Watch Maintenance 101

Maintaining a mechanical timepiece is not an easy task. Just like an expensive sports care, it needs to be serviced once in a while. So, how often do you need to do a complete overhaul? A lot of German and Swiss watch manufacturers recommend one servicing session every 5 years. At the end of the day, it really depends how often or how much the mechanical watch is worn and where it is stored.

Your mechanical watch from Malaysia deserves the utmost attention and care. Sometimes, you will feel the need to store it for many weeks. Since it is so precious, you want to take care it well by not wearing it often. Well, guess what? The more the timepiece is worn, the better.

How often should you service your watch?

For modern timepieces, it is highly recommended to service it every 3 to 5 years, most especially if it is worn frequently. If is worn sparingly, you can service it less often. This shouldn’t encourage you not to wear your watch, though. Timepieces are meant to be worn and enjoy.

Don’t forget to wind a mechanical watch that is worn sparingly. Run and wind it once a month in order to keep all of its parts lubricated. This will prevent rusting, and can ensure that the oils wouldn’t dry completely.

Do climate and other factors contribute to the overhaul frequency?

If you are swimming every weekend while wearing your diving watch, service your watch regularly. Your watch needs this to ensure that its O-ring rubber gaskets are not cracked, and that the screw-down threads are not compromised. The very last thing you want to happen is for its caliber to be flooded with water.

For timepieces worn in swimming pools or shower, it’s crucial to have it serviced for water resistance every 2 years. This is because the sealing gaskets easily age, and can corrode when exposed to water.

Do timepieces with grand complications need to be turned up a lot more often compared to a basic watch?

The same exact rule applies to watch complications. It depends whether the watch is worn regularly. However, in general, high complications require overhauls more often, let’s say 3 to 4 years .