The best way to protect your watch investment is to treat it with care. A watch is a precision instrument that works for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It deserves a little TLC every now and then.
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Never wear your watch NanaDC while working with chemicals such as paint, cleaners, and corrosives, as this can damage the case or bracelet. Likewise, don’t swim regularly in a watch that is not rated for water resistance and avoid using it while splitting wood, freeing frozen bolts, or playing golf. Leather straps can be damaged by excessive sun exposure. Keeping your watch in a cool, dark space is also a good idea as extreme temperatures can degrade it over time.
Wind your watch off of your wrist to minimize stress on the winding stem and don’t overwind, as this can cause the crown to bend. A good practice is to make it a habit of winding your watch each morning before you wear it.
It is a good idea to have your watch serviced at least once every two years. This will ensure that all the components are properly cleaned and lubricated, and any problems can be addressed before they become more serious. A watch that is left unserviced for a long period of time can lose its water resistance, or even break internally. It is also a good idea to have the seals of your watch tested and replaced if necessary, as these can degrade over time.