TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOUR WATCH
Whether you’ve spent $50 or $5000 on your watch you’re gonna want to take the best care of it possible, as they can last a lifetime if you regularly maintain the upkeep of it. If you’re unsure about the best ways to take care of your watch, this quick and easy guide will tell you all you need to know. Whether your go-to watch features a leather or metal strap, we’ll give you the best advice for every kind.
Leather Strap Watches
A leather strap watch may be the go-to for many of you as its versatility is what makes it great. However, with great leather comes great responsibility as you’ll want to avoid it starting to smell, especially if you wear it all of the time (accidental pun).
If your watch does start to whiff a bit then avoid using anything with chemicals in it as this can ruin the leather and that’s something no-one wants. Take a small bowl of luke-warm water and add a touch of soap (try to use a specialist leather cleaner) – take a white cloth (avoid using a colored cloth as the dye might come out of the cloth and run into the leather) and clean the inside of the strap. If the outside strap is looking a bit shabby as well then use the same cloth and give it a once over.
Metal Strap Watches
A metal strap watch is definitely for the more casual of you out there as it mainly comes in either silver or gold. With metal you’ll want to avoid any sort of water as this can rust the watch on both the outside and the inside. However, if again your watch is starting to give off a smell you don’t want, take a damp cloth and thoroughly clean inside all of the rivets and gaps in the strap and make sure you dry it properly to avoid any form of rust.
Your watch face is something that you will see every day, so you’ll want to take care of it as much as possible. Take a small amount of polish and a polishing cloth and just give the face a once over to make sure it’s gleaming. Small amounts of dirt can pile up in all of the little crevasses and can damage your watch no end. To avoid any such incident happening, take a dry toothbrush and gently brush away any of the dirt that’s built up.
What To Avoid
If you’ve spent over £600 on your watch then chances are that it’s water resistant in some form. However, many of us don’t have the luxury of spending a month’s wages on a watch so waterproof needs to go out of the window.
Unless you have a watch that is specially designed to go into the water then I would take it off when you know you are going near any form of water, which includes doing the washing up. This can be especially damaging if you have a crack on the watch face as water can get in and cause condensation inside the watch, which again, damages it.
Living in the UK we’re not going to experience boiling hot weather on a daily basis, as much as we’d all love to, but keeping your watch away from such extreme temperatures will help it last a lot longer. Heat can warp it and shorten your battery life a lot – extreme cold can cause your watch to go out of sync and lose it’s time (you don’t want to be late getting into work now do you).
Now, this may seem like an obvious thing to try and avoid but you’d be surprised how many people simply don’t take care of their watch. Avoid anything that will damage your watch i.e. gardening or moving that wardrobe that you were supposed to do months ago, as this can easily scratch your watch – leaving it open to water damage.
Your Guide To Looking After A Watch
-Leather watch straps: warm water, a bit of soap and a white cloth.
-Dry your watch properly even if it’s water resistant.
-Use a bit of polish and a polishing cloth to give it a good shine.
-Beware of water even if your watch is resistant to it.
-Avoid leaving your watch near any sources of intense heat.
-Take it off during activities that could create scratches on the watch face.
On That Note
It doesn’t matter what brand or type of watch you own, they can all be maintained to some degree from the comfort of your own home, and what could be better than that? Of course, you must always check the maintenance guide before you start any sort of upkeep, as you’ll want to limit the risk of damage before you even start.
Now that you’re ready to take good care of your watch, it’s probably time to start a new journey with a fresh watch. If you can’t bring back your existing watches to their original glory you might as well start all over again, right? Don’t forget to swing by our shop to keep on top of all the new arrivals. We can guarantee you’ll find the perfect watch to suit your style with one simple click.