Owning vintage watches that have been passed down from generations to generations in your family can be something of a great emotional, aesthetic value for the watch’s owner.
Now imagine taking out your vintage watch from the almirah one day only to see the metal belt turned golden rustic or even worse, broken. Imagine how devastating it can all turn out to be for you. Wouldn’t it?
Well. Sadly the horror-full imagination is the reality of a number of people who own a vintage luxurious watch but don’t store and maintain it properly only to face its sad downfall.
If you are one of those owners who have a vintage luxurious watch, this article is for you.
In this article, we are going to look at the different ways you can store and maintain your watch to ensure that it witnesses longevity in the world and stays with you for a long time in a working condition.
Without further delay, let us get to it. After all, every minute that you spend not doing anything about your vintage watch, you are bringing it one step closer to slight decay.
1. Get the Storage Right
Dust and Humidity are the two biggest enemies of watches and in case of vintage watches, they can prove to be the cause of decay and damage. The general rule of thumb when it comes to storing watches is to keep them away from dust and moisture and in a place where there is no direct light. Failure in doing either of the three things can lead to the watch getting a weird golden-brown tint which makes it lose its appeal for the owners.
2. Get the Watch Insured for Theft
Usually, out of all the valuable things that you can own, watches turn out to be the one most easily stolen. Now, when we are talking about a vintage, priceless watch, you can only imagine the loss it would bring you. In order to prevent yourself from such a scenario, what we suggest is insuring the watch and filing a police complaint to submit to the insurance company as soon as some mishappening happens.
3. Regular Servicing
Your watch, just like your car or any electrical equipment, is a machine. And like any other machine to function without problems, your watch needs constant servicing as well. So, what is necessary here is for you to find a good watch repair person who knows the tricks of the trade around the maintenance of a watch and then get in touch with them on a continuous basis.
Ignoring the importance of regular servicing, even when it is once in three to five years, can do big and permanent damage to your vintage watch.
4. Avoid Polishing as Much as Possible
More often than not, watch repair persons insist on polishing the watch to make it appear as new. But, when polishing does happen on a vintage watch, it appears a lot more artificial than its actual authentic self – something that not just make the watch lose its meaning in terms of the emotional value but might also bring down the monetary value down because of the unnecessary shine.
So, you should try and avoid polishing your vintage luxurious watch as much as possible.
5. Keep the Bracelet Intact as Far as Possible
Bracelets are generally the first thing to lose its value because of constant wear and turns that happen when the watch is tied around the wrist. And in most cases than not, they are often the first element in the watch that is removed by the owners. And while it is completely fine to do so, what we recommend is keeping the bracelet stored, possibly in a satin cloth under zero dust, light, and moisture area to avoid any harm coming their way.
So, here were your 5 doable ways to store and maintain your watches in a way that they outlive generations to come and still operate in the bets of their capacity and when the time comes, help the owner out of a misfortune.
Do you know any other trick to maintain or store old vintage watches? Let us know in the comment sections below.