Updated on August 21st, 2018
Purchasing a luxury watch can cost thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars. As such, you want your investment to last a lifetime with the goal of handing your piece down through generations. To do this, you must care for your watch accordingly.
There are many things you can do to ensure that your luxury watch stands the test of time. Here are some of the most important aspects of luxury watch care for you to start practicing now.
1. Keep the Paperwork
When you purchase a new luxury watch, you’ll receive a bundle of paperwork. This gives you important information about the components of the watch and how to care for it.
Additionally, it comes with a user manual that you should take the time to read and refer back to. This ensures that you are using the watch properly and following the simple, daily tasks that will keep your watch ticking for years to come.
Put the paperwork away somewhere safe so that when the time comes that you need to pay for maintenance on the watch, you’ll have all the information required to guarantee that it is done correctly.
2. Keep it Wound
It may seem like winding your watch is a basic task that only serves to keep you on time, but there is so much more going on beneath the surface.
To keep your watch ticking for the long run, you’ll want to learn how to wind a watch properly. If you keep your watch wound, the movements inside will continue to function as they should, rather than getting seized and losing time.
First and foremost, remove your watch from your wrist when winding. This prevents you from damaging things internally by winding at an awkward angle and shifting the pins out of alignment.
Make it a habit of winding your watch at the same time every day, avoiding nighttime hours if you have a date feature on your timepiece.
3. Daily Cleaning
Take the time to clean your watch every day– even a few minutes of cleaning will suffice. This ensures that the oils from your body and any contaminants that you may have come in contact with don’t degrade the materials of the watch.
Wiping off the crystal at the end of each day ensures that no particulate matter is getting dragged on the face of your watch, scratching the surface.
The care requirements will vary depending on the type of watch you have. For example, if you have a Cartier watch with a leather strap, you’ll likely have a different methodology than with a titanium Rolex.
This is another reason why keeping the paperwork and reading the manual are of the utmost importance.
4. Regular Servicing and Maintenance
Your luxury watch, especially those with mechanical movements, is a machine. To keep the machine running smoothly, it will need regular maintenance completed by the experts.
Take your watch to a professional watchmaker to have them make any adjustments, clean and oil the gears, and ensure that your watch is performing in prime shape.
Taking your watch for servicing isn’t something you should only do when a problem presents itself. Taking it in for routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines is a proactive approach that will reduce the risk of mechanical failure before it happens.
5. Avoid Temperature Fluctuations
Keep your watch stored in a cool, dry place away from the sunlight. Don’t get into the bad habit of leaving your luxury timepiece on the nightstand for days at a time, where it may be subject to changes in light and temperature from surrounding windows.
By keeping it in a secure location, you not only reduce the exposure to temperature fluctuations, but you also keep it safe from potential thefts.
6. Protect it From the Elements
In addition to taking a proactive approach to avoiding temperature fluctuations, be mindful of the elements.
If you get caught in a rainstorm, try to ensure that your watch is protected by your clothing and take some time to adequately dry it off once you’re back inside.
If you’re going anywhere near water or have plans to roll up your sleeves and get dirty, leave it stored safely inside.
7. Avoid Magnets
While the idea of keeping VHS tapes and cassette tapes away from magnets is a thing of the past, you still need to be mindful of the impact of magnetism if you have a luxury watch.
Not just magnets themselves, but anything that emits a magnetic field can have an impact, such as a digital clock, microwave, and even your mobile phone.
Think about it: the inner workings of your timepiece are comprised of many tiny bolts, pins, and gears that work together to run smoothly and keep accurate time.
Any interference with that can cause your watch to run slower. This is another reason why leaving your watch on your nightstand is a bad idea.
You’ve worked hard to afford a luxury timepiece, and you want it to last for a long time. Take preventative measures and treat your watch like the treasure it is so that it will last.