Mechanical Watch Care & Maintenance
|Manual winding or self winding/automatic watches need
special handling. The manufacturers have their own way of
taking care their products, but these FAQ apply to every
mechanical watch. If you have a question not listed here,
please feel free to contact Westime.
Q: Why did my watch stop
after not wearing it for a few days?
Q: Do I have to wear my
mechanical watch everyday?
Q: What time of day is best time should I wind/set my watch?
A: For manual winding watch, try to wind up the watch at the same time everyday. Set a routine, for example, every morning before putting it on. Turn the crown until you meet the resistance when winding the watch, including the self winding watches.
Remember to only turn the hands clockwise when setting the time. Always set the day and/or date on the watch in the daytime. The mechanism on a day date watch is activated several hours during the night. Making adjustments during those hours could jam the mechanism.
Q: Does my watch need periodic check ups?
A: Mechanical watches are designed to provide a lifetime of accurate and reliable service. For maximum efficiency and to prevent damage, a mechanical watch needs to be serviced every three or four years depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation. Because of the complexity of the mechanism in a fine mechanical watch, it’s best to have it serviced by an agent authorized by the watch manufacturer. They will inspect your watch for any worn parts that may need replacement, check whether it needs lubrication, and whether perspiration or water, dust, etc., needs to be removed from within the watch.
Q: What does it mean when my watch needs to be serviced?
A: All watches need service, especially mechanical watches. Many steps have to be performed to service a watch. First, the watch is opened and the movement is removed. It is taken apart, down to the very last screw. Then the parts are checked for wear and tear. The old parts are replaced when necessary. Then all the parts are cleaned, reassemble and lubricated. After those steps, then the movement is regulated, so the watch will run accordingly. If the watch is water resistant, the water tightness is checked. The last step is polishing the case and the bracelet. After performing all this steps, you will get almost a brand new watch.
Q: Why go through all the hassle of servicing my watch if it is working fine?
A: There are some good reasons. First, the oil that keeps the watch running will break over time. Un-lubricated watch parts can create friction. The problem gets worse if the friction create microscopic fine dust that will act as an abrasive to the movement. Another reason, the case of the watch is expanding in response to the hot and cold. This allows dust to enter the case through the microscopic fine cracks. This happens even in the water resistant watches that have protective gaskets.
Q: How should I care for my watch case and bracelet?
A: Metal bracelets should be washed carefully in water. If really dirty, use a soft toothbrush with soap and water to brush away the dirt. Finally, rinse with water and dry carefully with a soft cloth. If your watch is not water resistant, be careful not to get water on the case. Cases should be wiped gently with a slightly moistened soft cloth and then dried carefully.
Leather straps should be slightly loosened in the summer, when they may absorb perspiration. A tight strap not only prevents the passage of air over the strap undersurface but can also cause a perspiration rash on the wrist. If the strap ever becomes wet with perspiration, wipe it dry with a soft cloth.
When you take off your
watch, leave it in a well-ventilated spot. Never put it in a
sealed container when it is still damp with perspiration.
Q: Is there any special care should I give to my watch?
A: Your watch is a precision measuring instrument. Treat it carefully, and it will serve you well. Avoid undue shocks (such as dropping on hard surfaces). Never wear mechanical watch while playing golf or tennis because arm speeds excess of 70 mph can damage the movement of the watch. Also, check your watch to see if it is labeled “Water Resistant”, if not avoid all contact with water.