A watch worn frequently will need routine care and maintenance to keep it looking and running well. Giving it a gentle clean will keep it not only aesthetically sound, it will also prevent accelerated wear on moving parts and finishes. For water resistant watches, use a soft brush dipped in warm water mixed with mild detergent, gently agitating to remove debris. Dry throughly with a microfibre cloth. Do not use heat.
A polished watch can begin to lose its shine as it picks up minute surface scratches. These can be removed with a light metal polish and a microfibre polishing cloth. Be aware that polishing a watch removes material from its surface, so use this technique sparingly, and only remove marks that cannot be felt with a fingernail. Anything more prominent will need the work of a professional to remove.
There can be some confusion with regard to the actual water resistance of a watch in comparison to the water resistance specified by the manufacturer. Manufacturers test the water resistance of their watches in controlled circumstances, which do not allow for high pressure surges experienced in shallower water during routine diving. With that in mind, the rules to follow can be seen on the table opposite.
Dos and Don’ts
There are some rules of thumb to follow to avoid damaging your watch. Do not change the date using the quick date change between 10pm and 2am. Do rinse your diving watch off with fresh water after diving in salt water. Do not position your watch near or on a magnet. Do not force any moving parts—everything that should move, will move with minimal pressure. Do not exceed the limitations of your watch’s water resistance.