5 Things you should know about how to take care of your watch
Watches are a type of jewelry. Even while they are jewelry, they do more than make you look good. They also let you interact with the world outside. In fact, a watch has become an essential part of your daily life. Knowing how to take care of your watch is extremely important. If you don’t take care of your watch, it can cause great harm to the finish and the mechanism inside. So here is a simple guide for taking care of your watch for long time use.
There are many tricks of how to properly take care of your watch, though, and for many people, some of these tricks are not so apparent. The following are 5 things you should know about how to take care of your watch:
Cleaning your watch
Clean the case
Use a soft cloth and warm water to wipe off any dust or dirt from the case. Don’t use chemicals or soap as they may damage the finish on your watch. If there is dirt in between the links of your bracelet, use a toothpick to remove it.
Clean the crystal
A dirty crystal can affect how well you can read the time on your watch, especially if it is mineral glass or sapphire crystal. The best way to clean this type of crystal is with a microfiber cloth and some ordinary glass cleaner.
This will remove any oils left behind by your skin or anything else that might have gotten onto the glass during wear. You can also use rubbing alcohol instead of glass cleaner, but only use this if you know for sure that your watch has sapphire crystal and not mineral glass because it can damage mineral crystals over time if used too often.
Store your watch properly
You have to store your watch properly. There are a lot of people who put their watches in the drawer or on the table. However, this is not recommended because it can damage the case and band. You should use a box for each watch so that it does not get damaged.
It is important that you keep your watch from water and heat. If you are going to swim or shower, you should take off your watch because it may get damaged if left on your wrist.
You must also avoid wearing your watch when you are going to do something that involves a lot of sweat or getting wet because this will cause damage to its parts and may make it stop working altogether.
You must also keep your watch away from chemicals like chlorine since they can cause corrosion which could lead to rusting of the metal parts of your timepiece.
This is why when you are taking care of your watch, you should wear gloves when handling chemicals such as bleach or ammonia so that they do not affect its surface in any way possible
Watches are made to be water resistant, not waterproof. Water resistance means that a watch can withstand splashes of water or rain; if you submerge your watch in water, however, it will stop working. Waterproof watches are designed to withstand depths of up to 100 meters and more.
The amount of water pressure a watch can withstand is measured in bars (atmospheres). For example, a watch rated 30m means it can withstand 30 meters of water pressure — just enough to resist raindrops and splashes without any problem whatsoever.
If you take your watch into the bathtub or shower with you every day, look for one that's rated at least 5ATM (50 meters) or even 10ATM (100 meters). Be aware that this rating only refers to diving and swimming — not just showering — so don't go overboard if you don't actually dive!
Avoid dropping your watch on hard surfaces
Dropping your watch on hard surfaces can damage the glass or crystal of your timepiece. This can be very expensive to repair. To avoid this, place the watch face down when not wearing it and store it in its original case when not in use.
If the crystal is damaged, consider replacing it instead of having it repaired because replacing it could be cheaper than repairing it.
Keep your watch away from magnets, electricity and vibrations
Watches can easily be damaged by magnets because they contain tiny magnets themselves. If you place a magnet near your watch, it can wipe out the data stored on the microchip inside and damage the movement of the hands.
This can also happen if your watch comes into contact with other magnets – for example magnetic fields produced by loudspeakers or power transformers. In addition, vibrations can cause small parts inside watches to come loose and fall out.
Have your watch serviced regularly (at least once every 5 years)
A good rule is that if you wear your watch every day, you should have it checked out by a professional at least once every five years. This will ensure that all parts are working properly and that there are no problems with the movement, jewels or other internal parts of the watch.
Also, if you send your watch in for servicing, make sure that the technician replaces all worn parts with genuine replacements from the manufacturer — otherwise, over time, the replacement parts will eventually fail as well!