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Average Parts Inside A Watch For The Top 20 Luxury Watch Brands

Average Parts Inside A Watch For The Top 20 Luxury Watch Brands

  1. Patek Philippe - approximately 280-320 parts
  2. Audemars Piguet - approximately 270-320 parts
  3. Vacheron Constantin - approximately 260-310 parts
  4. A. Lange & Söhne - approximately 200-300 parts
  5. Jaeger-LeCoultre - approximately 200-250 parts
  6. Ulysse Nardin - approximately 200-250 parts
  7. Roger Dubuis - approximately 200-250 parts
  8. Blancpain - approximately 200-250 parts
  9. Breguet - approximately 200-250 parts
  10. Girard-Perregaux - approximately 200-250 parts
  11. IWC - approximately 150-200 parts
  12. Omega - approximately 150-200 parts
  13. Breitling - approximately 150-200 parts
  14. Tag Heuer - approximately 150-200 parts
  15. Rolex - approximately 130-160 parts
  16. Hamilton - approximately 130-160 parts
  17. Longines - approximately 130-160 parts
  18. Tissot - approximately 130-160 parts
  19. Chopard - approximately 130-160 parts
  20. Hublot - approximately 130-160 parts

* Keep in mind that this is an approximation and the number of parts can vary based on the specific model and movement. 

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The History of Citizen Watches

Citizen is a watch brand that is famous all over the world. It has been making watches for almost one hundred years. Many times, over the years, Citizen has been at the forefront of the watchmaking industry. It’s a company that is always looking to be better and more modern. The list of successful Citizen technologies and products is long, including its solar-charging technology. From durable, feature-rich watches to ones with long-lasting charges to simple and elegant timepieces, Citizen has a wide range of watches suitable for any interest.

In the early days of Citizen, its focus was on creating inexpensive watches in Japan. It was founded in the 1930s by investors in Japan and Switzerland, although its roots go back to 1918. At that time, the brand was registered in Switzerland by Rodolphe Schmid, for the watches he sold in Japan. When Citizen was founded in the 1930s, it used the Shokosha Watch Research Institute and Schmid’s assembly plant. Citizen gradually became more popular in Japan until World War II, although it had little success on a global scale.

A few years later, the brand would have it’s first major success. It started to make a name for itself by focusing on creating new technologies. In 1959, Citizen came out with the first timepiece in Japan that was fully waterproof, called the Parameter. The success of this product led to the development of a whole line of diving watches from Citizen. More and more successes would follow.

In addition to being one of the brands that pioneered and introduced quartz movements to the public, Citizen also developed the Eco-Drive movement. These days, Eco-Drive is well known and respected within the watch industry, as it was one of the first movements to charge via solar power. It first arrived in 1976, and Citizen is proud of being environmentally aware from such an early stage.

The Citizen corporate philosophy is based on precision, accuracy and quality. In 1993, Citizen introduced the first multi-band atomic timekeeping watch in the world. This timepiece guarantees precision by synchronizing its time to atomic clocks around the world. More recently, in 2018 Citizen partnered with Disney to create a co-branded collection of watches based on Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars.

If you’re looking for a quality name-brand timepiece, it’s hard to go wrong with a Citizen watch

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Our Most Common Repairs for Swiss Army Watches

At Excel Watch Repair we understand the sentimental value your Swiss Army watch can have. We can help you repair or restore your watch and make it like new again. Here are some of the common repairs we perform on Swiss Army watches:


Crystal Replacement


We can replace the crystal inside your watch with a new one if it’s broken. Watch crystals come in three main materials: sapphire (both natural and synthetic), mineral glass, and acrylic. 

Acrylic crystals are less expensive. They scratch easily, and can crack if hit hard enough. The good news is that if the scratches aren’t too severe, it’s easy enough to buff them out. Mineral glass is the most popular material for crystals. Its crystals aren’t as easily scratched, but they can shatter with sufficient impact. Synthetic sapphire is the hardest of the materials. Crystals made from this material are difficult to scratch. Sapphire crystals are expensive, and many luxury watches use them, but they are still not completely shatterproof.


