Whether you have a large collection of watches or just one or two that you really love, it is still as important to know how to take care of them and keep them running at their smoothest for years to come. Even the best quality watches, such as Swiss Made ones, need care and maintenance.
Remember, replacing broken watches is much costlier than simple maintenance. QNET, exclusive distributor of Bernhard H. Mayer® watches, provides a few simple tips to make sure you get your time’s worth out of a great product:
- If you have a manual mechanical watch (hand-wound watch), it is advisable to wind it every morning. The watch’s performance will be at its peak if it’s fully wound, not if it is running low on energy.
- Mechanical watches must be serviced at least every 3 to 5 years to have the mechanics checked and re-lubricated. The tiny parts inside the watch are under tremendous strain, so friction is their greatest enemy. Lubrication prevents the bearings from drying out and grinding away the steel parts.
- Exposing your watch to high temperatures, such as placing it on the dashboard of your vehicle, or submerging it in a hot tub, may cause the watch to malfunction, shorten battery life, or damage its internal components. Leaving the watch in extreme cold temperatures may cause irregular timekeeping. And moving between excessive hot and cold temperatures can cause parts to expand or contract, causing damage to the whole unit.
- Do not expose an analogue quartz watch to magnetism. If you do, it may temporarily stop operating or show gain or loss in time.
- To ensure that it maintains its water-resistance, make sure the crown of the watch is always pushed against the case. You should have your watch checked once a year for water-resistance. Condensation inside your watch is an indication that water-resistance has been affected.