How To Care For Your Luxury Watch

by Joseph Levy
Friday, August 01, 2008

Taking Care Of Your New Luxury Watch

Now that youíve purchased your beautiful luxury watch, you want to be sure that your timepiece provides you with years of reliability and precision. After, all, youíve spent a great deal of money on your special timepiece and so you want to be sure you get your moneyís worth from the watch. And to be sure that your luxury watch serves you faithfully, you should take good care of your watch by giving it the attention and care it deserves. The kind of attention a watch requires is proper care, maintenance and storing it at the right temperature, as that will extend the life of your luxury watch.

Protect Your Luxury Watch From Damage

Naturally, because you love your new luxury watch, youíre probably going to wear it very often, but a watch that is worn regularly is exposed to the elements and therefore requires some extra protection from abuse and damage. To extend the life of your fabulous watch, there are certain things you can do to make sure your luxury watch gives you many years of service and pleasure. One of the first things you should do to protect your luxury watch is making sure you donít leave the watch in extreme temperatures for any length of time. The reason? High heat shortens the life of the battery and very cold temperatures prevent the watch from keeping time effectively. When not wearing your watch, itís best to keep it stored in a soft cloth.

Routines for Your Luxury Watch

In general, a mechanical watch should be serviced every two or three years while a quartz watch should be served every three to four years to assure perfect time keeping. If you do wear your watch almost every day, you should wipe it off at the end of the day to remove dust, dirt and perspiration. Even just a small piece of dust can keep your luxury watch from functioning properly.

Water Resistant & Not Water Resistant Watches

If your watch is not water resistant and it gets wet, be sure to dry it as soon as possible. And if you are working or are going to be around water, itís best to remove your watch if you think it might get wet. Of course, if you tend to wash your hands often, be sure to remove the watch to keep it dry. And if it is a waterproof watch, you should still wipe it clear to remove any chlorine that may have been left on the watch after swimming in a pool of water. Most water resistant watches are protected if exposed to small amounts of water for a short period of time, but even when a watch is water resistant, the resistance may not remain in tact forever. Continuous exposure to water will eventually penetrate the watchcase and over time, gaskets or glass weakens and should be changed if necessary. Itís also a good idea to clean the battery hatch when you have the battery changed.

Caring For An Automatic, Self-Winding or Manual Watch

If you have an automatic watch, and it hasnít been worn for a while, it may stop working. If that happens, turn the crown clockwise a few times, then set the necessary time by pulling the winding stem out one notch. Generally speaking, to wind an automatic watch, it would be best to turn it 30 times the first time you wear it. For a self-winding watch, the watch should be slightly shaken as a way of getting it started. When it comes to a manual watch, itís best that it be wound at the same time each day, preferably before wearing. By winding it at the same time, you ensure its accuracy and power reserve. As you wind the watch, remember, itís best to stop winding if you feel even the slightest bit of resistance.

The Watch Band

Many luxury watches come with leather straps, which are selected to highlight the beauty of the luxury watch and therefore requires special care. The first thing to consider about leather straps is that they should not be exposed to water, as water can weaken the strap and cause it to tear. Another detriment to leather straps is when women wear perfume. Unfortunately, perfume tends to weaken and damage a watchband so be cautious when spraying the wrist with perfume. Best to put the perfume on before putting on the watch. Then give the perfume time to dry so that it wonít damage the strap. A note of caution: Even if you care for your leather strap very carefully, extreme weather conditions can affect the duration of the leather band.

Reading Your Luxury Watch Manual

A luxury watch requires regular maintenance, which may include cleaning and lubrication of the movement. To be sure your watch gives you years of enjoyment, itís always best to read the manual that comes with your watch, as it offers recommendations for your particular luxury timepiece. Since every watch is unique, your watch may come with special instructions, so never generalize the care of your luxury watch. Instead use the instruction manual that tells you exactly what type of care it requires. Also, never open your timepiece, as it may expose the watchcase to moisture or dust, which can impact on the reliability of the watch. And finally, if your watch needs repair, by no means should you try to repair it yourself, but instead, be sure to have your luxury watch looked at by a reliable watch repair service.