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      Keep Your Mechanical Timepiece Safe With These 5 Tips!

      Owning and wearing a valuable watch entails a responsibility — the responsibility of caring for a valuable item. There's a reason why parents don't buy their children expensive watches before they reach a certain age. In this article, I will provide some tips for those who are new to watches, as well as some new insights for those who are more experienced watch enthusiasts. I also hope that those in the latter category will provide some additional helpful insights and advice in the comments section below.

       

      Five ways to keep your mechanical watch in good working order


      Let's start with some pointers on how to use your watch without damaging the movement or any other components.



      1. Use caution when changing the date.


      Most watches will come with an instruction manual, and if not, the manual will most likely be available on the manufacturer's website. There's usually a section in the manual about manually changing the date and when it's safe to do so. While the date changes automatically around midnight, there may be some variation depending on the movement. Some movements take their time and begin the date change several hours in advance. Others immediately turn over at midnight. However, even in the latter case, the mechanical components involved may begin to engage earlier. Furthermore, it may take some time for the parts to disengage after the date change.

      If you use the crown to manually advance or reverse the date while the movement is already in motion, you risk damaging the mechanism. As a result, the date may become misaligned. Worse, you may break parts within the movement. To be on the safe side, avoid changing the date between 9:00 PM and 3:00 AM. And, if necessary, move the hands out of the "danger zone." Some watches may have slightly different danger-zone windows, but this is a good rule of thumb to follow. This is also true if your watch has other calendar functions. Just make sure to read the instructions before using it. Some brands include a failsafe to protect the date change mechanism from damage.

      2. Avoid winding the watch while it is on your wrist.


      When my colleague Jassy notices someone winding his or her watch while it is on the wrist, he can be quite harsh. There is no violence, but there is a pair of rolling eyes. Winding the watch while it's on the wrist can put too much strain on the winding stem. The stem is the part of the watch that connects the crown to the inside of the case; it is also the interface between the crown and the movement. It's also worth noting that an automatic watch cannot be overwound. A manual-wind watch, on the other hand, will provide noticeable resistance when fully wound. It won't be possible to turn the winding crown any further without pushing it and breaking something. So, if you encounter this resistance, please refrain from attempting to turn the crown.

       

       

      3. Avoid using the crown or pushers underwater.


      This may seem logical to you, but it can also happen by chance. If the crown is screwed down, leave it that way while in the water. Chronograph pushers should not be used in the water unless the watch is specifically designed for it. Some watches are designed in such a way that the chronograph can be used safely while submerged (such as the Seamaster 300M Chronograph above). Other watches, such as the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona and the Royal Oak Chronograph, have screw-down chronograph pushers to prevent them from being accidentally activated when the watch is submerged in water. If you do use the pushers or crown underwater, the watch may still survive, especially if it has some level of water resistance. However, there is no guarantee that it will, and in the end, it is not worth the risk.

       

      4. Be cautious of magnetism.


      When it comes to mechanical watches, this is a very old topic. Though some brands have addressed the issue, most watches are still extremely vulnerable to magnetism. Magnetic fields will affect the traditional alloys used in movements, causing the watch's accuracy to suffer. When a watch's accuracy is seriously off, one of the first things people do is de-magnetize it. There are small devices that you can use for this. For many decades, watch companies have battled magnetism. Previously, the solution was discovered by using a soft-iron inner case, also known as a Faraday cage. The IWC Ingenieur and Rolex Milgauss watches from the past are examples of this solution.

       

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      Today, some brands, such as Omega, Rolex, and Tudor, use anti-magnetic alloys for movement parts. This eliminates the need for special case construction. Other brands are also making strides in this area, and the Oris Calibre 400 is a prime example. If your watch is not anti-magnetic like the ones listed above, keep it away from magnetic-field-emitting electronic equipment and appliances.

       

      5. Apply common sense


      Your mechanical watch most likely cost a lot of money. It stands to reason that it should be treated with care and respect. I've gotten messages from guys who were wearing their AP Royal Oak 15202s while shooting rifles, diving with gold Rolex watches, and putting their watches through various tests to see how they held up. I even saw a guy put his watch in the freezer to see if it still worked. Although everyone should make their own decisions about how they treat their possessions, I doubt you want to damage your priceless watch. There is a distinction to be made between using a tool as intended (diving, sports, etc.) and attempting to play the role of the mad scientist yourself. Using common sense will undoubtedly help. Remember, you're dealing with a small mechanical machine.

       

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      For starters, don't put a watch through its paces. However, make certain that it is not exposed to extremely hot or cold temperatures for an extended period of time, and that it does not fall to the floor (keep it in a soft tray on a nightstand, for example). Also, don't wear it if it hasn't been tested for water resistance in a long time, and don't wear it if the leather strap is nearly worn out. That seems logical, but I've seen a lot of watches with nearly disintegrated straps. And, as stated in the first paragraph of this article, keep your watch out of reach of small children. They have no idea what money is worth yet.

