Most of us will only ever get to own one or two luxury watches in our lifetime. Maybe you got a good bonus this year and want to treat yourself or maybe a friend or relative gifted you one. Either way, it’s important to take good care of your luxury watch so that it stands the test of time.
Here are 7 ways to keep it ticking and looking great:
1) Clean Often
Using a soft cloth you can wipe down the band of the watch. Remove any dirt trapped between the links and make sure you wipe the back of the watch too. You should clean your watch every couple of months to avoid any staining. You can soak the watch in soap to help loosen any trapped dirt in difficult to reach places.
2) Store Properly
It’s a good idea to keep the box the watch came in for storage purposes or buy a special watch storage unit. When it comes to a luxury watch you don’t want to just throw it on your bedside table or in the drawer. That will result in thousands of tiny scratches on the metal and glass which doesn’t look good and affects the resale price.
3) Regular Service
You need to service your watch regularly regardless of your warranty length. If it’s a mechanical watch you should service every 2-3 years and for quartz watch every 3-4 years. Frequent servicing will keep the watch looking new and working like a dream.
4) Know it’s depths
It’s important to know the water-resistance of your watch and make sure you adhere to it. When you go on vacation, before diving headfirst into the ocean, check the water depth your watch is capable of or don’t wear it at all. Failure to do so could potentially irreversibly damage the watch. If the watch has a leather strap you will want to avoid water altogether.
5) Never open it up
If you have problems with the watch such as water damage or it has stopped ticking it’s important to never open and try to fix for yourself. There are a few reasons for this. First, you will most likely void your warranty and secondly, if not opened correctly your watch will be exposed to dust, dirt and other nasty particles that could ruin your precious watch. Always take your piece to a professional company that specializes in fixing luxury watches such as Ron Gordon Watch Repair. This way the condition of your watch or its warranty is under risk.
6) Take off when necessary
One of the most common reasons watches get damaged is simply because the wearer exposes it to unsuitable conditions. If you are washing the dishes then always take it off beforehand, same if you work in an environment where you are exposed to any chemicals or excessive amounts of water. Similarly, if you work in a factory or on construction sites where conditions can be dusty, it might be best to leave the watch at home.
7) Read the manual
Often people walk around wearing expensive luxury watches with all sorts of fancy dials and buttons, yet they have no idea what any of it does or how it works. It’s important to understand all the features of your watch as to properly take care of it. Make sure you spend some time reading the watch’s manual and understand how it operates.