View Full Version : Sort of OT: Clean & Oil Battery Movement Watch

06-23-2011, 02:43 PM
Anyone know how to clean and oil a battery movement (second hand and date) watch)? No one in my area knows how (they all send them out), and $100 sounds pricey to me, but what do I know? Is this something a reasonably skilled HSMer can/should tackle?

06-23-2011, 03:42 PM
and what would "my area" be?

06-23-2011, 05:19 PM
Adirondack Park, northern New York, equidistant from everything.

06-24-2011, 01:24 PM
I worked as a watch repairman-jewler for 3 years as a pro and several more as a hobby.this is not something you want to do at home.First is to take all the movement apart.WAsh with the correct cleaner.Rinse off with a fast drying liquid.Clean all pivots with a pith cleaner.Clean all the pivot bearings with a bearing cleaning stick.Then you get to put it all back together again.Oil with watch oil (a special refined oil)putting a very small amount in each pivot and its bearing.It takes good vision and very steady hands.

06-24-2011, 01:52 PM
You may foul up the watch royally so that it may not run at all!! Really,better off getting a watch guy to do it. He has the special needle oilers,proper oils,and experience to do it right. I wouldn't try that. I'd end up having to have the whole watch taken apart for $$$$.