16 Aug Luxury Watch Service, Maintenance & Care
A luxury watch is an accessory unlike any other. Along with being examples of elegant craftsmanship with a rich and compelling history, most watch enthusiast will agree that the personal stories associated with their timepiece are much more meaningful than any financial value. If properly cared for, a luxury timepiece can be passed along from generation to generation making the sentimental value ever more valuable.
Many watch owners are misconstrued on the proper care and maintenance that is needed to properly care for a timepiece. If you are passionate about your timepiece or have a close, personal connection to it, the tips on care and maintenance we have outlined in this article will guarantee your timepiece to last for many generations to come.
Let’s start with the basics. Anyone who owns a luxury watch should be prepared to regularly service their timepiece. Regardless of the warranty length, I always recommend luxury watch owners to service their watch at least once every two or three years.
Now, servicing a luxury watch, even a simple one, isn’t going to be cheap. Many may feel like the wool has been pulled over their eyes when they come face to face with the realities of watch servicing costs, but like anything else in this world, if you want it to last you will have to take proper care of it. When it comes to luxury watches, regularly service is something that shouldn’t be neglected.
To put the cost of servicing your time piece into perspective, it helps to understand how these watches work. Luxury watches have many moving parts; for example, there is an average of two hundred and twenty moving parts in a Rolex and watches with extremely intricate complications have many more. To further explain, inside of all timepieces is a device that regulates the way your watch uses power called an escapement. The escapement holds a balance wheel that vibrates an average of eight times a second, or 28,800 times every hour. This is what makes the ticking sound. Now, assuming you wear your watch every day and keep it wound, that’s more than 250 million ticks a year. I assume you can see what this is leading to.
Sooner or later, these moving parts begin to wear out, which is where servicing comes into play. In a typical service, a watchmaker will take your watch to bits, clean the tiny parts, replace parts when necessary, rubricate them and finally put the whole thing back together. This is much more difficult than it sounds being that these parts are extremely tiny. It takes a special kind of skill to take on the task of servicing a timepiece and I highly recommend that you only trust someone experienced with your brand to do the servicing of your timepiece.
Maintenance & Care
Luxury timepieces are designed to last a lifetime, but only if you care for them properly. Along with servicing your timepiece, proper maintenance and care will guarantee that your timepiece will last for many generations to come.
It’s not hard to properly care for a watch, but it’s easy to become forgetful or neglectful. Below are a few tips to help keep your timepiece in the best possible condition.
- Keep Your Watch Clean – Dirt and grime always tend to find their way in. Cleaning and polishing your watch with a soft cloth regularly will ensure that it won’t tarnish or build up problematic layers of dirt. Make sure to avoid any harsh chemicals when cleaning your timepiece. I always recommend a simple soap and water to be safe.
- Avoid Magnets – One unknown timepiece mishap regarding luxury watches is magnetization; placing your watch to close to a magnet can cause internal damage that will affect the ability to keep proper time.
- Don’t Leave the Crown Open – Many watch owners understandably forget to close the crown after setting the date or time. This leaves an opening where dust, dirt or water can get in and cause future problems. Always take a minute to be sure the crown is closed.
- Know Your Watch’s Water Resistance – Ultimately, your watch should only be submerged when necessary even if it’s a waterproof model. Now, some watch owners are not aware of their watch’s limits and end up takin their watch to deep. If your watch cannot handle the depths, the rapid change in pressure can cause problems. Never wear your watch in salt water or in the spa; salt is a major cause of corrosion and the heat of a spa can cause serious damage.
- Pay Attention to Your Watch’s Band – Regardless if your watch’s band is leather or metal, always apply cologne or perfume before putting the band on your wrist. The chemicals in cologne and perfume can cause damage or corrosion. Now, a leather strap will be particularly susceptible to damage. If your watch has a leather band, you will want to avoid getting your watch wet because water has a tendency of weakening the leather. Also, keep a leather strap away from humidity, excess sun and overtightening the strap on your wrist (can lead to cracking).
- Store Your Watch Properly – This is overlooked quite often but can save you from unwanted damage or scratches on your timepiece. Many people drop their timepiece into a jewelry case or nightstand where it can be easily scratched and scuffed by other accessories. When not wearing your watch, it is best to store it either in an organizer or even in the box it came in. Never store your watch in a place that gets direct sunlight or has hot temperatures. Sunlight can fade the color on your watch and heat can shorten the battery life.
- Avoid Contact with Chemicals – Be weary of cleaning supplies, oils, cologne and perfume coming into contact with your timepiece. Cologne and perfume especially can cause damage to leather bands. Always apply cologne and perfume first and make sure it has completely dried before placing your watch on your wrist. When cleaning your watch, keep it simple. Don’t use any harsh chemicals, I always recommend basic soap, water and a microfiber cloth for cleaning.
To sum it all up, properly caring for your timepiece along with regular service is the only way to ensure that it will last for many generations to come. The tips outlined in this article are a great guide and are simple to follow as long as you don’t become forgetful or neglect caring for your valued timepiece.