WS 8: Cleaning the winding parts of a Rolex Caliber 3035

And here it was, the most likely source of the winding stiffness and occasional slipping winding momentum. I do not clearly remember how to open the cover of the barrel and I do not want to give inaccurate information. But I remember Rob using the brass pliers and before I realized, the barrel cover popped open with an audible click.

But to save you the time to browse the web to find this information, I have consulted my books and found two ways how the barrel cover is removed:

Please note that the picture below shows the barrel with the cover facing down.

1) Hold the barrel - cover is facing down - with thumb and index and then strike the barrel with a brass hammer or watch brush
2) Place the barrel on the work pad with the cover facing up. Push on opposite sides of the barrel on the teeth and the cover should pop open

Rob obviously had used yet another alternative. Following method one, he had not hit on the barrel arbor but pressed it down with the handle of the brass tweezers.

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