Watch Maintenance

Watch Maintenance And Care

Watch maintenance proves that just like most things in life, prevention is better than cure.

Owning a watch requires more care and consideration than you might think. It’s easy to forget to look after it, but how well you take care of your watch will be reflected in its longevity of it, so it’s important to know the dos and don’ts of watch maintenance.

Hold on tight while we walk you through a quick guide, but bear in mind that each watch will have specific recommendations in the manual.

Service it

This might be common sense for some but we can’t stress enough the importance of servicing your watch. This should be done every three to five years to clean up any dust collecting inside and to make sure the mechanisms are working properly.

This might come at a price but it ensures your watch is getting a thorough inspection, including checking for reliability and accuracy, water-resistance, sealing and water tightness.

Wind weekly

Winding regularly will ensure the mechanisms don’t stiffen up. The best way to ensure this is to wear it regularly. Or, if you have a collection of watches, make sure to give them all some TLC.

When winding it, and this might sound counterproductive, don’t overwind it. Once you feel any resistance, stop immediately, as this can damage the movements.

Take care when setting the date

This one is a very old rule of thumb. Never change the date on your watch between the hours 9pm and 3am.

The reason for that is because the gear mechanism that controls the date begins well ahead of midnight and goes on for several hours. In other words, the mechanism is vulnerable during this time. Best to leave it alone to prevent causing serious damage.

Keep out of sunlight

This does not mean you can’t wear your watch during warm summer months, just be careful not to leave it out in direct sunlight for long periods of time.

Sun is deceiving and while it gives us serotonin, it also does a lot of damage. It can fade the colour of your watch, damaging the strap and dry out the mechanisms inside, preventing them from running smoothly.

Most importantly, know how to clean it

A watch is an accessory that can, and should, be worn daily. However, that means it will pick up dirt and grease from your skin and surroundings. So, it’s important to give it a proper clean from time to time.

You can’t go wrong with some help from a damp cloth, sponge or even a toothbrush and a toothpick to get into the tiniest hidden places.

When cleaning your watch, avoid using soap. Don’t forget to take care of your strap with a damp cloth if it’s a rubber or a fabric strap and a special cleaning solution if it’s a leather strap.

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