Sales: 10 Mistakes that Most People Make
No matter the price of your timepiece, it can last you a lifetime if you take care of it well enough. If you have no idea how to do it, no worries. It’s rather easy. You don’t need any special equipment, but you have to be committed to caring for your watch.
Never use any chemicals or fluids for cleaning your watch. The safest thing you can do is to wipe it using a microfibre cleaning cloth provided by the manufacturer. As well, your watch must never be inserted into your pocket. When you just have to put it there, be sure to wrap it, especially the glass. And be sure to wear it separate from other metal jewelry to keep the sides scratch-free. When adjusting the time, remove the watch from your wrist, or the crown stem might snap because of the pressure.
In most cases, brands advise regular watch servicing every three (automatic) to five (quartz) years. Some brands have changed this though and now advise 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 components that maintain movement will start to corrode, thereby compromising how the timepiece works. 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
Always be mindful of the fact that watches can become magnetized. Which is not desirable because your watch can end up running too fast, especially if it’s mechanical. So don’t put your watch anywhere near electronic devices, such as your TV, washing machine, fridge, etc.
Back in the Box
If you’re not using your watch, put it back in its box. Put your watch in a pouch when you travel (your manufacturer will probably give you one following 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
An old toothbrush is your best friend when it comes to keeping your metal watch bracelet clean. Gentle brushing of the spaces between the links and around the case can make an automatic 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.