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    Hi all…I currently clean all clocks and watches by hand. My current cleaning solution is:

    3 1/3 oz Murphy’s Oil Soap
    6 2/3 oz Acetone
    20 oz Household Ammonia

    To this add water to make one gallon (In the US an old milk jug works great). I have used this on clocks and watches and it works great for me. I rinse with HOT water and then dry using heat (hairdryer). I have not had any problems.

    DO NOT USE on pallet fork or balance because it will remove the shellac from jewel mounts. If you clean lacquered plates in this solution and wish to keep it that way do not leave in the solution for a long period of time as it does remove lacquer !!