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About Watch Maintenance

Watches are gorgeous pieces of art, in part because they're alive! It's hard to look at the ticking gears and movement through a tourbillon and not see a level of craftsmanship that transcends mere parts. However, that artistry comes with the drawback that it needs to be maintained regularly to continue ticking along.

When you're maintaining your luxury timepiece, you should err on the side of caution. Never open the watch's case, submerge your timepiece in liquids you don't know intimately, or allow a leather band to be submerged or put in contact with corrosive materials. And of course, remember that you should bring your watch to a trusted watchmaker every 2 years to have it fully serviced.

The silver lining of modern technology is that Swiss watchmakers have been experimenting for generations to come up with designs that don't require extensive upkeep, but there are some things you can do at home to practice good watch maintenance.

Tips on Maintaining Your Luxury Watch

  • Clean your watch at least twice a week with a soft dry cloth.
  • Don't keep your watch on loudspeakers or refrigerators. These appliances generate a powerful magnetic field and can damage your watch.
  • Keep your watch at a safe distance from and avoid direct contact with solvents, detergents, perfumes, cosmetics, alcohols, or any petroleum products. These products are corrosive in nature and can damage the seals, case, bracelet or straps.
  • To protect your watch from water and dust, always ensure that all the crowns on the watch are pushed into the max all the times. Even a little gap may allow water or dust to enter the mechanism of watch.
  • Be gentle with your watch; daily wear can easily cause tear and scratches.
  • Remove your watch before heavy lifting.
  • If you wear a leather-strap watch, don't fasten the belt too tight or expose your leather strap to water unless the strap on your watch is water-resistant.
  • Try not to expose your watch to rapidly changing temperatures.
  • When you are not wearing your watch, always store it in a cool, dry, dust-free environment. Keep the watch face-up in its container.
  • If you own a mechanical watch, always wind your watch in a clockwise direction. It's also ideal to wind your watch at the same time every day.
  • You should never open the watch yourself, even for replacing batteries.

Visit Albert's Diamond Jewelers for Your Watch Maintenance and Repair Needs

Albert's Diamond Jewelers has been a full-service jeweler since 1905, and in addition to showcasing some of the finest collections of watches in the industry, we're more than capable of helping our customers to maintain their treasures. And don't forget that we employ the services of master watchmakers, and if you need your watch repaired, we're always happy to help. Visit our "watch repair" page to find out more.

If you'd like more tips for practicing watch maintenance, call us at (219) 322-2700 or stop by our showroom in Schererville, Indiana today!