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      02-10-2011, 06:51 AM   #1
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Watch Cleaning and recondition advice

Right, I know there's a lot of watch enthusiasts on this site so I thought I'd ask for some advice.

I've been thinking about getting my watch cleaned and reconditioned lately. Watches of Switzerland in Edinburgh do this for 65, but was wondering if anyone has ever done this or something similar?

I've got a Tag Carrera, and the strap is really getting scratched near the clasp, mainly due to resting my arm on my desk while typing etc.

Would this type of service remove these scratches from the band etc?

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      02-10-2011, 07:21 AM   #2
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I thought a good clean & polish removes those sort of scratches. A full 'service' seems a bit overkill, unless overdue one anyway. That said, I've had my Omega Seamaster for 13 years, hasn't missed a beat and has never been serviced. The advice I was given not long ago was, if it still keeps good time, leave well alone. Gets a nice clean up when the battery needs changing so that's been good enough for me.
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Had my 1964 Heuer Carrera re edition fully done a few years ago by Mallory in Bath due to a cracked plexi glass. Whilst it was in I had it serviced, new glass - 60, new leather strap - 90 and a clean up and service. At 270 all in they never touched the light scratches on the bezel which was a surprise!! I believe all shops send to Tag Heuer for the work anyway but not too sure. Just make sure whats included and whats extras.
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I'm not sure if it get's sent to tag or not? The jewellers treat it like a mini service, where they steam clean it and buff it up. However I'm not sure if that will be done on the bracelet, or just the case? Its 65 for the works at the jewellers, or 350 to send to Tag and get a full service, but I just dont think thats necessary!
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Surely it includes the bracelet (at 65) but worth checking. A full service includes taking the watch to pieces, including the workings, cleaning them all, then putting back together again - not worth it unless its timekeeping is going a bit wayward...
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You could try these people
http://www.martinsjewellers.co.uk/
they did some work on my Speedmaster.
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If it's just an external clean up / polish you want, you could always buy a "Cape Cod" polishing cloth and do it yourself in 20 minutes.
Check Ebay for them, they're really good.
Have used them on my watches for surface scratches, no good for deeper 'gouges' or brushed finishes tho...
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I did look at those! But My Tag has a brushed bracelet. The cape cod cloth would be good for the case though as its polished.

How much are they?
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I did look at those! But My Tag has a brushed bracelet. The cape cod cloth would be good for the case though as its polished.

How much are they?
You can always try a 'scotchbrite' (or similar) pad on brushed parts.
Have tried this also.
Think I paid about a tenner for two Cape Cod's.
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Westy, Gave the Cape Cod a bash and worked a treat on the case. Will try Scotchbrite on the band soon! Cheers for the advice!
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Westy, Gave the Cape Cod a bash and worked a treat on the case. Will try Scotchbrite on the band soon! Cheers for the advice!
Nice one!

Just be careful with the Scotchbrite to only 'brush' in one direction.
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