Regardless of the price of your watch, you’ll want to care for it as best you can – it can last a lifetime with regular upkeep! If you’re uncertain about the best ways to do it, don’t fret. The steps are quite elementary. No need for any special equipment – just a commitment to keeping your watch in great condition.
Never use any chemicals or fluids for cleaning your watch. The safest method is wiping it with a microfibre cleaning cloth that probably came with your watch when you bought it. As well, your watch must never be inserted into your pocket. If it must go there, make sure it is wrapped, especially the glass. And don’t wear it on the same wrist as any other metal jewelry to avoid scratching the sides. Before you change the time, take off the watch – the crown stem may snap due to the pressure.
Generally speaking, watch brands recommend servicing after every three (automatic) to five (quartz) years. Some brands have changed this though and now advise five to ten years. To ensure smooth movements, servicing is necessary. 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. Also have your watch checked for water resistance every one or two years as seals can perish after a period of time. And while you’re at it, have your watch polished too – not too frequently though because this could weaken the bracelet as the metal wears away).
Avoiding Electrical Appliances
Keep in mind that watches have the potential to become magnetized. Which is not desirable because your watch can end up running too fast, especially if it’s 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 using your watch, put it back in its box. When traveling, keep your watch in a pouch, which will likely be provided by the manufacturer after servicing. If you don’t have any pouch that is safe for your watch, just wrap it in a soft, non-abrasive material. If yours is a bracelet watch, be sure the metal is kept away from the crystal to avoid scratching it.
Your Good Old Toothbrush
An old toothbrush is your best friend when it comes to keeping your metal watch bracelet clean. By just brushing the case and space between the links, you will instantly see a big difference. However, be sure that your watch is waterproof before you try this, and that the button is screwed down if that’s how it’s supposed to be.