4 Signs Your Watch Needs Maintenance
Upscale timepieces are meant to last a lifetime. For you to get the best out of your watches though, it takes a little love, care, and maintenance. Here are a few signs that indicate it’s time to bring your watch into Watch and Wares for maintenance.
Indication of Moisture
It’s almost a given that your watch will come into contact with water at some point in time. If there is evidence of any moisture or condensation inside the glass of your watch when it does, or in general, it’s time to take a trip to Watch and Wares to repair your watch. If you plan on swimming with your watch, be sure to adjust the crown and ensure it is tightly secured before you enter. If you come into contact with salt water, be sure to immediately rinse your watch with fresh water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth. Moisture can increase the risk of damage to the functionality of your watch, so taking care of the matter promptly is imperative.
If you start the notice that your second hand is skipping by a couple of seconds, it’s time to take your watch in to get serviced. When your watch starts to skip a beat, it is usually an indicator that your battery is running low. Watches that have reached this point should be taken in for an immediate inspection. Don’t wait until the watch is completely drained to take it in for maintenance. Most Quartz watches can detect when the battery voltage drops below a certain level and will notify you that it’s time for a new battery. Prolonging this replacement can cause severe consequences, such as a potential battery acid leak. From a professional standpoint, it is recommended to have your battery switched out every 1-3 years to ensure optimal use.
Mechanical watch movements, on the other hand, are powered by the energy created from the movement of the mainspring. If you’ve dropped your mechanical watch and noticed that it’s not working properly or has stopped running altogether, the impact might have caused the axle to break or become displaced – resulting in an axle replacement. Extra care also needs to be taken when adjusting the time and date on your mechanical watch. The gears inside of a mechanical watch pre-engage before the actual change at midnight. So if you are manually changing the time and date, you need to be careful in order to not break the gears that are already engaged. If you happen to accidentally break a gear, you may notice a behavior change with the hands. If this is the case, you need to take your watch in for maintenance to repair the gears and behavior of the watch.
Something Sounds Off
If you’ve accidentally dropped or hit your watch on a hard surface, it’s possible that it took on some damage. The mechanisms and movements of watches are extremely complex, and sensitive. Even the smallest of bumps can jolt the function of your watch. A clicking noise could be an indicator that your watch is in fact damaged or on the verge of something more serious. If the rotor axle is exhibiting a type of rattling noise, it can eventually interrupt the inner working elements within the watch itself – shortening its lifespan. If you start to hear an odd rattle or noise or feel like something is off, head over to a professional repair shop to get it checked out.
A watch crown is an important and necessary component to any watch. They allow you to change the time and date of your watch as well as wind and stop it. Though watch crowns are built to be durable and capable of withstanding tough conditions, they are susceptible to becoming damaged due to its exposure. The crown is connected to a tiny stem that allows the watch to execute its meticulous movements. If you notice that it becomes stiff or loose or has completely lost its function, a replacement is needed. Loose crowns are a common issue and can be easily replaced.
From battery replacements to detailing services, Watch and Wares provides each and every client with the highest quality watch maintenance services in Orange County. For over 30 years, we have perfected the art of craftsmanship, providing you with the best possible repair experience in the industry. If you think your watch needs servicing, take the initiative to ensure there will be no additional damage to your precious timepiece.