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Watch Maintenance 101: How To Take Care Of Your Valuable Piece

Watch Maintenance 101: How To Take Care Of Your Valuable Piece

Buying men’s watches is anything but an average purchase. It’s an investment in a timeless piece of functional art, that you may want to pass on to future generations. Watches are built to stand the test of time, and with the proper care, they can last for decades or even centuries. Whether you just made a purchase or were given a timeless piece, you will certainly do everything in your power to keep it looking and functioning at its best. That is why we have outlined some basics for easy care and maintenance. Here is watch maintenance 101: How to take care of your valuable piece.

#1- Cleaning Your Watch

Contrary to popular belief, there are many small creases and crevasses to clean on your watch, where dirt and oil can regularly accumulate. From the links in the bracelet to the area that joins the case and bezel. On a day-to-day basis, you can wipe down your watch with a lint-free cloth, but a deep clean is also required every few months. First, remove the bracelet from the watch. Use a little warm water and a soft toothbrush to clean the case. Depending on how dirty your watch is, you can use a little mild dish soap too. Feel free to repeat the same process if you have a bracelet strap, or, for a leather strap, soak in warm water and white vinegar instead. Ensure that the watch is completely dry before you reassemble it.  

#2- Wind Your Watch

Winding your watch is another key element of basic watch maintenance. Men’s watches that are unwound and used can cause malfunctions, and are expensive to fix. If you are the owner of an automatic watch, it will continue running until it goes into power reserve mode. In order to get out of power reserve mode, just set the time and wind the watch. With automatic watches, the clutches will disengage the winding mechanism, this makes it so that the watch cannot be over-wound. For owners of manual watches, try to get into the habit of winding it at the same time, every day. When you have a manual watch, winding should stop when you feel the slightest bit of resistance. By not doing this, you risk damaging the spring, due to it being over-wound.

#3- Properly Storing Your Watch

If you are not going to habitually wear your watch, then do what you can to ensure that it’s properly stored when not in use. The best place to store your watch is in a watch winder. Not only will this tool keep it safe and dry, but it will also keep the gears moving and prevent the lubricants from hardening. Anyone that doesn’t own a watch winder, the original box or a watch roll will suffice. Try to remember to wind it at least once a week and keep it in a dry, temperature-controlled place. 

#4- Be Cognizant Of Your Watch’s Water Resistance

A majority of modern, men’s watches are built with a certain water resistance. Since every watch is different, it’s important to know the unique measure for your watch. Watches that aren’t water-resistant can still likely handle a small splash of water, for when you wash your hands. But for the sake of guaranteeing longevity, work to avoid water exposure at all costs. Watches with leather bands are even more fragile, as even small amounts of exposure to moisture can weaken the leather. 

#5- Get Your Watch Serviced

A big no-no in watch maintenance is opening up the watch. Opening the watch can exacerbate any existing issues by exposing its inner working to dust or moisture. If the piece stops working or is malfunctioning, you should always take it to an expert, for further examination. 

#6- Read The Manual

We cannot emphasize enough—every watch is unique! You should always read the manual before doing anything to the watch. Anyone that doesn’t have a physical copy of the original manual, need not worry. You can find a digital version of the manual online, meaning you will always have access to resources for your timepiece. 

Watch Maintenance 101: Men's Watches From La Touraine

Watch maintenance should never be forsaken, especially if you are investing much of your money in acquiring any of these classic timepieces. La Touraine is proud to offer our customers a wide selection of pristine watches. If you are in the market for a new watch, contact us today or browse through our ever-growing gallery.