Total Watch Overhaul


Your watch is a sophisticated piece of machinery, much like a car. And just like a car, your watch needs regular maintenance to run at its best. At Excel Watch Repair we can give your watch a complete overhaul and check for minor problems that should be taken care of, before they develop into major and much more costly problems.


Movement Service


Your watch’s movement is like its beating heart. At Excel Watch Repair, we can professionally clean and lubricate your movement, as well as take care of any damaged parts. If needed, we can manufacture parts to replace the originals. If your entire movement needs replacing, we have many movements in stock at our location.


Battery Replacement


We can replace the battery on your Swiss Army watch. After replacing the battery, we’ll test the watch to ensure that it still meets its water resistance rating.


Stem and Crown Replacement


Replacing the stem and crown of a watch can be difficult, as they’re often specific to that specific model of watch. At Excel Watch Repair we have the expertise and experience that is needed to do this delicate operation correctly.



Band and Clasp Repair


The band of your Swiss Army watch can have its life prolonged with new watch pins or a new clasp. At Excel Watch Repair we can also adjust the fit of the watch band if needed, making it larger or smaller. Your watch band should fit comfortably, and it shouldn’t slide on your wrist. At Excel watch repair we can tailor your band to fit your wrist perfectly.


Hand Repair


We can replace the hands of your watch if they have fallen off or become damaged.


Dial Refinishing


If your Swiss Army watch has a dial that is damaged or looks worn, we can restore it at Excel Watch Repair.


Check and Repair Seals and Gaskets


At Excel Watch Repair, we can check the seals and gaskets of your water-resistant Swiss Army watch to make sure they’re working properly. This is important to do every two years, because a malfunctioning seal or gasket could let water into the watch, causing costly damage.


Conclusion


Those are the most common repairs we do for Swiss Army watches! If your Swiss Army watch is in need of attention, please contact us at Excel Watch Repair. We are happy to serve you!

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Our Most Common Repairs for Gucci Watches

If your Gucci watch is having problems, or if it’s due for its regular maintenance, we can help you at Excel Watch Repair. We handle all the service requirements of Gucci watches. We understand how much value your watch has to you—not only monetary value, but sentimental value as well. Here are some of the most common repairs we do on Gucci watches:


Crystal Replacement


If the crystal inside your is broken, we can replace it with a new one. Crystals are available in three different materials: acrylic, mineral glass, and sapphire (both natural and synthetic).

Acrylic is the cheapest material, although it can be scratched easily. These scratches can be buffed out easily, however. Acrylic crystals can crack, though, if they’re hit with enough force. Mineral glass is the most popular choice. It’s not as easily scratch as acrylic, but it can still crack. The hardest material is sapphire, and it’s also the most expensive. Many luxury watch manufacturers use it. Sapphire crystals are very durable, but they’re not completely shatterproof.


Total Watch Overhaul


Your Gucci watch is a sophisticated piece of machinery, like an automobile. As such, it needs to be regularly maintained to make sure it’s running properly. At Excel Watch Repair, we can give your watch a complete overhaul to check it and make sure there are no minor problems. This is an important task, as little problems can develop into major, and much more costly, problems over time if left unchecked.


Movement Service


Your watch’s movement is like its beating heart. At Excel Watch Repair, we can professionally clean and lubricate your movement, as well as take care of any damaged parts. If needed, we can also manufacture parts to replace originals. If your entire movement needs replacing, we have many movements in stock at our location.


Battery Replacement


We can replace the battery inside your Gucci watch if needed. Once the battery has been replace, we can test your watch’s water resistance to ensure that it’s still intact.


Stem and Crown Replacement


Replacing the stem and crown of a watch isn’t easy. Often these parts are very specific to the watch model. At Excel Watch Repair, our professionals have the expertise and experience needed to do this delicate operation correctly.


Clasp and Band Repair


If the clasp on your watch doesn’t properly fit your wrist, we can make the necessary adjustments.


Hand Repair


If the hands of your watch have become damaged or have fallen off, we can replace them.