      10 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Mechanical Timepiece

      10 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Mechanical Timepiece

      So you've decided to purchase your first mechanical watch. But, hold on a second. A mechanical timepiece may be regarded as the ultimate male accessory by some, but have you given it careful consideration? Here are ten things to consider before selecting a ticker.

      Accuracy


      A mechanical watch, while accurate for most practical, day-to-day needs, will never be as accurate as a quartz battery-powered watch, let alone a smartwatch synced to a smartphone. Indeed, most manufacturers claim a daily loss or gain of about 10 seconds.

      If you need to know the exact time, a mechanical watch may not be the best option. After all, the technology has been obsolete for over a half-century.

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      Functionality

      Even bigwigs in the watch industry will tell you that the appeal of a mechanical watch these days isn't really about what it does – because you almost certainly have something in your pocket that can do so much more, so much better. Mechanical watches, on the other hand, have so-called "complications" – functions that go beyond simply telling the time.

      The chronograph is the most common type of complication – useful if you have a lot of eggs to boil. Even better would be a GMT/second time zone – you know, for when people actually traveled. Waterproofing has obvious advantages for some people.

      This all adds to the cost, but perhaps there's a complication that can actually help you rather than just look cool.

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      Servicing

      There are some excellent mechanical watches available for less than $500. However, many of them are priced in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. However, once you've paid that, your expenses don't stop there. A watch, like all mechanical devices, necessitates maintenance.

      Manufacturers recommend a full service – disassembly, oiling, reassembly, and so on – every three to five years or so for a watch that is worn frequently, something that is required to keep it working well and holding its value. And that's only five years for, say, a diving watch that gets dunked on a regular basis.

      What's the catch? A service could cost anywhere between £250 and £1000 – money that could, of course, be spent on a new watch. The more complicated your watch, the more expensive a service will be.

      Materials

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      The actual mechanics of a watch movement improve by microns – the fundamentals remain largely unchanged for over a century. Where the watch industry has truly advanced in recent decades is in its embrace of advanced materials; sometimes in movements, but more often in cases, bracelets, and bezels.

      Titanium, ceramic, and proprietary blends provide advantages such as lightness, strength, and scratch resistance. They aren't cheap, but they may be worth it to reduce wear and tear, especially if you're a heavy-handed user.

       

      Movement

      Okay, so some people are fascinated by the micro-mechanics of a watch. They will pay close attention to the type of movement in their intended timepiece.

      Is it manual (which requires daily winding) or automatic (which will continue to run as long as you wear the watch)? What is the power reserve of the watch if you take it off (i.e. how long the watch will keep running just sitting on your bedside table)? And, for true watch connoisseurs, is the movement made in-house, by the manufacturer (considered, though not always correctly, a quality benchmark), or bought in (from a company like ETA) for use by the watch brand?

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      Okay, so some people are fascinated by the micro-mechanics of a watch. They will pay close attention to the type of movement in their intended timepiece.

      Is it manual (which requires daily winding) or automatic (which will continue to run as long as you wear the watch)? What is the power reserve of the watch if you take it off (i.e. how long the watch will keep running just sitting on your bedside table)? And, for true watch connoisseurs, is the movement made in-house, by the manufacturer (considered, though not always correctly, a quality benchmark), or bought in (from a company like ETA) for use by the watch brand?

      Investment

      Okay, so some people are fascinated by the micro-mechanics of a watch. They will pay close attention to the type of movement in their intended timepiece.

      Is it manual (which requires daily winding) or automatic (which will continue to run as long as you wear the watch)? What is the power reserve of the watch if you take it off (i.e. how long the watch will keep running just sitting on your bedside table)? And, for true watch connoisseurs, is the movement made in-house, by the manufacturer (considered, though not always correctly, a quality benchmark), or bought in (from a company like ETA) for use by the watch brand?

       

       

      How to Clean Your Watch

      A Simple Guide to Properly Cleaning Watches - Watchdives

      watchdives websiteWatches are not impervious to dirt. Dirt and dust accumulate on their faces and around the bands that secure them to your wrist over time. Furthermore, skin oil, sweat, and moisturizer can all leave a thin film of residue. While it's natural to want to give watches a quick wipe down after wearing them, this is insufficient. You need to go deeper and explore the hidden nooks and crannies. Only then will your watch remain spotless.


      Why Should You Clean Your Watches?


