the pros and cons of remodelling jewellery

The Pros and Cons of Remodelling Jewellery

Remodelling jewellery is becoming more fashionable as time goes by. More and more people are leaning towards this trend to get pieces that they are more likely to use and care about. People praise the trend for its many good benefits but is it all good news, or is there a bad side to this idea?

What Does it Mean to Remodel Jewellery?

Remodelling or remaking jewellery is the act of taking an old or broken piece of jewellery and turning it into something new that you will want to wear. Here are a few examples:

  • Take a stone or gem from an old ring, earring, or necklace and set it in an entirely new made-to-order piece. 
  • Melting down an old piece and remodelling it into a completely new shape or style. 
  • Melting down or reshaping a variety of older pieces to make one new piece. For example, melting down pieces of broken necklace chains to make a single necklace. 
  • Taking a piece and changing its shape or the way the stones are set on it gives it a completely new look. 

The Pros of Remodelling Jewellery

There are many good reasons to consider remodelling jewellery. 

Recycling

In a world where recycling is becoming a more urgent matter, remodelling jewellery is seen as another way to recycle. 

Instead of digging in the earth to find new precious stones, people use what they have to hand to make new pieces. This is helping the planet to be more sustainable.

Emotional Attachments

If you are a widow who has lost a husband or a child who has lost parents, you would often keep the rings as a memento. Chances are the rings never fit correctly, but you never want to leave them in a drawer or somewhere out of sight. 

Remodelling jewellery allows you to turn those pieces into something you can actually wear. Whether that means resizing them or turning them into a completely new piece that you can wear with pride, it enables you to take that memory of them with you everywhere you go. 

The Broken Jewellery Box

If you are one of these people with a jewellery box that holds the few pieces you wear and another jewellery box full of broken pieces, old pieces, and pieces missing stones, remodelling is for you. 

Remodelling allows you to breathe life into these old, lost, and forgotten pieces. Some of which may carry family history and timeless memories. You don’t need to let them waste away to nothing in an old box. Remodelling will make you proud to wear these pieces once more. 

The Cons of Remodelling Jewellery

There is only one con to remodelling jewellery—the cost. 

Essentially, when you place an order for a piece of jewellery to be remodelled, you are asking for a bespoke piece. A piece that is unique to be made for you and you alone. Why does this incur such a cost?

Think about all the work that has to go into this piece. 

First, there is the design process where the piece must be designed and measured. Then there is the labour involved. This is time-consuming work. Working with jewellery is fiddly and needs expert hands to complete successfully. Then there are problems that might arise. The original piece may have unexpected damage; the new piece might need specific gems to be sourced, etc. 

All these little things together create a higher cost. But remember, the piece you get at the end is unique to you, making this a very personal and worthwhile journey. 

Do You want to Remodel a piece of Jewellery?

If you wish to have some jewellery remade or remodelled, please do not hesitate to contact either Gail or Martin at Martins Jewellers in Glasgow. Our expert staff can help you to design the perfect piece for your treasured memories or family history. 

You can reach us on our contact us page or call 0141 946 6333.

what you need to know before you buy a tag heuer watch

What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Tag Heuer Watch

Tag Heuer is one of those watchmakers that you know will give you perfection. For many, getting their first Tag Heuer watch is a rite of passage into the world of watches and watch collections. That said, it is important to know all you can about the watch before you take the plunge. Here are some important factors that you are going to want to know. 

Swiss Made – Why That’s Good

With a proud smile, people will declare that their watch is Swiss Made. You know that’s a good thing, but few understand why. 

Swiss watch makers have a history of creating accurate watches to a fraction of a second. They have a legacy of high-quality watches, handmade, extremely precise, and usually limited quantities. This invokes thoughts of luxury watches; watches made to last. Watches are world-renowned in terms of quality and the cutting-edge technologies used to make them. 

If you own a Swiss-made watch, you own a piece of timeless artwork. 

What Makes Tag Heuer Different

Many luxury watches are Swiss-made or have Swiss-made parts, so what makes the Tag Heuer watch stand out?

