Tips to care for your watch
Taking care of your watches, whether they are quartz or automatic/mechanical, is essential to ensure their longevity and optimal performance.
Here are 10 tips for each type of watch.
For Automatic / Mechanical Watches
Automatic watches are designed to be worn regularly. If you have multiple watches, rotate wearing them to keep the movements active and lubricated.
Winding and Power Reserve
If you have an automatic watch that you don't wear every day, consider using a watch winder to keep it running. Be aware of the power reserve and wind the watch when it stops to avoid resetting complications.
If your mechanical watch is manual winding, avoid overwinding it. Stop winding when you feel resistance, indicating the mainspring is fully wound.
Like quartz watches, mechanical watches are also sensitive to magnetic fields. Keep them away from strong magnets to prevent accuracy issues.
Avoid Water Exposure
Unless your mechanical watch is specifically designed for diving, avoid exposing it to water. Water can damage the delicate internal parts and compromise the movement.
Mechanical watches require periodic servicing to ensure smooth operation. Have your watch serviced by a reputable watchmaker every 3-5 years, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
Clean your mechanical watch with a soft, damp cloth. Avoid submerging it in water, and never use cleaning solutions unless recommended by the manufacturer.
Protect the Crown
Always screw down or push in the crown when not setting the time. This helps maintain water resistance and prevents dust and moisture from entering the case.
Avoid Extreme Activities
While some mechanical watches are built for rugged use, avoid extreme sports and activities that can subject the watch to heavy impacts and vibrations.
When not wearing your mechanical watch, store it in a watch box or case with a soft interior to prevent scratches. Avoid storing it in places with high humidity or extreme temperatures.
For Quartz Watches
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Quartz watches are sensitive to extreme temperatures. Avoid exposing your watch to very hot or very cold environments, as it can affect the battery and the internal components.
Regular Battery Checks
If your quartz watch uses a battery, have it checked and replaced by a professional watch technician when needed. A worn-out battery can leak and damage the internal parts.
Avoid Magnetic Fields
Keep your quartz watch away from strong magnetic fields, such as speakers and magnets, as they can disrupt the movement and affect accuracy.
Avoid Shock and Impact
While quartz watches are more shock-resistant than mechanical watches, avoid unnecessary impacts and shocks to prevent damage to the movement.
Clean with Care
Clean the watch case and strap regularly with a soft, damp cloth. Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the finish.
If your quartz watch is water-resistant, ensure that the crown is properly pushed in or screwed down to maintain its water resistance. Avoid pressing buttons underwater unless the watch is specifically designed for it.
Even though quartz watches require less maintenance, it's still essential to have them serviced periodically by a professional watchmaker to ensure proper functioning.
When not in use, store your quartz watch in a watch box or case to protect it from dust, moisture, and scratches.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause the colors of the dial and straps to fade. Store your watch in a shaded place when not wearing it.
Read the Manual
Follow the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations regarding usage, maintenance, and servicing. Different quartz watches may have specific requirements.