How To Take Care Of A Watch: Your Complete Guide

A good quality watch can be a life-long investment if you take care of it properly. However, many people are not sure of how to take care of a watch, or the best way to clean such a precious item. Below is your complete guide to taking care of your treasured time piece. We include explanations on how to clean a watch, depending on the material it is made from.

This will allow you to look after your investment while letting your watch be not only a practical item, but also a striking addition to any outfit you wear.

How to clean a watch

An essential part of taking care of your watch is cleaning it regularly, as small particles, debris and dust can make their way inside the watch, potentially damaging its workings. The best way to clean a watch is by polishing it with a microfiber cloth. You can also use a damp cloth as long as the crown is fully secure, just be sure to avoid getting the leather band wet. However, never use soap and water to clean your watch!

Watches can be made of a range of materials and some, such as gold and stainless steel, require a specific cleaning technique. Women’s watches may also incorporate diamonds or other precious gemstones, so take extra care when cleaning these. The best way to clean a gold watch is actually with toothpaste. Put a small dab of toothpaste on a cotton ball or soft cloth and gently rub over the watch. Then remove the toothpaste with a clean, damp cloth or cotton ball.

How, then, do you clean a stainless steel watch? Stainless steel watches are prone to becoming dull over time and lose their polished appearance. Watches with stainless steel bands also tend to collect dirt in between the links of the band. Wet the band with a damp cloth, and then gently scrub with an old toothbrush. Finish by wiping the watch with a clean cloth.

How to clean a smelly watch band

Another common issue that regular watch-wearers may have noticed is that the watch band starts to smell after prolonged wear. If you’re wondering how to clean a smelly watch band, this depends on the material the band is made from.

For watch bands made of leather, use a cloth and a little leather cleaner to rub and buff the band, then dry with a clean cloth. Be careful to choose a product that will not discolour the band or cause allergies or irritation on your wrist. For full-metal stainless steel bands, follow the process mentioned above.

Keep your watch wound

It is important to wind your watch regularly, as this spreads the lubricants and keeps your watch working. You should aim to wind your watch around once a week. This will also ensure that your watch keeps perfect time, as watches are generally regulated for a full-wound state.

When winding your watch, make sure to take it off your wrist first. Winding your watch on your wrist usually means that you will tilt the crown side of the watch, which puts pressure on the stem and may even cause it to break or bend.

Service your watch regularly

Just like your car, your watch also needs to be serviced regularly. The lubricants that make your watch work can dry and congeal over time, and cogs and teeth can wear. Be sure to periodically take your watch to a professional to service its mechanical workings. Generally, a service once every five years is a good idea, or sooner if you notice an issue with your watch.

If you have any further questions about how to take care of your watch, feel free to get in touch with us!