A wristwatch is exposed in all walks of life constantly loads. The Gentleman Blog shows you what to look for in everyday life, the home improvement and the sport, and where else the clock dangers. Who loves his ticking companion and estimates, should heed the following twelve points, to significantly increase the life expectancy of his wristwatch.
- what should I protect my watch?
The watch should be protected from very high humidity, strong sunlight and temperatures well below freezing and above 50 ° C.
It is therefore advisable rather be home to let the clock in extreme weather conditions. There she is kept in a dust-protected box, because no one hundred percent protection before entering the finest particles inside the LED watch can be guaranteed also in high-quality timepieces.
- avoid shock, shock or pressure load
It goes without saying that you should expose a watch no severe shocks. And yet, a mechanical sensitivity is often underestimated. Since the maximum pressure specified in bar a clock under laboratory conditions, and under the premise of pressure acting uniformly on the watch was determined, especially joint motions are problematic.
It is in everyday something more robust to the point, caution is therefore advised. The clock in any case should be removed before physical work such as DIY activities with drill or impact hammers.
- Beware of magnetic fields
Because watches can easily magnetize, they should not be stored on a speaker or a refrigerator. The watch is still electromagnetically charged, this shows up in a unlinearen course with sudden, strong precision tolerances.
The watch, the respective parts can be demagnetized again, in some cases, the Hairspring can however take damage.
- the mechanical clock is correctly set
Basically it is friendly for the work, if the clock with and not against the clockwise direction is provided. While a reset to the passage of the clock usually is not a problem with newer watches, this should be avoided especially in older timepieces.
Special care must be taken when setting the date: the date setting (quick set) should be activated only by moving the hour hand in the southern hemisphere of the dial, as an activity in the vicinity of the automatic date change (between 21 and 3 o’clock) can cause the spring of of date of break. Best first hour at 6 o’clock position, then navigate the correct date and adjust the current time at the end.
- is my watch for swimming and diving?
Just because a clock being waterproof is marked, does not mean, that it is actually suitable for water activities. The maximum water pressure must be subject to a watch which is decisive for the water resistance. As a rule of thumb: round-the-clock splash water may be suspended as of 5 bar (50 m), from 10 bar (100 m), it is suitable for water sports, and only from 20 bar (200 m), it is suitable also for dives.
Note that the water resistance of a watch over the course of time can take. An examination of maximum water pressure, the clock must be exposed, can be performed in a specialist.
- What is to keep in mind before going into the water?
A lot is taken into account before a watch is exposed to the humid element (sufficiently) waterproof watches. Be sure, you should check whether the Crown was also screwed or pressed into the neutral position. Otherwise, water in the Interior of the watch can reach. Also is not recommended to operate the pushers of Chronographs under water.
- Sun, beach and watch?
A high-quality watch should not be taken to the beach, because of the fine sand, the salt content in the water, as well as strong direct sunlight can damage the watch. Who still goes swimming with his watch in the sea, should rinse afterwards with clean water.
8 take to the sport?
From our point of view, an expensive timing device has lost none at the sport . Before the watch is damaged or lost in the locker room, you leave them the most right at home.
- cleaning of the clock
When cleaning the clock direct contact with chemicals, say cleaning and solvents, can be avoided. It uses waterproof watches from 3 bar (30 m), best a textile fibre cloth. Coarser and hard-to-reach impurities even a toothbrush can help. Not waterproof watches (below 3 bar or 30 meters) be dry cleaned with a soft Microfiber cloth.
- the cleaning of the belt
Metal, textile or rubber bracelets can be cleaned at the same time with the clock. With a leather strap, a separate maintenance is useful also for hygienic reasons. Porous leather is to avoid direct contact with greasy substances, since these can easily penetrate into the leather. A use of leather care products should be reserved for therefore smooth leathers.
11 leather belt life
Is a leather strap is worn very often, it will be replaced every two to three years with a new ideally. An appropriate care can significantly extend the life of a leather bracelet.
Before it hits 12: regular round to check
It is recommended to perform approximately every 5 years – at a significant rate variation before that – a review by a professional watchmaker. While the movement is dismantled, cleaned and lubricated with a lubricant. This reduces the friction between the parts, protects against material abrasion and ultimately increases the accuracy of the watch.
Especially if your watch with rare plants the financial cost of regular maintenance pays off, because the procurement of spare parts can be very costly. But anyway no pure language calculus is based on the usage with a watch lover to the welfare of its ticking companion care. It is especially the self-image, what one loves, and is estimated to handle accordingly.