Pocket Watch Care & Maintenance

A pocket watch is not just a regular accessory like other things are. They require some care and maintenance to keep them in good condition and running smoothly.

This is incredibly important to ensure your watch lasts and should be something you think about when buying a pocket watch.

Taking care of and maintaining your pocket watch isn’t difficult or time consuming. Rather, you need to be aware of common mistake is taking care of a watch.

Pocket watch care and maintenance

How to Take Care of a Pocket Watch

Keep your watch safe while you’re wearing it

While wearing your pocket watch, make sure it is securely attached with a chain to a button hole, to a belt loop, or to your belt. This helps to prevent your watch falling out of your pocket and catches your watch if you accidentally drop it. It also makes it harder for pickpockets to steal.

You should always keep the dial facing inwards when your watch is in your pocket, too. This helps protect the crystal (the glass over the dial) from being damaged while it’s in your pocket.

Make sure you choose the right type of chain and fastening when you’re buying a watch.

Store your watch when not being worn

When you aren’t wearing your pocket watch, keep it stored in a box or in a suitable display case. Doing this can prevent dust from getting into a mechanism, which can be damaging.

Perfumes and deodorants can also be damaging to a case. So, keeping your watch in a box can help keep your watch safe from this kind of damage.

Keep your mechanical watch wound

If you have a mechanical pocket watch, you should wind it roughly once a day. This helps to maintain tension in the main spring and to keep the mechanism running smoothly.

Change the battery as needed

If you have a quartz pocket watch, it won’t need winding, but you will need to change the battery from time to time.

It can be frustrating if you come to wear a watch but find that it’s stopped because it needs a new battery. So, check your watch daily to make sure you change the battery as needed.

Keep your watch clean

Dust, dirt, and moisture can be damaging to a watch case, glass, or mechanism. Keep your watch clean and dry to avoid scratches and water damage.

Dusting your watch with a microfiber cloth at least every few days should be plenty. But, don’t use any cleaning solution or water – only use a dry cloth to wipe away the dust.

Service your watch regularly

Mechanical watches should be serviced regularly for cleaning and oiling to keep them running smoothly. And, having them serviced can ensure faults are fixed before causing any more damage to the mechanism.

It’s recommended to have your watch serviced every 2-3 years.