Poradnik właściwego użytkowania zegarka
As we offer watches of highest quality, we wish they serve you for long time. Durability of all watches can be extended by using it correctly and avoiding the most common errors, which we describe below, discussing most important issues.
1. Influence of temperature on condition of watches
Because watches are very prone to temperature changes it is very easy to accidentally damage mechanism. The most typical error is exposing cold or wet watch into the sunlight, which usually results in fogging or its deterioration, which can only be repaired by service, which is not being done under guarantee.
Not only temperature changes are unfavorable. Also constant extreme temperatures can have negative influence on condition of our watch. Temperature above 60°C can have repercussions on work of mechanism and on battery usage. Moreover, strong light can influence materials our watch is made of, especially watch straps. On the other hand, to low temperature (below 0°C) makes the oil use in our mechanism got thicker and the whole mechanism slows down. It is good practice to have our watch place on our in cold days, because watch will get warmer being exposed to the temperature of our body.
2. Straps fastened too tight
This issue concerns leather straps which are very prone to pH of our skin, sweat or can be easily destroyed when our hand becomes swollen. It is natural that during the day, because of hight temperature, atmospheric pressure or simply personal body features our hand may become swollen. It is therefore important not to fasten straps too tight, because it might not only hurt us but also will weaken fibers of straps and as a result will destroy them.
To maintain good condition of straps they should be replaced after around 1.5 year.
3. Water resistance
Each producer provides the level of waterproofness on the lid or the dial. The symbol results from taking into consideration both the quality of materials used as well as the technology in which the watch was produced.
WR. 30M (3ATM) – splash proof watch
WR. 50M (5ATM) – splash proof watch, can be used while swimming in surface water
WR. 100M (10ATM) - watch can be used while swimming in surface water diving in shallow water
WR. 200/300m (20/30ATM) – for diving with Aqua-Lung
Because time and external factor have got influence on crowns, adjusters or gaskets can deteriorate and as a result watch can lose its waterproofness. In order to avoid it it is recommended to have the watch checked by the authorised service, especially when the case has been opened.
It is important not to manipulate with crown or adjusters once under water. Before it is crucial to make sure that all these part are tight-fitting. After exposing watch into saltwater it have to be rinsed with clean water and left to dry away from heat source.
4. Servicing automatic/mechanical watches
Even thought it is commonly thought that automatic/mechanical watches do not have to be serviced, such a watches also require regular inspections, during which they are cleaned, mechanism is greased and gaskets are being changed. Regardless the lack of need for changing battery, other parts of our watch needs to be replaced or repaired from time to time.
5. Configuring Time Settings
Adjusting watches has one unbreakable rule – watch hand have to be moved clockwise – never the other way as it might destroy mechanism.
6. Configuring Date Settings
Most watches has got the date range from 1st to 31st day of month. As a result during months that are shorter than 31 days long ones we have to set the date manually. It is important to remember that we cannot do it between 10 PM and 3 AM, because it is when watches are setting date automatically.
7. Battery replacement
Battery in your watch has started working the minute it was placed in your watch by the producer. By the time it reaches you it might be near to being empty (before watch is delivered to you it might be shipped and stored for even few months). However, we strongly discourage you from replacing it y yourself as it will always result in loosing guarantee. Battery can only be changed by authorised service.
8. Shortening rubber straps witch butterfly clasps
It is worth remembering that this action is irreversible and so we should ask for assistance and bear in mind saving few extra millimeters of straps, having in mind that our hand can be a bit swollen sometimes (it is natural after long day or as a result of changing atmosphere conditions etc.). Too short straps will result in releasing and damaging or loosing our watch.
9. Durability of watches with sapphire crystal glass
Unfortunately, the theory about indestructibility of watches with sapphire crystal glass is false. Such a glass is classified 9/10 a per Mohs scale, being resistant to scratches but still it is prone to breakage resulted from contact with e.g. stone.
10. The influence of usage of chronograph on lifetime of battery
It is crucial to remember that chronograph is additional function which increase usage of battery. Once we do not need it we should switch it off to save energy.
11. External factors vs watch durability
Every element of our watch might be destroyed or lose it original look or features once exposed to external factors. Watches, especially straps are prone to pH of our skin, sweat, chemicals, gases or
solvents. We have to remember about it once we do cleanup works, during which our watch can be exposed to e.g. washing liquids. For those who are facing such a factors very ofter, we recommend choosing watches with rubber straps or stainless steel which are more resistant to such a factors when compared with traditional leather straps. It is also crucial to avoid exposing watches directly to cosmetics and perfumes, as these also can damage our watches.
Also magnetic field can be dangerous for our watch. We encourage you to take off your watch during check in on the airport.
12. How to clean a watch
Gold and steel bracelets can be clean with water with soap, rinsed with clean water and dried with wipe. Every watch can be cleaned with toothbrush under one condition – it have to be soft, so it does not scratch our watch. We should take care of watches with leather straps in slightly different way. Such a straps should be firstly, rinsed with clean water, then cleaned with soap rinsed again, wipes with soft cloth and later left to dry, away from heat centers.
Watch should be stored in dry place, isolated from unfavorable external factors, preferably in original box or soft material sack. We should wind watches even when we are not currently using them so to make them operating for a long time. For watches with fluorescent hands etc. it is important to expose them to sun or artificial light.
14. Watch maintenance
We should regularly have our watch being maintained by authorised service. It's main goal is to check waterproofness, cleaning watch and strap, changing gaskets, batteries etc. More comprehensive maintenance should contain oiling of mechanism and replacement of damaged parts. All the time, watch should be rated not only for its functions but also they way it looks like.
15. How to wind a mechanical watch
We should wind mechanical watch everyday, same time of a day by tuning the crown forwards or backwards until we feel pressure. We should not wind watch to often but also to rarely as it might result in improper work of our watch or even damaging it. Automatic watches normally does not require manual watching unless the mechanism has stopped. Otherwise, watch will wind itself once being on hand for around 8-10 hours a day.
In order, to keep those watches working properly, it is recommended to maintain them in authorised services, especially that they are very prone to influence of magnetic field, temperature changes or gravity.