If you’re like me, you think that a watch collection is not just for telling the time but rather a timeless symbol of classic engineering, with a rich and fascinating history. In many ways, this watch collection is also a series of personal stories and sentimental keepsakes that can be passed down from one generation to the next.
But how can you enable this watch collection to last the “test of time”?
Well, your beloved watches will only last as long as you take care of them and while this might sound rather obvious, this process is most often ignored by watch owners. On the other hand, the watch is an extremely durable accessory and when given the right attention, a watch collection can certainly hold value and live from one generation to the next. Let’s take a look at seven steps to properly care for your watch collection:
1. Cleaning Your Watch Collection
Depending on the material, you can use water to clean off the loose dirt and build-up of grime on the straps and faces of your watch collection. However, you must also know that water is no friend of leather and in this instance, you can take a damp cloth to the surface. Next, it’s perfectly fine to place a small dab of hand soap on this cloth and scrub the straps on both sides. However, you must also ensure that you rinse this cloth again and wipe away any of the hand-soap residues.
2. Caring for Leather Watch StrapsIf you have a watch collection, you likely have at least one model with leather straps. Most leather bands have a smooth grain which can be cleaned with a damp cloth. But for the best results, you can often use a leather spray or leather fat to add a protective layer after cleaning. Just so you know, this solution will seal the straps, and the policy will enable them to look better, for much longer.
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3. Getting Your Watch Collection Serviced Every Three Years
While many of the big manufacturers insist that you should service your watch collection every five to ten years, two the three years makes a lot more sense. In fact, servicing your watch more regularly is likely to protect the watch from experiencing issues in the future related to wear and tear.
At the same time, it really does depend on each often you wear each member of your watch collection and how often you wear these watches over time. Believe it or not, the more you wear a watch and the more care you take when it comes to storage, the less likely you will need to service the watch.
4. Avoiding Water Whenever Possible
If the particular model is water-resistant up to 30 – 50 meters, it’s best to avoid spending too much time in the swimming pool or ocean with the watch. In case you might be asking yourself, watches with this range will not be able to handle any more pressure than this depth.
What’s more, if you happen to have a leather band on the watch, water can severely weaken this material. In this sense, water tends to react with the oils and fibers inside a leather strap which can leave marks or stains.
5. Avoiding Chemicals at All Costs
Water is not the only substance to avoid and the truth is, oils, perfume and cleaning chemicals are all detrimental to your watch collection over time. In fact, you should always try to keep your watch away from any non-natural substances and wipe away any residue in the case of this happening.
When you think of it, this contact with chemicals is also something that happens often and certainly anytime you spray perfume or scrub the kitchen floor. That being said, this is also easy to avoid if you take the watch off beforehand and use less harmful chemicals whenever possible.
6. Taking Off Your Watch to Reduce the Risk of Damage
You should also know that the crystal of a watch is the most expensive and most difficult part to fix. In other words, if you happen to scratch this part of the watch, the damage is costly to fix and often impossible to return to its original state.
With this in mind, you should try to reduce the risk of damage and get into the habit of taking off your watch for certain occasions and placing it safely in the watch case. For example, you don’t really need to wear a watch while playing sport, re-decorating the house or when you go swimming at the beach. Again, many watch owners get lazy with this one and fail to take a few seconds to preserve the lifespan of their favorite watch.
7. Storing Your Beloved Watch Collection
As already mentioned, how you store a watch collection will also determine how long this collection will last. If you still have the original box, this is definitely the best place in which you can store the watch. You see, as opposed to setting the watch on the crystal or on its side, the original box will hold the watch in such a way that it cannot sustain damage.
On the other hand, there is such a thing as a watch case that can be used for protecting and displaying your beloved watch collection.
Either way, it’s just most important that you keep your watches in a safe place, where they cannot be scratched or gather too much dust, dirt and grime.