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5 Things you should never do to your watch

5 Things You Should Never Do To Your Luxury Watch

Own a luxury watch and you wear it everyday with pride? You might wanna steer clear of doing a few things that can either damage your watch or affect its movement's longevity. Whether you’re sporting a classic AP, or sporty Rolex model you always have to show proper care to maintain its long life. In this article, we delve into the dos and don’ts of luxury watch ownership. From avoiding common pitfalls to safeguarding delicate mechanisms, let’s explore the how you can keep your watch safe.

Things You Should Just Never Do With Your Watch

  • Changing the Date Between 10 PM and 2 AM
  • Avoid Wearing Watches with Bracelets
  • Never Mistreat Your Watch
  • Overwinding Can Ruin Your Watch
  • Never Leave the Crown Unscrewed

Changing the Date Between 10 PM and 2 AM

Most of these expensive watches feature mechanical movement, which consists of intricate parts. Changing the date involves delicate components that accumulate power over time. Although for us it looks like a quick change of date at exactly 12 am, a mechanical watch has to prepare and work on it. When the hour and minute hands reach 10pm, the gears start getting prepared for this function.

Even though the date gets changed at 12am, the gears and parts do not come to complete rest until about 2 am. To be safer, we would suggest that you steer clear of changing the date between 9pm to 3am. Any time beyond those hours should be perfect to use your Quick Date set feature. If your watch does not have one, then you are left with no choice but to keep rotating the hour and minute hands until you reach the desired date.

Avoid Wearing Watches with Bracelets

While bracelets can be stylish, they can also cause wear and tear on your watch. The constant friction between a bracelet and the watch case can lead to scratches and scuffs. While this can affect all types of watches, it just has worse affect on watches made of precious metals. Since Gold is a soft metal when compared to Stainless Steel, it has a tendency to get scratched easily.

If you do like to wear something along with the watch on your wrist, you can 0pt for leather or fabric straps instead. And if you still choose to wear other bracelets with your watch, you can always get watch polishing done by professionals at ChronoStreet to make your watch look like new again.

Never Mistreat Your Watch

Treat your luxury watch with care. You should by all means avoid exposing your watch to extreme temperatures, shocks, or magnetic fields. If you go for any activities like playing sports or heavy lifting, consider removing your watch to prevent accidental damage.

Overwinding Can Ruin Your Watch

These expensive timepieces usually come with automatic self-winding movements, which winds them automatically when you wear them. However, if you pick up a watch after a long time you might have to manually wind it to bring it back to life. This is where you need to be extra careful. Overwinding a watch can easily break the mainspring.

So, when you wind your watch always make sure to stop when you start to feel that the crown is harder to rotate. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for winding frequency.

Never Leave the Crown Unscrewed

The crown (the small knob on the side of your watch) is used to set the time and date. On a lot of watches that are rated for water resistance, this crown is screwed down. In order to set the date, you have to unscrew the crown. If you by any chance leave the crown unscrewed, moisture can get in your watch. Even worse, water can get inside.

Hence, you should always make sure the crown is fully screwed to avoid any damages that could lead to hefty bills to repair your watch.

Devesh Arora Author WatchMaestro
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Devesh Arora

Devesh Arora is a watch enthusiast and Website Manager at WatchMaestro. He is passionate about watches and loves sharing his knowledge through blog posts here. Every day, he learns more about these timepieces and enjoys simplifying the complexities of watchmaking for his readers. Devesh's goal is to make the world of watches more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

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