No matter the price of your timepiece, it can last you a lifetime if you take care of it well enough. If you have no idea how to do it, no worries. It’s rather easy. You don’t need any special equipment, but you have to be committed to caring for your watch.
Do not clean your watch using any chemicals or fluids. The safest thing you can do is to wipe it using a microfibre cleaning cloth provided by the manufacturer. Also, don’t ever place your watch in your pocket. If it must go there, make sure it is wrapped, especially the glass. And avoid wearing it with another metal jewelry on the same wrist because this could scratch the sides. Before you change the time, take off the watch – the crown stem may snap due to the pressure.
In most cases, brands advise regular watch servicing every three (automatic) to five (quartz) years. There are brands, however, that have extended this to five to ten years. Servicing is a must if you want your watch to work flawlessly. A watch, just like a car, must be well-lubricated. Otherwise, the parts that are involved in movement could corrode, and this can negatively affect how the timepiece functions. As well, every one to two years, have your watch checked for water resistance – remember that seals can break with time. And while you’re there, give your watch a polish only once in a while (you don’t want to thin out the bracelet).
Avoiding Electrical Appliances
Always be mindful of the fact that watches can become magnetized. This is not good because it can speed up the movement of your watch, especially if piece is mechanical. So avoid putting your watch on top of or next to your TV, refrigerator or anything electronic.
Back in the Box
If you’re not planning to use your watch, keep it safe in its original container. Keep your timepiece in a pouch when you travel (manufacturers usually provide this after servicing). Or just wrap the watch in a fabric that is soft and safe enough. If you have a bracelet watch, make sure the metal doesn’t touch crystal as this can cause scratches.
Your Good Old Toothbrush
A spent toothbrush can be your best friend as far as cleaning your metal watch bracelets is concerned. Gentle brushing of the spaces between the links and around the case can make an automatic difference! But do ensure that your timepiece is waterproof before you do this, and that the button is screwed down if it has to be.