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You Will Need
- Pocket watch
- Owner's manual
- Water- and humidity-free environment
- Suitable pocket
- Dry cloth
- Watchmaker or manufacturer
- Jeweler's cloth (optional)
Follow the instructions in the owner's manual for proper care and maintenance of your watch.
Protect from environment
Do not submerge the watch in water. Protect it from high humidity.
Wind watch daily
Wind a mechanical watch daily at a fixed time, taking care not to over-wind it. Pull on the knobs carefully when winding it.
Carry in safe pocket
Carry an open-face watch in your pocket with the dial facing your body. Do not carry it with objects like keys that can cause scratches on the case or crystal.
Wipe a watch with a clean dry soft cloth before storing if it has a solid brass or stainless steel case.
Get professionally cleaned
Have mechanical watches cleaned and oiled every three to five years by a qualified watchmaker or by the watch's manufacturer.
Change the battery in quartz pocket watches every one to two years to keep your watch working like new.