A man’s watch is the symbol of his wealth and discipline, but it is also a chance for him to express himself through what he wears. Every man should own at least one watch as it is very integral to maintaining a classy look.
There are many benefits of wearing a watch, and once you make the habit of wearing one, you won’t be able to go back. But, wearing your watch so often makes it susceptible to damage. Not just watches, but anything that you have owned for a long time and use regularly needs to be properly taken care of.
As a high-quality watch can be super-expensive, you do not want your money going to waste by having it get ruined due to lack of proper care. So keep reading to learn the best tips regarding the aspects of watch-care. Here are some tips on how to take care of your watch.
How To Take Care Of Your Watch
Learn To Clean
Your watch goes wherever you go, through the pollution and the dirt of the streets, so it is obvious that you need to clean it. The question is how to properly clean it without damaging it? Well, start with a damp soft cloth and clean the metal parts, be careful and don’t let the moisture touch the leather straps as that can ruin the leather. Never immerse your watch, even if it is water-resistant, into hot water because the temperature can cause damage to the gaskets.
Stay Away From Magnets
Everyone says you shouldn’t put a watch next to a magnet, but do you know why? Well, it is because most watches cannot function if exposed to magnetic power beyond 60 Gauss. Now you might be thinking “I don’t have anything to worry about, where am I going to find such a powerful magnet?”
In reality, you are surrounded by such magnets, the magnet in your fridge is 50 Gauss. There are so many other magnets, inside TVs, sound systems, metal detectors, etc. So when you are wearing your stunning timepiece, keep an eye out for magnets.
No matter how much you love your watch, you obviously won’t be wearing it 24/7. So where do you store it? If you are one of the people who just take it off and put it on the side-table before going to bed, you should say your goodbyes now because it is only a matter of time before your watch falls off the table and plunges to its sad demise. Even if it does not meet this dramatic fate, leaving it out in the open leaves it vulnerable to bumps and scratches.
So, you should always carefully store it in the box that came with it. Not only will this keep the watch safe, but it will also help you organize your watch collection better.
Protect From The Sun
Another thing you need to keep in mind when out and wearing your watch is exposure to the sun. Unlike the magnets, the sun does not affect the functioning of your watch, only the appearance. The heat from the sun fades the color of the metallic parts of your watch. Remember that the looks of your watch are just as important as its functionality because your watch speaks for you and is a part of your outfit. You should limit your watch’s exposure to direct sunlight.
Fixing And Servicing
As a responsible watch-owner, you should get your watch serviced regularly. If it is a quartz watch, get it serviced every 3 to 4 years. If it is a mechanical watch then you should get it serviced every 2 to 3 years.
It is possible that even with all the proper care, you might get unlucky and break your watch. In such an unfortunate situation you should keep certain things in mind. If any pieces were broken or lost make sure you buy them from a legitimate and trusted watch part supplier. Never open your watch yourself, you might think you can fix it but you will just end up damaging it and voiding the warranty, take it to a professional watch-maker.
Your watch says a lot about you, that is an important duty and you need to make sure it is healthy and in the best condition to be performing that duty. Be careful when you are wearing your watch, don’t bump into things as that might cause scratches, store it in a proper place, clean it often, and most importantly, keep it away from water.
Never let the leather straps get exposed to water. Don’t wear the same watch all the time, it will reduce its lifetime, instead wear a different one each time, based on the occasion or the outfit. If you follow these tips, your watch will get damaged less and might as well become your life-long best friend.