A watch can be of sentimental value. Whether it’s a gift from someone special or an investment timepiece, your watch can last an entire lifetime and be passed down to future generations. A well maintained watch ensures the accuracy and precision of your timepiece, and keeps it working for many years to come.
Follow our six top tips on how to look after your watch, courtesy of Ian Haycock, Group Head of Technical Services at The Watches of Switzerland Group.
1. Cleaning your watch
You can use a soft cloth to regularly clean the surface of the watch such as the case and bracelet that will keep your timepiece running efficiently, whilst maintaining the look of the watch. I wouldn’t recommend that you use any harsh chemicals to clean your timepiece as it can cause severe damage.
On some parts of the watch, for example the watch bracelet you can use a damp cloth and soapy water to remove grime and dirt. However, leather straps will need to be cleaned using a dry cloth as water can get into the strap. You need to be careful if you are using a damp cloth on watch cases as excessive moisture can cause damage to non-waterproof watches. Even if you wear your watch in the shower, ideally the timepiece should have a minimum of 50m water resistant to prevent water getting into the watch.
Divers watches that come into contact with salt water or chlorine can be corrosive and should be washed in clean water afterwards.
2. Avoid long exposure to sunlight
Extended exposure to sunlight or UV light can fade the colour of the watch, especially when it comes to leather straps. Heat can also shorten the battery life and damage elements of the movements. I would advise that you keep your watch out of prolonged sunlight where ever possible to maintain your luxury watch.
3. Avoid magnets
When you are not wearing your watch, I recommend that you avoid placing your watch too close to anything that has a strong magnetic force. This can include magnetic necklaces, magnets on furniture and bags. The magnetic field interacts with the components of the watch, which can cause the accuracy of the watch to lose or gain time, and in some cases it can even stop the watch ticking.
It is important to store your watch in the box that it came in to prevent the piece from getting scratched or collate dust or dirt. An alternative option is to store your watch in a watch winder. If your watch needs winding anyways, storing it in a watch winder will keep your watch adjusted and wounded so that you can take it out for wearing whenever it suits you.
5. Avoid chemicals
Fine luxury watches that come into regular contact with chemicals such as fragrances, detergents, moisturiser, or anything that is acidic base can cause damage to the strap, bracelet or the watch case.
6. Service your watch regularly
Mechanical watches are made up of hundreds of small moving component parts, which means they’re inevitably prone to wear and tear. I recommend that you service your mechanical watch every three to five years, even if it seems to be in perfect working order. That’s because, over time, the lubricants that prevent friction and damage to those many fragile inner components break down and will need replacing.
At Watches of Switzerland we have a team of brand accredited watchmakers that follow a methodical list of steps to keep your mechanical and quartz timepieces in perfect working condition.
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