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How to Care For Those Beautiful Luxury Watches

If you've made the leap of investing in a gorgeous fine watch, you're going to need to know how to properly care for and maintain it. The great thing about spending the extra money on brands like Raymond Weil watches or Gucci watches is that you're guaranteed style, luxury and performance, but you still need to put in a little elbow grease every now and again to keep your timepieces in ship-shape.

Proper care and maintenance is crucial if you want to get years of enjoyment from your gorgeous timepiece, and in this article you'll find all sorts of helpful information on how to keep your watch looking and working as good as new. Keep in mind that not all fine watches are created equal, so it's always a good idea to read your instruction manual for additional guidance.

Water

Many fine watches have superior water resistance, but each watch's level depends on its specific design. If your fine watch comes in contact with water beyond its resistance level, take it to a watchmaker to access if there's been damage. Salt water is more corrosive than regular water, so if you're at the beach a lot, it may be a good idea to leave your watch at home or out of the water. Heavily chlorinated water can also pose problems for luxury watches, so keep that in mind when wearing your luxury watch to the pool.

Chemicals

You should avoid contact with harsh chemicals, solvents, etc. when wearing your luxury watch. So if you're doing chores around the house like cleaning the oven or anything that involves heavy duty chemicals, you should take your watch off. Even something like regular contact with hairsprays can cause discolorations and slow deterioration, especially on more vulnerable materials like leather.

Magnetism

Since many luxury watches are created with special attention to movement and precision, magnetism typically isn't a big issue you have to worry about. However, very strong magnetism can affect fine mechanical watches, causing them to run fast or slow or even stop functioning all altogether. If you feel this happened to your watch, a watchmaker is the person you should see to have it corrected.

Temperature Extremes

Don't leave your luxury watches in extreme heat or cold for any long periods of time. Some watches are designed to withstand extreme temperatures, so again, it's best to consult your manual before you subject your fine watch to these harsh conditions.

Shocks

Just like cell phones, fine watches can be damaged from rough handling. This can include dropping the watch, stepping on it, etc. Remember: You paid a pretty penny for your luxury watch, so treat it with luxury and respect. The case might be made out of steel, but it's the principle of the matter -- you paid more to have a watch that will last, so treat it with care and it will end up lasting longer than you ever imagined.

Straps and Bracelets

If you'd like to clean your band or bracelet, get a soft toothbrush and some mild soap and water. When you're done, dry it off carefully with a soft cloth. Again, if your watch isn't water resistant take extra care in ensuring that water stays away from the case.