After purchasing a fine timepiece, you may feel like your work is done. You’ve searched far and wide, you’ve compared prices, found the perfect piece, sized it correctly, and brought it home. However, this isn’t the time to be lazy! A fine timepiece requires periodic care and maintenance to keep it in pristine condition. Here are some tips and recommendations from H&H Jewels that you may not have considered.
- Before your timepiece has contact with water, always ensure that the crown of your watch is firmly pushed into place. The winding crown and push-pieces for the chronograph function cannot be used under water. Your watch should be checked for water-resistance by a specialist watchmaker every 2 or 3 years.
- Your watch should only be opened by a specialist watchmaker even if it is just to change the battery. Only a specialist will provide a quality water-resistance control and service. Regular servicing of the movement (approximately every 5 years) will help to prolong the life span of your watch.
- Never leave a used battery inside your watch; oxidization may seriously damage the movement.
- Regular cleaning with a soft brush and soapy water will preserve your watch; especially after swimming, by helping to thoroughly neutralize the harmful effects of seawater and chlorine
- Straps require particular care. Frequent contact with water can cause premature wear and tear.