Part 6 of safeguarding your vintage watch: a series for the enthusiast

We have come to the final episode in our series on safeguarding your vintage watch: a series for the enthusiast. We’ll cut to the chase on this one so you don’t have to wait a minute longer.

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Good behaviour is around your watch is paramount

Extreme temperature changes and temperatures that exceed 140 °F or fall below 32 °F can affect the timekeeping and water resistance capabilities of a watch. Additionally, this is generally two harmful areas for most watches to be in. Next time you’re cleaning out your freezer or baking close to an oven, take your watch off.

Antique wrist watches that are mechanical, when exposed to anything containing a magnet can also and will cause these watches to run incorrectly. The results may cause the watch to run fast, slow or even stop. You should avoid placing your watch on or near permanent magnets, such as those found in speakers, and computers.

One of the most common culprits is the cell phone. Another watch-killer — sudden shocks or impacts. These may result in possible damage to the case, movement, crystal, dial and hands. When the unfortunate happens, the watch may no longer function as desired and will require service to correct the problem.

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