How to Damage your Watch.

Top Ways to Damage Wristwatches


Most wristwatches are very strong and solid accessories, and they are made to last a very long time despite the regular wear and tear that the watch goes through daily. While wristwatches are designed to last a very long time, they are not designed to last forever; however, there are certain common mistakes that we can make every day that can lead to the further and quicker damage of our wristwatches, many of which we are completely oblivious to. Here we are going to look at certain common everyday practices that can damage our wristwatches.


Not Storing It Properly


The proper storage of your wristwatch would go a long way to maintaining the lifespan of the watch. It helps to guards your watch against the dangers of being in extreme temperatures such as heat or cold, which could lead to moisture entering your watch and causing damages such as the drying out of lubrication. As a matter of fact, transferring your wristwatch quickly between temperatures of extreme heat would lead to some parts of the watch expanding and contracting. Because of all this and more, proper storage of your wristwatch cannot be overemphasized. Wristwatch storage should be in an area with room temperature. It is also advised that if you have to use your wristwatches in extreme temperatures that you make sure the seal on the gasket is tight. Also, you may want to consider transferring your wristwatch between temperatures in a gradual process.


Improper Setting of Functions


The functions of your wristwatch are also a part of the internal workings of your watch and not setting these functions properly or correctly can lead to the cause of damages to the gears and the movement of your watch. Setting your wristwatch functions at the wrong time can also lead to damages to the movement and the alignment of your watch. For instance, there is a danger zone period when it comes to setting the date on your watch. This period is between 9 pm, and 3 am. It is called the danger zone because it is during this period that the gears in the watch movement in other to switch the date. Changing the date on your watch in this period would lead to a misalignment in your watch, and this means that your date change can come earlier or later than the appointed 12-am mark. Furthermore, setting the time on your wristwatch backward can lead to the resulting damages in the mainspring of the wristwatch. When it comes to setting your wristwatch functions, it is advised that you read the instruction manual that comes with the watch in order to have a clearer understanding of how it functions.


Frequent Hitting or Dropping Your Wristwatch


This has to be a no brainer. For every drop or hit that your wristwatch experiences, the entire watch itself are at stake whether it is a bump against a surface or a drop from a considerable height. When it comes to hits and drops, your wristwatch is more fragile than you think. First of all, the crystal on your watch is at risk of cracking or even completely shattering. Secondly, there is also the risk of dislodging a part or several parts of the engine when a wristwatch comes in forceful contact with any surface. There is an even greater risk of the wristwatch being completely damaged by the casing breaking open completely. Dropping or hitting your wristwatch is one of the most common everyday ways that a wristwatch can get damaged. While no one would deliberately bang their wristwatches or drop them willingly, these incidents have been known to occur quite frequently. In order to prevent this, it is best to avoid wearing your wristwatch in situations where this might occur. For example, it is best to remove and safely keep your wristwatch before you undertake any vigorous tasks such as running. You would also want to consider keeping your wristwatch away from any ledge or edges where they might easily fall off.


Leaving Your Wristwatch Exposed To Magnetic Fields


When it comes to your wristwatches, magnetic fields are most definitely not your friend. It may seem unlikely but, magnetic fields pose a grave danger to your wristwatch. In every wristwatch, there is a function called the escapement. The escapement of a wristwatch is what regulates the watches oscillation and helps it to keep the time properly. It is an important factor in the proper functioning of your wristwatch. When your watch comes in contact with a magnetic field, the normal function of the escapement is disturbed. It may completely seize up at worst or just begin to function in an erratic manner, and this would result in the damaging of the movement of your wristwatch. In order to prevent this damage, it is advised that you keep your wristwatch away from magnetic fields and devices that have magnetic fields such as speakers, radios, and even electronic devices such as tablets and cell phones. Many wristwatches would come labeled with their gauss rating, which is a unit used in the measurement of magnetism.


Winding Your Wristwatch While It Is On Your Wrist


Whether your wristwatch needs daily winding or you simply need to set the date or time, winding your wristwatch while it is still on your wrist can damage your watch. When you wind your wristwatch while it is on your wrist, you can easily wind it at an angle that can result in causing stress on the watch's movement. You can also end up over winding your wristwatch or worse, even end up pulling out the crown. In order to avoid such occurrences, it is advised that you first take off your wristwatch before you wind it or set the time. This would ensure that you are winding at a proper angle, and it would also help you to feel the resistance of the mainspring. While it is very convenient to simply wind it without having to take off the wristwatch, you may want to reconsider your actions the next time you want to wind up your wristwatch as it is actually causing more damage than helping.


Aligning the pushers incorrectly


When it comes to wristwatches, especially complicated wristwatches, you want to watch out for the pushers and make sure that they are properly aligned. With pushers, you have to ensure that you push them all the way in before letting them out; otherwise, the pusher can easily get stuck. This can lead to the wheel breaking or the complication simply not functioning properly. In order to avoid this occurrence, it is important to note that you should be careful with the pushers on your watch. Carefully make sure that the pusher goes all the way in before you let it out to avoid it getting stuck in the middle this should be done using the proper push pin or stylus that has been provided by the wristwatch brand.

Taking care of your wristwatch goes beyond simply cleaning, polishing and storing it properly, it extends to taking care in avoiding daily and very common mistakes that can end up ruining your wristwatch faster than you anticipated. It is important that while caring for your wristwatch, this should also be put into consideration.


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