Ten Tips On Caring For Your Watch
A watch is worn every day, and can last for your entire lifetime and beyond by passing it down through future generations.
They’re often filled with personal stories and bought for sentimental reasons, as well as being supreme instruments carefully crafted by watchmakers. There’s good reason to look after your watch and keep it ticking for as long as possible, so make sure you’re doing it right with our tips on how to care for your watch.
1. Clean your watch as often as possible.
- Use a soft slightly damp cloth to clean metal watch cases and bracelets.
- Avoid getting leather straps wet, as moisture can damage the appearance of the strap.
- Don’t immerse your watch in hot water. Even if your watch is water resistant, hot water can damage the gaskets.
- Diamond embellishments can be gently scrubbed with a soapy brush and rubber straps can be immersed in soapy water.
- You can also pop into your nearest store to get your watch cleaned by our expert team.
2. Service your watch regularly.
- The general guidelines are around every two to three years for a mechanical watch, and three to four for a quartz.
- However, the frequency with which we would recommend servicing your watch will depend upon the brand as well as your own personal use, so pop in and visit your nearest store where our friendly team will be happy to advise you in more detail.
3. Avoid magnets.
- Unless you've got an Omega Master Chronometer! These watches can't be magnetised, and are tested by being placed next to the biggest magnet on earth. Find out more in our Omega Brand Focus.
- Avoid leaving any other watch near strong magnetic fields like speakers, refrigerators, mobile phones, or magnets on handbags. A watch can stop working at 60 Gauss, and to put it in perspective, the magnet on a fridge door is 50 Gauss.
4. Know your watch’s water resistance.
- 3 ATM / 30m: Splash proof and waterproof in small amounts of water.
- 5 ATM / 50m: Can be submerged in water. Suitable for shallow swimming.
- 10 ATM / 100m: Suitable for swimming, snorkelling and water sports.
- 20 ATM / 200m: Ideal for scuba diving.
- 30 ATM / 300m and over: Professional and deep sea diving.
- The water resistance of your watch may not be permanent as over time the seal may be affected by wear or accidental shock to the crown. We'd recommend you have the seals of your water resistant watch tested annually.
5. Protect the crystal.
- An obvious tip maybe, but avoid banging the crystal of your watch against a wall or any other objects that may cause scratches.
6. Store your watch in the box it came in.
- When not wearing your watch, it's best to keep it in the box it came in. If you lay down the watch on its side or on the crystal, it could get scratched.
7. Avoid extended exposure to sunlight.
- Prolonged time in direct sunlight can fade the colour on your watch.
- Heat can also shorten the battery life, so it’s best to prevent your watch from being placed in direct sunlight.
8. Avoid contact with chemicals.
- Perfumes can damage leather straps, weakening them and potentially causing them to tear. When spraying perfume or cologne, let it completely dry before placing the watch on your wrist.
9. Don’t open the watch by yourself.
- Unless you’re very experienced with watches and know exactly what you're doing!
- Opening the watch will expose it to dust, dirt and other particles that can get inside the movement and damage it.
10. Read your watch manual.
- These general tips will apply to all watches, but read the manual your watch came with for specific tips for your particular watch.