Equipment/Supplies GTE Watch Oil

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  1. James Foster

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    I am hoping someone might know the quality or specifically for what this oil might be suitable. Thanks for your help.

    Jim

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  2. Harvey Mintz

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    I guess you could try it, but I suspect spindle oil might be a bit heavy for a watch. On the other hand, I don't know what spindles they are lubricating with it, so ...
     
  3. James Foster

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    Thanks for trying. I was given a dozen bottles each which would be a couple dozen lifetimes supplies. Given the value of synthetic watch lubricant listed by wholesalers, I thought it would be worth asking here on the forum. I can’t find any info with Google searches of the spec. and the other numbers printed on the bottles in various combinations. I guess it will remain a mystery.

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  4. Harvey Mintz

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    I'm not sure, but I'm thinking it's lubricant for the movable parts of telephone switches - the switches made before the newer purely electronic switches had lots of moving parts.
     
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    At one time watch movements were incorporated into electical meters. I'm thinking of the Sangamo Electric Co which was the sister corporation of the Illinois Watch Co prior to the Hamilton takeover in 1928; Sangamo continued on for decades afterwards & may still be around. I've no idea for how long watch movement components were used for electical meters let alone whether there remain any still in use, but anyways the labelling of these bottles combined a reference to an electrical undertaking with watch oil so it got me thinking ...
     
  6. Chris Radek

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    I think Harvey is onto something. I think these oils are for servicing either the switches, or the (rotary) dial mechanisms inside telephones themselves. They use centrifugal governors, and while I can't get the internet to confirm it for me, something in my head tells me the spinning part was called the spindle.
     

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