Whether they are a man or woman, the state of a watch tells us much about the person wearing it. A careless person will have a damaged watch, leaving a bad impression wherever he/she goes, while a more organized and neater person will take good care of her/his watches.
Taking care of your watch can help you leave a good impression when you meet someone new, while at work, or simply in your daily life. Besides, wearing a clean and beautiful watch is the best thing you can add to any outfit; it will make you more confident, clean, and comfortable.
Here are 6 simple rules you can follow to keep your watches in good condition and working efficiently for a very long time.
#1: Remember you are wearing a watch
At first glance, this seems like a strange rule, but the fact is that most of the time we tend to forget we are wearing a watch. Because of this, we’re not careful enough in our activities, and we end up scratching the crystal, dropping the watch on the ground/water, or banging it against a door or a wall.
Having extra care when you are wearing a watch (or removing the watch when you’re doing more intense activities) will help maintain your timepieces in good condition.
#2: Keep your watch clean
The second and most important rule to follow is keeping the watch clean.
This doesn’t mean you have to disassemble it and clean it obsessively every day, but it means you need to do your best to make sure your watch doesn’t accumulate excessive dust, condensation, and other potentially damaging substances.
#3: Avoid prolonged exposure to magnets, sunlight, and chemicals
Keeping your watch in contact with magnets will negatively affect its performance. Magnets can influence the internal movements of the watch, therefore changing the timekeeping mechanism, so avoid any extended contact with magnets.
Moreover, you should avoid exposing your watch to sunlight for long periods of time. Prolonged sunlight exposure can damage the battery, overheat the internal mechanism, and even discolour the case and bracelet.
The same goes for chemicals. Constantly exposing your watch to chemicals can damage the bracelet and case, even if they are mild chemicals like perfume, soap, or dishwasher detergent.
#4: Be aware of how water resistant your watch is
Although most people nowadays own at least one watch, many don’t know how resistant their watches are to water. This is a serious issue since, for non-water-resistant watches, even the slightest contact with water can irreversibly damage the internal mechanism, especially if the case has any openings (even if you can’t see them).
#5: Store it properly
Whenever you’re not wearing the watch, you should store it properly. You can use the watch’s original packaging or acquire a box that is appropriate for storing watches.
These boxes are usually designed to keep the humidity and dirt out, protecting your watches from damage while you’re not wearing them. Moreover, if you have a box for storing watches you can keep them all organized in one place.
#6: Take it to a professional for maintenance
Even if you are extra careful with your watch, every 2 or 3 years you should take it to a professional watchmaker or jeweller for maintenance. These professionals can verify the state and quality of the equipment, and even open the case to clean it properly without risking damaging the internal mechanism.
If you follow these rules, your watches will remain as new for a very long time, even if they are decades old.