Dial Refinishing


If the dial on your Gucci watch has become damaged or worn, we can repair it so that it looks new again.


Check and Repair Seals and Gaskets


If your Gucci watch is water-resistant, it’s important to check it every couple of years to make sure that all the seals and gaskets are working properly. If one of these seals or gaskets malfunctions, water could leak into the watch. This would cause costly damage, so this check is very important.



Conclusion


And that concludes our look at the most common repairs we do on Gucci watches. If your Gucci watch needs some attention, please contact us at Excel Watch Repair. We’re ready to serve you!

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Our Most Common Repairs for Breitling Watches

Is your Breitling watch having problems? Is it due for its regular maintenance? We can help! At Excel Watch Repair, we handle all the service requirements of Breitling watches. We know how valuable your watch is to you—both from a monetary and sentimental point of view. Here are some of the most common repairs we do for Breitling watches:



Crystal Replacement


We can replace the broken crystal inside your watch with a new one. Crystals come in three materials: acrylic, mineral glass, and synthetic sapphire.

The cheapest material is acrylic, although crystals made from acrylic can be easily scratched. Thankfully, these scratches can be buffed out easily. But if they’re hit hard enough, acrylic crystals can crack. Mineral glass is the most popular option. It won’t scratch as easily as acrylic will, but it can still crack. The hardest—and most expensive—material is synthetic sapphire. It’s used by many manufacturers of luxury watches. Sapphire crystals are very durable, but not completely shatterproof.


Total Watch Overhaul


Like a car, your watch is a sophisticated piece of machinery. As such, it needs regular maintenance to ensure that it’s running properly. We can give your watch a complete overhaul to check it for minor problems, so that they don’t have the chance to develop into major ones down the line.


Movement Service


The movement of your watch is like its beating heart. At Excel Watch Repair, we can professionally oil and clean your movement, as well as take care of any parts that are damaged. If necessary, we can also manufacture parts to replace the originals. If your movement needs to be replaced, we have many movements in stock at our location.



Battery Replacement


If needed, we can replace your watch battery. After replacing it, we’ll test the water resistance to make sure it’s still working properly.


Stem and Crown Replacement


Replacing the stem and crown of a watch is a delicate operation. Often these parts are very specific to the model of watch. At Excel Watch Repair, we have the experience and expertise necessary to do this correctly.


Clasp and Band Repair


If your watch clasp doesn’t fit your wrist properly, we can adjust it so that it fits better.


Hand Repair


We can replace the hands of your watch if they’ve become damaged or fallen off.


Dial Refinishing


If the dial on your Breitling watch has become worn or damaged, we can make it look new again.


Check and Repair Seals and Gaskets


Water-resistant watches need to be regularly checked—usually every two years—to ensure that the seals and gaskets are operating properly. A malfunctioning seal or gasket could lead to water leaking into the watch, causing costly water damage, so this check is very important.


Conclusion


And that concludes our look at the most common repairs we do on Breitling watches. If your Breitling watch needs some attention, please contact us at Excel Watch Repair. We’re here to serve you!




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Our Most Common Repairs for Bulova Watches

If your Bulova watch is having problems, or if it’s due for regular maintenance, we can help. At Excel Watch Repair, we can handle all your Bulova watch service requirements. We understand that a watch can have a lot of monetary as well as sentimental value for the wearer. Here are some of the common repairs we perform on Bulova watches:


Crystal Replacement


If the crystal inside your watch is broken , we can replace it with a new one. There are three main materials that crystals come in: acrylic, mineral glass, and synthetic sapphire. 

Acrylic crystals are the cheapest, although they scratch easily. They can also crack if they’re hit hard. Thankfully, scratches are easily buffed out. Mineral glass crystals are more scratch-resistant, but are still capable of shattering with enough force. Mineral glass is the most popular material for crystals. Synthetic sapphire is the hardest of the materials and the most difficult to scratch. They’re used by a lot of luxury watch brands. They are durable, but still not completely shatterproof.


