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Watch Care 101: How To Maintain Your Watch

March 7, 2017 - Watch Articles

Luxury watches offer the promise that they will last for generations. However, this is contingent upon taking appropriate watch care and maintenance.

Naturally, the better a watch is maintained, the longer it will last. Additionally, if a watch is in near pristine condition, it will command much higher prices when it’s time to resell it.


Watch Care 101

  1. Clean your watch
  2. Service your watch
  3. Store your watch correctly


how to clean a watch


1. How to clean a watch?

When it comes to watch care, the first step is to make sure that the watch is kept clean. To do so, it is important to take note of the water resistance of a watch.

  • How to clean water resistant watches: do not use any liquids to clean it or it may suffer some damage. Instead, use a dry soft cloth to wipe it down, paying close attention to every nook and cranny to ensure no dirt is left behind.
  • How to clean water resistant watches: a soft damp cloth can be used (make sure the crown is pushed or screwed down all the way) followed by a dry one to remove any excess moisture.
  • How to clean watches with leather bands: should not be cleaned with water, but rather with specialized leather cleaner. On the other hand, metal bracelets, which can be removed from the case if need be—can be cleaned with warm soapy water.


how to service a watch


2. How to service a watch?

A great way to maintain a watch is to regularly service your watch. Watch servicing differs between a quartz movement and a mechanical movement.

Quartz Watches: The battery life of a quartz watch typically runs from 1 – 3 years and it’s absolutely imperative to change the battery as soon as it stops working. Delaying the change can cause the battery to leak, which can lead to extensive damage to the watch. Unless you’re an expert, we would recommend using a watch professional for a battery replacement.

Mechanical Watches: Mechanical movements require even more skill and knowledge to service. The standard recommendation is to have a mechanical movement serviced every five years or so. When it comes to servicing, there’s the choice between sending the watch to the official brand or using a third party instead and both have their pros and cons.

Servicing Options: While a brand’s service center will no doubt use all original parts, have the best equipment, and normally have the most knowledge about your particular timepiece… This comes at a cost, of both time and money. Servicing your watch at the official brand will generally be more expensive and take longer than using a non-official service center.

Furthermore, the brands will commonly fix any and all issues they see even if the wearer didn’t see a need for it thus racking up the bill even more. Nevertheless, having service papers from the brand is usually advantageous when reselling a watch because it gives the buyer more confidence in the integrity of the piece.

Alternatively, third party service centers tend to be a cheaper and faster option when servicing a watch. However, make sure you do your homework when selecting a company. Confirm that they have the appropriate knowledge, skills, certifications, and equipment to do a solid job.


how to store a watch


3. How to store a watch?

Once your watch is properly cleaned and maintained, it’s just as important to store your timepiece correctly when it’s not in use. There are two options for storing your luxury watch:

  1. Safely tucked away in either its original packaging or in a high quality watch box away from other metals that can scratch it is always a safe bet.
  2. For more serious collectors with several automatic watches to their name, a watch winder is the ideal storage solution. This allows for winding your watch while you are not wearing your watch.


How to sell a luxury watch

Having your timepiece in the best condition possible when you’re ready to sell it will increase its value. And to get top dollar for your luxury watch, contact WP Diamonds for a free quote or an in-person appointment. With years of experience in the pre-owned high-end watch space, WP Diamonds has the knowledge to provide the quickest, safest, and most convenient way for you.

How to buy a luxury watch

Our top tip for buying luxury watches is to shop pre-owned luxury watches. Well maintained watches will function like new but cost substantially less. Shop a wide range of used watches, including Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, IWC and much more, by clicking the button below.

Bio: A WP Diamonds luxury watch expert, Celine has enjoyed working in the horology industry for over ten years. Like many of the high-end timepieces she writes about, she comes from Switzerland—the heart of fine watchmaking. From Singapore to Montreal t...

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