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    How do I clean my super old rep?

    All around the back there’s like whiteish solid covering a decent portion of just the back of the watch in the nooks and crannies as shown below. Any way to clean?
    https://www.pixelsbin.com/image/NSM0u


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    #2
    use a toothbrush dipped in soapy water to avoid too much water contact in case your caseback isn't water tight enough. then scrape as much off with a paper towel.

    or use a steam cleaner.

    these are not tried and tested methods but something that I would do. Try at your own risk!!!

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      #3
      use a copper brush to get most of the stuff off...best would be to disassemble your watch, take the mvt out if you can, clean the case with soapy water as mentioned. Afterwards rinse with isopropanol to get all the water out.

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        #4
        Looks like you've got dead skin on there from the Summer of 2010 …
        Midnight Rider[S][/S]

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          #5
          Originally posted by mydnytrydr View Post
          Looks like you've got dead skin on there from the Summer of 2010 …

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            #6
            Originally posted by mydnytrydr View Post
            Looks like you've got dead skin on there from the Summer of 2010 …
            Probably older. Believe it’s 20-30 years old lmao


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              #7
              You sure you want to clean away all the natural patina it's developed over the decades?
              My wish list: gen components...
              Breitling Datora Montibrilliant dial, older style

              Breitling B13 date wheel


              Panerai OP VIII movement



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                #8
                I'm glad that OP didn't post it here. Don't even look at it on a full stomach.



                Just torch the fuck*r.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by rolexwatchfan View Post
                  I'm glad that OP didn't post it here. Don't even look at it on a full stomach.



                  Just torch the fuck*r.
                  Sorry, I know it’s kinda gross but the watch means a lot to me and I’m just trying to clean it up so I can go get it refinished

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                    #10
                    How about a dial side picture or two. It would help us to better offer suggestions for how in depth your cleaning should be without damaging or ruining it.
                    My wish list: gen components...
                    Breitling Datora Montibrilliant dial, older style

                    Breitling B13 date wheel


                    Panerai OP VIII movement



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                      #11
                      Holy crap! How does a watch get to that point. Rofl

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Rx4Time View Post
                        How about a dial side picture or two. It would help us to better offer suggestions for how in depth your cleaning should be without damaging or ruining it.

                        Not really sure what you can see other than the pitted metal lol I’m trying to find someone to refinish It and stuff
                        Here’s the link if the pic doesn’t work https://www.pixelsbin.com/image/4dcb...2fdad4d2.NSqn1

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by yxzy View Post


                          Not really sure what you can see other than the pitted metal lol I’m trying to find someone to refinish It and stuff
                          Here’s the link if the pic doesn’t work https://www.pixelsbin.com/image/4dcb...2fdad4d2.NSqn1
                          No, pictures are helpful. a few more and we can give more pointed advice. For the polished areas on the case. you can use Cape Cod cloth to clean and remove micro abrasions. Be careful with the gold plating as it will remove that and ruin it. for Brushed areas on the watch, you can use a scotch brite pad to gently lessen any desk dives.
                          My wish list: gen components...
                          Breitling Datora Montibrilliant dial, older style

                          Breitling B13 date wheel


                          Panerai OP VIII movement



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                            #14
                            That's not even stainless steel .. Hell, it's probably carcinogenic!! … For the safety and well being of you, your family, and anyone who is in the same room with it, dispose of it properly!

                            Midnight Rider[S][/S]

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Rx4Time View Post

                              No, pictures are helpful. a few more and we can give more pointed advice. For the polished areas on the case. you can use Cape Cod cloth to clean and remove micro abrasions. Be careful with the gold plating as it will remove that and ruin it. for Brushed areas on the watch, you can use a scotch brite pad to gently lessen any desk dives.
                              Thanks for all the advice! I’ve ordered a cape cod cloth but I’m slightly worried about the effect it could have on the metal considering I have no idea what it is or how much the watch itself costs. After digging on it with a tooth brush and a little bit of simple green this is what I have left https://imgur.com/a/ZT2Z61j
                              Should I be able to work away the abrasions with the cape cod cloth ? Even the ones on the back?
                              Also in an unrelated question, would I be able to get the gold dial refinished somehow and make this watch look pretty nice? It’s kinda wearing off on the dial and crown after 20 years lol
                              I really appreciate your help, really new to this

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