A watch can be a major purchase. So it's important to protect that investment. No matter how tempting, here's a few things you should avoid doing with your watch:
- Do-it-yourself repair jobs. It's tempting but it can easily damage your watch, sometimes beyond repair.
- Exposing your watch to water unless the water resistance is clearly spelled out by the manufacturer. Even a water-resistant watch should be checked every two years or so to make sure the seals are intact. Also, make sure to dry a watch after exposure to water to avoid possible rust formation.
- Leaving a quartz watch with a dead battery inside for a long period of time before changing out the battery. It can leak and corrode the inner workings of the watch.
- Playing sports with a mechanical watch. Even though most mechanical watches have sophisticated anti-shock protection, why take the chance?
- Wearing a leather band watch in water.
- Exposing your watch to extreme temperatures or magnetic fields.