Care for Your Quartz
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
Quartz watches may not have the heritage of craftsmanship and personality of a mechanical watch. However, there’s a reason why they have conquered the world of timekeeping and are found everywhere. If you’re looking for an accurate, reliable timepiece that won’t break your budget, then a watch that works on quartz movement is your best bet.
As reliable and affordable as they may be, there is an amount of tender loving care (TLC) needed to make sure that your timepiece is working at its best. Proper care and maintenance would not only help your wristwatch work accurately and look good as new, but would also help it last a lifetime, or even more.
Of course, a timepiece made of higher quality would last a lot longer than something affordable. However, following these tips with good judgement will help you get the best value out of your purchase.
Quartz watches operate by sending a small electrical current through a quartz crystal, causing it to vibrate at a set frequency. These vibrations are measured to keep time.
Naturally, without electric current from the battery, the watch won’t be able to keep time.
It’s a good idea to replace the battery every two years to make sure that battery acid doesn’t leak and cause damage to the internal components.
Keep away from the sun
It’s important that you protect your timepieces from high or low temperatures. Exposing the watch to heat (such as leaving it for long periods of time in direct sunlight) or leaving it in very cold environments could affect the timekeeping mechanisms. The temperature changes could also affect the lubricants and metal components and their movement, further causing damage to the watch.
Also, heat can damage the battery and shorten its lifespan, which means you would have to get a replacement much sooner.
It’s important that you clean your watch regularly to prevent dirt, dust and sweat from wearing the watch build up. If your timepiece isn’t water resistant, use a damp cloth to wipe away the grime. However, many watches today have some level of water resistance, with some that you could even wear while swimming.
If your watch isn’t afraid of the water, then you could use a very mild soap and water mixture. If it has a metal bracelet instead of a leather strap, the use of a soft-bristled toothbrush would help to clean those nooks and crannies that are hard to clean.
Cleaning your watch is especially important if you’ve been having fun on the beach while wearing it. Sea salts and sea water can be very damaging to your wristwatch.
Beware of magnets
Anything magnetic is a natural enemy to the precise and delicate components of a wristwatch. While the danger is especially big for watches that rely on mechanical movement, being exposed to magnets is just as bad for ones that rely on quartz movement.
That’s why you shouldn’t leave your watch on top of a speaker or even the refrigerator. If your wristwatch does get affected by magnets, you’ll have to visit a trusted watch repairer to get it fixed.
There’s a reason the box looks nice
And it’s not just to excite you when unboxing your wristwatch for the first time.
Are you the type of person that carelessly discards the box your watch comes in, or find some other use for it such as holding your paperclips?
You might have to reconsider if you’re that type of person. When your timepiece isn’t on your wrist, the safest place it could be is in its box, neatly tucked away.
Leaving your wristwatch lying on the side is bad for it and the many delicate moving parts inside. So when you’re not wearing your timepiece, store it in the box it came with.
If you take care of your wristwatch, it’s going to last a lifetime. However, the special oils used to lubricate the many moving parts of a wristwatch do not.
Because quartz watches don’t use a lot of moving mechanisms to operate, they don’t need as much attention as mechanical movement watches that require you perform a complete overhaul of their components every three years at the latest to be in peak maintenance.
Instead, get your quartz timepiece serviced every four years by a technician who knows what they are doing. Regular service is crucial if you want your wristwatch to be accurate and last a long time.
Besides the basic common sense you should have when wearing a wristwatch, these few tips will ensure that your timepiece will stand the test of time, merrily ticking its way through the years.