Watch Care and Maintenance

Aug 26, 2010

When you initially receive your timepiece, if you need to reset your date or time never use the quick set for setting the date between the hours of 9:00PM and 3:00AM. This could cause serious damage to your timepiece. To determine whether your watch is in AM or PM, pull the crown out fully and rotate the hands in clockwise direction. As you turn the hands watch for when the date changes. This will indicate when your timepiece is at midnight. From this point advance the hands past 3:00AM, adjust the crown to the position indicated by your instruction manual to now safely adjust your date.

If you have an automatic winding or manual winding timepiece it is not recommended to wear them while playing certain sports as the impact can possibly damage the movement. Most timepieces are water resistant to at least 30 meters so hand washing should not affect your timepiece. Exposure to hotter water can cause the gaskets to expand and contract which may lead to water entering the case. Chronograph timepieces should never be operated under water.

A soft cloth is ideal for cleaning smudges and fingerprints off of the case and crystal. A time will come that through daily wear scratches may appear. Most cases and bracelets can be refinished to appear new. Metal bracelets can be removed periodically and cleaned. Typically leather straps will darken with time and should not get wet. Rubber straps are extremely durable and can be cleaned and rinsed with mild soap and water.

Servicing of the movement of your timepiece can be done through an authorized retailer or service center of the manufacturer. When battery changes are done on quartz movements, make certain the gaskets are inspected.
With proper care and maintenance your timepiece will last for generations to come. If you have any questions about the care of your new timepiece, please contact any of the experts at King Jewelers.

For more information, visit King Jewelers in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN or online at


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