How to take care of your watches
You have invested in one or several watches, and though they are objects of great pleasure or passion, they nevertheless represent a real investment. Consequently, you will need to get used to keeping your precious watches in good condition right from the start.
Make a habit of keeping the box and papers, including the guarantee, certificates, invoice and instruction manual, as well as other pieces, such as the bracelet links with your watch.
If one day, you decide to sell your watch, it will have greater value if it is “complete.”
As with anything mechanical, the mechanism of the watch must be wound up and working from time to time so that the movement doesn’t get blocked. You should wear your watch at least twice or three times a year. This will avoid any unpleasant surprises, and it will be a pleasure to rediscover your watches.
A watch must be kept away from damp and light if you wish to keep it in its original condition. The best way is to keep box and papers apart and put your watches together in one or several specially designed boxes in a safe place, either at home or in a bank safe.
For watches that you wear frequently, remember not to sleep with your watch on or to take a shower while wearing it, even if it is water resistant. Extremes of heat or cold and rapid changes of temperature can damage the watch.
On the other hand, you should clean your watch regularly.
- Remember to rinse the watch thoroughly in fresh water every time you swim in a swimming pool or the sea.
- Remember to have a specialist check the watch’s water resistance every three or four years.
- Have your watch serviced by a specialist if it doesn’t work according to the manufacturing data, on average plus or minus 6 to 8 seconds per day.
- Have your watch serviced around once every five years (just as you do with your car. Don’t forget, it’s all about mechanics!)