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Watch Maintenance Misconceptions

December 15th, 2022

A man’s wrist displaying a vintage-style, gold timepiece while on a walk in a garden

Watches are marvelous, complex accessories. Whether they are powered by gears or batteries, they offer an exceptionally fashionable touch to any outfit. However, these pieces can be delicate. Timepieces rely on a lot of small moving parts. To ensure their longevity, watches must undergo occasional maintenance. Every piece needs to be taken to the jeweler occasionally. Unfortunately, many myths persist about timepiece maintenance that can endanger these attractive accessories.

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Vintage Watches Can Be Water Resistant

Vintage timepieces are loved for their story. Emblematic of the time in which they were made, they have features and styles that make each one unique. During the time of their creation, many of these timepieces boasted high water and pressure resistance. However, this can change over the years.

Small almost-invisible cracks can develop over time. Also called “hairline fractures,” water can leak through and damage the dial. Furthermore, gaskets and other essential protections can loosen and lose their effectiveness over time. In short, never expose vintage watches – even those labeled as waterproof – to the elements.

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Watch Winders Are Essential

These devices are used to wind automatic watches. As automatic timepieces use wrist movement to power themselves, some believe it is essential to keep them rotating to keep them precise and accurate. Others assert that it keeps the oil from setting. This is not the whole story.

The constant winding puts stress on the watch’s delicate parts, which can result in damage. Routine watch serving involves the addition of new lubricant oils, so their setting may not be an issue.

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Watches Need Factory Servicing

It stands to reason that a timepiece is best serviced by the brand that made it. After all, they have a team of skilled watchmakers and all the parts, right? In reality, there are many downsides to factory watch servicing. For starters, it can be more expensive than taking a timepiece to a local jeweler. If you have just a few minor issues, it can be quicker and easier than a factory.

It is important to note that factories have a strict set of standards that can negatively affect vintage pieces. They may replace antique parts with newer ones so as to adhere with their standards, even though this will diminish the authenticity of the piece.

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Sapphire Crystal is Unbreakable

Sapphire crystal is the hardest and highest quality watch glass. Used only in the most valuable and luxurious timepieces, this marvelous material is still the state-of-the-art since its invention in 1902. While it does not possess its namesake gemstone’s hue, it is just as hard. This has led to many believing that this substance can’t be broken.

There is a reason why sapphire crystal is advertised as scratch-proof rather than unbreakable. It can be shattered easily if enough pressure is applied to the right spot.

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Head to Thom Duma Fine Jewelers for Watch Services

At Thom Duma Fine Jewelers, we do everything we can to increase the longevity of your favorite timepieces in Warren, Ohio. With our expensive watch services including repair, polishing, and more, you will find the answer to all of your timepiece-related problems. Reserve an appointment with us today for a one-on-one appointment with our team. Call (330) 393-4696 to learn more about our services and selection.