Watch Overhaul


Your watch is a sophisticated piece of machinery, like a car. And just like a car, your watch needs maintenance to run at its best. At Excel Watch Repair we can give your watch a complete overhaul and check for minor problems that should be taken care of, before they develop into major and much more costly problems.


Movement Service


The movement lies at the heart of your Bulova watch. We can have your movement professionally oiled and cleaned, as well as look after any damaged parts. We can also manufacture parts to match the originals if necessary. We have many movements in stock, in the event yours needs to be completely replaced.

Battery Replacement


We can replace the battery on your Bulova watch. After replacing the battery, we’ll test the watch to ensure that it still meets its water resistance rating.


Stem and Crown Replacement


Replacing the stem and crown of a watch can be difficult, as they’re often specific to that specific model of watch. At Excel Watch Repair we have the expertise necessary to do this delicate operation correctly.


Clasp and Band Repair


If necessary, we can adjust your watch band so that it better fits your wrist.


Hand Repair


If the hands of your watch have come loose or are damaged, we can replace them.


Dial Refinishing


We can restore the worn, damaged dial on your Bulova watch so that it looks new again.


Check and Repair Seals and Gaskets


At Excel Watch Repair, we can check the seals and gaskets of your water-resistant Bulova watch to make sure they’re working properly. This is important to do every two years, because a malfunctioning seal or gasket could let water into the watch, causing costly damage.



Conclusion


These are the most common repairs we do for Bulova watches. If your Bulova watch needs care or service, please contact us at Excel Watch Repair. We’re ready to serve you!





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Our Most Common Repairs for Omega Watches

Our Most Common Repairs for Omega Watches

Is your Omega watch having trouble? Or is it due for a regular maintenance visit? At Excel Watch Repair, we can with all your Omega watch service needs. We understand the value that your watch has to you. Here are some of the common repairs we perform on Omega watches:


Crystal Replacement


We can replace the crystal inside your watch with a new one if it’s broken. Watch crystals come in three main materials: sapphire (both natural and synthetic), mineral glass, and acrylic. 

Acrylic crystals are less expensive. They scratch easily, and can crack if hit hard enough. The good news is that if the scratches aren’t too severe, it’s easy enough to buff them out. Mineral glass crystals don’t scratch as easily, but they can shatter with sufficient impact. They are the most popular material for crystals. Synthetic sapphire is the hardest of the materials. Crystals made from this material are difficult to scratch. Synthetic sapphire crystals are expensive, and many luxury watches use them, but they are still not completely shatterproof.


Watch Overhaul


Like a car, your Omega watch is a complex piece of machinery that needs regular maintenance to run optimally. At Excel Watch Repair we can check your watch thoroughly and let you know about any minor problems that should be addressed before they escalate into more serious issues.


Movement Service


The movement is the most integral part of your Omega watch. We can professionally clean and oil the movement of your watch, and look after any parts that might be damaged. We can also manufacture parts to match the originals if needed. If your movement needs a complete replacement, we have many movements in stock.


Battery Replacement


At Excel Watch Repair we can replace your Omega watch’s battery, and test it properly afterward to make sure it still meets water resistance standards.


Stem and Crown Replacement


It can be tricky to replace the stem and crown of a watch, as they are often specific to that exact watch model. We have the expertise at Excel Watch Repair to do this delicate operation properly.


Clasp and Band Repair


We can adjust the band of your watch if needed, to make it fit your wrist better. 


Hand Repair


We can replace the hands of your watch if they have fallen off or become damaged.


Dial Refinishing


If your Omega watch has a dial that is damaged or looks worn, we can restore it at Excel Watch Repair.


Check and Repair Seals and Gaskets


If your Omega watch has water resistance, we can check the seals and gaskets to make sure they’re working properly. It’s important to do this every couple of years. If a seal or gasket doesn’t work properly, it can let water into the watch, causing costly damage to the insides.


Other Issues


If you have a Seamaster clasp with weak springs that doesn’t lock as securely as it should, we can help you correct this. If you have a Seamaster GMT watch where the GMT hand mysteriously loses on hour, we can help with that as well. It’s caused by a problem with the gear-train of the mechanism that sets the hand. 



