10 Tips on How To Take Care of Your Watch

A watch does more than just tell the time. Often, there are personal memories associated with it, making it an incredibly sentimental object. And, if taken care of properly, you can pass your watch on to future generations. Watches are built to last, and it’s not difficult to properly take care of it to keep it in top shape:

Cleaning Your Watch

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 (you can follow these steps) every couple of months to loosen the dirt.

Getting Your Watch Serviced

Get your watch serviced every two or threes years for a mechanical watch and three to four years for a quartz watch. (Read: Watch Maintenance 101: How Often Should You Service Your Watch?)

Keeping Away from Magnets

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.

Water Resistance Matters

Know your watch’s water resistance. Most watches these days are built with some water resistance, but vintage watches tend to lose their waterproof-ness over time. If your watch is not water resistant, it can still handle small splashes of water, but it’s best to avoid it. And, if your watch has a leather band, avoid getting your watch wet—water weakens the leather.

Your Watch’s Crystal

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.

Saving the Watch Box

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.

Limiting Sun Exposure

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.

Staying Away from Chemicals

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.

Trust the Professionals

Never open your watch by yourself. Leave this 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.

Understand How Your Watch Works

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.

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  • It sure was helpful when you said that heat could shorten the battery life of your watch, so you must avoid exposure to sunlight. This must be the reason why my watch suddenly stopped working last week. Since then, I have been unable to use it. I will be sure to hire a professional that can repair it, and I will also do your tips moving forward.

  • It would never have occurred to me that the battery life of a watch can be shortened if it is exposed to heat. I want to get a new watch soon so that I don’t have to check my phone for the time anymore. I’ll be sure to keep it out of the sunlight once I get it.

  • I’ve been thinking lately that I’d like to buy myself a skeleton watch. That said, if I drop the money on a nice one, I’d like to find somewhere I can take it to get repaired. As you say, I’ll never open my watch myself.


  • Thanks for the tips …I will bookmark this for future reference. Very Nice post…

  • That’s really a great stuff Taki Watches, I am also a great fan of the watches and I know the importance of a watch because a watch can reflect the identity of a person.

  • great article! I really like & Appreciate your awesome knowledge about watches. Your tips to care for watches are very helpful for us.

  • I am very fond of the watches…as well as I am really caring about my watches. So I will follow all above the tips to take care of my watch. i would say thanks for sharing this useful blog

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