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Watch Care 101

Whether you choose to wear your Rolex regularly, or to reserve it for finer occasions, caring for your watch and maintaining its value is of the utmost importance.  Below are some tips for keeping your Rolex in tip top shape.

Servicing your Rolex

One of the key factors for caring for your Rolex is to have it serviced regularly.  Depending on who you ask, the recommended time to have your watch serviced is every 5 years, with five years being the absolute longest you should wait. Since July 2015 Rolex now has a 5-year guarantee, while the previous guarantee only lasted for two years. The watchmaker will make the necessary amendments and repairs of the movement and make sure that it is in perfect working condition.  If you send your watch to Rolex to be serviced, they may replace some parts as well. There have been cases in which a vintage watch has dropped in value by sending it to Rolex for a routine service.

Wear your Rolex Often

To keep your Rolex in optimal working order, it is recommended that you wear it, wind it, or move it often.  Allowing your watch to sit for long periods of time may cause the lubrication within the movement to dry up, and may require serious repairs in the long run.  If you don’t have time to keep your watch wound, there are watch winders that are developed to gently move your watch, which causes the perpetual movement within to self-wind. Plus, you should get to enjoy what you have and wear your watch with pride.

Properly Storing your Rolex

How to store your Rolex varies depending on how often you wear your watch.  If you have a large collection, chances are you don’t get around to wearing or winding each timepiece very often.  In that case, you may want to occasionally store your watches on a winder to keep the movement wound. Be sure not to store them on a winder for long periods of time either, because that may cause the components to break down quicker and will require more maintenance in the long-run.

If you wear your watch on a regular basis, you don’t need to worry about keeping the movement wound.  In that case, storing your Rolex in a watch box or safe in a cool, dry room should keep your Rolex in perfect working order.  Whichever option you choose, make sure that the crown is screwed down completely, this will prevent any moisture or dust from damaging the movement while your Rolex isn’t on your wrist.

Properly Cleaning your Rolex at Home

Per Rolex, you can clean your watch at home in-between servicing.  A soft cloth can be used to gently preserve the sheen of the metal surface and ammonia-free soap and a soft brush, such as a toothbrush, can be used to clean the case and bracelet.  As always, take special care to ensure that the crown is screwed completely down before allowing your watch to come into contact with water. If your watch is on a leather bracelet, it should be removed before cleaning as well.  You should also never attempt to polish your Rolex on your own, that should always be done by a knowledgeable watch repair professional.

In Summary
1. Service your Rolex regularly to make sure that each component is in proper working order and well-oiled.
2. Keep your watch wound.  Allowing the intricate parts of the movement to remain stagnant can damage the watch.
3. Keep your watch stored in a cool, dry place.
4. You can clean your watch from home, but never attempt to polish it yourself.