A Guide to Preserving Antique Watches

A guide to preserving antique watches

Antique watches are a rarity and are often prized possessions in a collector’s catalogue of watches. If you’re considering purchasing or collecting antique watches, it’s worth knowing how to look after these delicate items to make sure they stay in good condition for years to come. Take a look at our top tips for antique watch protection below!

What counts as an antique watch?

Defining an item as an ‘antique’ is a bit of a grey area. It generally means that an item is rare or valuable due to its age and quality, which indicates that your watch doesn’t necessarily need to be hundreds of years old to be considered an antique. However, this definition does mean that your watch needs to be of good quality to maintain its ‘antique’ status.

Storing your antique wrist watches

No matter whether you have a couple of antique watches or an extensive collection, storing your watches safely and securely is the most effective and important way of preserving them. Opt for a watch storage box that offers protection from water, dust and knocks. Take a look at our range of watch storage boxes that will protect your collection from anything that could be thrown at it.

Keeping your watch protected whilst out and about

It’s only natural that you’ll want to show off your antique timepiece on occasion, but it’s important to make sure it’s not damaged whilst you’re out and about.

By taking a few simple steps, you can make sure your watch stays in pristine condition whilst being worn. This includes:

  • Covering your watch during wet conditions
  • Avoiding situations where it could be scratched, such as gardening
  • Making sure the strap is tight enough that it won’t slip off
  • Cleaning thoroughly before putting the watch back into storage
  • Drying immediately if it becomes wet

These tips will help to keep your watch in tip top condition for as long as possible.

Cleaning your antique watch

To keep your watch in the best condition possible, regular cleaning and maintenance is needed. This should be done as gently as possible to avoid damaging the delicate mechanisms of your watch.

Generally, your watch will just need a regular wipe down with a microfibre cloth to remove dust and dirt build up.

If your watch is in need of a more intensive clean, visit your local jeweller who will be able to advise you on the best gentle cleaning products to use. Alternatively, take your watch to a specialist watchmaker who will be able to clean and refurbish your watch for you.

Refurbishing your antique watch

When considering refurbishing your antique watches, you should always approach with caution. It’s never advisable to attempt a refurbishment project on your own, as you risk irrevocably damaging the delicate features of your watch. Always look for antique watch specialists with plenty of experience in the field, who will be able to advise you which repairs are necessary and will be able to carry these out safely for you.

These tips will help to preserve the quality and value of your antique watches, and will keep them in pristine condition for many years to come.

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