Top 5 ways to maintain your luxury watch1:24 pm
On deciding to invest in a luxury watch, you expect it to remain with you for a lifetime (after all, when you break the bank for it, every successive generation should be able to enjoy the glory of the watch). But let’s be honest, love is a two-way street. For your watch to give you impeccable service and for you to be able to enjoy its timeless presence, it is equally important that you too, maintain your luxury watch via timely maintenance interventions.
A watch is made of hundreds of tiny parts, many of them quite complex, and to ensure that each part is functioning with utmost precision, it is crucial to take care of your prized piece. And apart from the regular service sessions that your luxury watch will require, we want you to know that there are certain measures whereby you can maintain its appearance and performance. Here, we highlight the top 5 important bits of information for you to know once you have bought your watch.
One of the most important ways to ensure that your watch provides excellent service is to keep it away from magnetic fields. Magnetic sources like televisions, cell phones, computers, speakers etc. can result in magnetization of your timepiece, causing it to run fast or slow.
The water and your watch
Where water is concerned, there are a couple of things that you should keep in mind vis a vis your watch. If you’re going swimming in the sea wearing your timepiece, always rinse it with warm water afterwards.
If your watch has a screw-in crown then you must make sure to screw down the crown carefully. This will prevent water from entering the mechanism inside. However, if your watch is a non screw-down crown one, then you must push the crown back into the neutral position.
If you own a chronograph then make sure not to operate the pushers under water. This too will prevent water entering the watch.
Protecting the case and the bracelet
Always avoid your watch coming into direct contact with chemical products such as solvents, detergents, perfumes and other cosmetics. These products are likely to damage the bracelet, case or even the gaskets for that matter.
Anyone buying a leather strap watch must have reconsidered at least once before swiping the card. The durability of a leather strap is a concern most of us have had. But there are certain measures by which you can preserve its original state for as long as possible (at least). Discoloration of a leather strap most often happens due to contact with water and/or dampness, so the first thing to do is to avoid either. Interestingly so, prolonged exposure to sunlight may also cause the colour to fade, so try avoiding that too. Another important point to remember is that leather is pervious, therefore bringing it in contact with greasy things and cosmetic products is a big no! Cleaning your strap with a leather cleaner is also not recommended.
Extreme temperatures and shocks
It’s always advisable to avoid extreme temperatures (above 60°C or below 0°C) or even extreme temperature changes while sporting your watch. Also remember to avoid shocks (whether thermal or others).
By Neha Chadha
Contributing Editor, The Watch Guide
With a keen interest in the art and science behind Haute Horology, Neha oversees the creative and content for Ethoswatches.com.