Watch Care: Chemicals & Magnets

November 3rd, 2011 | 3 Comments

It’s easy to drop some dough on a nice watch. And hey, that’s not a problem as long as you’re getting good quality (hint: Orient).

But if you want to make sure that any watch you purchase is going to last you a lifetime, you need to take care of it for the long haul.

Two things that we haven’t covered yet in this series are avoiding chemicals and magnetism.

Chemicals are in our daily lives.  Simple things such as pumping gas, cleaning the windows in your house, or even making direct contact with hairspray can be very damaging, so be sure to take precautions.

Magnetism can affect the performance of analog watches by causing them to gain or lose time.  However, the magnetism effect can be corrected by removing the source of magnetism and resetting the watch. If you work in an environment where this is prevalent, leave your nice watch at home. Appliances such as the refrigerator or your cellphone might also be harmful to your analog watch.

For more watch care tips check out our past blogs!
Temperatures
Winding
Sports
Water

  1. 3 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Mike Andrzejewski on Nov 4, 2011

    I really like the series on watch care, however, I think it would be helpful if you could be a bit more specific. For example, the tips about chemicals and magnets. In general, what types of chemicals cause problems and how long of an exposure can be tolerated? What effects do they have and what do you do if they come in contact with the watch? With magnetism, how does a refrigerator or cell phone effect the watch and how far do you have to keep the watch away? Is there a long term effect if the watch is exposed to magnetism?

    Thanks!

  3. By Benay Chankin on Nov 4, 2011

    Your watches are absolutely beautiful.

  4. By Benay Chankin on Aug 19, 2013

    First off, WOW never in my life have I ever expected to see another Benay Chankin How Cool is That!
    And I agree totally that your watches are absolutely gorgeous.
    Iv’e been in need of a watch for quite awhile now.
    My beautiful father “Joe Chankin” has recently passed away, and since then Iv’e been taking the best care of my incredible 75 year old mom (as I should). Unfortunately, there’s not much money and I currently have no job. Having a watch and looking classy, plus knowing the time certainly can’t hurt.
    Most Sincerely,

    Benay Jada Chankin

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