Like jewelery, watches make great gifts for loved ones. These days you can buy them in a huge variety of styles, colors and sizes that really suit individual tastes and personalities.
If you are spending a significant sum on a watch then it is really important that you or the person wearing the watches regularly maintains it to ensure that it is kept running at its best condition.
Some watches have been around for years, and were initially intended for use by the military in WW1. Since then, watch technology has moved on leaps and bounds — so it really is essential that you maintain your watch whether it is produced by Rolex or Citizen.
The tips below will ensure that you can continue to wear your watch for years to come — while it still looks great.
1) The wrist watch in particular is really popular, many are highly collectible and valuable. In order to keep the watch in pristine condition you should make sure that you keep the strap in fine order. Heavy perspiration can causes dampness to affect the strap which will result in the natural oils being washed out which will eventually dry out the leather and cause the strap to deteriorate. So, if the strap comes into contact with any moisture you should blot it away and allow it to dry naturally. Any other dirt can be removed with a damp soft cloth – don’t forget to let the watch dry naturally once it has been cleaned. To prevent the build up of moisture within the leather strap you should wear the watch loosely so that air can circulate and moisture can evaporate.
2) You should try to avoid exposing the watch to hot or cold conditions for a significant period of time — this can shorten the life of the battery cell, cold temperatures can even cause time delay.
3) Over time the intricate gaskets and seals will deteriorate so you will need to drop your watch off at a specialist to carry out a service. They can also test the watch for water resistance to make sure that no leakages occur.
4) If the watch face or straps has any stains or waterspots you should remove this with a soft cloth to prevent blemishes.
The most important thing to remember is to take care of your watch whilst you are wearing it to extend its life as long as possible. Some Citizen watches are very technologically advanced and will need extra care to ensure that you keep it working for years to come.