Your wristwatch is way more than just a mere timepiece; it is an essential part of your look and your style. As a matter of fact, if you take care of your wristwatch properly, you may just be able to pass it down for generations. Any quality wristwatch is built to last and to be serviceable for a long time to come; however, the lifespan of your wristwatch is largely dependent on how well you take care of your wristwatch.
You may not know this, but your wristwatch is a delicate piece. When things like dust, water, and dirt attack your wristwatch, it begins to deteriorate and would not be as lasting as long as it ordinarily would have.
A lot of wristwatches today are made to be water resistant and shockproof. As much as all these qualities help the wristwatch to last longer, it does not take away from the fact that taking proper care of your wristwatches is the surest way to ensure that your wristwatch maintains its quality and its durability.
We are going to be sharing with you some basic things that you can do to ensure that your wristwatch remains long lasting and serviceable.
1. Always Keep Your Wristwatch Clean
The first on this list is to make sure that your wristwatch is always kept clean. To do this, you can simply give it a good wiping regularly using a soft cloth; from the band, the case, and the crystal. All orders made through HASS WATCHES CO. will receive a complimentary cleaning cloth with every purchase! While you can use a bit of water to help dislodge stubborn dust particles, it is important to make sure that the crown of the wristwatch is thoroughly secure so that those water molecules would not be getting into the movement of your watch. Also, if the band of your wristwatch is a leather strap, you would want to be sure to keep water away from the leather of your wristwatch as original leather is not waterproof and water can cause a great deal of damage to it. It is also important to note that even though very little water is ok for cleaning your wristwatch, the use of soap is inadvisable. This is because soap molecules can actually get into some really small spaces of your wristwatch and cause a number of damages.
2. Service Your Watch Regularly
Much like a car, the engine of your wristwatch needs regular servicing. At least 2 or 3 times a year is advisable for servicing your wristwatch. The thing with wristwatches is that, while they seem to be working fine today, they could simply stop working tomorrow if they do not get serviced periodically. The engine of a wristwatch does not keep running forever, some parts of your wristwatch would need to be lubricated over time, some other parts like the cogs and teeth would also need to be changed over time due to wear and tear. Many times, if you have just purchased a new wristwatch, your warranty should be able to cover the cost of servicing your wristwatch. Be sure to make good use of your warranty period.
3. Keep Your Wristwatch Away From Chemicals
The one thing that a lot of people do not seem to realize actually damages wristwatches are chemicals. This does not refer to harsh chemicals like cleaning supplies; this refers to perfumes and colognes. These chemicals actually have the ability to cause corrosion on the band of a chain wristwatch and, it can lead to a leather band getting weak and wearing before it should. It is advised that when you use perfumes on your wrist, you allow the perfume or cologne to dry off completely before you proceed to strap on your wristwatch.
4. Protect Your Wristwatch from Sunlight
Ultraviolet rays such as sunlight are not healthy for your wristwatch at all. This is because prolonged exposure to this light can actually lead to the color of your wristwatch fading. This is not all, exposure to prolonged heat from the sun can also damage the battery life of your wristwatch. It is advisable to limit the amount of time that you leave your wristwatch exposed to sunlight.
5. Do Not Be Your Own Technician
Many times we always want to fix our problems ourselves rather than going to a professional. This is the same in the case of wristwatches; however, we strongly advise that you do not try to be your own technician when it comes to your wristwatches. You probably would end up damaging it more than it was already damaged. However, do not take this advice as a discouragement towards servicing your watch, if you have a passion for horology and have all the necessary tools, proceed with caution. It is advised that you take your wristwatch to a properly licensed technician for repairs or for servicing. This way, you can be sure that they know what they are doing and that your wristwatch would be back in one piece.
6. Be Careful With the Crystal
This is a no brainer, the crystal of your wristwatch may be sapphire crystal and scratch resistant, but, this does not mean that it is made to last forever. You have to be careful to avoid banging the crystal of your wristwatch against different surfaces as the repeated hits would actually wear the crystal, and before you know it, the crystal of your wristwatch may begin to sport a scratch or worse, a crack.
7. Always Read the Manual
This is probably one of the most overlooked components of a wristwatch box, the manual. Many times, reading and following the instructions on a watch manual can actually save us a lot of stress and even costs. The manual is a guide on how to use, maintain, and troubleshoot your wristwatch should it give you any unnecessary issues. Reading the manual that comes with your wristwatch would most definitely save you a great deal of potential heartache.
8. Store Your Wristwatch in Its Box
The box that your wristwatch comes in is not just for fanciness or for presentation purposes, while it plays those roles; it is also for the safekeeping of your wristwatch. Many people just drop their wristwatches on their dressers either on its crystal or in its side. This is not very advisable as this is a way for your wristwatch to develop a scratch and this is not something that we want on our wristwatches. The watch box is designed to not just be presentable but to make sure that your wristwatches are kept safe and are protected.
While these tips are quite important for making sure that your wristwatches maintain their quality and are durable, it is important to know your wristwatch type. Different types of wristwatches may require some specific type of care, and if you have no knowledge of your wristwatch, then you would simply just be at a loss. Be familiar with your wristwatch; know how much water and shock resistance it has if it has any at all. Know what to expect from your wristwatch in terms of functionality and performance; this would help you to notice if there are any abnormalities in its functionality.
Another thing that you want to keep in mind is to make sure that you keep your wristwatches away from magnets as they can completely mess with the timekeeping function of your wristwatch.
While you are making sure that you care for your wristwatch adequately, do not forget to enjoy that wonderful timepiece that you own.
What tips did you know already? What tips did you just learn and will be implementing? Leave a comment below and let us know how we are doing! Thank you for taking the time to educate yourself behind the timeless passion of wristwatches.