Watch Winder: Teach You How to Maintain High-end Watches

27 Sep 2020

Watches have a long history of development. A famous watch can be said to be a standard for successful fashionist and a symbol of status. The high-end materials and fashionable designs of famous watches such as Patek Philippe, Rolex and Blancpain can be described as luxurious. Wearing a watch like this can better reflect a person's unique charm. In order to make the watch last longer, you need to take good care of your watch. How to maintain it?

  • Waterproof

The waterproof level of the watch is generally divided into non-waterproof (no logo on the back cover of the watch), waterproof (SWEAT-RESISTANT), general waterproof (WATER-RESISTANT), 30-meter waterproof (30M, 3ATM, 3BAR), 50-meter waterproof (50M, 5ATM, 5BAR), diving watch 100 meters waterproof, 200 meters waterproof, 300 meters waterproof and so on. However, the premise of the above standards is to test under laboratory conditions: the temperature is maintained at 20-25 degrees Celsius, and the watch and water are in a static state.

In our daily life, the 30 meters in the waterproof standard can only prevent water splashing and can be worn for washing hands and face; the 50 meters in the waterproof standard can be washed with a small amount of cold water and cannot be soaked; the 100 meters in the waterproof standard can be used in swimming pools or on the surface of sea water; it is only allowed to dive above 200 meters in the waterproof standard.

One more thing to remember! No waterproof watch can be used in hot baths, saunas and environments with large temperature changes. Because the waterproof rubber ring is affected by temperature, it will expand with heat and contract with cold to form gaps and accelerate aging, which will cause water ingress and water condensation in the watch, and seriously damage the mechanical parts.

  • Adjustment

For watches with simple functions such as hours, minutes and seconds, they can be adjusted at any time; but watches with calendar, annual calendar, week, moon phase, perpetual calendar and more complicated functions, please do not adjust it between 10 pm and 2 o'clock in the morning the next day. During this time period, the calendar function is working, and at the same time when the gear teeth are low, frequent movements will damage the internal parts of the watch, which will bring irreversible damage to the watch.

  • Watch Strap

Try to avoid wearing strap watches in summer, because sweating will cause the strap to stick to the wrist, making the wearer uncomfortable, and the sweat stains on the strap are extremely difficult to clean. Long-term wearing will not only produce peculiar smell, but also deform, harden the watch strap or even make the strap fracture. The steel strap is easy to slip when wet with sweat. If your watch is water-resistant to 50 meters or more, you can rinse the strap under the tap to wash off the sweat. For rubber belts, not afraid of water but oil, the material will gradually harden and break, and it is an irreversible process.

  1. Winding

Unlike self-winding watches and quartz watches, mechanical watches need to be wound regularly to ensure the normal operation of the watch. For some watches with complicated designs such as monthly calendar, annual calendar, week, and month, avoid winding adjustment between 10 pm and 3 am. During this period, the monthly calendar, annual calendar, week, and month are all in the stage of triggering changes, winding at this time will damage watch parts. The winding of the watch should not be too full. Generally, it should be wound up to 90%.

The application of the watch winder can also wind up your watch to ensure operation.

  • Error

Most watches are made of stainless steel. Watches made of stainless steel are most afraid of magnetic fields, so keep them as far away from magnetic field as possible when using them. There are many common sources of magnetic fields in life, such as mobile phones, computers, automatic mahjong machines, car doors, and bag buckles. Once the watch is accidentally magnetized, the watch will produce errors, and demagnetization is the only solution. You can get it to the watch repairer, and you don't need to open the cover, use the demagnetizer to demagnetize directly, and the watch will return to normal in 2 seconds. If conditions permit, you can find an iron block with a circle shape in the middle and not magnetized, stand it on the table, and slowly pass the watch through the iron block circle. The magnetism on the watch will be absorbed by the iron block. ; You can also put the watch on a clean iron plate that is not magnetized, so that the magnetism of the watch will gradually disappear after two days.

  • Storage

The watch cannot be stored casually if it is not worn. It must be placed in a safe environment. The closet is by no means a good place for the watch. The mothballs inside will deteriorate the oil and cause inaccurate travel time. Computer desks and TV cabinets can cause nearby electronic devices to magnetize the watch, which is also not a good place. At this time, the packing box when purchasing the watch is the best storage material. It is recommended to keep the packing box when purchasing the watch so that it can be used to store the watch in the future.

If possible, you can store the watch by purchasing a watch winder.

  • Reminder

(1) When the watch is damp, you can press dry cotton on the watch with and bake it with a 40-watt light bulb for 5 minutes. The moisture on the surface and the inside will be evaporated. Do not put the watch directly near the fire to avoid deformation of the watch due to heat. However, if there are water stains on the inside of the watch glass or on the dial, it must be handled by a professional organization.

(2) When the watch is scratched, you can put a drop or two of water on the dial first, and then squeeze a little toothpaste to wipe it off, you can remove the scratches and make the dial bright as new. Remember to choose toothpaste without particles to avoid second scratch.

(3) When the watch strap has a peculiar smell, use a toothbrush with a little soapy water to quickly scrub the dirt, and then wipe it with a slightly damp cloth. In order to prevent soapy water from penetrating into the cortex, the entire process is best completed within 20 seconds. You can also apply some leather oil on the strap. Leather oil has a protective effect on the strap and can make the maintenance work more complete.

Mechanical watches that are not worn for a long time should be placed in the watch winder. Choose the number and direction of rotation that match your movement, avoid the watch from standing for a long time and accumulate oil, and it is easy to destroy the sealing performance by manually unscrewing the crown to adjust the time too many times.

 

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