Watches are comparatively basic little machines that do a simple job and should bring you joy: nothing too intimidating or high-maintenance. At least, they don't have to be. With a little care, the right tools and some basic knowledge, you can have a satisfying watch experience that lasts decades.
All the information out there regarding watch maintenance can be overwhelming sometimes, though — we get it. And that's why it's helpful to have the ABCs of watch care collected in one place as a handy reference. The following wisdom will help you avoid problems with watches, and guide you to the best solutions when issues do occur. (Even veteran watch collectors sometimes need to be reminded of best practices.) Whether your watch needs a new battery, a good cleaning or something more complicated and expensive, we've got you covered.
Here's the place to start if you just got a new watch; and it's the place to refer back to when you've got questions down the road.
A Complete Guide To Mechanical Watch Maintenance
Get an overview of how mechanical watches work and why certain practices are important.
How to Find a Watch Repair Shop You Can Trust
Unless you're a trained watchmaker, don't mess with the complicated insides of a mechanical watch yourself.
How to Set a Watch, and Two Things You Should Never, Ever Do
This is super basic and something every watch owner should know (though many don't).
How to Change a Watch Battery
Getting your quartz watch into working order need not necessitate an expensive trip to the jeweler.
Watch Cleaning 101: How to Properly Care for Yours
If you regularly wear a watch or if you've purchased one secondhand, it'll need some cleaning.
Why You Aren’t Supposed to Polish a Watch
Hint: Polishing your watch can decrease its value.
How to Remove Scratches from a Stainless Steel Watch Case
Pesky little scratches on your shiny new watch are a bummer. Here's what to do about them.
How to Easily Remove Scratches from Your Watch Crystal
A fresh scratch on an otherwise flawless crystal is a devastating sight.
This Is How to Maintain a Dive Watch
A diver may be the ultimate “tool” watch, but it still needs some TLC.
The Tools You Need For Your Watch
There are just a few tools that watch wearers truly require...and a few more that maybe you want.
No, You Don’t Actually Need a Watch Winder — Here’s Why
While some are willing to pay for the convenience, the idea of a watch winder as an essential tool of watch ownership is largely unfounded.