How to look af­ter your watch

Esquire (UK) - - Watches - BY IAN HAYCOCK, HEAD OF TECH­NI­CAL SER­VICES AT LUX­URY RE­TAILER WATCHES OF SWITZER­LAND

1 CLEAN THE BRACELET OF YOUR WATCH OF­TEN US­ING AN OLD TOOTHBRUSH AND RINSE IT UN­DER WARM SOAPY WA­TER. (MAKE SURE THE CROWN OF THE WATCH IS FULLY SE­CURED TO PRE­VENT MOIS­TURE DAM­AGE TO

THE MOVE­MENT).

2

IF YOUR WATCH HAS A STRAP MADE OUT OF LEATHER OR AN­OTHER

MA­TE­RIAL, YOU SHOULD CLEAN ONLY THE WATCH CASE AND NOT THE STRAP. CLEAN THE CASE WITH A SOFT, SLIGHTLY DAMP CLOTH

AND THEN DRY.

3

WATCHES SHOULD BE STORED SEP­A­RATELY TO AVOID WEAR CAUSED BY FRIC­TION. WHETHER YOU HAVE STAIN­LESS STEEL TIME­PIECES OR SPORTS WATCHES, ALL HAVE MANY DEL­I­CATE PARTS AND SHOULD BE STORED AC­CORD­INGLY. 4 AU­TO­MATIC WATCHES RELY ON THE NAT­U­RAL MOVE­MENTS OF YOUR BODY TO STAY PRE­CISE AND COR­RECTLY WOUND.

KEEPING AU­TO­MATIC WATCHES ON A WINDER WILL EN­SURE THEY ARE WOUND WHEN­EVER YOU WANT TO WEAR THEM.

5

FOR TIME­PIECES WITH A HAND-WOUND ME­CHAN­I­CAL MOVE­MENT,

BE SURE TO WIND THE WATCH ONCE A DAY. BUT

BE CARE­FUL NOT TO OVER-WIND THE WATCH

(STOP WIND­ING THE TIME­PIECE AS SOON AS YOU FEEL RE­SIS­TANCE). 6 IF YOU OWN A WATCH WITH A SELF-WIND­ING MECH­A­NISM, BE SURE TO WIND THE WATCH EV­ERY WEEK — EVEN IF IT IS WORN DAILY. THIS EN­SURES THAT THE MAINSPRING HAS BUILT UP A SUF­FI­CIENT

POWER RE­SERVE. 7 TIME­PIECES POW­ERED BY A BAT­TERY WILL NEED TO BE RE­PLACED. BE SURE TO HAVE THE BAT­TERY

RE­PLACED EI­THER BE­FORE OR SHORTLY AF­TER THE BAT­TERY HAS EX­PIRED. OLD BATTERIES CAN SOME­TIMES CAUSE IRREPARABLE DAM­AGE. 8 WHEN SER­VIC­ING YOUR WATCH, ASK TO HAVE IT PRO­FES­SION­ALLY CLEANED AT THE

SAME TIME BY A BRAND-AP­PROVED

WATCH­MAKER.

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