Watch CareYour watch should be serviced at regular intervals. Watches are precision instruments and as such need to be looked after lovingly. To help prolong the life of your watch we recommend you to follow the care instructions detailed below.

Bracelet Watches

Direct contact with sprays such as hairsprays, perfumes or detergents may cause damage to your watch.

Leather Straps

Leather straps deteriorate at different rates depending on climatic conditions, sweat acidity and levels of wear and tear. To ensure your leather strap lasts as long as possible take the following precautions: avoid soaking your strap in water, avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, and avoid direct contact with solvents, detergents and perfumes.

Waterproof Watches

Always make sure the crown on your watch is always fully locked or screwed down to avoid water from entering onto the case which can cause considerable damage to the movement. A hard knock might cause a watch to lose its water resistance without you realising it. Be sure to service water resistant watches regularly. Water resistant watches must be opened and closed by a skilled watchmaker.

Quartz Watches

All quartz watches are powered by batteries so it is not necessary to wind them. If your quartz watch stops, have the battery checked as soon as possible. A "dead" battery may cause serious damage to the movement if left inside the watch too long. Quartz analogue watches contain both electronic and mechanical parts which require periodic servicing.

Automatic Watches

The self-winding device in automatic watches keeps the watch wound while it is being worn. Off the wrist, it will keep going for between 28 to 48 hours. To restart the watch after this time, rewind it manually.

Chronograph Watches

These watches are equipped with additional time measurement functions independent of normal time-telling. This multifunction sport watch has a stopwatch function, most have two or three sub dials, or mini-dials, for measuring minutes and hours.


Mechanical and automatic watches should be cleaned and serviced every three years to ensure trouble-free time keeping. The moving parts of quartz watches also need maintenance, as they are not under tension and any small, foreign particle is sufficient stop them.


From time to time you should clean your watch case and metal band with a soft brush and liquid soap, then rinse with water. This will keep you watch in good condition and prolong its life.

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