To most people, watches are not just devices used for telling time. It’s something precious sometimes given as a gift or a memorable piece to remember a loved one by. To fashion enthusiasts, watches give a unique sense of style. When properly cared for, a watch can last for a long, long time. But how exactly do you care for a watch to make it last? Here’s how to care for a watch:
Clean your watch as often as possible
Using a soft cloth, gently wipe down the case and the band of the watch. This will remove good dirt and dust accumulated at the surface. Every so often, soak your watch in soap and water mixture to loosen accumulated dirt. This will work, obviously, only for waterproof watches.
Have your watch serviced by a certified watch expert regularly
This should be done every 2 to 3 years if you own a mechanical watch 3 to 4 years if you have a quartz watch. This will maintain the good condition of your watch for as long as possible.
Magnets are a no-no
When wearing a watch make sure to avoid magnets as much as possible. Just so you know, magnets affect its functionality and you may experience the hassle of a time-delayed watch.
Check your watch’s water resistance
Most watches available today are made with water-resistant properties. However, some watches tend to lose their water resistance over time. If you watch is not water-resistant, no worries because it still can handle little splashes of water. Just to be sure, keep your watch away from liquid spills and moisture.
Don’t forget the crystals
Is your watch embedded with stones and other precious gems? Protect them by avoiding contact with walls and other surfaces that might damage their beauty. This will also save your watch from scratches.
Keep the box
Today’s watches always come with a box upon purchase. How to keep watches in good condition? Keep the box so you’d have a perfect place to store your watch when you’re not wearing it. Most boxes are made with a protective lining that guards the jewelry against scratches and other external damage.
Storage away from sunlight
Sounds like will not only fade the colors of the watch but will also weaken its mechanical parts, especially the battery. This is why you need to make sure that your storage space is away from direct sunlight.
With this watch care tips, your prized possession should give you decades of accurate time and style.
Chris is a watch collector and hobbyist. He spends most of his time scouring pawn shops and antique stores looking for collectible timepieces.