One of the main reasons you can count on a Tag Heuer to be accurate is its history. Tag Heuer watches were developed when sports events were increasing in popularity. Therefore it became more and more important for a sporting event to include extremely accurate timepieces.

Edouard Heuer recognised this need and created the oscillating pinion to increase the precise nature of his watches. This forever changed the way chronograph watches were made. 

Because of his advances in timekeeping precision, Heuer became the Olympic Games’ official timekeeper at Antwerp in 1920, Paris in 1924, and Amsterdam in 1928.

The Series Within the Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer watches have kept with the times whilst still maintaining their classical elements. You can find a Tag Heuer watch to suit many styles and interests. Consider some of the leading Tag Heuer series that people use today.

The Carrera

If you love motorsports or enjoy watching Formula One racing, then this watch series is designed to draw your eye. It’s a sports watch that has refined hands, making it easy to read, even when driving at full speed. Though they can be flashy, the design is one of flawless luxury but simple in nature, giving the wearer an uncluttered finish. 

The AquaRacer

Sporty watches did not end with cars. Tag Heuer also designed one for water sports. This watch looks completely different from the Carrera while maintaining the iconic Tag Heuer look. The 12 facet bezel prevents accidental turning when diving and makes it easy to grip. The engineering incorporates a safety clasp and a waterproof case. The design maintains the Tag Heuer uncluttered and flawless finish. 

Tag Heuer Connected

The watches in the connected series appeal to many different classes of people. The editions found here can be related to various subjects such as Golf, Porsche, and Super Mario, and come in both the classic style and as Smartwatches. 

Identifying Markers of a Tag Heuer

As with any luxury product, it is possible to buy Tag Heuer knock-offs. But if you are investing in a Tag Heuer watch, you will want the real thing. Here’s what to look out for. 

  • Every Tag Heuer Watch has a serial number with two or three letters and four numbers. You can search the serial number online to ensure it matches the watch you are buying. 
  • Every Tag Heuer Watch is finished with Sapphire Crystal Glass. Drip some water on it, and if it forms a pool, it is sapphire crystal. 
  • The Tag Heuer logo will be on the watch’s dial. If it looks misaligned or you see any glue residue, you are dealing with a fake. Tag Heuer watches are always made to a high standard of excellence. 
  • The crown is one of Tag Heuer’s Highlights. While turning his crown, you would expect everything to run smoothly. A fake would give resistance. 

Tag Heuer Servicing and Repair

At Martins of Glasgow, we can service and repair Tag Heuer watches. We have specialists with years of training and experience in performing repairs and servicing on Tag Heuer Watches.  

If you have a Tag Heuer watch or other luxury brands that you would like to be serviced, repaired, or restored to its former beauty, contact us at 0141 946 6333 or through our contact us page. 

How complicated is it to repair a watch

How Complicated is it to Repair a Watch?

Put simply, how complicated a watch repair is, depends on the watch. While a generic watch that you can buy at any superstore may be easy for you to take apart and figure out, a high-end luxury watch will be a lot more difficult and have much more at stake if something goes wrong. 

Here’s why.

Generic vs Luxury

Repairing a generic watch is actually quite simple. You can learn to repair many generic watches yourself using YouTube videos and books. 

Similar to luxury watches, you will have many small parts to deal with. When you open the watch, you will need to take out and individually check, clean, polish and reoil all the little parts. A generic watch averages 130 tiny little parts. 

Can you imagine taking apart and replacing 130 little parts in the right order, method, and place? 

Could you do that with 400+ tiny parts? This is what makes high-end watch repair so complicated. 

Some watches have hundreds of tiny parts to deal with. The watches themselves don’t get much bigger, the parts get smaller, fiddlier, and way more accurate. Placing a part even a millimetre in the wrong direction can prevent the whole system from working as accurately as it should.  

What does a Service and Repair Involve?

Before you even start repairing or servicing a watch, you need to prepare your tools and workspace. This task is not complicated, but it is also not something the average layman would think to do. When is the last time you thought to sharpen a screwdriver?

Someone preparing to repair a watch will also need tweezers. It is not uncommon for a watch repairman to have different types of tweezers. Some will help with the accuracy of placement, others, like the brass tweezer, will be to prevent scratching of the surfaces inside the watch.

