If you are like me, a wristwatch wouldn’t mean a mere accessory or a time-telling tool to you. There’s a special attachment between a watch enthusiast and his timepiece. Thus I usually don’t abuse my watch till the day it dies, but trying to take good care of it. I want my beloved watch to stay with me as long as possible. In this writing, I will share some simple tips on maintaining a dive watch. I hope that they will be of some help to you!
Avoid collision with hard surfaces
Scratches make your watch less attractive. They steal the gorgeousness from the watch. Therefore, you should protect your watch from hard surfaces as much as possible. Don’t swing your arm when walking on a narrow path, or your watch face will bump into the walls. Whenever you put your watch on a desk, gently place it on the desktop with the watch face upward.
Find a bezel replacement
The bezel is the most vulnerable part of a dive watch. It takes most physical abuses for the watch face. Unfortunately, a painted bezel can’t be polished like the crystal or the case. You must replace it with a new one when it’s heavily scratched. Not all watch models have bezel replacements, so you should check this information before purchasing. Ceramic bezels are scratch-resistant but are too brittle and more expensive than painted metal ones. Every choice has its imperfections.
Rinse your watch carefully after diving
As you know, seawater is not suitable for metal. It not only contains a lot of salt but also has many toxic elements to your watch. Sand is another problem, too. It can make the bezel bind. After each dive, rinse your watch in fresh water to eliminate everything. Take care of every corner of the watch!
Avoid hot temperature
Every kind of machine needs to avoid overheating to some level. We would never bring our cell phones to a hot tub, but with wristwatches, especially dive watches, sometimes we need to remember to take them off! We think that they’re built to go with us everywhere. A good dive watch can survive a 660-foot scuba dive, but a few hours in a hot tub, I’m not sure!
Service the watch every three years
Any dive watch needs servicing at least every three years—the movement, gasket, case back, etc. Your watch must work without ceasing and suffer a lot of physical abuse. Thus servicing is essential to maintain its good condition. Find a trustworthy jeweler to get the job done!