Keep your Watch Working Like New
Like any fine precision instrument, your timepiece will continue to run for generations as long as it is properly cared for and maintained. The following tips will help to ensure that your timepiece will perform for many years to come. Do not hesitate to ask us for assistance or instructions for setting your watch, putting the functions to use or if you fear that damage has occurred.
Tips From Govberg Watchmakers and Dedicated Watch Associates
- For a self-winding, or automatic, mechanical watch to function properly, the mainspring must build up a sufficient power reserve. Many people are unaware that a self-winding watch needs to be wound first manually, before it will run automatically. This is called the initiation process. Without the initiation process, the watch will not operate properly or consistently.
- Remove your watch from your wrist when setting and winding it to make it easier to manipulate the crown.
- Avoid correcting the date or calendar functions on your watch between 9pm and 3am. During those hours, your watch’s gears are engaged for the date change and you can break or jam the movement. A quick way to remember: if your hands are below the horizon, you can adjust the date.
- To ensure the watch is resistant to moisture and dust, make sure that the crown is fully screwed down. Make sure not to over tighten the crown to prevent stripping of the threads.
- Protect your watch from harmful, corrosive or abrasive solutions such as detergents, oils, cosmetics and alcohols.
- Clean your watch twice a month, using a soft bristled toothbrush and warm water. In addition to gently scrubbing the case, the leather or rubber strap or between the individual links on a metal bracelet should be cleaned as well. Rinse with fresh water and dry with a soft cloth.
- If your watch is water resistant, have the watch pressure tested every 1-2 years. This will help prevent leaking and water damage before it starts.
- Do not store your watch near speakers, televisions, refrigerators, or other electronic devices. These devices generate magnetic fields that can affect the functioning of your watch.
- Have routine service performed on your watch every 3-5 years. This is the best way to ensure that your watch is running properly, and to discover any problems before they cause damage to your watch.
- Never attempt to repair or open the case back of your watch, even to replace the battery. To prevent any damage, an authorized service center should be utilized for all repairs and maintenance.