Certain parts of a watch need to be cleaned with strong cleaning fluids which will damage other more delicate parts so the watch has to be dismantled before cleaning. In the early days of you cleaning a watch try to have an system/order that you work to. Use plenty of air tight pots which you can label where the parts go. When I was learning I would have loved a way of photographing each step so use your camera/phone as a record of where parts go.

note: screws are not all the same so you must not mix them up (a mistake i made 2 days ago and ended up wasting time re-dismantling and reassembling a watch)

See the step by step example

Step 2 cleaning

 

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