Watches: Preservation and maintenance advice

All our timepieces are machines that have interlinked functional pieces that perform the delicate and demanding operation of measuring time.

The clock is the only machine for personal use that’s constantly in use, so it’s natural that it suffers mechanical damage or that there’s a change in the quality of the lubricants. Due to this and other factors, below are some rules of use, storage and maintenance to be followed:

Don't wait for your watch to stop before getting it checked.

Tips

All waterproof watches should be checked every 2 years.
Seals degrade naturally.

All mechanical watches should have a general check every 4 years which includes:

  • Full review of the mechanism
  • Verification of impermeability
  • Checking and cleaning of the case and strap

Day to day care

Manual winding watches
Should be wound every day, preferably in the morning, and wound to the end, without exerting pressure, as the cord could snap.

Waterproof watches
Wash the watch with clean water after contact with salt water, in order to avoid oxidation. Never leave the crown unscrewed when immersed.

Calendar
Do not change the calendar between 9pm and 2am, as that’s when the drive wheel of the calendar positions itself to trigger the data change and could damage the mechanism.

Automatic
Regularly use the automatic watch, so it always has power. Adjust the strap to the wrist regularly, as too much slack can lead to a loss of autonomy. If an automatic watch stops due to a lack of power, you must turn the crown approximately 15 to 20 times, at a moderate speed.

Chronograph
Avoid activating the chronograph underwater, because the possibility of leaks through the buttons increases. The chronograph should not always be in use, only when necessary. This considerably reduces wear.