Watch damage can often be traced to moisture. And even though many amazing timepieces are designed to be durable, they sometimes become exposed to rain, accidental drop in water or sweat. No matter how careful you are, you may not always be able to prevent these situations. Thus, discover helpful tips for times when water enters your quartz watch.
How Bad Can Water Damage Be?
Water damage can affect your watch seal and even the battery. If moisture finds its way into the gears and parts inside the watch, it may alter the perfect function of these parts and the entire watch. Thus, the best thing to do as soon as you observe an accidental water immersion is to open the watch case.
For many people, the first thing that comes to mind is to drop the watch in a bowl of rice and hope that the grains extract the moisture. But how do you know if water has leaked in? Look for traces of fog on the crystal, and once you find that the dial face is moist, there’s every chance that the watch movement has also been penetrated. And since the movement has metal parts, rust is inevitable. If you leave the watch in this condition for up to a week, the movement may get very soaked and the rust may happen largely within this period.
Thus, when water enters your quartz watch, you should act immediately to fix it. Whether the damage is due to fresh or salt water, the parts can begin to corrode and leave the watch in an irreparable state. Thus, we recommend that you provide a source of heat to dry every essential part of the watch.
Begin by separating the watch movement and other individual parts and prepare to dry them with intense (but not too hot) heat. The only way to get water out is to open the watch and dry it with heat until every trace of moisture disappears. However, too much heat can also be very disastrous. And while it’s possible to do this on your own, it’s advisable to work with a watchmaker who can carefully disassemble the watch parts, dry, and rearrange them.
Consult a Professional Watchmaker
Going to a professional watchmaker is one of the best choices you can make if water enters your quartz watch. After he has dried each part of the watch thoroughly, he’ll place them in a cleaning machine to remove oil residue and dust. When this process of cleaning is completed, he will reassemble the parts and apply whatever oils are needed to get the watch back in its original shape.
When the watchmaker is done with the drying and cleaning, he’ll test the watch to confirm that all parts are back to normal. We also recommend that you check for water resistance every two years, if your watch supports this function. By the way, water-resistant watches are not waterproof; so don’t misconstrue them and mistakenly destroy your watch yourself.
In all, if water enters your quartz watch, drying and regular maintenance can restore it.Maybe you want to learn《How to Maintain the Quartz Watch》!