Life Prolonging Measures for the Watch

Even though the Austrian writer Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach once realized that a silent clock also displays the correct time twice a day and can look back on a long series of successes after years. The balance of ticking clocks is still much better. But what are the points that must be considered when dealing with the watch, in order to enjoy as long as possible its (mechanical) timepiece?

The Right Storage

As regards the storage of your watch, dust is an enemy. Although high-quality watches do not allow dust particles to enter, it can not be ruled out that 100% of particles do not reach the watch’s interior. It is therefore advisable to store the watch in a box, preferably the enclosed packing box.
If you own a high-quality automatic, the purchase of a watchmaker makes sense. This protects not only from dust, but keeps the clock by a rotary movement permanently operational. Especially in the case of the most difficult complications, this is of great importance, so that the mechanics are not proverbially corroded and later repaired.
Under no circumstances should you keep your watch on a loudspeaker or refrigerator. The sometimes strong magnetic fields generated by this can in the worst case damage the inside of the watch. In addition to a largely dust-free storage, there should be no excessive humidity in the rooms.Also, strong sunlight and extremely high or low temperatures (less than 0 ° C or more than 60 ° C) should be avoided.

Gentle Handling In Everyday Life

Even though most manufacturers reaffirm that you can wear the in-house timepieces in sports or gardening, this is not really useful in the case of a valuable precision timepiece. Even the most rugged calibers and housings can be affected by heavier vibrations and the sensory mechanics of the clock inside. In case of doubt, the watch should therefore be put off or left at home, when there is a scratch on the case or damage to the watch movement.

Water And The Clock

Just about every watch comes with the seal “waterproof”, “waterproof” or “étanche”, but what does this mean for dealing with your beloved wrist watch? Decisive for the depth to which a watch is watertight is the water pressure to which a watch may be exposed. From a watch, which is suitable for water sports, one speaks usually from 100 meters (10 ATM), from a clock for diving from 200 meters (20 ATM).
Note also that the water tightness can decrease over time, and in case of doubt, ask a specialist before venturing into the cool water with an older watch. If your watch is (sufficiently) watertight, the crown must be carefully screwed down or pressed into the neutral position beforehand. Also the pushers of chronographs under water can not be operated. You can find more about the topic of water tightness and tips on dealing with watches near the water.

Cleaning Of Case And Bracelet

If it is a water resistant watch from 3 bar (= 30 meters), use a damp cloth for cleaning and a coarse impurity or residue, which is difficult to reach, a toothbrush and soapy water. In order to prevent residues in the latter case, you should then dry the watch with a cloth. You can, of course, wear a metal, rubber or textile band, but you should first remove a leather strap.
Under Leather Strap – The right way to deal with a natural product you will find special tips for the care of different types of leather such as smooth, rough and lacquered leather. In any case, avoid direct contact with chemicals. Cleaning and solvents should therefore be dispensed with.These can, in fact, reduce the surface tension between the housing and the glass and thus lead to the entry of water into the housing interior.

Regular Service

The mechanism of a watch “lives”. Constantly move balance, anchor and co. And there where parts are in motion, there is also at least slight wear phenomena. Do not worry: A high-quality watch is usually a lifelong companion, but regular maintenance should be carried out similar to a car or a high-quality musical instrument.
It is therefore advisable to have a round-the-clock service by a professional watchmaker every 5 to 10 years – with a clear course deviation before this.The timepiece is divided into its individual parts, cleaned and oiled with a special protective lubricant. This reduces the friction between the parts and further increases the accuracy of your watch.