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I was once asked if I use only factory new parts in watches. This question is off base in a couple of ways. One is that parts for these watches have not been manufactured for 100 years or more. There is no one you can just call up to order something or other. Secondly, parts were often not made in a factory to begin with. I see quite a lot of hand-made parts in watches. Even for machine made watches like Elgins, in the 18th century in particular it was much more cost effective to make a part than to have a "real" one shipped from the factory.
Watch lubricants have very specific properties, and are used in precise places, and very, very small amounts. I use at least 3 and as many as 5 different oils on each watch.
Over oiling is one of the most common problems I see in antique watches.
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