Conclusion


So, there you have it. Those are the most common repairs we do for Omega watches. If your Omega watch needs some careful attention, please contact us at Excel Watch Repair. We are happy to help!






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Our Most Common Repairs for Movado Watches

Our Most Common Repairs for Movado Watches

At Excel Watch Repair we understand the sentimental value your Movado watch can have. We can help you repair or restore your watch to make it like new again. Here are some of the common repairs we perform on Movado watches:


Crystal replacement


If the crystal on your watch is broken, we can source a new one for you and perform the replacement procedure. Watch crystals come in acrylic, mineral glass, and sapphire (including synthetic sapphire). 

Acrylic crystals are the most affordable. While they resist shattering, they can easily be scratched, and may crack under strong impact. Thankfully, minor scratches are easily buffed out. Acrylic is soft, so it’s easy to mold it into different shapes.

Crystals made of mineral glass don’t scratch as easily as ones made of acrylic, but they can still shatter with an impact hard enough. Mineral glass is the most popular choice today.

Synthetic sapphire crystals are made of the hardest material. They are scratch resistant, and the most expensive. Many luxury watch makers use sapphire crystals. Nevertheless, they can still chip or shatter with a hard enough impact.


overhaul service


Your Movado watch is a sophisticated piece of machinery. Like a car, every few years it should go in for regular service to ensure that there are no minor problems that could evolve into larger ones down the line. At Excel Watch Repair, we can go over your watch with the care and attention to detail that it deserves, and advise you of any minor issues that may need to be taken care of before they develop into big, costly ones.


movement service


The movement is at the heart of your Movado watch. At Excel Watch Repair we can professionally clean and oil your watch’s movement, as well as refinish any damaged parts. If necessary, we can manufacture parts to match the originals. We also have many new and pre-owned movements in stock, both mechanical and quartz, if your movement needs a complete replacement.


Watch Restoration


If your Movado watch is looking worse for wear, our skilled experts can restore it so that it looks new again.


Battery Replacement


Our experienced technicians can replace the battery in your Movado watch, including proper testing to ensure that the watch still meets its water resistance standards.


stem and crown replacement


Replacing the stem and crown can be a difficult process. This is because the stem and crown are specific to the watch model, so a stem and crown from another model usually won’t fit. The stem screws into the crown, so they lock together. At Excel Watch Repair we have the expertise required to perform this tricky operation.


Band and Clasp Repair


Your Movado watch band’s life can be prolonged with new watch pins or a new clasp. At Excel Watch Repair we can also adjust the fit of the watch band if needed, making it larger or smaller. Your watch band should fit comfortably without sliding on your wrist. At Excel watch repair we can tailor your band to fit your wrist perfectly.


Hand Repair


If the watch hands of your Movado watch have become loose or have fallen off, we can repair them here at Excel Watch Repair.


Dial Refinishing


If your Movado watch has an old or damaged dial, we can refinish it so that it looks new again.

Check and Repair seals and gaskets


If your Movado watch is water resistant, it’s important to have the integrity of the water resistance checked every couple of years. This is because the seals and gaskets can become faulty and need repair or replacing. If a seal or gasket fails, water can leak inside the watch, causing costly damage to the internals.


Conclusion


Those are the most common repairs we do for Movado watches! If your Movado watch is in need of attention, please contact us at Excel Watch Repair. We are happy to serve you!



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How To Keep Your Watch Running for Years

A fine mechanical watch is a triumph of engineering, and a true work of art. Maybe you just bought your first mechanical watch, or perhaps you’ve had one (or more!) for a while. Perhaps you only wear it on special occasions, or maybe you wear it every day. Regardless, you should know everything there is to know about how to keep it running for years, if not decades, preserving its value. With the right care, your watch could very well outlive you. Read on to learn how to give your watch the care it deserves!


How a Mechanical Watch Works


The basic way that a mechanical watch works hasn’t changed for hundreds of years. This is part of what makes them so incredible. Unlike a quartz watch, which uses a battery, a mechanical watch has no battery, microchip, or circuitry. It gets its power from the slow unwinding of a tightly-coiled spring called the mainspring. This spring provides power to the movement as well as any additional complications the watch may have, such as a date indicator.

