Your watch can become an integral part of your whole look. You will own several watches in your lifetime; some for formal occasions, some for casual days and some for everyday wear. The general rule is that you should at least own one for each type of occasion. High-quality watches, though they may be pricey, can last for decades with proper care and maintenance. You can even pass them on to the next generation as heirloom pieces, but only if you know how to care for them properly. If you want your watches to last, use these tips.
Clean it often
Clean your watch as often as you use it. Dirt and sweat can accumulate on your watch. Use a soft dry cloth to remove any dirt or dust from the case or strap. If your watch is waterproof, soak it in water and mild soap every few months or so to loosen any sticky substance as well as sweat.
Take it to the service centre
You should take your watch to the service centre every year or two, regardless of its warranty. Doing so will ensure that there will be no unforeseen defects that may become irreparable if left unattended. If your Omega buckle breaks, you can obtain a replacement from the service centre.
Keep it away from magnets
A lot of people do not know that placing a watch near a magnet can significantly affect its mechanism. Keep anything that has a magnet away from your watch. Keep it in its case every time it is not in use.
It is important to know if your watch is water resistant or waterproof. It means that you can splash water onto it, and it will still be okay. You can submerge your watch up to a certain depth without ruining its mechanism. Make sure you know how much water resistance your watch can take so you can also take the right precaution. Use it in more than the prescribed water depth, and you will surely break your watch. If you are not sure of its water resistance, it is best to avoid getting it wet altogether. If you have a leather-strapped watch, be sure to keep it dry at all times, because water and moisture can weaken the leather.
Protect the watch face
It is worth mentioning that you should always avoid getting it scratched or broken. It may be expensive to replace the glass, or there might be no replacement available, especially if you are wearing an heirloom watch.
Avoid contact with chemicals
Chemicals may damage the watch, so be careful when handling harsh chemicals or placing your watch where there are chemicals around.
Keep it away from the sun
Extended sun exposure can fade the colour of the watch, and it can cause the battery to die quickly.
Even cheap watches can last a long time, longer than their intended lifespan – if you take care of them. You cannot escape the wear and tear that your watches will endure over the years, but you can slow down their deterioration.