While a watch can last for many years and even generations, like anything else, it does endure some wear and tear over time. Watch Service and Repair experts have provided their professional advice and tip to help you keep your watch in the same excellent condition in which it was bought.
In addition to an annual 5 Point Check-Up, a complete movement overhaul is recommended every three to five years to keep your watch in pristine condition.
Wind your watch fully at the same time each day. Be careful not to force the crown. When it stops, or you feel resistance, stop winding. Forcing the crown can damage the setting mechanism.
Avoid setting the date between 11 pm and 9 am as doing so can damage the movement's gears and pinions. Be sure to adjust the date outside of this time period.
1. 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.
2. Service your watch every two or three years for a mechanical watch and three to four years for a quartz battery.
3. 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.
4. Know your watch’s water resistance. Some watch wearers are not aware of their watch’s limits and take their watch too deep. If your watch is water resistant up to 50 meters, it’s not wise to take your watch snorkeling. If your watch cannot handle the depths, the rapid change in pressure may prove to be too much for your watch to handle. If your watch is not water resistant, it can still handle small splashes of water, but it’s best to avoid it. If your watch has a leather band, you will want to avoid getting your watch wet because water can weaken the leather watchstrap.
5. The watch crystal needs to be taken good care of. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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. If you are spraying perfume or cologne let it completely dry before placing the watch on your wrist.
9. Never open your watch by yourself. Leave this up 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.
10. 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.