6 Things You Should Avoid Doing with Your Watch

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:

  1. Do-it-yourself repair jobs. It's tempting but it can easily damage your watch, sometimes beyond repair.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Playing sports with a mechanical watch. Even though most mechanical watches have sophisticated anti-shock protection, why take the chance?
  5. Wearing a leather band watch in water.
  6. Exposing your watch to extreme temperatures or magnetic fields.
Categories: Swiss Watch Tips & Trivia, Watch Repair.

Comments (2)

  1. Jeff Bird

    Great info. What is considered an “extreme temperature” and how do you avoid magnetic fields?

  2. Swiss Watch Wire

    Unless you have a heavy-duty sports watch, probably best to keep your watch out of temperature exceeding 110 degrees F or -30 degrees F. That shouldn’t be hard to do for most people. As for magnetic fields, that’s a trickier proposition: there are anti-magnetic watches, such as the Rolex Milgauss, which counter the affects of magnetism on timekeeping. Generally magnetism affects mechanical watches more than quartz but both can suffer. If you have a mechanical watch, you’d want to avoid going to close to a MRI machine, electrical power plant, or other technologies that give off strong magnetism.

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