Mar 302015

Care and cleaning of your watch and watch band

Quartz watches are designed to last a lifetime; however, whenever you replace the battery, or every two or three years, you should contact your watch dealer and have them inspect your watch for any worn parts that need replacement, lubrication, and whether perspiration or water, dust, etc., have penetrated the case.

Metal bracelets/watch bands (not the watch case itself) should be carefully washed in water. To brush away dirt, use a soft toothbrush with a mild soap and water. Rinse with clean water and carefully dry with a soft cloth. If your watch isn”t water resistant, be careful not to get water on the case. The case should be cleaned with a slightly damp cloth and then dried carefully.

Leather straps may absorb perspiration during the summer and should be loosened slightly when worn. If the strap is too tight, air won”t pass between the strap and the wrist, which could cause damage to the strap as well as a rash on the wrist. If the strap ever gets wet, wipe it dry with a soft cloth, and never leave it in the sun or it will dry out and crack.

When you remove your watch, place it in a well-ventilated spot, and never in a sealed container when it is still damp with perspiration.

Extreme temperatures may affect the accuracy and function of your watch. Quartz watches are less affected by extreme temperatures than mechanical watches, and designed to keep good time if worn on the wrist eight hours a day with temperatures between -10C and +35C. It may lose time if removed for any length of time during the Winter, but will return to normal accuracy when you start wearing it again. If worn outside the normal range (as low as -10C or as high as +60C), the watch may cease to function normally.

Liquid crystals used in the displays on digital watches is slow at temperatures below freezing. They tend to look very dark at high temperatures, but will return to normal at normal temperatures.

Battery life can be reduced at high temperatures (above 40C), and battery fluid may even leak out. It might be a good idea to remove the battery if stored for long periods of time. Consult with the watch dealer for advice.

Chemical substances, such as gases, mercury, etc., may change the color of cases, bracelets and straps. Mercury (from a broken thermometer, for example) can cause an ugly gray discoloration of gold plating.

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