Beginners Guide to Watchmakers Dust Blowers

Written by: Maz P
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Watchmakers Dust Blower

A cardinal sin of watchmaking is blowing onto a watch movement with your mouth. This is because your mouth contains moisture and contaminates that will affect the functioning of the watch. This is where a dust blower comes in very handy.

Rubber dust blowers are inexpensive and excellent for quickly displacing dust particles, lint and dirt from your movement by expelling high-pressure air from a fine tipped nozzle when squeezed. They can also be used for drying parts that have been put through an ultrasonic cleaning machine in place of a hair dryer (although a lot slower, and harder work!), as well as for parts that you have manually cleaned.

When drying parts, I would strongly recommend placing the part on some watch paper – to be covered in a future post, and ideally holding it with your tweezers to stop it from being blown away.

You should also use a dust blower to blow away any dust or lint from a dial and crystal just before re-fitting.

Bergeon, Horotec and A F Switzerland are the main branded manufacturers.

Rough Cost
  • Basic Variety = from £3
  • Branded Variety = from £12

I’ve always used a budget option and not had any issues so can’t justify the extra cost for a branded option.

If you think I’ve missed anything or have anything to add, please comment below.


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I started to share my passion and knowledge with those already bitten by the watchmaking bug. I’ve often spent hours searching online for answers on a specific issue, and even though there is a wealth of information out there, it hasn’t always been very useful, hence why I wanted to share my own findings.

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