How To Look After Your Watch

Esquire speaks to the head of technical services at luxury retailer Watches of Switzerland for some advice.

BY Ian Haycock | Aug 25, 2017 | Feature

1. Clean the bracelet of your watch often using an old toothbrush and rinse it under warm soapy water. (Make sure the crown of the watch is fully secured to prevent moisture damage to the movement).

2. If your watch has a strap made out of leather or another material, you should clean only the watch case and not the strap. Clean the case with a soft, slightly damp cloth and then dry.

3. Watches should be stored separately to avoid wear caused by friction. Whether you have stainless steel timepieces or sports watches, all have many delicate parts and should be stored accordingly.

4. Automatic watches rely on the natural movements of your body to stay precise and correctly wound. Keeping automatic watches on a winder will ensure they are wound whenever you want to wear them.

5. For timepieces with a hand-wound mechanical movement, be sure to wind the watch once a day. but Be careful not to over-wind the watch (Stop winding the timepiece as soon as you feel resistance).

6. If you own a watch with a self-winding mechanism, be sure to wind the watch every week—even if it is worn daily. This ensures that the mainspring has built up a sufficient power reserve.

7. Timepieces powered by a battery will need to be replaced. Be sure to have the battery replaced either before or shortly after the battery has expired. Old batteries can sometimes cause irreparable damage.

8. When servicing your watch, ask to have it professionally cleaned at the same time by a brand-approved watchmaker.

This article was first published in Esquire Singapore, August 2017.