Eight useful tips to know before buying a new watch
By adopting these different maintenance tips, risk of damage drops greatly. At La Forge d’Or, we’re happy to sell you beautiful watches that suit your tastes and lifestyle. But we want to offer even more. We don’t encourage the trend of buying something just to toss it out shortly after. That’s because we want all our customers to enjoy wearing their watches with pride and care for a long time to come. We promote quality, but you also have a role to play in ensuring your product’s excellence.
1. Be careful not to play with the crown - The mechanism needs to operate at all times, so pulling the crown to save the battery isn’t helpful.
2. Dead batteries should be changed as soon as possible to avoid leaking into the mechanism.
3. Waterproof watches don’t really exist. After the first battery change, no watchmaker can guarantee that it’s waterproof. Proving this requires a pressure test, which involves removing the mechanism, closing the watch, performing the test, then opening the watch and reinstalling the mechanism. Therefore, the test is of little use since the watch has been opened and nothing can be 100% certain.
4.Significant temperature changes—you’re enjoying the sun on the beach with your watch around your wrist but it’s very hot out so you decide to go cool down in the cold water. This creates a temperature shock that can lead to humidity in the watch.
5.What to do if a number detaches from the dial and obstructs the hands - Step 1: pull the crown as quickly as possible to prevent the hour/minute marker from getting stuck and damaging the mechanism; Step 2: go to the store to reattach or remove the damaged marker (the marker can be a number, a circle or even a line that represents hours or minutes).
6. Take off your watch when working with your hands (gardening, cooking, art, cleaning) - This prevents dirt or water from getting on the watch or into the mechanism (crown, cover or glass).
7. Always go to professionals for repairs - There are various specific tools for changing a watch’s batteries. When you do it yourself at home, you risk damaging or losing parts that are expensive to repair or replace, for example. So it’s better to pay a bit more and not break the watch.
8. The right fit - the watch dealer can ensure that your watch is the right size and comfortable at all times. Be careful not to use a watch strap that’s too big since it will get caught often, which increase the chances of breaking it.