How to Take Care of Your Watch: A Few Tips From the ProsJun 27, 2017
A timepiece stands for so much more than a device to check the date, or the hour. A timepiece represents history; a token of love and appreciation passed on from generation to generation. If your watch has a ton of sentimental value to it, or if you spent a decent amount of money on it, […]
A timepiece stands for so much more than a device to check the date, or the hour. A timepiece represents history; a token of love and appreciation passed on from generation to generation. If your watch has a ton of sentimental value to it, or if you spent a decent amount of money on it, or even if neither of those things are true, caring for your watch is very important. Much like fine jewelry, the protection of your watch is important.
Let us provide you with a few tips to keep your watch as healthy and shiny as possible over what we hope is many, many years.
Separate your watch
Similarly to what we suggest for jewelry, keeping your watch in its own case decreases the temptation of dinging other pieces. You don’t leave your eyeglasses face down on a desk or cast aside without their case (or you shouldn’t!), and the same is true for your watch.
Don’t do it yourself
Watches are very complex little machines. We know you love and care for your watch, and you might even know everything there is to know about its inner workings, but only an expert watchmaker should work on your piece. It is very easy to damage the inside of watch, and beyond that, your factory warranty will likely become invalidated if you try to fix it yourself. Bring it in to us! We’re trained and would love to help.
Clean with soft cloth
The good news is — you are totally allowed to gently clean your own watch. We suggest wiping the face and bracelet with a soft cloth, checking the leather on the strap, and making sure the strap is firmly attached to the watch face. Regularly cleaning your watch will keep you fresh and shiny. While you clean with a soft cloth, be sure to check that there is no moisture or dust inside the case of your watch. If you notice anything or aren’t sure, bring it to your local Ben Bridge store and we will be happy to have it professionally cleaned for you.
Have your watch serviced regularly
And generally speaking, we recommend you have your watched service regularly — just to make sure everything is working correctly. All of our watch repair shops are fully equipped with the state of the art tools required by the major watch manufacturers. We use genuine parts and manufacturer suggested repair techniques and testing methods in all of our repairs. Movements are completely disassembled during the overhaul process to fully check the condition of all parts, and all watches are water tested to the manufacturer’s specifications.
In other words, we are well equipped to take care of you and your beloved timepiece.