When you have everything prepared it’s time for your watch to come apart. Piece by piece it is cleaned, polished, oiled, but also checked for any defects or signs of wear. As time goes by the little parts inside a watch can rub off on each other causing wear, this will in turn damage the watch if the watch is not serviced. These are the parts that will need to be replaced. 

Replacing Parts

With a generic watch, replacing a part is as easy as finding the equivalent generic piece and swapping it out. 

However, the issue is much more complicated if you need to repair a luxury watch. There are so many things you need to consider. 

  • Are they still making parts for this watch?
  • Are the workings outdated?
  • Do I need to order direct from the manufacturer?
  • Will the manufacturer release parts to me?

In many cases, a watch repairman will have a generic piece that may work just as well for that particular piece that needs replacing. But a quality watch repair service will never use it. Yes, it would fix the watch, but can a Rolex still be classed as a Rolex if it has a generic replacement part inside? What would happen if that watch was ever sent back to Rolex for repair? 

Luxury watches are expensive, and the client always wants to keep the quality of that investment as high as possible. So, replacement parts must be exact. 

Putting it Back Together

If you thought taking apart a watch was complicated, consider the work involved in putting it back together. It’s not just all those tiny cogs, wheels and gears that need to fit behind the face, but all those tiny screws. 

While all the screws are tiny, it often happens that a watch has more than one size of the tiny screw inside that mechanism. Putting the wrong size screw in the wrong spot can cause damage to the workings of the watch. 

Every single screw needs to go back into the watch in the right place. For an experienced watch repairman, this is simple. But someone learning will repeatedly be faced with that frustration of having a screw leftover or worse, a screw that doesn’t fit in the last hole. 

High-End Watch Repair Service

Martins of Glasgow has been in the business of repairing watches since 1992. Their team is made up of technicians & contacts who can handle the overhaul, repair & restore just about any watch. These include high end makes like Rolex, Cartier, Omega, IWC, Jaeger leCoultre, Breitling, Tag Heuer, Longine, Tissot, and more.

If you have a watch that you would like to be serviced, repaired, or restored back to its former beauty, contact us 0141 946 6333 on or through our contact us page. 

how to know if your cartier watch is real

How to Know if Your Cartier Watch is Real

In today’s world, the market is flooded with fake products. If it’s a high quality product and sells well, someone will copy the design and try to make some money out of it. Cartier watches are no exception.

A true Cartier watch can sell between £2,000 and £30,000. This is a lot of money to invest, and even more to lose, if you end up with something that isn’t quite what you were after. In our latest article we’ll teach you how to tell the real ones from the fakes. 

Check the Serial Number

A real Cartier watch will have a serial number engraved and not etched. A counterfeiter will often have a fake serial number etched into the back of the watch. The serial number will consist of two letters and six digits. 

Unfortunately, there is no online tool to check if the serial number is genuine. You will have to contact a Cartier services department directly.  However, one thing you should know is that an authentic Cartier watch will come with a certificate that will have the serial number on it. So, check the certificate matches the serial number on the watch before making your investment. 

Spelling

Whether to exploit legal loopholes or simply because of translation issues, the spelling on a fake Cartier is often wrong. The most common difference is the removal of the first R (so it reads Catier). The name is always engraved on the back of the watch with the correct spelling and serial number. 

Cartier Screws

Cartier uses flat head screws when attaching the case. These screws sit flush with the case. 

When looking at a fake Cartier watch you will often find one of two things related to the screws. 1. they are not there at all as the maker has used a snap-together method. Or 2. they have used a Phillips screw or similar which has a rounded head. 

Cartier Watches Have Scratch Proof Glass

This is something you won’t find on a fake. However, the best way to test the glass on a Cartier watch is not to attempt to scratch it but to drop some water onto it. Because of the way the scratch-proof glass is made it is also non-smear, any water droplets will simply roll-off. The water droplets on a fake watch will smear.

The Trademark Stone

All Cartier watches have a gemstone on the winder called a cabochon stone. This stone will be a blue sapphire stone that is securely fastened to the winder. If it is simply glued on, it may be a fake. 

