Hamilton Khaki

Article By: Logan Hannen

What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re going to take a look at three tips to help you keep your watch in tip top (tick tock?) shape!

So let’s start with the basics real fast: the easiest way to care for your watch is to keep in mind the kind of watch that it is. For example, things like “don’t take a ultra-thin vintage dress watch scuba diving” seem pretty common sense, right? You’d be amazed how many people I’ve heard of who’ve done things like the above, thinking the thing would be totally fine. Don’t be that guy.

Of course, you can always bend the rules in terms of how the piece is worn (casually, formally, etc) based on your personal taste. That’s all fine. But at the same time, every kind of watch has a specific “limit,” we’ll call it, for what it can handle. Each piece is a bit different, but keep these limits in mind, and always make sure you’re staying well within them. With that being said, let’s get into three more specific tips!

1: Keep It Clean
I don’t think I can stress this one enough – treat your timepiece the way you’d want to be treated. Don’t be afraid of pampering the shi* out of the thing. I’m talking mani-pedis and facials and…okay, so that’s all a total crock, but the point is, you really do need to give your watch a solid cleaning depending on the kind of piece it is and how often you wear it. A diver that you swim with in the ocean every weekend needs to be cleaned more frequently than a thin, gold dress watch you wear twice a year. If you want to get a sense for how you might go about cleaning your watch, the lovely people at Govberg have several in-depth guides to cleaning your watches, so definitely take a look at that.

2: Keep It In Rotation
Now look, what I’m not saying here is use a watch winder (we’re gonna talk about those in a future article). What I’m saying is not to leave your watch sitting in a drawer or box for years at a time if you can avoid it. Leaving a movement to sit still for too long can be a bit of an issue when it comes to the lubricant in the movement, since it’ll dry up on its own without all of the other wear and tear that come along with needing a service. When some of these oils dry up, they become hard like a stone and, as you might have guessed, have the potential to keep the movement from, well, moving.

3: Keep Its Service Up-To-Date
This is the final tip, and the one I’m sure you were expecting, but it’s incredibly important that you keep the service of your wristwatch as up-to-date as possible. Every model is different, so check with the brand to find out what the recommended service interval is, but generally, you want to stay ahead of the curve and not put it off until you absolutely don’t have another option. It helps to find a reliable watchmaker who can perform repairs and service when need be, especially given the extravagant prices so often charged by the brands themselves.

That does it for us. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more entries of “Watch 101” and, as always, keep it classy, watchfam.