How to maintain your automatic watch ?
Buying a watch with an automatic movement is, without any pun intended, an investment in time. Your automatic movement watch is above all a jewel that you can pass on to your children later on. However, this means that you must also take responsibility for its maintenance so that your watch retains all its brilliance and performance. Here are a few simple and practical tips to help you achieve this.
Good habits to maintain your automatic watch :
- Clean it regularly
- Wear it regularly !
- Take it to a watchmaker from time to time to be serviced
Clean your watch with automatic movement
For the case, use a soft cloth to remove dust and other particles that may accumulate on the dial over time. If your watch is waterproof, you can moisten the cloth with a mixture of water and mild soap. If it is not waterproof, limit yourself to the cloth.
You can also use a small soft brush or a cotton swab to remove small dirt in the grooves of the case or at the junction with the bracelet.
Cleaning the bracelet depends on its material: metal and nylon can be cleaned with soap and water, while leather is more delicate and requires a cloth or a brush.
Wear it !
This is an obvious but essential tip, because a watch with an automatic movement draws its energy from the movement of the person wearing it. The current models have an autonomy of operation of about 38 to 40 hours, beyond that the watch stops.
It is also possible to get an object that is very practical when you do not wear your watch every day. It consists in imitating the movement of the wrist when walking in order to activate the mechanism allowing to recharge the watch automatically.
Have it checked by a professional
As for an automobile, your watch needs a small regular revision. The jeweler/clockmaker will directly access the mechanism for a small cleaning, an oiling and will operate potentially the adjustments necessary for the good functioning of your watch.
Depending on the model, brand and use of your watch, schedule an appointment every 5 to 7 years on average.