A luxury watch is only as good its shine. In order to keep that fresh from the jeweller appeal, it is important to keep your watch clean-free of smudges, dirt, oil and any other residue that can hinder the clarity of your accessory. When cleaning your investment piece, don’t trust it to just any cleaning method, which can leave behind soap residue, allow water to permeate the inside through worn seals or damage the glossy surface, instead, try these expert tips to prolong the brilliance of your watch.
Gentle Soap and Water
Assuming your watch is water resistant to 50 meters or more, to clean your watch, a simple liquid soap and lukewarm water solution will do. Be sure to use a gentle liquid soap as opposed to bar soap which tends to leave behind excess soap and foam. When cleaning your watch, gently immerse it in water, then use a soft bristle brush to gently remove loose debris from the embellishments without scratching the surface. For newer watches such as dive watches, which can take bit more licking, feel free to simply run it under the faucet to clean it. If your piece has a leather strap, be sure to allow it to fully dry before wearing it, because your body heat can cause it to rot.
Ultrasonic Jewellery Cleaner
An ultrasonic jewellery cleaner is a great way to clean the watch bracelet, once the watch head has been removed. Ultrasonic cleaners use under water vibrations to loosen dirt, and they don’t require fancy chemicals. When cleaning your watch using the ultrasonic cleaner, be sure the water is extra hot and there is plenty of jewellery cleaner to remove any grease. You should note that natural oils in the skin tend to soften the scratches on the glass, so once you clean your watch, existing scratches may become more pronounced.
Cleaning the Inside of Luxury Watch Brands
When it comes to cleaning the inside of your watch, you should only entrust it to a skilled watch maker, because the inside contains the most sensitive parts of the watch, which can be damaged if not properly cared for.
Once you have cleaned your watch, you might prefer to carry a microfiber cloth to keep smudges away. Anything sufficient to clean eye glasses should work perfectly to remove dirt, debris and oil from your watch. To further protect the integrity of your watch, consider removing it during strenuous activities. Sharp temperatures can also impact the integrity of your watch. When your watch is not in use, store it in a high-grade box, then organize it neatly, to keep it prepared. It is recommended that you take your watch to an expert watch craftsman at least every 3 to 4 years for a battery change and fine mechanical tuning. Your watch contains automatic movements, which when serviced on a regular basis, can help ensure your watch keeps the right time and extends the life of your timepiece.