If you got a new Swiss watch for the holidays, congratulations. Here's a few tips to keep it in tip-top shape for years to come:
- Clean your watch regularly. Use an old, soft toothbrush or a toothpick and a slightly damp cloth to gently scrub away debris. Alternatively, you can take it into a jeweler's store and have it cleaned ultrasonically.
- Use a clean soft cloth to wipe down the band, if it is leather. If the band is metal, use a toothbrush and soapy water to gently clean.
- Never wear a leather band watch in water.
- Replace broken or badly scratched crystals before dust and moisture has a chance to damage the movement.
- Keep an eye on the watch bracelet or strap to make sure it is secured to the dial.
- If you have a mechanical watch, make sure it is serviced regularly (usually 3 to 5 years) to maintain adequate lubrication between the moving parts, as well as continued water resistance.
- If your watch isn't water resistant, be careful not to expose the case directly to water.
- Don't expose your watch to extreme temperatures or magnetism.