So you buy a watch and you dig the way it looks and the price tag says you’ve arrived, but heres a common mistake… you view your timepiece as simply a watch. A timepiece must be cared for and wound correctly. We, GlobalWatchBrokers.com, asked our Master Watchmaker to shed some knowledge on how to care for your luxury timepiece.
First understand, much like a luxury vehicle, a timepiece needs care every so years. Every 3 to 5 years is the preferred time to get your timepiece serviced.
It may be necessary to manually rewind your automatic/perpetual wristwatch before wearing it to properly activate the movement.
Unscrew the crown by turning anticlockwise, do not pull out. Turn the crown in a back and forth manner approximately 40 times.
(If the hands are moving gently push in on the crown and turn the crown as described)
It is necessary to wind this watch prior to each wearing. To do so, turn the crown back and forth until the resistance peaks. This watch is not of a water resistant design; there fore it should be kept away from sources of water and moisture.
Setting is accomplished by pulling out on the crown once unscrewed and turning, thus moving the hands to correct time.
Ensure the crown is fully screwed down if so equipped before placing it in service on your wrist.
Setting a watch. Some watches will have a screw down crown, turn counter clockwise to release it, pull gently all the way out. Turn the crown to move the hands clockwise until the date (if equipped) changes at midnight. The watch now is indicating A.M. until the hands pass 12:00 again. This is now noon. Set the time accordingly paying attention to A.M. / P.M.
Setting the date. To se the date push the crow all the way back in then pull out slightly to the detent just before time setting. Turn the crown to set the watch to the appropriate date.
On some watches it is important not to set the date between an indicated 9:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M. so just assume that is what you have in your hands. It may help to remember if you think set “Put the hands on the lower half of the dial before setting the date”
Differences between Quartz and Mechanical watches. Quartz watches use a battery in most cases. Time is very accurate thru the use of electronics to drive an electric motor to move the hands. The most notable indicator is watches with a second hand ticking once a second.
Mechanical watches use a spring called a mainspring to power a gear train to move the hands.
Automatic watches use a weight with a separate gear train to wind the mainspring.
(Perpetual is another name for automatic but is trademarked by Rolex)
Manual wind watches must be wound at the crown to supply the power. I recommend winding in the morning before wearing.
Water resistance. Is the acceptable term for a watch that can be exposed to water.
(Water proof is an obsolete term that has been banned by the FTC)
Water resistance is rated in various grades or degrees measured in meters or atmospheres.
30 meters or less is acceptable for hand washing.
50 meters is acceptable for occasional water submersion.
100 meters is acceptable for swimming.
200 meters and greater is acceptable for diving with portable air tanks.
10 atmospheres is acceptable for occasional water submersion.
I don’t recommend any watch be worn in the shower. Steam is a gas that is thinner than water and comes with heat that is not good for the fine lubricants used inside a watch.
Any watch equipped with a screw down crown must have the crown kept screwed down to be water resistant.