Watches need the same amount of attention as fine jewelry. Fine watches are sophisticated and precise pieces of equipment with the price often reflecting the skilled workmanship that goes into a fine timepiece. To get the most satisfaction out of your watch, you should follow some simple care and cleaning guidelines.
No matter how handy you are, don't attempt to perform watch repairs yourself. Only an expert jeweler/watchmaker should be trusted to put your watch back into working condition.
Give your watch a quick check on a regular basis, making sure that the strap or bracelet is securely attached to the watch face.
A mechanical watch should be checked regularly by your jeweler/watchmaker or an authorized dealer, and serviced according to the manufacturer's guidelines.
If applicable, wind your watch in a clockwise direction, preferably about the same time each day. Remove the watch from your wrist when winding so as not to place undue pressure on the stem.
Replace broken or scratched crystals immediately. Even a hairline crack can let dust and moisture into the timekeeping mechanism, threatening its accuracy.
Unless the degree of water resistance is clearly specified when you purchase your watch, do not wear it into the shower or pool or on a moist wrist.
When you need a new battery, immediately have your jeweler/watchmaker or an authorized dealer replace the watch battery. Dead batteries left in the watch can leak or corrode, ruining the timepiece.
Do not attempt to change the watch battery yourself. If your watch is water-resistant, a water-resistance test should be performed after the battery has been replaced to ensure that water will not leak into and damage the watch.
Battery life varies considerably according to the type of watch and its functions.
Oils from your skin can build up on a watch. If your watch is water-resistant, you can give it a quick cleaning with a mixture of warm water and mild soap or detergent. Dry the watch with a soft cloth after cleaning. If your watch has a strap made out of leather or another material, you should clean only the watch face and not the strap.
If your watch is not water-resistant, or you're not sure, do not immerse it in water. Clean the piece with a slightly damp cloth and then dry.