Advice for keeping your watch in good condition

November 7, 2023By Bonetto Cinturini

A watch is an integral part of a person’s look, and tells of their personality on different occasions. Some choose to always wear the same model as a trademark, others prefer to change according to the event and the time of day, combining the watch with their clothes.
No matter what your mood is, doing maintenance on your watch is essential to ensure that it lasts longer and maintains its initial beauty.

In this article we have decided to give you some indications for taking care of your watch in the best way possible, regardless of whether it is a commercial model or unique and prestigious.


How to do maintenance correctly on your watch: steps and advice

– Be careful with knocks and vibrations

If you want your watch – no matter whether mechanical or automatic – to last longer, the first thing you have to do is protect it from knocks and vibrations.
The risk is that the mechanism can become damaged and that it will not work as it should, or that the crystal or the strap break or become scratched.
When you wear a watch, always be careful and try not to knock it against hard surfaces.


– Preserve your watch correctly

To preserve your watch at best, our advice is to not wear it every day, above all when it could be ruined, for example at the beach.
A watch that is always exposed to salt, sand and direct sunlight can become dull, and its mechanism can be compromised.
To keep it at its best, you should always put your watch in a case when it is not being used. You should be able to close the case, to prevent dust and dirt from entering.
In this way your watch will also be isolated from humidity, water and other atmospheric agents that are potentially harmful for its preservation.


– Use a watch winder

Watches that do not charge automatically usually keep time for about 40 hours, after which they no longer move precisely.
Instead of always winding them manually, which is not beneficial to the watch, a good ideas is to use a professional watch winder, which keeps the watch moving even when it is not used, so maintaining the precision of its movements.

Making sure that a manual watch continues its perpetual movement without ever stopping is useful for the mechanism, which remains oiled; oiling stops it from drying, so it will not break as a result of friction.


– Always change the date

Having a watch with calendar is useful as a reminder, but not everyone knows that keeping the correct date helps extend the life of a watch.
Watches can feel the effect of calendars that do not change, so our advice is to dismantle the crown and continue manually if the watch has not moved for some time.
The same thing is true for the time, because the risk is that the precision of chronographs, but also quartz models, can worsen.


– Periodically have your watch cleaned professionally 

No matter how much we try to do maintenance correctly on our watches, the experience of sector experts is always more accurate, because they use specific instruments for cleaning and checking each individual component.
Our advice, therefore, is to take your watch regularly to have it checked, just like your car; by doing this you will be sure that your watch always works perfectly and will last over time.
As far as cleaning at home is concerned, we advise you to use a slightly damp cloth to remove dust and dirt from the surface. Never add cleansers of any type, which could be too aggressive and corrode the material. 


– Obtain information about water resistance

Saying that a watch is water resistant is rather limiting because there are different levels of resistance, which you should become familiar with to prevent further damage.
When you read that your watch is waterproof, this means that it can withstand raindrops and small amounts of water, but it must never be immersed and worn while having a shower or swimming in the sea.
The situation is different when talking about resistance from 3 to 50 bar: in this case the watch can become slightly wet, or even used when swimming in the sea without any consequences.
The problem of salt and salt water remain, however, because over time they can corrode the watch case.
In addition, the waterproof seals of underwater models can still give and wear over time, so if you want to use your watch in these contexts, it is a good idea to have them replaced about every two years, or at least have them checked by a sector professional.


– Only use specific products to clean the bracelet 

As well as the delicacy of its mechanics, a watch also has a bracelet or strap that can be made of delicate and less delicate materials. Materials range from steel to suede, to leather, to rubber.
Each one needs to be cleaned in a different way, using a damp microfibre cloth to avoid scratching the surface, and suitable, delicate cleansers.
To remove the residues that tend to deposit between one bracelet link and the next, use a medium-hard toothbrush, being careful not to consume the smaller components as you pass over them.
Your watch bracelet should be cleaned periodically – check its condition and do not allow layers to deposit on it.


– Prevent the damage caused by magnetism

A watch mechanism is a fascinating, high-precision device that is affected by external factors, such as magnetic fields.
Over time these fields can jeopardise and ruin how your watch works, so remember to keep it distant from mobile phones, PCs, tablets and other potential sources.
Tin and iron boxes were used in the past, but now the tendency is to use containers made of insulating materials for protection, for example wood and modern plastics, which prevent the interference of magnetic fields.


– Remove scratches as soon as they appear

Scratches on watch dials are very common and difficult to come to terms with, because they jeopardise the beauty of the watch and make it look shabby.
Act immediately, as soon as you see the sign of a scratch, using polishing paste to remove it and make the glass shine again.
The crystal of most luxury watches is made from sapphire glass because it is longer lasting and much harder to scratch or ruin. Particularly hard knocks or excessive friction can, however, cause even quite serious damage.


– Change the oil and the bearings

Watches of every type, but above all those with accurate mechanics, need to be inspected regularly.
While this is being done, you can ask for an oil change to ensure that the gears continue sliding as they should, and also for a bearing change, so that the movement does not suffer from friction and can continue moving to maintain its absolute precision for a long time.
If you do not wear your watch much, we recommend waiting 4-6 years before having an overhaul done, but always remember to clean it at home in the meantime.