Selling Tips 21 Nov 2023

Watch Cleaning: Our Guide on How to Properly Clean Your Watch


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Our comprehensive guide shows you step-by-step how to properly and effectively clean your luxury watch. Read more here.


Wearing a watch is not just about telling time; it's a reflection of your style and personality. At WatchWise, we are a big an of showing your personality (Or indeed demeanour) through your watch. To keep your timepiece ticking and looking its best, regular cleaning is essential. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to properly clean your watch, ensuring it remains as pristine as the day you bought it.


Watch Cleaning: You'll need:

  1. Microfiber Cloth: Soft and lint-free, a microfiber cloth is ideal for gently wiping away dust and smudges without scratching the watch's surface.
  2. Mild Soap or Detergent: A gentle soap or detergent is perfect for cleaning the case and bracelet. Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach that can damage the watch's finish.
  3. Soft Brush or Toothpick: For cleaning between bracelet links or hard-to-reach places. A Toothbrush is ideal!
  4. Water-Resistant Watches: If your watch is water-resistant, you can use lukewarm water for cleaning. However, be cautious with leather straps, and remove them before cleaning, as water can damage them.
  5. Watch Cleaning Solution (Optional): For stainless steel or metal bracelets, you can use a specialized cleaning solution for a more thorough clean.

Watch Cleaning Process

IMPORTANT: Ensure that Watch crowns and escape valves are CLOSED before beginning any work. Small particles (Dust) and water can easily make their way in to your watch and ruin a movement.

  1. Prepare Your Workspace: Set up a clean and clutter-free workspace. Lay a soft cloth on the surface to prevent any accidental scratches.
  2. Remove the Watch from Your Wrist: Take off your watch before starting the cleaning process. This ensures you have better control and visibility while cleaning. If you are confident, we highly recommend removing bracelets, end-links & springboard. It will make cleaning your watch even easier.
  3. Dust and Debris Removal: Gently wipe the watch with a microfiber cloth to remove any surface dust and debris. Pay attention to the crevices between the case and bracelet.
  4. Cleaning the Bracelet/Strap:
    • For metal bracelets: Dip a soft brush or toothpick in soapy water and scrub gently between the links. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away excess water and soap.
    • For leather straps: Dampen a cloth with a mild soap solution and carefully wipe the strap. Ensure it doesn't become overly wet, and let it air dry.
  5. Cleaning the Watch Case:
    • For stainless steel or metal cases: Apply a small amount of watch cleaning solution to a soft cloth and gently wipe the case. Use a toothpick or soft brush for detailed areas.
    • For non-metal cases: Use a damp cloth with a mild soap solution. Ensure you don't immerse the watch in water if it's not water-resistant.
  6. Rinsing (If Applicable):
    • If your watch is water-resistant, and has been tested for water resistance, rinse it under lukewarm water to remove any soap residue. Dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth afterward.
  7. Polishing (Optional):
  8. Final Inspection:
    • Wait for the watch to dry completely and Inspect your watch for any remaining soap residue. Ensure all components are completely dry before wearing it again.

Finishing Up

Regularly cleaning your watch not only enhances its appearance but also prolongs its lifespan. By following these simple steps, you can keep your timepiece looking as impeccable as the day you first laid eyes on it. Whether you're sporting a classic timepiece or a modern smartwatch, a little TLC goes a long way!

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