A luxury watch is an investment. To protect your investment for as long as possible, you have to know how to take care of a luxury watch properly.
When properly maintained throughout its lifespan, a luxury watch can remain in excellent condition as it is passed down from generation to generation. So if you have made a significant investment on an expensive watch, here are some of the essential pointers to keep in the best shape:
1. Resize your watch as needed
Just like an engagement ring, a watch needs to fit perfectly to avoid getting damaged. If a watch is too loose, it can move around your wrist and bang on other objects as you move. On the other hand, if it’s too tight, the band can wear out prematurely, aside from being very uncomfortable. Take your watch to the jeweler or the store to have it resized as needed, especially if your size has changed.
2. Avoid wearing it at risky places
Don’t wear your luxury watch at the beach, the pool, the mountains, or any other place where the risk of damaging your watch is high. The same rule applies if you are visiting a sketchy area. Don’t let the desire to show off your expensive watch outweigh your logic–if it feels unsafe, wear a regular watch instead.
It is also recommended to avoid wearing your luxury watch while bathing, cleaning with harsh chemicals, and exercising. These activities can expose your watch to unwanted substances, making it harder to clean and possibly causing damage.
3. Clean your watch frequently
Frequent cleaning is essential in maintaining any timepiece, but this is especially true for luxury watches. Make it a habit to clean your watch with a microfiber cloth every time you take it off at the end of the day. Doing this will remove any dirt, oil, or dust that has accumulated on the face and band. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions if you want to disinfect the watch or do any deep cleaning.
4. Service your watch regularly
Take your watch to the jeweler once in a while for a check-up. Do this even if you don’t see any issues. Regular check-ups can help you prevent any problems before they arise and thus keep your watch in good shape. The jeweler can also clean the watch for you, including the nooks and crannies that you can’t reach by yourself.
5. Store your watch properly
Keep the original box that the watch came in for storage. Keep your watch in the box when not in use; don’t just leave it on the nightstand or top of your dresser. If you don’t want to use its container, find a storage box that is lined with soft fabric to protect the watch from damage.
Additionally, don’t store your watch in direct sunlight as the heat can deplete the battery faster. Make sure to avoid magnets as well because pull can affect the timekeeping of your watch.
When you buy a luxury watch, you have to be willing to do the work to protect your investment. After all, you would want an expensive watch to last for as long as possible. You can even pass it on to your grandchildren in the future. To keep your watch in good shape, take these maintenance pointers to heart.