A good watch requires regular care in order to run to the best of its abilities. There are different processes of care as well as standard maintenance for all time pieces, and adhering to these various steps will help to keep your watch working with precision and accuracy.
What’s more, much of these maintenance requirements can be done in the home, which allows you to keep on top of your watch care with ease and simplicity.
Let’s take a look at proper watch care and how you can look after yours.
1. Keeping it clean
The basic thing to do with your watch is to keep it clean. This should be done every couple of months, especially if you wear the watch on a daily basis or relatively regularly. Use a soft and dry cloth to clean it. If the watch has a metal band and you wear it frequently then you should definitely clean it every two months; use warm, clean water to rinse the bracelet and then dry it thoroughly with that soft and dry cloth.
Watches with a leather band require more care. For one, you should not let a leather watchstrap come into contact with any of the following:
- Cosmetics and Makeup
- Moisturisers and Perfume
Leather straps are naturally more susceptible to damage from such products; however if the strap does become saturated then make sure you wipe and dry it thoroughly before using it again.
This entirely depends on the type of watch you own, but can be broken down as thus:
- Watches with a manual mechanical movement should be wound once a day, every day at the same time. The key is not to wind it too much; stop from the moment you feel resistance.
- Automatic watches only need to be manually wound once every two weeks if worn regularly, as automatic watches are self-winding.
- Watches with quartz movements should have their batteries replaced every few years. Quartz watches are more temperamental and susceptible to damage than others; they may be affected by equipment with strong magnetic fields or extreme temperatures. You can generally take care of a quartz watch on your own, but it’s recommended that you take your watch to your dealer for a complete overhaul every three to five years to ensure the best results.
3. Water Resistance
It is recommended that you regularly have your watch checked for water resistance in order to ensure that your watch won’t get damaged. In fact, some luxury-watch makers such as Michel Herbelin recommend that this is done every year. Wearing your watch in water is risky if you don’t take the right precautions, but it can be done. Make sure that the crown is pushed down or screwed in properly before putting it in water, and do not make any adjustments to it once submerged. Afterwards, wash the watch carefully with fresh water, especially if the watch has been in salted or chlorinated water.
Taking care of your watch isn’t particularly complicated, but it is something that requires regular, careful attention. Follow these steps and you’ll be amazed by the results.