Owning a Rolex watch is a privilege, but it is also a responsibility. To make sure your used Rolex watch remains in excellent condition, there are some essential steps that you should take in order to care for your timepiece. With these four simple tips, you can keep your watch running smoothly for years to come and earn the most money possible when it’s time to sell your used Rolex watches.
Wear Your Rolex Watch Often
It may seem counterintuitive, but wearing your Rolex watch often is one of the best ways to keep it in good working order. By wearing it regularly, you can ensure that all of the internal components remain lubricated and don’t dry out. Rolex’s self-winding technology captures the subtle movements of your arm throughout the day and keeps the time running as long as you’re wearing it. If you take it off for more than a day, however, it may stop, and the time will need to be reset before wearing it again.
If you don’t wear your Rolex watch for more than a week, it is recommended to wind it manually. You can do this by turning the winding crown clockwise until you hear a click, which indicates that the mainspring is fully wound. You can also use a watch winder, which will keep your Rolex watch moving even when it isn’t on your wrist.
Only Clean Used Rolex Watches Occasionally
Like any other valuable luxury accessory, it’s important to keep your Rolex clean to extend its lifespan. However, you shouldn’t clean it too often, or you risk scratching and otherwise damaging your used Rolex watch.
To clean your watch, use a soft, lint-free cloth and a small amount of mild soap and water. Make sure you do not submerge your watch in water or use harsh cleaning products. If your watch has become dirty and the cloth is not enough to remove the dirt, you can use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub away residue. However, if the dirt is still not coming off, it is recommended to take your watch to a professional watchmaker. Additionally, if your Rolex watch doesn’t have an Oyster case and isn’t water resistant, avoid applying any liquid to your timepiece to clean it and, instead, take it to a watch repair professional.
Wind Your Rolex Watch When Needed
As mentioned above, most Rolex watches don’t need to be manually wound and will keep time as long as you’re wearing the timepiece. However, if you do find yourself needing to wind your used Rolex watch, don’t be afraid of doing so.
To wind your Rolex, simply unscrew the winding crown and rotate it clockwise until you hear a click. Once the mainspring is fully wound, you can set the time. When finished, make sure you screw the crown back down to the case to restore its water resistance and keep out any dirt or moisture.
Don’t Polish or Clean Used Rolex Watches Yourself
If your used Rolex watches are looking a little dull or lackluster after years of use, polishing them can help restore their original shine and vibrancy. However, Rolex watches can be easily scratched or damaged if not maintained properly. Never polish your used Rolex watches yourself; instead, take them to a professional watch repair store.
Watch repair professionals know how to properly polish used Rolex watches without over-polishing them and potentially damaging the timepiece’s components. When polishing a watch, you’re actually removing a thin layer of metal from the timepiece, and over-polishing the device can lead to long-term damage that can’t be repaired.
To ensure that your used Rolex watch remains in the best condition possible, follow the tips above, and when in doubt, always consult a watch repair professional such as Watch & Wares. We’ve been Orange County’s premier used Rolex watch repair specialist for more than 30 years, and we can bring all of your used Rolex watches back to life with our industry-leading professional watch repair services.
We also offer free Rolex watch appraisal if you want to sell or loan your used Rolex watches for cash after cleaning them. To speak to one of our appraisal specialists and schedule an appointment, give us a call at (714) 633-2030 or fill out our online contact form today. Whether your used Rolex watches are antique or contemporary, we’re the No. 1 jewelry and loan pawn shop for estate jewelry, fine watches and luxury accessories in Orange County, CA.