A watch is something most people wear everyday. It’s part of your “jewelry wardrobe”. The better this part of your “wardrobe” is cared for, the longer it will last. A watch is one thing that rarely goes out of style. We have a few suggestions on how to ensure many years of wear and enjoyment from your watch.
The most common item to wear out on any watch is the bracelet. Dirt gets between the bracelet links, acts like an abrasive, and causes the bracelet to stretch and wear out. Keeping it clean will help to lengthen the life of your bracelet. A good rule of thumb, is to have your bracelet cleaned every six months which we can do for you at Alson. For best results, clean it more often at home using a toothbrush with warm soapy water. Be sure the crown of the watch is fully secured during cleaning to avoid moisture getting into the watch.
Watches have varying degrees of Water Resistance. Water resistant timepieces withstand immersion in water up to the depth described by the manufacturer as long as the rubber gaskets in the case, crown and case tube are routinely replaced. We suggest every other year for replacements. Again, a routine visit every six months will ensure that the watch is running as it should.
It is very important to remember to never wear your water-resistant watch in a hot tub or jacuzzi as the excessive heat will cause the gaskets to fail. We also recommend that you rinse your watch thoroughly with fresh water after the watch has been immersed in salt water or in a chlorinated swimming pool.
Quartz and Mechanical watches have different guidelines. If your timepiece has a quartz movement, it will need to have its “cell” or battery changed an average of every 18 months for the life of the watch. Mechanical watches will require service at irregular intervals ranging from every two to five years. You’ll know when your watch needs service. It may run slow, fast or stop all together.
If your watch is due for a “check-up”, bring it in and our master watch maker will diagnose any problem you may have.
For more on watches, check us out at www.alsonjewelers.com