Whether you have invested in an antique pocket watch as a collectible item or even to use as a unique timekeeping item, a pocket watch makes for a stunning piece of jewellery. Antique pocket watches vary greatly in quality and value, and therefore they also require special storage, maintenance, cleaning, whether they are in use or not. What’s more, you also need to know about regular inspections and careful setting and winding of your premier time piece in order to keep it in tip top condition. Here is how you can care for your pocket watch.
Cleaning Your Antique Pocket Watch
If you are looking a pocket watch, check out this collection of antique pocket watches. Undertaking a regular cleaning of your antique pocket watch will help to keep it in top condition and remove natural body oils, fingerprints, and dust and dirt that inevitably settle on a watch. The ideal regime is to clean your watch once a month. All types of pocket watches require regular and gentle cleaning, no matter what material they are made of. Since an antique watch is old, it is a very delicate piece of jewellery that requires gentle cleaning. Therefore, you have to use the right cleaning products along with a lint-free and soft cloth to gently polish the watch’s casing. If you own a silver pocket watch, be sure to use a soft cloth with a non-abrasive silver jewellery cleaning solution.
If you own a gold antique pocket watch, clean it with the appropriate gold cleaner and polishing cloth. For glass faces, use an ammonia-free and alcohol-free glass cleaning solution which won’t leave a residue behind and will give your watch a streak-free finish.
Correctly Storing Your Antique Pocket Watch
Chances are you want to pay the best price for you watch, so it is important to take care of it. When you aren’t using you watch, store it in a soft cloth bag and then position it sitting up in the correct way. If your watch has a cover over the face, make sure it is properly closed. You can also store your watch hanging on a jewellery stand by the bow. When using your watch during the day or night, keep it securely attached to your buttonhole using a proper pocket watch chain or even a lanyard. The perfect place to store a pocket watch when using one is in a waistcoat pocket. Always make sure your watch is stored in a pocket on its own. Other items, such as pens, coins, a mobile phone, and keys, can dent, damage, and scratch your delicate piece of jewellery.
Setting and Winding Your Watch
Both women’s and men’s pocket watches need to be wound every day. The best thing to do is wind your watch at more or less the same time every day, and only winding until the mechanism offers a little resistance. Once you have wound the watch mechanism, make sure the time is accurate.
Regularly Inspecting Your Time Piece
Make sure that you regularly inspect your antique pocket watch for damage, timekeeping accuracy, and cleanliness. Give immediate attention to any issues you may notice. For best results, take you watch to a specialised watchmaker.
Look after your antique watch and it will keep good time for you for years to come.