The Complete Guide to Watch Maintenance in 2024

Your watch is an important accessory that goes with your every outfit. Your watch is also a piece of jewelry that you wear on your wrist and it can be quite the investment. It’s important to take care of it so that you don’t have any problems in the future, like breaking or losing watch parts. This blog post will teach you how to keep your watch running smoothly by following these nine easy steps!

Watch for signs of a faulty battery

-If your watch has a second hand that bobs up and down, it’s time to change the battery.

-You can also look at your watch before you go to bed each night or when you wake up in the morning. If there is no movement on the watch face then this means it needs new batteries!

It’s important to note that if your watch doesn’t have any hands, like those with analog faces, you’ll need to know how many hours have passed since last changing its battery for an estimate of whether or not it will be functioning correctly.

Change the battery in your watch every 3 years

It’s suggested to change the watch battery every three years because it will inevitably deteriorate over time. We recommend removing a watch from your body when not in use to preserve the long life of the watch’s battery and avoid any corrosion that might occur as well!

Clean your watch with a soft cloth or brush

Regularly clean your watch with a soft cloth or brush to remove any dust and debris that might get stuck in the watch’s face. Clean your watch with a soft cloth or brush to remove any dust and debris that might get stuck in the watch’s face.

Consider removing the crown and stem to clean between them

If your watch has a crown and stem, consider removing both to clean between them. The watch’s crown is the knob on the side of your watch that advances time or winds up your watch when turned clockwise (tighten) while turning counter-clockwise loosens it (winding down).

The watch’s stem is also called a “lugs protrusion” which typically holds the strap loops in place with one end connected to either a screw pinion or an expansion bolt. Some watches have more than one stem so be sure to check all parts of this area for scum and bacteria accumulation during cleaning!

Take your watch off before you shower, swim, or go into the water

It’s important to take off your watch before you go for a shower or swim to prevent it from getting wet.

If your watch does get wet, make sure to wipe the watch with a dry cloth as soon as possible and then put pressure on all of the buttons for 30 seconds before using any chemicals or water-diluting substances like hand soap or dish detergent. The watch should be dried in an area out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources

Some watch models are more susceptible than others when they come into contact with moisture! Certain features can corrode if not properly protected by your watch’s warranty plan which means that even though parts may still work correctly without corrosion, these watches will lose their value over time due to their lack of aesthetic appeal (rust).

Avoid using harsh chemicals on your watch to clean it.

Watch experts recommend using a watch cleaning kit with a solution of mild soap and water. So don’t use any harsh chemicals on your watch to clean it.

The watch experts also recommend that you don’t use abrasive cloths or toothbrushes to clean your watch. A soft, lint-free cotton cloth is the best thing for cleaning watch crystals and cases because it won’t scratch them.

If a strap on your watch has been in contact with any chemicals such as chlorine, it should be washed before using again. It’s recommended to do this by soaking the straps in warm water mixed with mild soap for at least 20 minutes prior to washing them thoroughly under the tap. If there are stubborn stains left over after rinsing off all of the soap mixtures then you may want to consider investing in some specialized detergent made just for removing tough stains from leather goods.

Store watches in dry places

Store watches in dry places to prevent watch rust.

Watches should not be stored in humid environments for long periods of time, this can lead to watch damage and even corrosion if moisture is trapped on the inside of the watch case or around any metal parts.

If you are storing a watch with an automatic movement it’s worth taking some precautions to avoid unnecessary wear and tear from things like dust particles entering through the crown tube when winding or setting your watch

The same goes for manually wound watches which get their power via turning the crown clockwise: don’t store them where they will come into contact with substances that might contaminate your oil – i.e., petrol, paints, solvents etcetera).

Keep an eye out for cracks in the glass or metal of your watch

If your watch has a glass dial, it’s worth checking for cracks in the watch crystal: they can be caused by hitting or dropping your watch.

It goes without saying that if there is any damage to the watch case then don’t attempt any repairs yourself and consult an expert instead. One of those rare occasions when it pays not to try and save money!

The same applies with metal watches which have a casing made from stainless steel, gold plated stainless steel, or gold-filled – these metals are prone to scratches so again, avoid handling them roughly and keep away from abrasive substances such as chemicals or detergents (unless they’re specially formulated for use on precious metals).

Don’t wear jewelry on top of your watch

Because it could scratch its surface, which is not advisable for watch maintenance. Try to keep your jewelry and watch separate from each other.

Leave watch straps in the watch box when you’re not wearing your watch. When storing it, don’t coil up or twist the strap but fold it flat against the back of the watch. You should only wear a metal watch with its own matching bracelet and avoid mixing metals for best results; if that’s not possible then carefully take off any other jewelry before putting on your watch to prevent abrasion from happening.

You can also use a special polishing cloth made specifically for this purpose – by using these regularly they’ll help keep scratches at bay as well as protect the finish of your watches. If you need to remove rust then do so gently with fine steel wool and liquid soap (washing-up liquid).

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do automatic watches need to be serviced?

This is a very common question which I am going to answer here. Technically, watch maintenance is not needed. However, it will depend on the watch type as manual-wind watches require regular winding to maintain them whereas automatic watches are self-winding and do not need servicing.

-Automatic watches are designed to be self-winding, meaning they don’t need a battery.

-If your automatic watch has stopped running and you can’t get it started again, it needs to be serviced by an authorized service center.

-The frequency of servicing will depend on the condition of the watch and how often you wear it

-You should also look for any signs that may indicate that your automatic watch is in need of service.

-These signs include unusual noises when winding or stopping the timepiece

-if there’s a strong smell coming from inside the case

-if parts have been damaged due to water exposure

-if there are dirt spots on the face of the dial or hands

How do I keep my watch looking new?

-Give your watch a thorough cleaning and inspection every six months to make sure that it is running properly

-Keep your watch away from water, including when you’re washing your hands or cooking

-Store it in a cool place rather than where it will be exposed to extreme heat or cold

-Avoid wearing watches that are too tight or too loose for the wrist size – this can cause damage to the band and/or strap

-Take off any jewelry before putting on a new watch – this includes bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings

-Never wear watches in bed – they could get caught on something while you sleep

How do you maintain an automatic watch?

-To maintain an automatic watch, you need to be sure that the crown is screwed in tightly

-Remove the watch from your wrist and place it on a soft cloth

-Gently use a toothbrush to clean the inside of the case, including any crevices

-Use a small brush to clean the outside of the watch, paying attention to where dirt can collect

-Clean both sides of each link in order to remove any grime that may have collected there

-Place all links back into their original position

-Put your watch back onto your wrist and enjoy!

How do you care for a wristwatch?

  • Keep your watch away from water

-Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the case and crystal of your watch

  • Don’t wear your watch while you’re doing strenuous activities or gardening
  • Store it in a jewelry box with other items that are similar in color so that it doesn’t catch scratches on its surface
  • Inspect the band regularly for signs of wear and tear
  • Clean the bracelet strap by dipping it into warm water mixed with mild dish soap before wiping off any dirt or grime with a soft cloth


We hope that you’ve enjoyed this guide and have learned a thing or two about watch maintenance. If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to leave us your comments below!

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