If you have purchased a mechanical watch, I want you to give yourself a pat on the back because you have earned it. You have bought a timepiece that helps you appreciate a piece of history. For those of you who do not know, the mechanical watch is actually the first iteration of the wristwatch and it was invented by Patek Philippe that is now a
Anyway, mechanical watches are a bit of a mixed bag as there are some that can appreciate its history while there are also some critics that say bad things about its inaccuracy compared to Quartz watches.
But no matter what they say about them, mechanical watches help you appreciate watchmaking ingenuity, so kudos to you for buying one.
The beauty of mechanical watches is that they have a smooth watch movement and, when given proper care and maintenance, it can actually last a really long time. In fact, it can last long enough for you to be able to pass it on to the next generation.
Anyway, this article will serve as your guide in helping you take care of your precious watch.
Information that You Need to Know First
Unlike Quartz Watches, mechanical watches operate by using a mechanical coiled metal. Its design has actually been the same for more than centuries now which, as you can tell, is a testament to its great design.
Because it doesn’t use a battery, the mechanical watch would have to be manually winded down to ensure continuous operation. This is the reason why automatic watches were created to address this, but if you have a manual mechanical watch, read further.
The problem with mechanical watches is that the mainspring can actually unwind itself completely if left unaided. So, to make sure that it is somehow mitigated, it is put in an assembly known as the escapement.
The hairspring, which is considered to be the heart of the watch, will beat back and forth so that the watch can move as it should.
The main enemy of the manual mechanical watch is external shock. To make sure that the watch continues its operation unhindered, watchmakers would put a ruby that floats just above the frame to help absorb these shocks.
Taking Care of Your Watch
Most of the mechanical watches that you can buy today have sapphire crystals which means that they are mostly resistant against scratches. But, if you have received your watch from your grandpa and it is decades’ old, then you’re going to want to buy a watch polishing kit.
A typical kit usually includes a bevy of abrasive clothes that have different degrees of fineness that you can use to help polish the entire watch. This is also useful for acrylic crystals as well.
If your mechanical watch has a metal strap, you can buy a soft brush and clean it with mild soap and running water. Of course, if you have the intention of selling your timeless classic, you’re better off not cleaning the watch itself to help retain its value.
For leather straps, you can help protect them from water by using some leather oils and by doing so, it should last for a couple of years.
Remember, proper care and maintenance of your mechanical watch is necessary as such a timepiece is already a part of history.