How to look after your Rolex watch

How to care for your Rolex watch

Your Rolex is a finely tuned piece of equipment and is no doubt one of your most prized possessions. As such, it makes sense that you want to care for your Rolex, to ensure it continues to perform as well in ten years as it did the day you made your investment.

A Rolex watch is not a particularly delicate item. These watches are built to withstand high altitudes and extreme pressure, so they will almost certainly tolerate day-to-day knocks, bumps and bangs.

With a regular Rolex maintenance schedule, you’ll ensure that your Rolex watch outlives you, ready to be enjoyed by future generations to come!

Our Rolex watch maintenance guide lists all of the ways you can ensure its longevity and keep everything ticking along nicely.

Wearing your Rolex watch

One of the best things about owning a Rolex watch is wearing it and enjoying it each and every day. This daily, constant wear is actually one of the best ways you can care for your watch.

Rolex watches are powered by perpetual motion, which means that the everyday movements you make when wearing your Rolex will keep everything powered up properly. Besides, these stunning timepieces are far too special to be kept just for occasional wear.

Top Tip: If you do only wear your Rolex occasionally, it’s worth taking it out of your Rolex watch box every couple of days and gently moving it back and forth.

Did you know: If you have a Rolex that needs to be wound up then you needn’t worry about overwinding it. There’s a built in device to ensure that this doesn’t happen!

Cleaning your Rolex

Like any other piece of jewellery, your Rolex watch needs to be cleaned to keep it looking its best and functioning properly. The type of Rolex you have will dictate the cleaning method that should be used, but if you are in any way unsure, it’s worth speaking directly to Rolex or a trusted, certified watchmaker for advice on their Rolex cleaning service.

For waterproof Rolex watches with a metal bracelet, weekly cleaning is quick and simple with the right Rolex cleaning kit. Simply run under warm water and use a cotton bud with mild soap to get into all the hard to reach areas, before drying it off with a soft microfibre cloth. If you own a Rolex with a leather strap, it’s best to remove the straps before cleaning.

Top Tip: Ensure that the winding crown is firmly screwed down before cleaning your Rolex, to keep any water away from the mechanism.

How to prevent scratching your Rolex

Everyday use will say that it’s almost impossible not to scratch your watch, but we disagree. You won’t want to scratch any watch, never mind a Rolex! Depending on your lifestyle, it may be easier for you to accidentally scratch your watch. However, there are steps you can take to prevent scratches in the first place.

  • Lay your Rolex onto a soft cloth (or in its original box) when you sleep.
  • Obviously, avoid any housework or DIY tasks when you’re wearing your Rolex.
  • Polish the Rolex regularly, with a quality polishing cloth designed for stainless steel. You can get a polishing liquid too, which is specially formulated to tone and polish stainless steel.

Servicing and repairing your Rolex

If you’re a first time Rolex owner, you may be wondering ‘how often do Rolex watches need servicing?’

Just like owning a car, regular services could help to extend the life of your Rolex. The official advice from Rolex is to book a watch service every two years with a certified watchmaker via the Rolex service centre.

During a Rolex service, your watch will be cleaned, polished and any damaged parts repaired or replaced. To ensure the smooth running of your Rolex, the mechanism will be lubricated and then checked to make sure it’s still 100% waterproof.

It’s really important to ensure that you keep up with your Rolex watch maintenance, as prevention is both easier and cheaper than fixing a bigger problem in the future.

Storing Your Rolex

Whenever you’re not wearing your Rolex, you’ll need to store it properly to avoid unwanted scratches and damage. If you are lucky enough to have a a few different watches for different occasions, then a protective watch case from the Case Farm has space to store all of your timepieces separately without the risk of damage from external elements or from the other watches stored alongside your Rolex.

With the right maintenance, servicing and care, your Rolex watch will be with you for many years to come.

Worried about condensation in your Rolex watch? Our watch defogging guide has plenty of information and advice on removing these annoying water droplets.

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