A great watch is an accomplishment. However, you must take care of it by knowing the right care and cleaning practices to preserve its robust state. Watch care is essential for various reasons and focuses mostly on the most popular and hassle-free methods for maintaining an automatic wristwatch.
As a watch owner, you must be aware of the watch maintenance cost specifically, what you are paying for, and how much you should pay. These are the answers. Take note of the following automatic watch maintenance techniques for a better, longer-lasting automatic timepiece.
Mind Your Wind
Even if you have yet to wear your mechanical (self-winding or manual-winding) watch, you should wind it at least once each month. However, be careful when doing the winding. For example, turn the crown of a manual-winding watch until it stops without forcing it.
For a self-winding watch, we advise at least 30-crown rotations, helping to maintain the lubrication of the movement's components and reducing wear and tear. Winding your watch while wearing it is dangerous. It would be best to practice winding while the band rests in your hand. Holding the watch this way while winding is done to alleviate tension that could cause damage to the watch.
A watch winder is an aesthetically pleasing and efficient solution to store your luxury watch (es). It is particularly practical if you have a watch with intricate complications and rotate between them. In addition, a watch winder prevents you from resetting the various displays every time you wear your watch.
Watch winders save you the trouble of winding and setting your automatic watch, although it's unnecessary. Letting automatic watches that you don't routinely wear rest is the best action since storing them in a watch winder can increase the movement's wear and tear because it never stops functioning.
Keep It Clean, But Never With Soap & Water
A soft, lint-free cotton cloth removes stains and water spots off your watch's case, glass, and band, which you can do daily to retain your watch's luster. Your watch's links and bracelet can accumulate dirt, dust, oil, and other contaminants over time, so you should clean it thoroughly every few months.
Remove the bracelet from your watch and clean it with warm water. Before reattaching the band, check that it is dry, as you do not want water to enter the watch. Immediately take the watch to a watchmaker or jeweler if moisture or water penetrates the case to prevent harm.
Check Gaskets and Seals Regularly
It would be best if you frequently examine gaskets and seals. Seals that prevent water from entering the watch deteriorate over time. For use in water, water-resistant timepieces should undergo annual pressure checks. You should replace it every two to three years at a minimum.
This routine water-resistance service is the only way to safeguard the inner workings of your watch against dust and moisture.
Don't Push Your Luck or Test Your Watch to Its Limits
Remember that automatic watches are wound with oscillating weights. All mechanical timepieces function due to the oscillations of the lever escapement. Additionally, the shock protection mechanisms employed in modern watches are good but only offer complete protection against some hits from all angles.
Get Your Watch Serviced
Lubricants dry out or solidify with time, and gears and teeth wear out. A fine mechanical watch requires frequent maintenance. Having your watch serviced periodically is not an attempt by the watch industry to generate profits. It is meant to ensure your watch's longevity.
The intricate details of a timepiece's mechanism must be handled with care; only a professional watchmaker can take care of its maintenance. Therefore, it is advised that you schedule a maintenance appointment every 3 or 4 years. While the services are given, their quality may vary from brand to brand; the servicing technique is the same worldwide.
The watchmaker opens the case and disassembles the mechanism during this technique. They then examine the parts one by one and clean them completely before oiling the components and testing the hands. If necessary, the watchmaker may change specific pieces. Once the watch has been rebuilt, they also check the water tightness of the case, the chronometric performance, and the precision of the movement using several tests.
Choose a Timepiece That Lasts: Advantages of Our Watches
If you are looking for a watch that lasts, you must consider buying one with a stainless steel case, like our Wraith Watch Collection. With a stainless steel case, your watch will last longer than other watches made with plastic cases.
Other watches can accompany you on your dive, like our Reef X watch, which has a 30 ATM water resistance rating, or our Reef Diver 2.0, which has a 200-meter water resistance rating.
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By strictly adhering to these guidelines, there is little question that your watch has a guaranteed long life span. Visit a reputable watchmaker for proper maintenance of your watch.
Wearing a Serket watch distinguishes you and enhances your appreciation of it. Serket watches are made with quality and luxury in mind. Shop our latest collection online today and enjoy the time-limited discounts. Contact us for watch maintenance, care, or purchase inquiries.
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