The Proper Way to Maintain Your Watches

What are some ways to maintain your watches?

  1. Avoid winding watches on your wrist
  2. Regularly lubricate your watch
  3. Keep it away from magnets
  4. Understand its water resistance
  5. Polish the watch strap


Owning a watch comes with a lot of responsibilities. Not knowing how to maintain watches can not only potentially damage your timepiece, but it could also decrease its resale value in the process.

If you don’t really know the proper practices of taking care of your watch, you can further expose it to prolonged damage if you keep up with this kind of unsustainable practice. There are, however, a few more considerations when it comes to taking care of your watch because not all of them are manufactured equally. You need to be able to find the best maintenance and cleaning practice that works well for the type of watch you have.

Continue reading to learn more about some of the watch maintenance practices you can adopt to help you increase the lifespan of your timepiece.


Avoid winding the watch on your wrist

man winding watch on hand

If it is your first time being gifted a watch by your loved ones, you won’t always know the first thing about proper watch maintenance. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for you to be constantly winding its gears. Unbeknownst to you, this is a good way for you to potentially destroy your watch and prevent its pieces from mechanically functioning properly.

If you have to wind your watch, the best advice is for you to remove it first and wind it on a stable platform, free from any object which might damage the components. This way, you’re adding less stress to the crown movement. This practice also allows you to correctly wind your watch at a more manageable angle, avoiding potential damage.


Regularly lubricate your watch

Similar to an automotive vehicle, lubricating a watch helps you ease the friction experienced by the various mechanical components which enable the watch to function properly. Without sufficient lubrication, you run the risk of preventing its parts from moving seamlessly with one another as they should.

A tell-tale sign that you need to have your watch lubricated is if you find that you would constantly have to adjust the dial far too many times than the normal amount. This is indicative that your watch is running slow and that the gears are experiencing difficulty with regards to function. As you open your watch, you might also notice some wear on tear on its different parts.

To maintain the accuracy of your watch, you can simply lightly oil the jewels and escapements. To get the best results, you would have to exert more effort, such as disassembling the timepiece, taking out all the components, and gently cleaning and applying oil to them as meticulously as possible.


Keep it away from magnets

Needless to say, your watch has been carefully manufactured with many metal parts that work together to keep it running. It is for this reason that you have to keep it away from any kind of magnetic source as much as possible.

When magnets come into contact with your watch, a magnetic reaction forms between them both. This interaction can cause some of the parts to work more inefficiently, and much more slowly, resulting in an inaccurate time display. In extreme cases, this type of situation may also end up stopping your watch from running altogether.

Magnets are not the only objects you should look out for when you’re storing your watch or simply placing it somewhere. You should also take great care to ensure that it’s situated away from any other kind of metal which may increase the risk of adverse reactions from happening.


Understand its water resistance

man on sea wearing watch

As a first-time watch owner, you might have many misconceptions about how you can properly take care of your watch. For example, you might not really fully understand the idea behind the water resistance levels displayed on the box of your watch. You might end up submerging the watch at a certain depth just to test out this theory.

When you come across watches with “water-resistant” labels, it simply means that this is the measure of the watches’ ability to resist water penetration. Exposure to water can prevent many of the components of your watch from working. It could also lower its functionality and visibility due to the formation of possible moisture on the glass component.

Unless you have a divers watch, it is generally recommended that you do not subject it to deep levels of water. While it may be able to withstand some amount of water sprinkling, the safest piece of advice is to keep the timepiece away from sources of water as much as possible.


Polish the watch strap

Finally, another way for you to maintain your watch’s functionality and retain its appearance is for you to properly clean the strap.

To provide an example, watches with a stainless steel body and finish, while typically resistant to many forms of corrosion, can be subjected to frequent scratches and other surface deformities. As such, you would want to polish it around every few months. All you need is a soft polishing cloth and a small amount of elbow grease. However, you shouldn’t apply too much pressure in order to avoid further scratches or undesired marks on the strap.


Key Takeaway

You don’t need to panic if you don’t know how to maintain watches. Most of the maintenance procedures required in properly taking care of your watch are fairly simple and can be done even without the presence of a watch expert.

While there exists a number of other ways for you to maintain and clean your watch, the guide above has hopefully provided you with just some of these preventative measures which can increase the lifespan of your watch.

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