Mastering the Art of Watch Collecting: Watch Essentials

Watch collecting can be very similar to caring for a vehicle. Just like what a car enthusiast would do to their prized Porsche, a watch requires regular maintenance to keep it running properly. A vehicle requires regular oil changes, tire rotations, and other maintenance tasks to ensure that it runs smoothly and reliably. Similarly, a watch will require cleaning, checking the movement for accuracy, and ensuring that the movement is well lubricated. Below outlines a few essentials that every watch collector should be aware of to keep their watches in top condition.


Store your watch properly

One of the most important things you can do for your luxury watch is to store it properly. When you're not wearing it, store it in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Avoid storing it in a humid environment, as this can damage the watch's movement and cause rust. Keep it away from magnets and electronics, as these can interfere with the watch's accuracy.


Clean your watch regularly

Cleaning your watch regularly will help keep it looking its best. Use a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe down the case and bracelet. For stubborn dirt or stains, use a damp cloth with mild soap and water. Avoid using abrasive cleaners, as these can scratch the watch's surface. If your watch has a leather strap, use a damp cloth to clean it, and avoid getting it wet.

Service your watch regularly

Luxury watches are intricate pieces of machinery that require regular maintenance to ensure they continue to function properly. It's recommended to have your watch serviced every three to five years, depending on the brand and model. During a service, a watchmaker will disassemble the watch, clean the parts, replace any worn components, and reassemble the watch. This ensures that the watch is working at its best and prevents any potential damage or malfunction.

Wind your watch properly

If your luxury watch is a mechanical watch, it will require winding to keep it running. Be sure to wind it properly according to the manufacturer's instructions. Overwinding can cause damage to the watch's movement, while underwinding can cause the watch to stop running altogether. If you don't wear your watch every day, consider investing in a watch winder to keep it wound and running smoothly.

Avoid extreme conditions

Luxury watches are delicate instruments that can be affected by extreme temperatures, shocks, and vibrations. Avoid wearing your watch during activities that involve high impact or extreme temperatures, such as sports or hot tubs. If you do wear your watch during activities, be sure to have it serviced regularly to ensure it's in good working condition.
Building a watch collection is an exciting and rewarding hobby and as durable and robust watches can be, they still require constant care. Following a constant maintenance schedule and avoiding environments that can damage your watch will make the experience go a long way.

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