A wristwatch does more than just tell the time. Often, there are personal stories associated with a watch, making the sentimental value outweigh the financial value. If taken care of properly, timepieces can be passed down through the generations, the stories along with it. Luxury timepieces cost a great deal of money and the buyer will want to get his money worth. Watches are made to last a very long time, with the movements continuing to provide accuracy and provision. However, if the watch is not properly taken care of, then it will be much more difficult to pass down a working watch through the generations. It’s not difficult to properly take care of a watch, especially if one is truly passionate about it. Here are 10 helpful tips on how to take care of a watch:
1. Clean your watch as often as possible. Take a soft cloth and wipe down the band and the case to remove any dirt or dust. Soak the watch in soap and water (follow these steps) every couple of months to loosen the dirt.
2. Service your watch every two or threes years for a mechanical watch and three to four years for a quartz watch.
3. Avoid magnets. Some of you may not be aware that placing your watch close to a magnet can negatively affect the timekeeping of your watch.
4. Know your watch’s water resistance. Some watch wearers are not aware of their watch’s limits and take their watch too deep. If your watch is water resistant up to 50 meters, it’s not wise to take your watch snorkeling. If your watch cannot handle the depths, the rapid change in pressure may prove to be too much for your watch to handle. If your watch is not water resistant, it can still handle small splashes of water, but it’s best to avoid it. If your watch has a leather band, you will want to avoid getting your watch wet because water can weaken the leather watchstrap.
5. Take care of the crystal.This is quite obvious, but it’s still important and worth mentioning. Take every precaution you can to prevent from banging the crystal of your watch against a wall or any other objects that may cause scratches.
6. Keep your watch box for storage. When not wearing your watch, it’s best to keep it in the box it came in. By setting the watch on its side or on the crystal, there is always the possibility the watch could get scratched. The watch box is made to keep the watch safe and offers protection for the watch.
7. Avoid extended exposure to sunlight. Sunlight can fade the color on your watch. Also, heat can shorten the battery life, so it’s best to prevent your watch from being placed in direct sunlight.
8. Avoid contact with chemicals, such as cleaning supplies. Also, it’s best to avoid contact between your watch and perfume, especially if the watch has a leather band. Perfume can damage the band, weakening it and potentially causing it to tear. When spraying perfume or cologne, let it completely dry before placing the watch on your wrist.
9. Never open your watch by yourself. Leave this up to a watchmaker. Opening your watch can expose it to dust, dirt, and other particles that can get inside the movement, so it’s best to leave this up to a professional.
10. Read your watch manual. These steps will most likely apply to the care of every luxury watch. However, there are certain things that are specific to each watch and these tips will most likely be listed in the watch manual.
A luxury watch is often a prized possession, both rich in memories and financial cost. Such a special piece deserves special care and these 10 tips will certainly help your watch to last several generations. Just look at this classic Patek Philippe advertisement:
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.