Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!

Sticky digital crown permafix

Shinigami301

Suspended
Original poster
Jun 5, 2010
216
125
cogito, ergo zoom.
TLDR: one, tiny drop of Slip 2000 extreme weapons lube.

I had this issue a few days into using the watch. Tried the Apple approved fix two days in a row, without positive results.

Dropped a tiny droplet of the indicated, nontoxic, inert lube into the gap between watch body and crown. One week later, no issues. I use this lube in my AR rifles and 1911 pistols, you can run hundreds of rounds and clean up with a shop rag because it keeps fouling from sticking to the metal, doesn't attract dust, and stays put.

Ymmv, not responsible for screwing up your watch, but it's working for me.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Armen and odds

LoveToMacRumors

macrumors 68020
Feb 15, 2015
2,416
2,016
Canada
TLDR: one, tiny drop of Slip 2000 extreme weapons lube.

I had this issue a few days into using the watch. Tried the Apple approved fix two days in a row, without positive results.

Dropped a tiny droplet of the indicated, nontoxic, inert lube into the gap between watch body and crown. One week later, no issues. I use this lube in my AR rifles and 1911 pistols, you can run hundreds of rounds and clean up with a shop rag because it keeps fouling from sticking to the metal, doesn't attract dust, and stays put.

Ymmv, not responsible for screwing up your watch, but it's working for me.
You have guns??? O_O
 
  • Like
Reactions: Newtons Apple
Comment

Julien

macrumors G4
Jun 30, 2007
11,386
4,452
Atlanta
Why, yes. And motorcycles! Powered parachutes! And an apple watch!!! Bwahaha.

Seriously, though, this solution works well.
I bet 'Sticky Crown' is 99% caused by food (sugars) and/or other 'foreign' material, though I have never had it (shower every day with mine). So plan old frequent washing would be a better long term option than just adding lubrication on top of the contamination.
 
Comment

Shinigami301

Suspended
Original poster
Jun 5, 2010
216
125
cogito, ergo zoom.
While that sounds plausible, it's certainly not the case for me. The stickiness returned no matter how much water cleaning I tried. The solution I outlined has worked for eight straight days now.

For the few people who read this thread and are familiar with the lube I mention, I expect this will be helpful. For the vast majority of readers I expect a reaction like the first reply. No matter, so long as a few are helped.

It's notable that Rolex uses Fomblin lubricant for their watch crown o-rings. This is similar to the slip2000 lube, which is widely used as an O-ring lube as well, for competition air rifles and air pistols as well as other applications. If anything it will preserve and enhance whatever seals are used on a watch.
 
Last edited:
Comment

eattherich

macrumors 6502a
Jul 8, 2011
613
174
Berlin
"Weapons lube". :)

I had a slightly sticky digital crown a week or so ago so I followed Apple's instructions (washing with warm water) and it's been perfect since.
 
Comment

Gjwilly

macrumors 68040
May 1, 2011
3,115
652
SF Bay Area
Seems like the one thing not checked in all of these lube tests is electrical conductivity.
In a gun it doesn't matter but in the Apple Watch it's critical.
 
Comment

Archer1440

Suspended
Mar 10, 2012
730
301
USA
Well, no one here suggested a copper flake lube. Now coming up on two weeks since application of the lube, and the digital crown still acts like it just came out of the box.
 
Comment

MaulRx

Suspended
Aug 27, 2012
578
646
I don't even use the crown. What are you people doing with it that puts so much wear? Haha
 
Comment

Gjwilly

macrumors 68040
May 1, 2011
3,115
652
SF Bay Area
There's nothing about the crown that requires electrical conductivity.

Even internally, past the seals, it uses Hall Effect magnetic field sensors to count rotations.

I know that.
My point was that you don't want to be putting a conductive lube in your Apple Watch and no one here has confirmed that the lube being recommended is safe in that respect.
It might be but I was shocked when I found out how many lubricants we're actually conductive.
One of my other forums is for custom flashlights and many a design has gone poof from the wrong lube being used.
Would be a shame if someone's watch went poof.
 
Comment

cazhpfan

macrumors newbie
Jan 21, 2013
13
0
I have a 42mm Apple Watch Sport in Space Grey that's developed a sticky crown intractable to Apple's official solution (rinsing under running water).

To the OP (and to whomever else attempted adding a drop of lubricant to the digital crown), how has the solution held up over the months?

Any particular reason for choosing Slip 2000 over, say, a polydimethylsiloxane (silicone-based) lubricant (e.g. Dow Corning Molykote 111)? I've used 111 in many sensitive applications before (though it is greasy and somewhat hard to apply into tight crevasses).

Thanks in advance for the help!
 
Comment
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.