Maintenance Tips For A Long-Lasting Timepiece
2020-12-25

Maintenance Tips For A Long-Lasting Timepiece

 

It’s no secret that if you ever end up wanting to sell your timepiece, its condition will significantly determine how much money you actually get for it. The better the condition your watch is in, the higher the chances are that you will find a potential buyer and sell it for a fair price. It doesn’t matter if you are used to buying luxury brand watches worth thousands of dollars or commission specialised custom ODM watches from a design manufacturer, the proper process for effective watch maintenance remains the same. It is for this reason that we put together a small and handy guide that details a few useful DIY tips that you can use to help you better take better care of your timepiece and extend its lifespan significantly.

 

1. Avoid Doing High Impact Activities

 

You must avoid doing any activities that may end up significantly jolting and shaking up the internal components of your watch. Moreover, by avoiding such activities with your wristwatch still on, you reduce the risk of dropping it. Even dropping your watch from one meter high can end up causing significant damage to your watch and its components, so it’s best to avoid any activities that increase the risk of such an incident occurring.

 

This means avoid wearing your wristwatch when you are undertaking sports like; mountain biking, skiing, hiking, etc. However, if you are involved in a line of work that requires high intensive movement, then the next best thing is to invest in a deployment clasp instead of using the typical pin buckle on your watch strap. You should also avoid exposing your timepiece to high temperatures as this can influence your timepiece’s mechanical components and functions.

 

2. Keep Your Timepiece Away from Anything Magnetic

 

You could try to keep your watch from any nearby magnetic fields as they can effectively cause incorrect time fluctuations and deviations.

So, the next time you are passing through an airport security sensor for instance, you should make sure to remove your watch. This also includes keeping it away from speakers.

 

3. Gauge Your Watch’s Water Resistance

 

It goes without saying but when it comes to water and watches, the two absolutely do not mix. Unless the timepiece you own is a Dive watch that is explicitly designed to be highly water resistant and withstand high amounts of water pressure, it’s always best to keep the two separate. This is mainly because a watch’s water resistance is usually difficult to gauge and if you make a mistake, the water could end up causing irreparable damage to your valuable timepiece.

 

For example, if you own several Swiss Watches and the brands say that your timepieces are waterproof up to a depth of 150m, more often than not, that only proves that they met the fixed water pressure standards that were set at the laboratory. In other words, if you practically went diving with your watch underwater and began moving around with it, the level of water pressure tends to increase due to your constant movements. So, while you can go swimming with a 150m waterproof watch, when diving, it’s best to get a specialized dive watch that offers a higher depth level, eg. 300m (30 bar).

 

Additionally, it is crucial to realize that a watch’s mechanical reliability, much like any other machine, isn’t permanent. As time wears on, so does the strength of the internal components. Whether it’s due to change in temperatures, constant use, or any number of other external factors, the watch’s level of water resistance is likely to decrease the longer you own it. It is for this reason that it is recommended for you to have your watch’s water resistance levels tested periodically by a watchmaker or technical expert.

 

4. Look After Your Watch’s Leather Straps

 

While leather is a fantastic material to use as a watch strap due to its tough and stylish nature, it is still a natural material that starts to wear out as time passes. This means you cannot and must not let the leather come into contact with water or soap. This means that even if your watch is highly water-resistant unless you change the watch strap to another material, you should avoid wearing it while showering or swimming.

 

5. Configure Your Timepiece Correctly

 

Something that most watch owners may not be aware of is that, you should not set your timepiece with a date display between the hours of 11PM & 3AM. This is purely because you can spot the watch’s movement as the date normally adjusts shortly before midnight and completes only a couple of hours later. As such, it is always recommended that when you are setting your timepiece, you should wind it clockwise and not counterclockwise. In other words, you should not attempt to set the date backwards because most calendar function so most watches are set to only be moved forward.

 

6. Take It For Regular Maintenance

 

Considering the fact that a watch is constantly running 24 hurts a day, 365 days a year, without a break, it is only natural that the internal components will start to wear ad tear as time passes. As a result, you should make sure to take it for maintenance to keep its inner components in tiptop shape. It is recommended that you do this at least once every 5 years.

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