Your Swiss Made Watch Care and Maintenance Tips
Our luxury time pieces are an extension of our personal style and overall aesthetic, so it's only appropriate that we practice proper maintenance to get the absolute most out of them. Unfortunately, the world around us is filled with elements detrimental to the life span of our watches. Be careful when leaving your watch exposed to extreme temperatures or submerged in sea water; extended time in these conditions can damage the bracelet or any other metal parts it might have. High heat will drain your battery faster while an extremely cold environment will compromise the watch's ability to effectively keep time.
Care must be taken even when you're not wearing your watch. For the best results, either store it in its original box or wrap in a soft cloth to protect from dust or accidental scratches. For automatic watches using a watch winder is recommended in order to keep the watch winded while its not being worn. Like anything else in life, it's important to establish a routine that allows us to maintain and care for our treasured items. Arguably, the most important function of a watch is its ability to keep time with accuracy and longevity. With that in mind, it will need to be cleaned and serviced by a professional every 3 to 5 years, whether it's automatic, mechanical, or quartz. Procrastination won't serve you well here; time pieces that have run their course without maintenance come with expensive repairs. On average, a complete overhaul on a brand such as Rolex will run you around $400, at the same time a part replacement will cost well over $1000. If it requires a battery, then a complete service and cleaning should be performed every time you need to replace it. Water resistant seals give us the benefit of not having to clean it as often, but they need to be changed every time you remove the case-back. Obviously, this varies from brand to brand, so be sure to check in with the manufacturer of your watch to determine the ideal approach for keeping the seals in good shape. Set an email reminder or event in your phone and be confident that routine maintenance is the key to a long lasting time piece.
Being aware of the environment your watch is in can seem like a hassle can, but it will save you some serious repair cash. Whether your watch is water-resistant or not, it's always a great idea to maintain an 'always dry' attitude. Just because it was designed and advertised as water resistant, doesn't mean it's completely sustainable in water. Its resistance to water will decrease over time and great care should be taken to limit its exposure.
Personal preference often evolves and maybe you've gone through a phase where your luxury piece just wasn't fitting in with your wardrobe, or that it simply didn't accommodate your lifestyle at the moment. You might have found that after a period of dormancy, your automatic watch lost its momentum along the way and was in desperate need of a kick start. Luckily, turning the crown clockwise around 30 times, setting the appropriate time, and pulling the winding stem out one notch will most likely remedy the issue. A self-winding watch has a more antiquated way of getting it started; a slight shake along with the other steps, and you're good to go. Manual watches must be cared for in a more regimented way. Before wearing, wind it at the same time each day to ensure maximum accuracy and power reserve. Don't push too hard; stop winding once you feel even the slightest amount of resistance. Upon the first glance of a luxury time piece, the watch itself really has it all. It houses the elegant machinery, it's cased in beautiful metal architecture, and it usually garners most of the attention.
Behind each great watch can be an equally as great leather band. It exists to highlight the gorgeous features of the luxury watch and thus, should be treated as such. Water resistant or not, never submerge the band in it. Leather usually doesn't agree with water and watches are no exception. If you plan on spraying perfume or cologne on your wrist, then do it before you don the watch; the chemicals can do a number on the band and cause you major headaches down the line. It's unreasonable to suggest that you should avoid extreme weather conditions at all costs when wearing your luxury watch, as you'll want to take it wherever you go. Awareness is key here; just make sure you're doing everything you can to preserve the band and watch's integrity, and you'll be a happy owner for years to come. As said before, it's important to understand that a luxury watch requires regular and scheduled maintenance in order to keep it performing at its best for as long as possible. Different brands require different maintenance regimens, however, so make sure you are well educated on the individual requirements for your particular watch by reading and understanding the contents of the owner's manual. It's not recommended to attempt to diagnose an issue with the watch yourself. The contents of the piece are extremely fragile and exposing the watchcase to the elements can seriously compromise its reliability and time keeping accuracy. Leave that to the professionals!