A True Cartier can Glow in the Dark

Because many new Cartier watches use LumiNova, one can read it in the dark. This is an effect that fakes have attempted to reproduce at much less the cost. So, you may find a fake that glows in the dark a little, but it will not glow as brightly as a true Cartier. 

Cost

Remember that we said it can cost between £2,000 and £30,000 to buy a real Cartier watch? If you find someone selling a Cartier watch for £200, they either don’t know what they have, or it is a fake. More than likely, it’s fake. 

When it comes to quality watches, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true! 

Check the Weight

A Cartier watch is made from quality materials. Weight often comes with quality metals and gemstones, so weigh the watch in your hand. If it feels light, there’s a good chance it has been made from inferior metals. 

Cartier watches can be heavy, (there are exceptions) you may be able to feel the weight difference between a real one and a counterfeit. 

Service or Repair of a Cartier Watch

At Martins of Glasgow, we understand the investment of a Cartier Watch, this is why we have ensured that our technicians are Cartier accredited. 

Our skilled technicians have many years of experience in handling Cartier watch repairs. With us, you can guarantee your watch will be repaired by a skilled artisan who’s trained specifically to repair and restore Cartier timepieces.

If you need to service, repair, or restore a Cartier Watch, please contact Martins of Glasgow at martin@martinsjewellers.co.uk or Gail, at gail@martinsjewellers.co.uk. Alternatively, pay us a visit at 1158 Maryhill Road, Glasgow where we will be more than happy to assist you in making sure your investment is taken good care of. 

what makes Rolex watches so good

What Makes a Rolex So Good?

Almost everybody has heard the name Rolex. They know it is an expensive watch to own, often connected with status and money. But why is it so coveted? What makes a Rolex watch worth the price and the fame? 

Here you will find out what makes a Rolex so good. 

Humble Beginnings

In 1905 Hans Wilsdorf started a small watch company. He dreamed of an accurate watch worn on the wrist. While you could get wristwatches back then they were rare and inaccurate, often relying on the pendulum technique to keep time. 

Despite having very little, Hans believed in the future and in man’s ability to create. He was an entrepreneur who invented the world’s first waterproof self-winding wristwatch with a perpetual motor. This watch was a thing of excellence, with timekeeping so accurate it became a benchmark in the history of watchmaking. 

Making its Name

A genie picked the name Rolex, or so Hans says. He spent hours combining the letters of the alphabet in every way possible trying to find something that sounds right in every language. He wanted it to be simple, easy to remember, and easy to engrave.

It was 1908 in London, Cheapside, when the genie visited whilst he was riding a horse drawn omnibus. Rolex, the genie whispered, and it sounded right. 

The Quest for Perfection

Rolex watches are not accurate by chance. From 1905 down to this day Rolex strives for perfection. They continue Hans Wilsdorf work in pushing the limits to make the watch perfect. To that end they do not only hire watchmakers, they work with engineers and designers, experts in the fields of alloys, movements, gem setting and quality assurance. 

A single Rolex watch takes a year to make. They are mostly produced by careful expert hands. Through uncompromising requirements, they continue to pave the way forward for watchmakers all around the world. 

More Than Accurate

While accuracy and careful completion are essential components that make this watch so special, there are also other things to keep in mind. 

  • Every Rolex is made from the best quality materials and precious metals. 
  • Every single Rolex has been individually hand assembled with due diligence and care. 
  • The quality of a Rolex is more than above average. 
  • The older a Rolex gets, the more the value goes up (unless it gets damaged)
  • A massive range of styles and tastes so there is something to suit everyone. 
  • Innovative and impressive mechanical timekeeping that constantly aims for perfection. 

Maintenance

While a Rolex may be as close to perfection as watches tend to get, this doesn’t mean they won’t need help on occasion. The Rolex company even recommends maintenance on a Rolex watch every ten years. However, maintenance is best carried out by someone who is Rolex accredited. 

