Even though we live in a world where most people tell time on their tablets, the mechanical watch market is still hot. Many people work years to be able to afford just one high-quality mechanical watch. These watches, most of which are made in Switzerland, have been engineered by teams of professionals over countless generations. Although these watches have been made with great attention to detail, that doesn’t mean they can take care of themselves. Many first-time buyers of luxury watches fail to maintain their watches properly and, thus, their watches fail them. In this article, we will look at three of the most important tips to prevent every watch owner out there from putting another fine watch in a premature grave.
1. How to Wind Your Watch
Every watch owner should get in the habit of winding his/her product every day. Watch experts say that it is best to wind a watch once every morning. These experts also agree that winding the watch at the exact same time every morning is beneficial for the gears and lubricants in the device. However, a watch should never be wound while it is on a person’s wrist. If a person winds a watch on his/her wrist, they risk causing damage to the winding stem. This is all due to the peculiar angle the watch is on while placed on the wrist. So, for best results, every watch owner should wind their watch off of their wrist every morning. Also, once a person feels a slight resistance in their winding, they should immediately stop. Over-winding can cause other major functional problems.
2. Watch Safety Near Water
Although many watches are now waterproof, most experts still recommend people be very cautious when bringing their watches near water. Watch owners should never shower with their watches on. Chemicals from soap and shampoo have been proven to adversely affect a mechanical watch’s gears. Scientist also note that swimming with watches on may be dangerous for the watch’s long-term health. The high chlorine levels that are found in most public swimming pools could cause great difficulties for watches. Any watch owner that frequently goes into the water with their watch on should schedule check-ups with a watch professional just to ensure all of the seals are intact and the gears are working properly. The average time between check-ups is recommended for between every 2-7 years.
3. Extreme Temperature and Magnetic Fields
Taking watches to areas with powerful magnetic fields or extreme temperatures can do great damage. Although some watches are built with resistance features, some magnetic zones have been shown to shut off watches completely. In terms of extreme temperatures, moving from very hot to very cold climates greatly expands and contracts certain lubricants. The rapid expansion/contraction can put a great strain on your watch’s overall function. If a watch owner can’t leave their watch at home, experts simply recommend taking great precautions when traveling to these areas.