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5 Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch - Reprise | Quill & Pad

5 Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch – Reprise | Quill & Pad

Timepiece fixes can be costly and frequently take quite a while, which is the reason you would need to try not to harm a watch.

For a great many people it’s evident that tossing your watch against a divider, running over it with a Bentley, or crushing it with a mallet are things to avoid.

Ouchhh! This Rolex Submariner has seen better times

However, not all that can harm a watch is so self-evident, so here I list five common things you may not know about that can harm a watch and how to forestall them.

Adjusting the date, day, or other complication/work at some unacceptable time

When you spend a great deal of cash on a fine watch, the exact opposite thing you need to do is to need to pay a little (or huge) fortune fixing it essentially in light of the fact that you didn’t set aside effort to peruse the guidance manual.

You ought not make changes – like setting the date or day of the week – when the time on the watch peruses between the long periods of 9:00 pm and 3:00 am.

Setting the signs around 12 PM can cause misalignment

Each movement has its own rules so this may change a bit, yet abstaining from setting anything a couple of hours either side of 12 PM should keep you out of trouble.

The reason is genuinely basic: albeit a date, the work day, and so on makes its changeover near 12 PM, the pinion wheels that roll out that improvement end up connecting significantly prior. Furthermore, it takes additional effort to separate completely in the aftermath.

Result: The most common outcome is misalignment of the date in the window and there could likewise be broken components skimming around in the movement.

Prevention: A straightforward dependable guideline when making changes is to bring the hour hand to the lower half of the dial, possibly 5:00, 6:00, or 7:00, before changing the complication. This will guarantee that you are out of the “Risk Zone” (line the messy Kenny Loggins tune from Top Gun).

Refer to the guidance manual to understand what the “protected” seasons of a particular watch are.

Cross stringing the crown while screwing once again into the case

A screw-down crown on a watch, common on jumping and sports watches, assists with keeping up the additional profundity rating by keeping the stem cozily secure in the fixing gasket. Subsequent to winding or setting a watch with a screw-down crown, it is important to fasten the crown back accurately. This guarantees appropriate water integrity.

Result: If the crown is marginally lopsided when you screw it back in, the strings of the cylinder and crown may cross and cause perpetual damage.

Prevention: Simply take as much time as is needed tightening the crown back! A crown ought to pivot at any rate 1.5 full turns, however simply up to three full turns, while being sunk. In the event that the crown appears to stop rapidly (under one full turn), don’t constrain it. Truth be power nothing on a watch.

Back down, unscrew completely, and endeavor again.

The winding stem isn’t fixed by sinking (that’s the work of the elastic seal), a screw-down crown simply limits the danger of the stem moving in the seal while under water.

Keep as a primary concern, you absolutely never need to force your crown down too firmly – just until it stops is fine. It is conceivable to screw it down so firmly that it very well may be everything except difficult to unscrew.

Each watch has its own character, and until you become comfortable with a specific piece, don’t push it. Become acquainted with your watch.

Using a chronograph while the watch is lowered

Some may ask, “For what reason would anybody utilize a chronograph under water?” I may reply, “You can’t accept the things individuals do.”

And while this is uncommon, I had a customer once who came in with a seriously water-harmed watch. At the point when I asked how this occurred, he disclosed to me that he was holiday and he and his children were timing how long they could remain submerged. I surmise the watch lost!

Result: Most chronographs are water-impervious to probably some degree. The chronograph pushers hold water under control with no issue in their ordinary positions, anyway when a pusher is driven into the case it can compromise the seal and permit water to enter, causing significant water damage.

Rust on a watch movement is anything but a lovely sight (picture civility Gevril Group)

Because parts of a watch movement are little and metal they can rapidly rust and dials and hands can stain. This can be an extremely expensive fix, while at times it can “absolute” the watch, leaving the maintenance cost higher than the leftover estimation of the entire timepiece.

Prevention: Do not utilize your chronograph while under water!

In expansion, a few watches have screw-down chronograph pushers. In the event that your watch has these, be certain that they are in a bad way in.

Not pushing the recessed pushers on the whole of the way

Recessed pushers are not common and many watch authorities are not even mindful they exist. In any case, they without a doubt exist on many complicated and costly watches, for example, perpetual calendars.

Essentially, these flush-to-the-case pushers control changes of complications like the date, day, month, jump year, and moon stage, and so forth On the Martin Braun Eos Boreas, for instance, they likewise control the change of the dawn and nightfall signs just as the condition of time.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar with three little recessed pushers set into the left half of the case band

Brands selling watches with recessed pushers for the most part convey a pointer or push pin with them. Utilizing the pointer, squeezing the pusher right in and allowing it to come back that full distance will propel the watch by one day for example.

Result: If the pusher is indifferently pushed in before it is let back out it can make complications stall out in the center of where they ought to be (between the seventh and eighth out on the town, say). Now and again this can be immediately remedied by propelling the watch an entire 24 hours by turning the hands, yet at times it should go in for an expensive repair.

Prevention: Take your time. Push the recessed pusher right in and let everything of the way out.


When I was a child, I adhered a paperclip to a magnet, at that point taking that paperclip off the magnet and taking advantage of the refrigerator.

Like that paperclip, little metal parts in a watch movement may become polarized. In the event that you lay your watch on a sound system speaker with an enormous magnet within it or even an iPhone, the attractive fields can move to the pieces of a movement.

Watches as a rule begin acquiring or losing numerous seconds or minutes daily when the equilibrium is charged. A decent method to test if your watch has been polarized is to wave it gradually and intently under a compass. In the event that the compass hand moves thus, your watch is magnetized.

If you’re truly up the creek without a paddle, however, you will not need to do that on the grounds that the outcome will give the answer.

Result: When this occurs, it can make the escapement of the watch act whimsically or in uncommon cases seize up. This causes an inconsistent rate and subsequently enormous errors in the time display.

Prevention: Be aware of where you put your watch. Clock radios, sound system speakers, iPads, and other electronic gadgets with magnets in them ought to be avoided your watch any place possible.

Disclaimer: no watches were hurt in the making of this post.

What’s the craziest way you have harmed a watch? Tell us in the comments below!

* This article was first distributed on June 20, 2016 at 5 Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch . You may locate a couple of the comments under that article interesting.