For many people, how to maintain the quartz watch is a major concern. Yes, the mechanical watch requires more servicing and frequent repairs. But what processes are involved in keeping your quartz watch in good shape for the next two or more decades? We’ll go through the tips for elongating the life span of your watch, and hope you adopt them in your watch maintenance routines.
What Forms of Maintenance does my Quartz Watch Require?
Unlike mechanical watches, quartz watches rarely require excessive servicing. This is because they are battery-powered and not subject to winding or moving of parts. The only moving parts in the quartz watch is the gears which set the hands in motion. And this applies to only analog quartz watches, since digital quartz watches have no hands. Luxury quartz watches sometimes require oiling of their gears after about 10 years.
However, the proper serving that the quartz watch needs happens during battery change. When you take your watch to a jeweler or watch mender for a battery replacement, ensure that he cleans any trace of dust or dirt that he observes around the watch movement and internal parts.
Caution Against Heat and Cold
Quartz watches are dependent on the right temperature for their accuracy. This is because the quartz crystals are designed to operate at room temperature. More so, watches are better stored in a deposit box or home safe. So, as much as possible, avoid bringing moisture in contact with your watch. Condensation is responsible for damage to many quartz watches, especially the IC circuits.
Also, when you keep your watch idle for a long time, the battery may corrode and begin to leak. Preferably, remove the battery and keep it safe somewhere else. Some people believe that removing the battery stops the gears and hands from turning. But others say that when these parts are inactive, their lubrication may solidify. You can also pull out the crown by the watch case to stop the battery from ticking. This way, you can preserve your watch battery life.
Interestingly, watches can use their new batteries for up to three years but when you get a replacement, it barely goes beyond a year. Lithium batteries can survive about ten years even though silver oxide batteries are also very good.
How to Clean the Watch Movement
Over time, watch movements gather metal debris which can eventually affect how the movement works. You can take the design apart and wash the movement with a lighter fluid. Dip the movement in a bowl of lighter fluid and allow the substance to go through the insides of the movement.
Caring for the Sapphire Crystal
Sapphire crystals are not always resistant to scratch or excessive pressure; so, don’t feel tempted to go hitting your watch face against a hard surface. Plastic crystals also exist, but the sapphire crystals are preferred since they are generally believed to have a hardness level of 9.
To maintain the quartz watch, you need to mind the temperature you expose it to, store it in the right place, and care for other watch parts that need proper maintenance. Most of all, love your watch, as this will naturally prompt you to protect it.