No matter the price of your timepiece, it can last you a lifetime if you take care of it well enough. If you’re not so sure how to go about that, don’t worry. The steps are pretty simple. No need for any special equipment – just a commitment to keeping your watch in great condition.
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. When you just have to put it there, be sure to wrap it, 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.
Usually, timepiece brands suggest servicing regularly at an interval of three (for automatic) to five (for quartz) years. There are brands, however, that have extended this to five to ten years. Servicing is crucial in maintaining the smooth functioning of your watch. 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. This is could be bad for any timepiece, especially mechanical ones, because they can make the watch run too fast. So don’t put your watch anywhere near electronic devices, such as your TV, washing machine, fridge, etc.
Back in the Box
When not using your watch, put it back in its original container where it can be safe. 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. You can see a tremendous difference right after you brush gently between links and around the case. 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.