      You may believe that watches are insignificant in the grand scheme of things. You couldn't be more mistaken. Watches are more than just accessories; they are important pieces of machinery that must be maintained on a regular basis in order to function properly. Because they come into contact with your skin on a regular basis, it is critical that they be kept clean. Oil from your skin will mix with dust and moisture in the air over time, forming a sticky film that will accumulate inside your watch, causing it to malfunction or stop working entirely.

      When Should You Clean Your Watch?


      Every watch owner understands that admiring a watch's sleek, flawless aesthetic is an important part of wearing one. If that's the case, you'll need to give your watch a thorough cleaning at least once a week. Some people prefer to clean their watches after each use, as their watch-owning parents taught them. Whatever you prefer, the most important thing is to avoid cleaning them too frequently. Only deep clean your watch face and band once a month to avoid wearing down the protective coating. Whatever you prefer, as long as you don't overdo it, your watch should last a long time.



      What Equipment Do You Require to Clean Your Watch?


      As with many things, it's best to start by purchasing the necessary tools or equipment. That way, you won't ruin your watch while cleaning it, and you won't ruin whatever baguette you paid for. Here are some accessories that will restore your watch to its former glory:


      Cleaning Solutions


      It is preferable if you ALWAYS cleaned your watches with a special watch cleaning fluid. Using any other substance will damage and wear down your watch's protective coating. If you can't find a cleaning solution, make your own by combining equal parts distilled water and white vinegar.

       

      Observe the Cleaning Cloth


      Wiping away dirt and grease with your shirt or a microfiber cloth will not only leave lint all over, but will also scratch the glass on your watch. Instead, use a special watch cleaning cloth made of ultra-fine fibers that will not leave any dirt or scratches behind. Microfiber cloths are the best option, but if your shirt is made of natural fibers, you can use it.


      Watch Brush or Small Toothbrush


      You'll need something small enough to fit in the tiny crevices on your watch to clean them. A toothbrush is ideal for this task. You can also use a fine-tip paintbrush, but if the bristles are synthetic, make sure to use a new one. Natural-hair bristled brushes can be effective, but they can leave fibers and dust behind.


      Detergent or Soap


      To remove stubborn dirt, soap or detergent can be used, but use them sparingly. They can wear down the protective coating on your watch and make it look dull if used excessively. Before adding the vinegar or water solution, use a tiny drop of soap or dishwashing liquid mixed with water as a precaution.

      Tools for Cleaning Areas

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      After you've gathered everything else, here are some small tools to assist you in getting into those difficult-to-reach places.

      Tweezers

      A good pair of tweezers can help you get into those tiny nooks and crannies that your hands can't reach. It's best to use non-metallic tweezers because they won't conduct electricity and may cause a minor electric shock.


      Tweezers-like pin needles


      Pin needles are thin steel rods with pointed ends that can be used to clean the inside of a watch. When in contact with the battery, use a non-metallic pin needle because it will not conduct electricity and will not cause a shock.

       

      A magnification glass


      A good magnifying glass can help you see all the dirt you've missed as well as get a good look at your watch's inner workings. The one I use has a large handle that allows me to hold it in one hand while cleaning with the other.


      Getting Started: How to Clean Your Watch Properly


      1. Take off your watch's strap or band.


      Before beginning the cleaning process, remove the strap from your watch using a watch strap remover tool or tweezers. When working with a metal strap, it's best to wear leather gloves to protect your fingers. The same advice applies to leather bands or any other material that could be harmed if you slip with the tweezers and cut into it.

       

      2. Clean it up


      Wipe away any dirt or dust that has accumulated on your watch with a soft cloth. Don't use a paper towel because it can scratch the glass and leave a layer of lint behind that will quickly become dirty again. It is recommended to wear chamois or microfiber clothing. This is due to the fact that it is soft and very effective at removing grime from the surface of your watch.



      3. Combine Vinegar or Water and Soap


      If you don't have any special watch cleaning fluid on hand, combine a drop of soap or dishwashing liquid with warm water. The amount of soap required is determined by the size of your watch, so add a drop at a time until you have enough. You don't want to use too much of it because it will wear down the protective coating on your watch. Once you've got a few drops, add a few tablespoons of warm – not hot – water and stir to make a soapy solution. If you don't have any soap, just use plain water.


      4. Soak your Toothbrush or Watch Brush in the Soapy Solution.


      Dip the brush into the soapy solution, making sure it's completely saturated but not dripping. Then, squeeze out any excess water to keep your cleaning solution from becoming diluted. You can also use an old toothbrush if you don't have a special watch brush like I do.

       

      5. Clean Your Watch's Dial and Hands


      Gently clean all around the watch dial, including on top and underneath it, with the brush. The more you can get into those spaces, the easier it will be to remove any dirt that has become lodged in them while your watch was being used or stored.

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