Here at Martins of Glasgow, we are fortunate to use the services of our Rolex accredited technician colleague, Graham. He is also known to be one of the best Rolex refinishers in the UK. Because of this, here at Martins of Glasgow, you can get your Rolex maintained, restored, or repaired. (Graham is not “allowed” to handle some specific  sports or professional models)

The Seadweller is a Rolex watch that lives may depend on, so you will require the services of a Rolex specialist. However, if you are seeking to restore a vintage model without the waterproof, we can service it with written confirmation from the owner that it won’t be used underwater. 

If you need to service, repair, or restore a Rolex watch, please contact Martins of Glasgow at martin@martinsjewellers.co.uk or Gail, at gail@martinsjewellers.co.uk. Alternatively, pay us a visit at 1158 Maryhill Road, Glasgow.

What does it mean to remake jewellery

What Does it Mean to Remake Jewellery?

Remaking jewellery is the new trend that seems to be here to stay. It is not a new concept and has been used for many years, but due to the concerns about the health of our planet and its limited resources, remaking jewellery is fast becoming a popular option. 

But what is it?

Creating Something New out of Something Old

Since the days of old, people have been creating new out of old. Whether that be turning those old jeans into a new pair of shorts, turning old tyres into new flowerpots, or turning old pieces of furniture into something trendy. 

Remaking or remodelling jewellery runs on the same basis. 

You take something old, pull it apart, and fix it up in a new and fantastic way. 

When it comes to jewellery this could mean that you are turning old rings into a pendant necklace or changing the way the gems are set on your favourite ring. It could be turning earrings into matching bracelets or melting down the gold from a bracelet and making a pair of earrings. 

The Reasoning Behind the Approach

There are a few reasons why you may want to remake jewellery. 

  1. You have loads of broken bits.

Your jewellery box has the odd piece you love wearing, then it has broken chains, a ring that doesn’t fit, old bangles, earrings with missing stones and pendants that are out of date. 

Of course, you could buy more. But with all the concern about the planet and all the focus on recycling an idea hits you. You can remake the jewellery. 

By taking these broken and old pieces to a jewellery store you can arrange for them to design and create new pieces from the bits that you have. Not only will you be recycling, but you will also be getting new unique pieces that no one else has. You will be retaining the history and the memory of what those pieces used to be, and you will no longer have those broken bits littering the bottom of your jewellery box. 

  1. Memory and Gifted Pieces

It is not unusual for someone to remake or remodel pieces that have been gifted to them or left to them by family or friends. This could be a memento from your family, an old brooch from your elderly neighbour, or a ring that was gifted that never quite fit your finger. Such items often find their way into the jewellers with requests to be remade. 

Once that request is made it will go through a very careful design process. It is important to the jewellers that you get a piece you can be proud of, especially if they are remaking a memento like your parents’ wedding rings. 

  1. Alterations

Remake doesn’t always mean destroy and rebuild. If you were to remake a sofa you may only be re-upholstering it, so it looks both new and fresh. Alterations are this type of remake. The most common alteration for a piece of jewellery is requested is for the engagement ring. 

This can be for something as simple as changing the way the stones are set. Changing a setting, especially on an older family heirloom ring, is most often done to add a modern touch and allow more light to shine on the stones. 

Do You Have Something That Can Be Remade?

If you wish to have some jewellery remade or remodelled, please do not hesitate to contact either Gail or Martin at Martins Jewellers in Glasgow. You can reach us through the contact us page or by calling 0141 946 6333.

What You Need to Know About Ceramic Watches

Ceramic Watch 101: What You Need to Know

Ceramic watches are far more common than ever before but if you haven’t heard of them, you might be wondering how they make watches from this unique material.

Ceramic is definitely still quite new to the world of timepieces but they are fast becoming a must for collectors.

Let’s take you through some of the basics so that you have more information.

Ceramic Watches Explained

As you can imagine, ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic material. It is also one of the hardest when it comes to watchmaking.

When you find a watch that’s labelled ceramic, it more than likely means that some ceramic material is included in either the bezel, bracelet, or case. However, not every watch contains the same amount of ceramic material, making each timepiece slightly different.

In many instances, watch manufacturers will combine ceramics with alloys to create the best product possible.

Why Buy a Ceramic Watch?

If you plan to wear a watch regularly, a ceramic watch is right for you.

