Care for your Watch
Given that each purchase is personal, as a collector. It is imperative to maintain and care for your investment. We have a wide range of customers from collectors who buy watches for next generation to starting collectors who are taking their first steps to the next adventure. In either case maintaining and care of your watch is imperative.
My Goal is to Help keep your watch in its top working order. Please review our watch care guide Do’s and Don’ts, From Vintage Watches to Luxury watch.
Mechanical watches are considered any watch that is manual winding or automatic winding in general. They require a little more care than all mechanical marvels compared to Quartz Watches. Vintage watches need similar care due to age with better handling.
Usually, all movements need some level of servicing from time to time to make sure it is performing at manufacture recommended level. Please contact us for your watch service needs.
- Watch Service Steps
- Setting Time Function
- Screw Down Crown and Pushers Function
Changing the Date & Day Function
This is an example of our routine watch service includes the following (Please note factory service will include more steps):
- Complete disassembly of the watch. completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled, and timed.
- Clean all moving parts with specialized cleaning solvents.
- Proper lubrication with only the highest-grade lubricants and oils during the reassembly process.
- Thorough testing of accuracy. Your watch is tested to our exacting standards of 24 to 72 hours to assure accuracy, water resistance, and proper operation of all functionality. (Overhaul – Lubricants, Gaskets, Sealing, Regulation, MISC testing)
- The was inside case is marked and dated by the service man.
Please note: Not all the steps above are available for our vintage watches, given different parts or needs (unless it is factory serviced). This is for our newer serviced watches. Most of our timepieces run on manual winding or automatic movements, which are not as accurate as modern quartz. None of our timepieces are guaranteed water resistant. Customary care is always necessary. The information about water resistance will be in the description, since our vintage watches will not meet water resistance levels and we do not recommend watches to be used for water activity, unless it has been tested prior to use. Here are some tips for dealing with these mechanical beauties for new watch owners and reminders for the old hands.
Setting Time: Please pull crowns gently when setting time/date. Do not force it out! Turning wheels in one direction whenever possible to set time in clockwise motion only. Try not to set vintage watches counter (reverse) clockwise unless it is for setting date. Please note some watches have screw down crown, especially on sport and diving watches. Which requires unscrewing of the crown first prior to setting. Also, some watch might appear to have two crowns on one side, please do not pull on them till you figure out which is for time setting and which is the other function like alarm or inner bezel. The crown that is winding the watch will be the used for setting the time.
Screw Down crown and pushers:
Always check and double-check to ensure a watch fitted with a screwed-down crown is closed tightly. Screwed-down pushers for a chronograph—or any other functions—deserve the same attention. This one oversight has cost quite a few owners their watches. If a screwed-down crown is not secured, water will likely get into the case and start oxidizing the metal. In time, the problem can destroy the watch.
Changing the Date & Day: "quick set": Allows the pulling or pushing of crown to change day or date, some allow one to click out [first position] and turn crown to set. Some have to be turned hour hands for 24 hours to advance one day. Do not change the date manually (via the crown or pusher) on any mechanical watch—whether manual wind or automatic—when the time indicated on the dial reads between 10 and 2 o’clock. Although some better watches are protected against this horological quirk, most mechanical watches with a date indicator are engaged in the process of automatically changing the date between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Intervening with a forced manual change while the automatic date shift is engaged can damage the movement. Of course, you can make the adjustment between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in most cases— but this is just not a good habit to get into. When in doubt, roll the time past 12 o’clock and look for an automatic date change before you set the time and date. The Ulysse Nardin brand is notable, among a very few others, for in- house mechanical movements immune to this effect.