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CARE ADVICE
for WATCHES

Most jewellery and watches will continue to give you years of pleasure and wear, if looked after and cared for appropriately. For instance pearls don't like cosmetics, gemstone settings wear down over time. Watches need serviced, re-sealed and adjusted, but don't be scared, we offer plenty of free advice below and in-store on how to care for and look after your precious items...  

(See our other advice page for Jewellery)

General Advice for Watches

See the section for specific Water Resistance advice, in brief water resistance is NOT permanent, and watches should NEVER be used in a bath or shower...

Servicing, a bit like cars that need an oil and filter change every so often your watch should also be serviced regularly (after all your car gets a rest every so often, your watch however goes 24 hours a day...).

A full service to a watch should involve dismantling, inspecting and cleaning the individual components, replacing worn parts, before re-assembly checking and testing. Not all workshops dismantle the movements and cannot therefore guarantee to remove the dirt and degraded oil/lubricants etc

Watch batteries need replaced on a regular basis, we only fit Silver Oxide (or Lithium) and never touch the alkaline batteries (available in numerous discount stores, prone to leaking and not lasting - but if you want to risk a pack of cheap batteries in your watch, we can replace the corroded movement when it happens...).

Flat batteries should also be replaced as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of leaks/damage. A little hint; if you cannot manage in to see us to get the battery replaced for a few days/weeks pull out the button as if setting the time, it stops the watch going and reduces the chances of the battery leaking 

Water Resistance (Part 1)

A watch is NOT water resistant unless it is marked accordingly on the case back or dial. Watches that are not marked as water resistant should NOT be worn when swimming, washing hands/dishes etc. Watches should NOT be worn when bathing or showering, irrespective of the level of water resistance.

The level of water resistance is based upon the equivalent to a laboratory situation where the watch is static and tested at the stated depths for SHORT PERIODS only. Unless the watch is a professional divers model it is not normally designed for prolonged active exposure to water. The actual pressure exerted on a watch when in use will generally be greater than the STATIC pressure, for instance when diving into a swimming pool the water pressure on the watch at the point it ‘hits’ the surface of the water is greatly increased.

Even a professional divers watch can have an element of moisture trapped inside the case. This can often lead to the formation of condensation when the watch is subjected to a sudden drop in temperature - when this occurs the water droplets often appear on the dial or inside the glass. The condensation normally disappears on its own once the watch returns to a normal ‘body’ temperature, but this is not always the case. Should condensation appear the watch may require further attention, it is advisable to have this corrected as soon as possible as the moisture can cause damage to the watchcase, dial or movement.

Water resistance is NOT a permanent feature as case seals deteriorate over time and are usually compromised when the back of the watch is removed (either for replacing the battery or for servicing). If the watch is to remain water resistant it is advisable to have the manufacturer reseal the watch on an annual basis.

Water Resistance (Part 2)

Watches should NOT be worn when bathing or showering, irrespective of the level of water resistance.

But look for Case or Dial Markings stating levels of water resistance:

No Marking for water resistance.
Suitable for: Dress use only.
NOT in contact with any water.
NOT water resistant.

3 BAR, Water Resistant, 30m, 3ATM, 100ft.
Suitable for: Everyday use, can normally withstand accidental splashes.
NOT for swimming.

5 BAR, Water Resistant to 50m, 5ATM or 165ft.
Suitable for: Everyday use, including swimming.
NOT for snorkelling, poolside diving or water-sports.

10 BAR, Water Resistant to 100m, 10ATM or 330ft.
Suitable for: Everyday use, including swimming and snorkelling. NOT for sub-aqua diving or high diving (board diving)

20 BAR, Water Resistant to 200m, 20ATM or 660ft.
Suitable for: Everyday use, including scuba diving. e.g. most water sports.
NOT for saturation diving (to depths that need helium gas)

30 BAR, Water Resistant to 300m, 30ATM, 1000ft. (or more e.g. 80/130 BAR)
Suitable for: Everyday use, including all water sports and diving.

Please remember: Water resistance is NOT a permanent feature, reseal annually if you require the watch to be water resistant...

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