The majority of the population uses or own a watch. Whether it’s a vintage Rolex, a rare Patek or just a simple, brand-less watch from China, it is essential to keep your timepiece in tip-top shape. Here are some tips on how to maintain your watches properly.
Store it in the right place
Moisture, dust, pressure, and magnet are the main enemies of watches. They are not called the “Four Horsemen of Watch Apocalypse” for nothing. Find a dry place with controlled temperature to store your watches. Humidity can quickly get inside your watches and messes with the gears and springs and eventually will lead to rust. You should also avoid storing your watches with intense lighting. Constant exposure to light can cause aging even for watches. For example, a black colored dial can change to dark brown if exposed to too much light.
Get insurance for all the valuable items
Brands like Patek Philippe, Rolex, Hublot or Tag Heuer costs a fortune. Only 5% of the population (give or take) can afford these luxury items. Most of these watches costs at least $50,000 and up. Imagine an uninsured item that costs that much just sitting in your living room. It would be a waste of money if you lost that piece of jewelry. We usually get insurance for big items like cars and houses, but we typically take for granted jewelry like watches, rings, and necklaces. Most of these jewelry costs more than most cars and even houses, and jewelry is the number one target of thieves. With this in mind, we should always consider buying an insurance policy for our jewelry or store it in a safe place like a personal safe or bank vaults. To add extra protection, you can list all the serial numbers and take photographs of your watches. Insurance companies will ask for serial numbers anyways, so you have to do it if you want to get insurance for your watches.
Do you need all the expensive watches?
Gold Rolex, Frederique Constant watches, Patek Philippe, Seiko, Citizen, and Fossil. These watches tell time, but some of them cost $10,000 and some only costs $100. They are all the same, watches. Brand doesn’t matter unless you are a watch collector or an aficionado. Age is also a factor that that determines how people choose a watch. Teenagers (Age 15-20) prefers a fashionable watch over craftsmanship. As long as it is fashionable even if it is inexpensive, they will wear it. Early to late 20’s people prefers functional watches, an all in one device. A watch with calendar, weather update, tells time in two places and very durable. People ages 30-50 are more about the craftsmanship and the brand. These are the people who buy ridiculous priced watches since most of them have high paying jobs and can easily afford it. Older people ages 60 and up don’t usually mind how much their watches worth, or they don’t care anymore at all.