Along with their general uniqueness and light weight, ceramic watches are popular due to their resilience. Ceramic is one of the harder materials a watch could be made of, which means it isn’t as prone to scratches. It’s also not as affected by UV rays, which means the colours will remain vibrant for longer.

Then there’s the hypoallergenic benefit. If you usually can’t wear metal watches, a ceramic timepiece is a great choice.

As impressive as ceramic watches are though, there are still some potential downsides. For one, the material does have a reputation for being slightly brittle, so even though it won’t scratch easily, dropping it would be an entirely different story. You would need to store and handle your ceramic watch really carefully.

Then there’s the price.

Ceramic is not the easiest material to work with and getting it to a point where it can be turned into a watch is lengthy. From heating and cooling the material to polishing it, the manufacturing process does drive up the cost of this unique timepiece.

In fact, the manufacturing process is often why this material is used to create limited edition watches.

Overall, if you are searching for a unique watch to add to your collection and have some extra budget to spend, a ceramic watch could be just the thing you’ve been looking for.

How to Care for Your Luxury Watch

How to Get Your Luxury Watch to Stand the Test of Time

Luxury watches are designed to last, but only if you take proper care of them. With the right care, your luxury watch can become a treasured heirloom that you can pass down to your children or grandchildren.

A watch is made up of so many small components, all of which keep your timepiece working as it should. However, shock and moisture are just some of the things that could cause one of these parts to stop working.

In this blog, we’ve put together a list of our top tips for keeping your luxury watch in the best working order.

How to Get Your Luxury Watch to Last a Lifetime

1. Watch That Sunlight

A luxury watch and direct sunlight don’t play well together. Too much sun exposure can cause any painted parts to deteriorate more quickly. It can also dry out the components that need lubrication to work correctly. Keeping your watch in a cool area will keep it looking good and ticking for many more years.

2. Take Water Resistance Classifications Seriously

Many of today’s watches are water resistant but this doesn’t mean you should push it to the limit. Remember, these are standardised resistance classifications, so it’s not exact. Just because a watch has a rating of 3 ATM or 30m doesn’t mean you can dive with it up to a depth of 30m. In fact, this rating indicates that a watch can withstand some occasional splashes.

Plus, you should keep in mind that older watches don’t always have the same parts as newer watches – a protective rubber seal is a key part in this scenario.

3. Avoid Magnets

Magnets can interfere with the timing of mechanical watches so it’s best to avoid them as much as possible, particularly when you’re wearing your watch. Understandably, you won’t be able to avoid magnets completely when wearing your watch but you can take steps such as not placing your watch on top of any devices that do contain them. If your watch is exposed to magnets, you can get a professional to demagnetise it.

4. Be Careful with the Crown

The crown of your timepiece is directly connected to the movement inside, which means if it gets damaged, it could harm the internal components of your watch too. Never rest your watch on the crown and whenever possible, rather get a professional to wind it for you. Basically, you don’t want to place any unnecessary pressure on the crown if you can help it.

And speaking of the crown, make a point of winding your watch regularly. If you don’t wear your watch every week, make a point of winding it at least once a month.

5. Keep It Clean

This might sound like an obvious tip but it’s something people tend to put off because it seems like a hassle. However, once dirt and grime build up, they can quickly damage the internal components of your timepiece. You can generally get away with cleaning a water-resistant watch with a damp cloth but stay away from any soaps. And if you simply don’t have the time to clean your luxury watches, take them to a professional for a deep and thorough cleaning.

6. Don’t Forget the Strap

When you’re dealing with luxury watches, you don’t want to have to replace the strap, which is why strap care is also essential. If you’re dealing with a fabric strap, a gentle fabric cleaner can keep it clean. As for leather straps, keep them away from water – a damp cloth and a little air drying is all you need. Bracelet straps are some of the easiest to clean because you can use water and a soft brush.

Have a Professional on Call

Need help with luxury watch repairs, maintenance or cleaning in Glasgow? Our expert team of horologists can assist. Contact Martin at martin@martinsjewellers.co.uk  or Gail, at gail@martinsjewellers.co.uk, for any assistance.

