How to Properly Store and Maintain Your Watch?
If you finally buy a luxury watch like one of the Rolex automatic watches in the market, it
is best that you take care of your investment as these timepieces are not cheap at all.
But, how do you best take care of it?
Today, I am going to give you some really helpful tips to help you properly store and
maintain your luxury timepiece.
Get the Right Storage
Your watch has to be stored in a dry and temperature-controlled environment. It is also
important that you keep it away from direct sunlight as it can cause damage to the
movements and make the parts corrode inside.
For instance, sunlight can sometimes cause fading on some black dials, though keep in
mind that there are some watches that actually look better (and function better) when
they are introduced to some light from time to time.
Wear Your Watch with Care
Watch collectors either buy watches as investments or they buy them just so that they
can wear them at any time.
That being said, if you want to wear your watch, it is imperative that you think about
your immediate environment.
If you are in a mostly humid environment, it may not be ideal to be wearing vintage
watches, especially those that were created in the 30s and 40s since they are not as
good when fighting humidity.
Conversely, water-resistant watches that were built in the 60s onward are great since
they have screw-down case backs that prevent water, dust, and oil from entering the
main watch’s chamber.
Have Your Watches Serviced Regularly
If you have bought a luxury watch, it is imperative that you have it serviced from time to
time. How often do you need to get them serviced will depend on how many times you
wear it every year.
Wearing a watch regularly will require servicing every three to five years from a
reputable watch service center or directly from the company itself.
If you just store your watch and only wear it from time to time, it may not require
servicing every three to five years; unless, of course, if you have watch complications
like a chronograph feature, for example.
Always Talk to the Watchmaker Before Servicing
Part of a watch’s appeal and value is their looks. If you are going to have your watch
serviced and, say, you do not want to have it polished so as to retain its horological
value, be sure to let the watchmaker know of your intent.
Far too often, watch owners frequently assume that the watchmakers know their
intention of buying a watch, but that is not usually the case.
Maintain the Bezels and Dials
It is important that you also take care of the watch’s bezels and dials. In fact, one of the
most valuable pieces of your watch is the dial as watch collectors examine it before
determining its worth and value.
That being said, old watches from the 30s-50s have radium placed on the dial for added
luminosity, but if you have it served in Switzerland, any watchmaking company might
not be able to send it back to you due to certain rules and regulations.
If you have such a timepiece, you can still have your watch serviced, albeit you will have
to personally go to the country and get it yourself afterward.