How Do I Take Care Of My Wrist Watch?
“Lost Time Is Never Found Again” - Benjamin Franklin
In our life, time is of utmost importance. A few seconds delay in any work we do can have serious consequences. Our ancestors knew this well and invented pocket watches and subsequently, wrist watches to keep track of time. As you might be already aware, there are multiple types of watches like mechanical, automatic, electronic & smartwatches, most of them are prone to fall behind in time as much as few seconds per day.
Though many factors which cause a delay in timekeeping and subsequent deterioration of wrist watches are beyond our control, there are few factors which are in our control. Today, we will look at some simple things which we can do on our own for a long-term (probably for generations), peaceful wrist watch ownership.
Keep your wrist watches spick and span by cleaning it every night. Take a clean soft microfibre cloth and gently wipe down the band and case to remove all minor dirt & dust. You can also some water to get rid of the slightly sticky dirt. Once in a month or so, soak the watch in mild soap and water to loosen the strong dirt which refuses to go otherwise. Remember, don’t use strong soap, other chemicals or hard brushes to clean the watch as it may cause scratches, change the colour of bands, affect the water resistance by reducing the durability of the sealing. Always use soft cloth and brushes with soft bristles to clean watches while the crown is properly secured and screwed in.
Usage & Winding:
Your watch is a daily-use accessory. It is designed to be worn and not to be kept in a safe. Your automatic wristwatch won’t work well if you are not using it since it relies on the energy it can accumulate as you move in a day. Thus, wearing it daily keeps it wound naturally. Winding your watch while on the wrist is a threat. You should practice winding while it is at rest on your own hand. This is to reduce the tension that may damage the watch. 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.
While not wearing the watches, keep them safe inside watch storage boxes. Exposing them to sunlight, moisture, perfumes and other objects would lead to scratches, colour fading, reduction of battery life. 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.
Prevention is always better than cure. We recommend visiting a brand authorised service centre once a year to get a preventive checkup done and change the battery or other parts as required. We suggest you get all service/repairs done only and only from brand authorised service centres so that you get quality parts and workmanship which in turn assures long life of the watch. Battery must be replaced every 2 years even if the watch is running to prevent the battery from leaking harmful acids and destroying the mechanism. For every third battery change, the watch must be serviced to ensure the mechanical parts of the movement are well lubricated. Seals must be inspected and changed every 2 years to prevent the watch from taking in water and rusting the mechanism.
Things to Avoid:
Magnetic fields can make watches go mad!. It is recommended to keep watches away from electronic devices which have magnetic fields while they are turned on. Avoid high-temperature places, since automatic watches have jewels with oil inside which will dry out when subjected to prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Don’t take watch where it doesn’t belong: Always wear the watch as per the occasion. If you are going on an outdoor adventure or if you spend most of the time outdoors (like in construction sites), get a tough watch like Casio G-Shock or some inexpensive watch. Wearing your Patek Philippe while doing rock climbing may not be the best idea.
Before you dive into water:
Double check the water resistance of your watch. While most of the watches of these days can take small splashes of water, if you plan on going on snorkelling, make sure you double check the water resistance or wear an inexpensive one to be on safer side. Most watches tend to lose their waterproof-ness over time. And, if your watch has a leather band, avoid getting your watch wet—water weakens the leather. Also, make sure that the crown is secured while doing water activities.
Don't be a self-surgeon:
Never open your watch by yourself. Leave this to a watchmaker just like you depend on a qualified doctor for surgeries. 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.
If you follow these simple steps, your watch can last for generations to come. Enjoy the memorable experience of wearing wristwatches!. I will update this post with regular tips as and when I come across new things.
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