Taking Care of Your WatchApril 27, 2018
No matter how much you spent on your watch, you’re going to want to keep it safe and in the best condition for as long as possible. To save you from forking out lots of cash for a professional clean every other month, I’m here to help you with some handy tips and tricks for taking care of your watch.
Keep It Clean
Keeping your watch clean and free of detritus is one of the simplest and most effective ways of prolonging its like and keeping it working well. You wouldn’t feel like working if you were covered in a layer of dirt, and neither does your watch. Regularly cleaning your watch with a soft cloth will help to remove any grime and will protect against scratches and clogs. Depending on the material of your strap you can clean that with some warm water if it’s metal or for leather just rub it down while dry, the water can cause the leather to swell, discolour or wear.
Get It Serviced
It’s important that you regularly get your watch serviced to make sure that it’s mechanisms are all working correctly, and it’s keep time accurately. The recommended time between services will differ from watch to watch, so make sure you read the information that came with your watch or look up the averages for its battery or build type. Spending a bit of money on services will save you in the long term and help you to avoid costly breakages or having to replace the watch entirely.
Don’t Let It Get Too Wet
The majority of modern watches come with some form of waterproof seal and will often boast of their resistance to pressure at certain depths, but this does not mean they are completely immune to water damage. Water resistance in older watches can deteriorate as time goes on and submerging even a brand new watch for long periods of time isn’t to be recommended. Small scratches or damage to the watch can also reduce how effectively it keeps out water, so you’re best to be safe and keep it as dry as possible.
Avoid Putting It Through Too Much
Your watch may be pretty much a permanent fixture of your arm, but it’s important to remember that it is a delicate piece of machinery and can’t take a whole lot of punishment. If you’re going to be doing an activity or piece of work that might involve the risk of the watch taking a knock or scratch, it’s worth just taking it off and avoiding the situation entirely. If you’re likely to be getting up to these things often – if you have the same job as Sylvester Stallone’s in Cliffhanger for example – you should consider buying a heavy duty or damage resistant watch to avoid any unwanted damage.