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The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Servicing your Watch

June 15, 2016 12:04 pm

The technological trend of 2017 is no match for the classic timepiece and even today’s digital natives are investing their money in luxury watches. This could be due to the fact that 34% of 25-34 year olds have felt overwhelmed by the amount of technology used in society today, and by engaging with a phone you can increase these levels of anxiety. How many times have you picked up your phone to simply look at the time, and then found yourself scrolling through social media to find that photo of your ex or answering work emails on Saturday?

Investing in the centuries-old tradition of wearing a classic timepiece is a wonderful way to avoid the information overload of today, holding onto the craftsmanship of years gone by, and encouraging more of our peers to do the same. Today’s tech-driven world is leaving us at risk of having no physical possessions left.  Once a watch was a typical heirloom to receive, but now many of us will simply receive a USB stick with downloadable memories to be viewed on a screen. I imagine this will give some solace, but nothing compared to the heartfelt memento of a physical object you can carry with you as a reminder of your loved one. So, is it time you invested in a timepiece?

Every watch is unique, are you sporty? Then why not invest in a brand new Seiko design? The watch giants have become official partners with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) the world’s biggest diver training organisation to create their unique designs that can withstand water up to 200 metres.

For the fashion forward watch wearer, why not invest in Christopher Ward’s interchangeable watches and straps? These mix ‘n’ match designs have the ability to transform your look in an instant. You can go from casual to smart in the flick of a wrist, literally.

Of course, if you want to ensure your watch is suitable to be handed down to your children and even our children’s children you will have to keep it in good condition. Remember, with a great watch comes great responsibility.

Maintaining Watch Health

It’s important to keep your watch in good working order to ensure it maintains its value. As the phrase goes “prevention is better than cure”. These simple tips can be followed to keep you watch in good working order until it’s time for a service. However, the best advice is to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions,as  no two watches are the same.

  • Your watch is similar to your good shoes; would you wear your best brogues on the beach? Please, don’t take your luxury watch here either, every second your timepiece suffers damage counts, so avoid high risk situations.
  •  Your watch shouldn’t be worn on a long hike or during sporting activities where it might come under excess impact.
  • Your should have your watch fitted expertly so it fits your wrist snugly and avoids excess wear, a loose watch rattling around your wrist will experience extra turbulence which may affect its longevity.
  • If your watch suffers water or dust damage a service is urgent, the sooner your timepiece is opened and aired, the less damage will be sustained.
  • Your watch will have unique instructions advising you when your watch will need serviced. Typically this is every 3-5 years.

If you are committed to keeping your watch in good health then you should not come across any unexpected problems, but it’s vital you contact an online watch repair company if you notice any changes to the timepiece. If you wait until your service, the problem may have already become deep-rooted and can cost more, or take longer to fix. If you notice your timepiece moving slower or faster, this could be a sign of trouble that needs expert attention.

So what can you expect during the process and how often should you service your timepiece?

A typical Watch Service

Our typical watch service brings your watch back to  its original working order. The watch will undergo a complete overhaul, inside and out by an expert watchmaker. Ensuring your watch is serviced periodically allows the watch to enjoy a long life and bring pleasure to the owner indefinitely. If a watch is well maintained there is no reason it cannot last multiple lifetimes. Servicing is important as watches hold great emotional meaning to us, and waiting to have your watch seen to once broken might mean it’s too late to fix.

We offer complete watch renovations when we service your watch, meaning that your time piece will leave our expert horologist with the same working function your watch had when it was new. We inspect every part of the mechanism and outer casings meticulously and clean the entire watch with specially formulated cleaning solutions.

  • Our horologist will examine every aspect of the timepiece to pinpoint any areas that require replacement.
  • The inner components will be specially lubricated in order to minimise friction that leads to excess wear. By lubricating the components we ensure the watch remains accurate at timekeeping.
  • The balance wheel will be tested expertly to ensure it’s perfectly precise and keeping time as it should. Luxury watches can often take several days of rigorous testing and observation to ensure the watch is accurate.
  • We do not just offer service of the watch mechanism but will examine the strap also. It will undergo with specialist cleaning and examination of wear and tear, any parts that are damaged will be refurbished or undergo watch strap replacement.
  • Finally, the mechanism is carefully reassembled and reattached to your watch’s strap with every seal replaced.
  • The timepiece will be methodically one last time to ensure the timepiece is still absolutely waterproof.
  • All components of your watch will be checked one final time to ensure every part of your watch is working completely accurately.

By investing in a luxury timepiece, you are making a commitment to craftsmanship and style. Committing to a wristwatch may come with certain responsibilities, but the years of pleasure these timepieces bring outweigh any precautions you may need to take to ensure the watch serves you for as long as you or your loved one owns it.

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