Us watch enthusiasts can be very careless at times, even to our most valuable possessions. Often times, we misplace them, and sometimes, we unceremoniously bang or scratch them. Worst of all, most of the time we are unaware that we did so. Unfortunately, this is the life of a wristwatch.
Years of development with massive budgets and there has never been a timepiece that can withstand outside forces. In fact, even those which were supposed to have been built to resist scratching will eventually crack under the presser (like ceramic). The only way to properly avoid scratching your watches depends on how careful the owner is while wearing of handling them.
They Should Be Alone
It is important for wristwatches to be away from other jewelry, especially jewelry made of metal such as bracelets. A helpful tip would be to put the wristwatch or the accessory on the wrist opposite to the other. This way, you decrease the chances of getting the case or the crystal accidentally scratched.
Remove During Heavy Activities
We mentioned earlier that watches can be an accessory that is easily forgotten or taken for granted. That is why, there are times when we forget to take them off before doing heavy activities. This is particularly true when playing sports, regardless if it’s outdoors or indoors. In fact, I am guilty of doing such ridiculous things.
Having them on during these activities leaves them at risk of not only sustaining scratches, but also wear and tear caused simply by trauma. There may be timepieces which were built for these activities, such as diver watches with functional bezels. However, these can only go so far. No mechanical device can sustain that much trauma and come out alright.
Don’t Leave Them Out
When travelling, it is only natural that you carry all your valuables with you. This might include your wristwatch. With that being said, it is important that you do not leave them out for your other items to scratch and bang. A good way to protect them is to wrap them in clothes or a microfiber cloth. However, there are some clothing materials that can be harsh, and can leave microscopic scratches on your watch, particularly the crystal if it’s acrylic.
That is why, if you are bringing your wristwatch anywhere – on a trip for leisure or business – it’s important that you put them in a hardcase that is gentle for the watch on the inside. I would recommend the Watchpod Travel Watch Case a perfect option when on the move. Its hard exterior protects your wristwatches from being crushed by other heavier items while its soft interior protects it from being scratched and dinged.
In addition, the inside of the Watchpod was designed to fit wristwatches with an indentation in the middle, designed purposely to fit any wristwatch, even smart watches.
This is the best way to protect your watches when packed with other items.
Let’s face it, we can be very careless, and often, we cannot control it. We can however, have precautions and these three tips can save your watches from unceremonious wear and tear. They are simple tips, but practical, and anyone can do them.