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How to Care for a Pocket Watch

Pocket watches should be cared for in the same way that you care for fine jewelry. Here are some tips to keep in mind.


  • Step 1: Follow instructions Follow the instructions in the owner's manual for proper care and maintenance of your watch.
  • Step 2: Protect from environment Do not submerge the watch in water. Protect it from high humidity.
  • Step 3: 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.
  • Step 4: 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.
  • Step 5: Wipe clean Wipe a watch with a clean dry soft cloth before storing if it has a solid brass or stainless steel case.
  • TIP: Wipe cases made of precious metals with a jeweler's cloth.
  • Step 6: Get professionally cleaned Have mechanical watches cleaned and oiled every three to five years by a qualified watchmaker or by the watch's manufacturer.
  • Step 7: Change battery Change the battery in quartz pocket watches every one to two years to keep your watch working like new.
  • FACT: The first watch was invented in Nuremberg, Germany in 1509 by Peter Henlein.

You Will Need

  • Pocket watch
  • Owner's manual
  • Water- and humidity-free environment
  • Suitable pocket
  • Dry cloth
  • Watchmaker or manufacturer
  • Battery
  • Jeweler's cloth (optional)

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