Maintaining Your Watch

Maintaining Your Watch

Maintaining your watch can be a difficult process.  This page will explain some of the basic ideas about general maintenance. In addition, specific maintenance information for your watch is available from the manufacturer or included in the watch’s operating manual.

Quartz Watches

Masterpiece Watch Restoration recommends professional maintenance on a quartz watch every two years for the best operation. Dead batteries will leak and ruin even the finest watch.

During battery replacement, our technicians:

  • clean dirt from the seals around the battery compartment.
  • inspect the seals for damage.
  • inspect the movement for damage or dirt.
  • replace the battery.
  • test the watch for water resistance.
  • set the watch and return it to you running on time.

Mechanical Watches

Mechanical watch servicing varies by manufacturer.  Masterpiece Watch Restoration recommends checking your mechanical watch for proper operation every five years.  Our professional mechanical watch servicing involves:

  • exterior cleaning.
  • inspection for defects.
  • timing test.
  • testing the watch for water resistance.

Optional services can include bracelet and case clean and polish.

What is water resistance?

Water resistance is a watch’s ability to keep out moisture.  To keep moisture out from everyday use, modern watches are designed with gaskets. Diving watches, such as the Submariner, are designed to be worn by scuba divers up to the depth of 300 meters or more and must be able to withstand high pressures.

Most watches currently sold are constructed using rubber gaskets that create a water-resistant seal. And as any watch ages, the seals that protect the watch from moisture become less reliable. The plastic or rubber in the seals becomes brittle and dry. Therefore, in order for your watch to be protected, replacement and testing of the seals are mandatory. When a watch leaks the damage begins immediately. Finally, our test equipment can test for everyday water resistance and high-pressure water resistance. If you would like to learn more about water resistance please head here to learn more.

How can my watch get water damage?

As water evaporates it cools the watch. Furthermore, as the watch cools, the air inside the watch contracts. Therefore, a leaking watch draws water through the leak point and into the watch mechanism. Submerging your watch is not the only way to cause damage!  A splash due to hand washing, a rain shower, or a spilled drink can cause damage to your watch! 

Why does water cause damage? 

All watches should be inspected for leaks periodically and the seals replaced when they are old and unreliable. Sealed watches (also called water-resistant watches) that have a small leak cannot be dried out. For example, a tiny amount of water can go unnoticed and remain trapped in the watch for months causing great damage. Water-resistant watches with a small leak are more susceptible to water damage than a non-sealed watch. The watch should be resealed after the removal of the water to prevent leaking. Without a seal, watches can breathe and let the trapped moisture escape if you leave it in a warm place for a while. Therefore, watches must have moisture removed to prevent damage.

What else can I do? 

When maintaining your watch, watch mechanisms with moving parts require periodic maintenance also to keep them running smoothly. Bring them into Masterpiece Watch Repair! Cleaning and re-lubricating of moving parts assure reduced wear and reliable operation. In conclusion, by keeping in mind these simple facts about watches and providing careful maintenance a watch will perform better and give many years of reliable service.