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Watch Care Tips to Keep Your Watch In Good Condition

Posted by admin on May 3, 2016

Like any item of value, a luxury watch should be taken care of.

By bearing the following tips in mind, your timepiece will remain faithful to you for many years to come. 

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Get it serviced

Every 3-5 years, you should visit a watch expert to get your timepiece serviced. The expert can see what needs fine-tuning to keep the watch running smoothly. 


When not being worn, your watch should be stored in a quality watch box away from damp and extreme temperatures. The watch’s original box is the ideal storage place. 

Leather straps

Moisture can affect the appearance of a leather strap, so make sure that it does not come into contact with water, perfume, grease etc. Treat your leather strap like you would any other leather item – if you give it the care and attention it deserves it will remain soft and supple for many years.

Wind daily

If you own a mechanical watch, make sure you wind it every day, even when it is not in use. If the watch is left unused and unwound, the gears will start to stiffen and the watch will not work as efficiently.

Don’t overwind

Stop winding once you feel resistance, as overwinding can damage the movements.

Wear regularly

Although it may sound counterintuitive, regular wear makes it easier to keep your watch in good condition. Good luxury watches are made to be worn, so their natural habitat is on the wrist!

Use a toothbrush

Keep a watch case shiny with regular, gentle cleaning with a toothbrush and some water. Do not submerge a watch in warm water, even if it is water resistant.

Setting the date

Do not set the date on your watch if the time displayed on the watch is between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. This will react with the date-changing mechanic and could cause serious damage.

Take care

Even the most durable timepieces can break under force. Remove your watch for very strenuous activities such as chopping wood or playing rugby.

Expert advice

While we can give tips which are universal, your particular watch will have specific recommendations. Find out as much as you can about your watch from the manufacturer, whether it’s by reading the manual or from reputable forums online.

For more tips and advice about luxury watches or fine jewellery, we invite you to browse the Cuttings blog. Or just give us a call on 01843 584488 to speak to an expert today.