What You Need to Know About Hypoallergenic Watches

What You Need to Know About Hypoallergenic Watches

Hypoallergenic was a term that first came about in 1953 and it was used to describe any products that caused fewer allergic reactions. Eventually, watches also began falling into this category – some watches anyway.

There are a few different watch types that can cause an allergic reaction – let’s start by looking at these before we dive into the watches that allergy suffers can wear.

Watches That Can Cause Allergic Reactions

  • This is one of the most common allergies. This material generally causes a red rash after prolonged exposure. The reason why nickel is used in so many watches is that it’s less expensive, which allows manufacturers to put more budget towards other parts of the watch.
  • Stainless steel. While this type of allergy isn’t as common, it does occur. This is mainly because stainless steel is an alloy of different metals. And nickel is one of the most common metals used to create stainless steel, hence the potential for allergic reactions.
  • Because rubber watch straps can contain petrochemicals, they can cause an allergic reaction. Chemicals that are used to treat leather straps can have a similar effect.

The allergies caused by these materials are not a health threat, but they can be uncomfortable and annoying.

So, what are the alternatives?

Hypoallergenic Watch Options

  • Tissot is just one of the watch brands that create titanium watches. Titanium is found within the earth’s crust, and it doesn’t contain any traces of nickel, making this the first best hypoallergenic watch option.
  • Any watch that is 18ct gold or higher won’t cause an allergic reaction. Basically, the higher the quality, the safer it is.
  • Sterling silver. This is another safe bet if you’ve experienced allergic reactions to a watch in the past.
  • PVD-plated. PVD, which is short for physical vapour deposit, means a watch is made from metal, but the PVD coating prevents it from coming into contact with your skin.
  • The final best hypoallergenic watch option is ceramic, which is nonorganic and non-metallic. It’s also an excellent choice if you love purchasing watches in unique colours.

Final Words

If you love watches and investing in unique timepieces but potential allergic reactions have always put you off the purchase, now you know which materials are safe for you to consider.

And once you start searching for hypoallergenic watches, you will be surprised by how many of today’s top brands use these materials during the manufacturing process.

What To Do If Water Gets in Your Watch

What To Do If Water Gets in Your Watch

Water resistance is a key feature of many of today’s watches. However, when used incorrectly, even top-of-the-line water resistant watches can suffer water damage.

The reality is that no watch is completely waterproof, so it’s important to know what to do if you suspect there is water in your watch.

Identifying Watch Water Damage

One of the most obvious signs of water damage is condensation inside the case. If you see any sort of dew inside your watch, water has gotten inside.

Another sign is if the hands of your watch start to malfunction or stop completely – this is generally the result of water interacting with the movement. Lumes that have stopped glowing is another indicator that water damage could be an issue.

Water damage alone is worrying enough, but if you’re dealing with seawater, other particles could end up inside your watch too, causing even further damage.

The O-ring, which sits around the crown is usually the water damage culprit. Over time, this ring starts to dry up and shrink, leaving room for water to seep in near the crown. This process happens over years though, so if you haven’t had your timepiece this long, it’s probably not the reason for the water damage.

General misuse is the only other reason why water would enter a water resistant watch. Always make sure that the crown and pushers are tight before you take your watch near water.

What to Do When Water Gets in Your Watch

If you are absolutely sure that water hasn’t been inside the watch for more than 48 hours, drying it out can rectify the problem. You can place your watch in a sunny spot or under a warm lamp. Just be sure to monitor the watch to ensure the heat doesn’t damage it. Wherever you decide to dry your watch, make sure the back of the case is facing down.

If you know the damage is more serious or if you don’t want to risk drying the watch yourself, your best bet is to take it to a reputable watch repair centre such as Martins of Glasgow. We will take the watch apart safely, dry and clean the individual pieces before putting the watch back together.

To prevent water damage in the future, stick to the manufacturer’s water resistance recommendations. If you are unsure about how much pressure your watch can take, you can a professional to perform water resistance testing.

Servicing your watch regularly will also ensure there is little to no chance of water getting inside.

Contact Martin at martin@martinsjewellers.co.uk  or Gail, at gail@martinsjewellers.co.uk, for any assistance with water damage, repairs, and watch servicing.