Watch parts are machined to near perfection at microscopic sizes and tolerances and can produce highly accurate time. The escapement assembly ensures that the power released from the mainspring is let out in reliable increments. The gears that connect the mainspring and escapement turn at various speeds. This is what allows the watch to keep and show the time.

There are two main things to watch out for that could be disruptive to a watch movement: friction and external shocks. To cope with friction, a watch should be regularly lubricated. The watch also features jeweled bearings. In the old days, they would be jeweled with real rubies. These days, however, synthetic rubies are used. The pivots of the gear wheels go in the center of these rubies. As the rubies are polished, they provide a surface that’s nearly frictionless. To cope with external shocks, the jewels are held inside a floating frame. This protects the delicate pivots of the gear wheels. 


Winding a Watch


A traditional mechanical watch requires owner interaction for it to work. On most watches, the mainspring will only keep its energy for a day or so, and then the watch needs winding again. The mainspring is wound by turning the crown a few dozen times. While the process seems simple enough, there are some things to watch out for:

First, take the watch off your wrist before winding it. When the watch is on your wrist, the angle is not ideal, which can put stress on the winding stem. Also, never overwind your watch. When you can’t turn the crown anymore, and you feel the resistance, stop immediately. For optimum results, wind your watch every day.  This is because the mainspring usually works best when it’s at more than half tension. Most watches will keep power for a couple of days, so it’s a good habit to wind your watch before you put it on each morning. 

If you have an automatic watch, known as a self-winding watch, then the above two paragraphs don’t apply to you. The mainspring of a self-winding watch should keep its tension. This is due to the weighted rotor in the movement that oscillates with the motion of your arm. To prevent overwinding, a slipping clutch is inside. 

If you wear your watch every day, then you shouldn’t need to wind your watch. If you do need to wind the watch, just turn the crown 20-30 times until you see the second hand moving, then set the time and start wearing it again. While you can’t overwind a self-winding watch, be careful as the winding mechanism is usually more fragile than that in a regular mechanical watch.


Setting a Watch


Setting a mechanical watch is pretty self-explanatory, but there are a couple of things to watch out for if your watch displays the date. One thing to remember is that you shouldn’t set the date if the time on the watch is between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.  If you have a watch that’s stopped running and you’re not sure when it stopped, pull out the crown and turn it until you see the date change. That will tell you the watch is at midnight. Then, push the time past 2 a.m. before attempting to change the date. The reason for this is because the mechanism that changes the date starts to engage the gear train after 9 p.m. and it’s only after 2 a.m. that it disengages. Therefore, if you set the date during these hours, you could break the teeth of the mechanism, which would be quite expensive to fix. Another thing to remember about setting a watch is that it’s better to move time forward than backward. This is also to prevent any harm from coming to the date mechanism. 


About Water Resistance

There are three main enemies of a mechanical watch: magnets, shock, and moisture. Thankfully, these days most watches can handle all three reasonably well. Most mechanical watches are water resistant to about 30 meters. While 30 meters might sound like a lot, keep in mind that that’s the minimum rating for a watch. So while your watch might survive if you accidentally drop it in water, it’s best to avoid taking it swimming regularly. For that kind of application, you’d want a water resistance rating of at least 50 meters. If you regularly take your watch into water, you should have the water resistance tested every year by a professional, as it may need to have its gaskets replaced.


About Shock Resistance

Your watch contains shock absorbers to protect it from an unexpected fall or other physical disturbances. There are limits however—remember that your watch is a delicate mechanism that requires precision in order to operate properly. Certain activities, such as tennis or golfing, put extra stress on a mechanical watch. On days that you’ll be doing an activity that involves extreme jolts of force, you may want to wear a quartz watch.

