Another one of those great freebies I walked away from the AWCI Convention with was some of Bergeon’s new and “improved” RODICO Premium. For those of you who don’t know; Rodico is a cleaning product designed specifically for watchmaking. There are 3 main varieties of this product. They are similar in nature to the sticky stuff you use to hang up posters in your dorm room. It is used for cleaning oil and lint from places it doesn’t belong. The three products are Bergeon RODICO Premium (No. 7033-1), Bergeon RODICO (No. 6033-1), and A-F RUB-OFF (18580). All three are different colors so you won’t get them confused: Greay for Rodico Premium, Green for Rodico, and Blue for Rub-off.
In general I am a Rub-Off user, but I do use Rodico occasionally in certain applications. Rub-Off is a little more “sticky” than the Rodico and doesn’t leave a residue (unless it is dirty). The original Rodico seems to leave a slight residue. Rodico is more dry and is better for picking up grease smudges and fingerprints. Rub-off is better for retrieving pieces of lint and specks of dust. The new Rodico is supposed to be even better but it won’t convert me from Rub-Off. I was hoping the new Rodico Premium would be more of a blend of the two products rather than an improved version of Rodico. After having tried it out, I won’t be switching from Rub-Off but it will replace my Rodico. In conclusion if you are a Rodico user you’ll like the new Rodico, if you’re a Rub-Off user it will still seem like Rodico to you.