Luxury Watch Care Tips

Basic Luxury watch care and maintenance tips

So you’ve made an investment in a high quality, designer, expensive men’s watch and would like to know the basics of how to care for your new timepiece. Not all watches are created equal, so read your instruction manual to understand the unique features of your watch.

The performance and life of your luxury men’s watch depends on proper care and maintenance. Your manual should recommend how often the watch and band should be serviced and the warranty usually specifies that your watch be checked and cleaned on a regular basis by a service center authorized by the manufacturer. Basic everyday care includes avoiding contact and situations that can damage or affect the performance of your watch.

Most designer watches, if not all, are mechanical movement. Many are also automatic or self winding, which means that the watch is wound automatically by the motion of the wearer’s arm.

Companies that produce fine watches such as Rolex, TAG Heuer and Omega create watches that are chronometers, an extremely accurate watch. Usually mechanical, the precision of this watch is stringently tested, verified and rated. A certificate is issued by a Swiss watch testing agency that has the official capacity to rate a watch as a chronometer, thus verifying its’ superior quality as a timepiece.

Many expensive men’s watches are created with the highest quality standards and are designed with outstanding materials that are built to resist some of the problems outlined here.

Water
Water resistance varies depending on the watch. There is a standardized measure of water resistance that ranges from simply withstanding splashes of water to watches that can endure deep sea diving. If your expensive men’s watch does come in full contact with water beyond it’s resistance level, take it to a watchmaker to assess if there has been damage.

Salt water is more damaging than regular water as it can cause corrosion, so if you are frequently near salt water you may consider a watch that can withstand these conditions. Heavily chlorinated water is also a problem, so bear this in mind when wearing your expensive men’s watch.

Chemicals
Avoid contact with any chemicals, solvents or gases while wearing your expensive men’s watch. Even common household products like hairspray can damage the watch, especially the finish. Keep in mind that these items can cause deterioration, discoloration or other damage to your watch or may change the color of cases, bracelets and straps.

Magnetism
Magnetism is not usually a concern with expensive men’s watches as most of them are mechanical and are created with special attention to movement and precision. Analogue watches can be strongly affected by magnetism, however, as common electromagnetic sources such as mobile phones, televisions, refrigerators etc. can affect the tiny motors that move the hands.

Very strong magnetism can also affect mechanical watches, causing the watches to either run fast, too slow or even stop altogether. If a mechanical watch is affected by magnetism, it remains in the watch even after removing it from the source of magnetism. This may last fairly long and therefore the watch must be demagnetized without delay. Consult a watchmaker to have this corrected.

Temperature Extremes
A watch should not be left in extreme heat or cold for any extended lengths of time. Some watches are designed for extreme temperatures, so if this is a consideration for you, make sure you purchase a watch that can withstand the conditions.

Shocks
Your watch is a precision measuring instrument and must be treated carefully and with respect. Avoid dropping the watch or subjecting it to undue shocks. Precision watches should not be worn while participating in high impact sports.

Straps and bracelets
To clean metal bracelets, they should be washed carefully in water or if necessary, use a soft toothbrush with soap and water. Dry carefully with a soft cloth. If your watch is not water resistant, ensure you do not get water on the case. Cases should be wiped gently with a slightly damp cloth and dried carefully.

If your luxury watch or strap ever becomes wet with perspiration, wipe it dry immediately with a soft cloth and put it in a well ventilated area to dry. Never put it in a sealed container when it is still damp. Also, do not leave your watch in direct sunlight as the strap color may fade.

 

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