When you purchase a new timepiece, you want to wear it as often as you can. However, this also means it’s going to be exposed to the elements. Naturally, the more you invest in a watch, the more you’re concerned with its longevity.

This is why we’ve put together some of our top tips for keeping your watch safe come rain or shine.

Protecting Your Watch Against the Elements: Expert Tips

1. Clean Your Watch Regularly.

Keeping your watch clean will stop dirt and dust from affecting its functionality. If you know how to clean it safely at home using warm water, mild soap, a soft bristle toothbrush and a soft cloth, do so. The other option is to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year.

2. Storage Matters.

Humidity and dust can both affect your timepiece, so think twice about where you choose to store your watch. You want to keep your watch completely dry, so any area where moisture collects is not a good storage option. It’s also important to store your watch in the right box or container. Placing it face down on a hard surface will only lead to unnecessary scratches. You also want to avoid packaging that retains moisture – bubble wrap being an ideal example.

3. Reduce Watch Strain.

If you have a mechanical watch, regularly winding your watch is essential. Not only does this keep it operating as it should, but it also lubricates the watch, which reduces strain. To do this, remove the watch from your wrist to unscrew the crown. Give the dial 20 – 40 turns in a clockwise direction.

4. Schedule In Regular Maintenance.

Scheduling your watch in for regular maintenance is one more thing you need to do and pay for, but it is well worth it. When you maintain your watch, you avoid having to deal with costly repairs or permanent damage. It will also ensure that your watch is protected against the elements.

5. Keep Your Watch Away from Magnets.

Unfortunately, exposing your watch to a magnet can have a negative effect on the internal components. This includes laptops, televisions and other electromagnetic devices. You can’t always avoid magnets completely but being aware of how much you’re exposing your watch can help.

Keeping Your Watch in Good Working Order

With the help of the right horologist, keeping your watch protected and in good working order doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. At Martins of Glasgow, we service a wide variety of watch brands at a fair price. Contact us on 0141 946 6333 or martin@martinsjewellers.co.uk to discuss your requirements.