picked a Jaeger-LeCoultre, a Universal Genève, and a Bulova.

Please remember to always do your own research. This is not an endorsement or advice in any way. You’re responsible for your own bidding.

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Ultimate Guide to Omega Speedmaster Sizes

On many occasions, I’ve seen people ask about the Omega Speedmaster sizes. Usually in terms of the “will it fit” conundrum.

“42mm, that’s too big, I’ll go for the FOiS (First Omega in Space, a reinterpretation of the CK 2998 design) it’s smaller.”

Ummm, well, that’s not really correct. Let’s have a look at why is that so.

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Service: Roamer With an MST 414 Movement

I bought this Roamer on eBay to restore. I don’t do that as much as I used to but I still like to have a project watch to work on every now and then.

Like most Roamer watches, it has an in-house movement. This particular watch is powered by the MST 414 which has a micro regulator so it can be regulated very accurately.

The movement, the ‘R-logo’, and the fact that the case back has the Swiss cross and 4 patent numbers indicate that the watch is from 1966.

If you look closely, you’ll also see “Pm” just right of the number 6 on the chapter ring. That stands for Promethium, a lume that they used in the 1960s after they stopped using Radium and before they started using Tritium.

The winding of the crown was difficult and the crystal was damaged. The watch did run but it needed to be serviced and regulated.

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Our Top 3 of the Catawiki Watch Auctions – #1

Hi, watch enthusiasts! My name is Matthias De Pauw, and every other week from now on, I’ll discuss 3 watches from the active Catawiki auctions.

I’m an active member of different watch groups on social media and I’m an admin of the biggest Facebook group from the Benelux: ‘Horlogefreaks’.

I’m mainly a vintage collector, so I’ll focus on vintage watches. You can read my interview on WahaWatches to find out how I got into watch collecting.

It’s not my intention to write extensive reviews because there are already plenty available online. I just want to highlight the watches that jump out to me as an experienced collector and share the reasons why.

Please remember to always do your own research. This is not an endorsement or advice in any way. You’re responsible for your own bidding.

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