How to take care of your watch (Part 1)

As discussed in our previous blog post, watches are still desirable and necessary in this modern life. Interestingly, a watch can last for generations, if you know how to take care of it. Our series of upcoming blog posts will provide you with a complete guide on how to take care of you valuable watch.


This first part includes general watch-care tips and specific advice on how to take care of your watch movement.


GENERAL TIPS

There are some general tips you should follow to protect your watch, regardless of the watch type.

Von Doren watch in its wooden box
  • Read your watch manual carefully: It is important to understand and follow special instructions from your watch manufacturer.

  • Avoid extreme temperatures: Being exposed to an extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures, your watch performance will be negatively affected.

  • Avoid magnets: As you know, watch movements include more or less metals and engines. It means that they are extremely sensitive to magnets. The watch’s accuracy can be badly damaged due to long-term exposure to magnets.

  • Avoid contact with chemicals: Chemicals and possible interactions are obviously not your watch’s friend.

  • Avoid impacts/shocks: External impacts or shocks can affect your watch’s function and accuracy.

  • Keep your watch box for storage: Nowhere is better to keep your watch than its own box. It is the ideal place for the watch to be safe and to preserve its beauty.


THE MOVEMENT

It is the movement that powers all the activities and ensures the accuracy of a watch. I guess it is not the first time I have written this but I must insist that the movement is the most important part of a watch. Maintaining the watch movement in a right way helps lengthen your watch’s lifetime.


QUARTZ MOVEMENT


Von Doren quartz watch

Quartz movement is powered by a battery. Electricity from the battery is transferred via an integrated circuit to make a small quartz crystal vibrate. The vibrations from the quartz crystal activates the stepping motor, which then sends electrical pulses to the dial train and moves the watch’s hands.


As you can see, the battery then becomes a vital part of a quartz movement. It is a must to replace the battery in time. If not, the battery acid may leak and destroys the whole movement. A quartz battery usually lasts 2-4 years depending on age, condition and watch types. For example, a Quartz chronograph watch requires more energy so it is likely that the battery needs to be replaced after just 12-15 months.