Debunking Watch Maintenance Myths

August 15th, 2022

A luxury watch is likely one of the most expensive and meaningful accessories one will own. Watch owners want to care for their timepieces most efficiently and carefully. However, there are many myths surrounding proper watch maintenance that can harm one's most prized possessions. Our experts at Brockhaus Jewelry have set out to debunk some of the most common of these myths.

Myth #1: You can Only Trust the Watch's Brand for Service

When you purchase a luxury timepiece from a specific brand, you may be told that it is necessary to take the piece to the brand itself for any repairs or services it may need. You may also hear this from jewelers without the knowledge, experience, or equipment to service your piece.

However, several watch technicians are wonderfully equipped to service timepieces made by a significant number of brands with care and skill. Taking your watch to the brand for repairs could result in a much more costly bill.

Myth #2: You Must Only Use Natural Oils on Your Watch

Some watches require lubrication to keep their mechanisms running smoothly and free from wear. Many blogs, websites, and even jewelers may suggest that the oils you use on your watch are all-natural and free from synthetics.

In practice, though, these natural oils can cause gummy build-up inside your watch, making your watch have to work even harder to perform its functions. Synthetic oils, on the other hand, are far more lightweight and will mostly evaporate over time.

Myth #3: Only Wear Your Watch on Special Occasions

One of the most common myths surrounding watch maintenance is that, to keep your watch in the most pristine condition possible, you should strive to wear it as little as possible. While this will certainly prevent your watch from being overexposed to sunlight, chemicals, or shifting temperatures, it can negatively affect its functionality.

In reality, wearing your watch regularly, and taking it off in potentially damaging situations, is actually the best thing you can do for your watch. This will help its springs to retain tension and keep it running smoothly.

Myth #4: You Need a Watch Winder

In recent years, machines known as watch winders have gained popularity, especially among those who own a significant number of watches that aren't being worn often. The purpose is to simulate the movements of the wearer's wrist, maintaining tension in the piece's springs.

These can have both positive and negative effects on watches. Semi-regular use of a watch winder can help maintain your watch, but overuse can break down the springs in your watch and cause it to need premature repairs.

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