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Today, for the vast majority of people who are wearing watches, they wear it as an accessory – a piece of jewellery that enhances their style and appearance. As Ian Fleming said, “A gentleman’s choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Saville Row suit.” I personally believe watches are a great accessory to supplement one’s personality.
A watch is not just a watch, due to the immense craftsmanship, wearing a watch allows you to carry art, history, and a symbol of tradition, and when you realize just how much work that has gone into a nice timepiece, you tend to appreciate a lot more and mostly look after and protect it.
In this article I will provide you with some tips on how to take care of your watch and to keep it in perfect condition to last long.
You should clean your timepiece on a daily basis. If it is not waterproof use a dry, soft polishing cloth to wipe the case and strap to remove any excessive dirt. If your watch is water resistant, you can clean it by using a damp cloth.
Avoid contact with chemicals. Exposing your watch to certain chemicals like perfumes, cosmetics, detergents, soap can damage your timepiece case or strap. You should always wait until perfume or cream dry completely before wearing your watch. Also avoid long contact with sunshine.
First Remember: NEVER OPEN YOUR WATCH BY YOUESELF! It’s best if you leave this up to a trained specialist, since it’s made of many individual components, designed with precision, opening your watch can expose it to dust, dirt, and other particles that can get inside the mechanism. It can also impact the water resistance of your watch. Ideally, a mechanical watch should be serviced every two years, while a quartz watches can be serviced every three years. Also, replace a dead battery as soon as possible to avoid the risk of leakage that can cause a serious damage to your watch.
It’s only a matter of time before your watch glass or strap shows scratches. To avoid this, remove your watch during activities that could create scratches. Also, do not wear your bracelets on the same wrist. Wrist jewellery might scratch either the sides or the glass of your watch.
Store your watch properly when not wearing it. To avoid humidity and dust, use the original box and packaging or store it in a box containing your other watches. If you're storing watches in a watch box, make sure they are stored separately from one another to avoid damage caused by friction. Also, do not store your watches face down.
Finally, READ YOUR WATCH MANUAL. These tips will most likely apply to the care of every luxury watch. However, there are certain things that are specific to each watch and these tips will most likely be listed in the watch manual.
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