Timepiece Wear and Care Tips
- How do I clean my watch? Clean your watch as often as possible. Take a soft cloth and wipe down the band and the case to remove any dirt or dust.
- Is my watch water resistant or waterproof? Know your watch's water resistance. If it is not specified in the specs and/or features of a watch when you purchase it, then it more than likely isn't waterproof or water resistant. However, most watches these days are built with some water resistance, but vintage watches have a tendency to lose their waterproof-ness over time. If your watch is not water resistant, it can still handle small splashes of water, but it’s best to avoid it. If your watch has a leather band, avoid getting your watch wet, water weakens the leather.
- What does Water resistant mean?If your watch is water resistant it can sustain a bit of water splashes when you're washing your hands. When a watch is water resistant you cannot submerge it in water, such as when you are swimming or showering.
- Magnets are a mechanical Watch's pet-peeve. Placing your mechanical watch close to a magnet can negatively affect the timekeeping of your watch, because a watch that is totally mechanical may be affected by strong magnetic fields.
- Metal Strap Watches: A metal strap watch typically comes in silver or gold. With metal you’ll want to avoid any sort of water as this can rust the watch on both the outside and the inside. However, if your watch is starting to give off a smell you don’t want, take a damp cloth and thoroughly clean inside all of the rivets and gaps in the strap and make sure you dry it properly to avoid any type of rust.
- Leather Strap Watches: When cleaning leather strap watches, avoid using any chemicals, as this may damage the leather. In a small bowl of lukewarm water add a small amount of mild soap (special leather cleaner works best), clean the inside of the band, and lightly clean the outside, then allow the leather to thoroughly dry. Please note: avoid getting the face of the watch wet when cleaning to prevent water damage.
Prevent Watch Face Scratches: Be careful, do not drop your watch on the ground! Along with the possible scratches, unexpected impact may cause damage to the crystal, case, and the internal components. Also, remove your watch when doing activities that might cause scratches.