WATCH CARE

MAGNETIC FIELDS
Keep your watch away from electronic units, which can generate powerful magnetic fields.

SEAWATER
Always rinse your watch with clear water after taking a swim in the sea.

SHOCKS
Avoid whether thermal or other.

IMPACT
Avoid vibrations and impacts (e.g.: when playing golf, mountain biking, etc). Strong impacts may damage even the best of watches.

SCREW-IN-CROWN
Carefully screw down the crown to prevent water penetration into the mechanism.

NON SCREW-DOWN CROWN
Push the crown back into neutral position to prevent water penetration into the mechanism.

CLEANING
For metal bracelets and water-resistant cases, use a toothbrush and some water, then dry your watch off with a soft cloth.

HAND WINDING
SWISS WATCH GALLERY recommends some hand winding rules for your watch below:

  1. Wind the watch off your wrist to minimize stress on the winding stem.
  2. Overwinding your watch is not recommended. Stop when you feel resistance.
  3. Cultivate the habit of winding your watch every day.

CHEMICAL PRODUCTS
Prevent damage of the bracelet, gaskets or the case by avoiding direct contact with solvents, perfumes, detergents, and other chemical products that may possibly harm your watch.

TEMPERATURES
Temperatures above 60°C or 140°F below 0°C or 32°F can cause damage to your watch. Avoid extreme temperature changes.

WATER RESISTANCE
The water resistance of a watch cannot be permanently guaranteed. Ageing gaskets or an accidental shock to one of the components such as the crown, pushers, and crystal may affect the watch’s water resistance. It is recommended that you get the water resistance of your watch checked once a year.

CHRONOGRAPH PUSH-PIECE
Unless the chronographs have pushers which can function underwater, refrain from operating chronograph pushers underwater to prevent water from entering the mechanism.

POWER RESERVE (AUTOMATIC)
A watch’s self-winding mechanism is directly linked to the wearer’s activity. To ensure that the watch runs through the night, wind the watch fully to generate enough power reserve. If the watch is not worn sufficiently or not regularly, the power reserve will continue to drain, requiring the watch to be wound manually. The crown would need to be wound manually for about 30 to 40 times to develop sufficient power reserve and to ensure accuracy of the timepiece. A common misconception is that by simply wearing an automatic watch, sufficient motion will be afforded to enable the watch to maintain accurate time.

LEATHER STRAP
Leather strap: SWISS WATCH GALLERY recommends following the steps below to prolong the mint condition of your leather strap:

  1. Avoid contact with water and dampness to prevent discoloration and deformation.
  2. Avoid exposure to sunlight for long periods of time to prevent colour fading.
  3. Avoid contact with grease and cosmetic products, as leather is permeable. It is not advisable to clean your strap with leather cleaners.
  4. If you have a problem with your leather strap, please contact your nearest SWISS WATCH GALLERY retailer.