6 Ways to Damage Your Watch

by Gilbert Watson
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1. Improper Watch Storage

Do you know that keeping your timepiece in extreme cold or heat can cause damage to its gaskets and movements? A fast transfer from cold and hot temperatures can cause the parts to contract and expand. The result? The water vapor can enter the watch movement and dial, and may cause serious damages. It’s best to keep watch at a room temperature environment.

2. Setting the Watch Functions Wrong

Setting watch functions incorrectly can damage its gears and movement. For instance, setting the date on the danger zone period may cause some misalignments and broken parts. The watch danger zone setting is around 9pm and 3am. Always refer to your instruction manual for safe date and times changing procedures. That manual is an important part of watch care.

3. Dropping it

This is the most common and easiest way to damage your timepiece. A short drop may break your watch. The damage depends on how the watch falls, and its landing surface. That casual watch from Malaysia may be affordable, but it still needs high-quality care. Always be careful when you are wearing it, and keep it away from sharp edges.

4. Using the Chronograph Underwater

Starting your chronograph under the water may allow a lot of water to enter your watch case. Underwater timing must be done using a uni directional bezel instead of a chronograph. If you press the pushers under the water, it can compromise the seal. The water will get into the movement and dial, causing them to rust.

5. Winding the Watch on the Wrist

Sure, it’s easier and more convenient to wind, or set the time while wearing the watch. However, this can do more harm than convenience. Doing that can pull out the crown accidentally, causing it to over wind. Removing the timepiece before winding it and setting the time is a much better idea.

6. Exposing the Timepiece to Magnetic Fields

Believe it or not, a magnetic field can destroy your timepiece. The escapement can start to function erratically, and may even seize up. Are you familiar with escapement? It manages your watch’s oscillations, and helps maintain good timing.