Watch Care

General Care

Your watch will come with an instruction booklet and other literature. These will contain instructions and advice for optimal care. It’s important that you read these in order to enhance the longevity and prevent unnecessary damage.

The following general tips can be applied to any watch:

• Occasionally clean your piece with a soft, dry cloth. If the watch is water resistant, a damp cloth followed by a dry one will suffice.
• Watches should not be exposed to extremely low or high temperatures.
• Avoid chemical contact and remove your watch before engaging in any activity where you might.
• Avoid sudden impacts and shocks
• Never attempt to repair or open your watch yourself.

Water Resistance

There are different degrees of water resistance, from none, to watches specifically designed for diving. It is important to know in what circumstances your watch can be used in the presence of water.

Water Resistance is often stamped on the back of wrist watches or appears in the instruction booklet. This measurement indicates how well a watch is sealed against the ingress of water. It is normally indicated as a water depth in metres, being the static test pressure that a sample of newly manufactured watches was exposed to in a leakage test.

Before swimming with your watch, make sure that the crown is locked down or that a screw-down crown is screwed in securely in the locked position. The crown or push-buttons should not be operated when wet. In some specialised diver’s watches, the push-buttons may be used, but this will be indicated in the instruction booklet.

The water resistance of a watch, as with its other functions, is dependent on the proper maintenance of the watch. The watch should be serviced at regular intervals at which time the water resistance should be tested.

Condensation may appear under the glass of a watch. This is caused by a sudden change in temperature, like when the wearer has been lying in the sun and then dives into a cool swimming pool, or vice versa. The air inside the case changes in density, causing water droplets to form under the glass. This does not necessarily mean that water has leaked into the watch, but it should be serviced by a watch maker.

After exposing a watch to seawater, rinse it in fresh water and dry with a soft cloth. Leather straps are not made for submerging in water, and they will fade and need to be replaced over time.

Maintenance

A watch guarantee generally covers defects in materials and workmanship, but excludes damage through negligence, abuse or general wear and tear. It is important to read the guarantee carefully as the time period and the conditions vary from brand to brand. Store the guarantee in a place where you will be able to find it, as it will be required for any repairs performed under the guarantee.

An automatic watch is a mechanical piece of craftsmanship and engineering. It has moving parts that are subjected to friction and wear and like any other mechanical device, it needs to be serviced over time. It is recommended that you get your watch serviced every 3 to 5 years to ensure optimum functioning. With proper maintenance, a quality watch will last many generations.

The battery on a quartz watch needs to be replaced periodically. Battery life varies, but it can last up to 18 months.

Automatic Watches

An automatic watch movement relies on the normal daily motion of your wrist to keep the movement functioning. When it has not been worn recently, the watch will stop, and it will need to be started again. Wind the crown approximately 30 times, secure the crown and put the watch on your wrist. If the watch is not worn daily, it is best to wind it approximately twice per week.

You may choose to store your watch on a watch winder when you are not wearing it. This device is designed to keep the watch movement running continually and it is not necessary to manually wind the crown before putting the watch on your wrist.

Check the instruction booklet on the best way to set the date on your automatic watch. Depending on the brand and configuration of your watch, some models should only be set when the position of the hands is in a certain range. For example, some models should only be set when the hands are in the southern hemisphere of the watch, but this can vary depending on the model.