About Magnetism

Magnetism can cause problems with a mechanical watch. It can cause the spirals of the mainspring to push together, making the spring shorter. This causes the watch to run much faster than normal. While a lot of progress has been made regarding the protection of watches from magnetism, the mainspring is still vulnerable. Magnets are in a lot of electronics such as TVs, speakers, and iPads. If your watch gets close to them, it may not keep time accurately. If your watch is suddenly showing a time that’s ahead by a few minutes, chances are it was exposed to magnets. While a watch can easily be demagnetized by a professional, it’s even better to avoid the magnetism in the first place.


Polishing Crystal

These days, most watches use sapphire crystals that are scratch-resistant. Some watches, however, use acrylic crystals that are easily scratched. Thankfully, they can also be polished easily. You could use a product called Polywatch, which is specifically designed for this task, although other products such as Brasso or even car headlamp lens cleaner can do the job.


Case Care

Watch cases can also get scratched, but thankfully they can also be polished. A watch polishing kit comes with abrasive cloths that can help you restore the finish of your watch case. Some claim to have had success using a Scotchbrite pad, but your mileage may vary. If you have a collectable vintage watch, remember that the original unpolished condition might be more desirable. If you plan to sell it, it may be better to just tolerate the scratches.


Cleaning Your Watch

Your watch will gather sweat, skin, hair and other junk from your wrist as you wear it. Therefore, it’s necessary to clean it now and again. Using an old toothbrush (not a new one, as the bristles will be too firm) and some running water, clean the back of the case and around the lugs of the strap.


Watch Straps

Straps and bracelets can maintain their look with a bit of regular care. Rubber straps are great for water, but can deteriorate from sun exposure and getting hit with products such as sunscreen, bug spray or cologne. Therefore, it’s important to check them regularly, especially around the buckle and springbars. You don’t want your precious watch to fall off its strap when you least expect it!

Leather straps aren’t ideal for water, but leather oils and waterproofing products can help make them last longer. A metal bracelet, however, can last as long as your watch, and just needs some regular polishing. Regardless of which type of strap you use, it’s likely worth investing in a few extra springbars, as well as a strap-changing tool, so you can easily switch from one strap to the other. 


Professional Maintenance

Your watch contains lubricating oils, gear teeth, and jewels. These can dry up or wear out over time, leading to very costly repairs. To avoid this, every few years your watch should be sent to a professional for maintenance, in order to maintain its value.


Conclusion

So, there you have it! Your watch is an investment that could very well outlast you. Simply follow these tips to keep it in good shape and running for as long as possible.



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How Often Should I Do a Complete Watch Overhaul?

Your watch is a sophisticated piece of machinery, so once in a while it’s going to need service. This type of regular service is known in the business as a “complete watch overhaul”, although this term isn’t entirely accurate. It’s more like a ‘tune-up’ than anything else.


Like a luxury car, fine watches need regular maintenance to function their best. How often you need your watch overhauled depends on how often you wear it. If you wear it regularly, then three to five years would be the recommended time interval between overhauls for most watches. If you don’t wear your watch as often and you store it properly, you may be to go longer between overhauls. If you’re not wearing the watch regularly, however, you should at least wind and run the watch monthly. This is to keep the parts lubricated—a watch has oils inside that can dry out.


If you have a water-resistant watch that you wear in the water or take into the shower, you likely should get your watch serviced more often. Every two years, the watch should at least be tested to ensure the water resistance is not in danger of being compromised. This type of watch has an O-ring rubber gasket that can crack, and screw-down threads that can develop problems. Regular servicing is imperative to ensure that water doesn’t get into the internals of the watch.

If your watch has grand complications or tourbillons, you may also consider getting your watch overhauled more frequently. More gears inside the watch mean more friction, and more points that need regular lubrication. This is especially true if your watch is particularly complicated. Minute repeaters, perpetual calendars, and split-second chronographs are much more complex than standard watches, with many more parts inside. These extra parts are thin and tiny, thus can easily become damaged if their lubrication dries out. If metal parts come into contact without lubrication, the friction wears the metal down. As replacement parts are very expensive, it’s very important to have the watch serviced watch regularly—every three years if worn regularly, and every five years if worn occasionally.


So, there you have it! With regular maintenance and care, you can keep your watch running for a very long time, and avoid a lot of costly repairs.






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