Antique watches are a rarity and are often prized possessions in a collector’s catalogue of watches. If you’re considering purchasing or collecting UK antique wrist watches, it’s worth knowing how to look after these delicate items to make sure they stay in good condition for years to come. Follow these top tips below for ensuring the best antique watch protection!
What counts as an antique watch?
Defining an item as an ‘antique’ is a bit of a grey area. Antique generally means that an item is rare or valuable due to its age and quality. This indicates that your antique watch doesn’t necessarily need to be hundreds of years old to be given its status. More importantly, however, an antique watch’s value comes from how well it is protected throughout the years.
Storing your antique wrist watches
Whether you have a couple of antique wrist 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. With this in mind, take a look at our range of watch storage boxes that will protect your antique wrist watches from anything that could be thrown at them.
When your antique wrist watches are safely stored away, make sure that you keep your cases in dry, temperature-controlled environments that are free from dust and humidity. For the upmost protection, your watches should also be stored away from excessive light.
Keeping your antique watch protected whilst out and about
It’s only natural that you’ll want to show off your antique watch 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 antique wrist watches stay 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 antique watch in tip top condition for as long as possible.
This may sound like an odd suggestion, but another way that you could protect your antique wrist watch is to wear it regularly. After all, good quality watches are made to be worn! However, when it comes to the situations listed above, make sure that keep your watch is safely tucked away in its storage box.
Cleaning your antique wrist watch
Antique wrist watches require regular cleaning and maintenance for them to be kept in the best condition possible. However, 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. This may sound like common-sense, but do not use chemical cleaners on your antique wrist watches. Harsh chemicals can cause damage to the finish of your precious timepiece.
If your antique watch is in need of a more intensive clean, visit your local jeweler 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 wrist 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.
When it comes to maintaining your antique watch’s value, communication with your specialist is essential. If your intent is to maintain your antique watch’s originality, make this clear. Watchmakers often want to polish a watch so that it looks brand new. However, excessive polishing could alter your antique watch’s original finish and damage its value.
How often should I get my antique watch serviced?
In general, you should have your antique wrist watch serviced every few years by an experienced specialist. Experts themselves suggest that you should service watches that are frequently worn every three to five years.
And there you have it – your ultimate guide to antique watch protection! We are sure that these tips will help to preserve the quality and value of your antique wrist watches, and will keep them in pristine condition for many years to come.
As already mentioned, we at The Case Farm offer high-quality watch cases to keep your antique wrist watches safe from harm’s way. If you’re a collector of antique watches, then you’d be pleased to know that you can store 3, 4, 6 or 10 watches within our cases. All of our cases are padded with foam inserts, and are perfectly designed to keep your watches secure when you are at home or on the go.