Certified gemologist Anthony LoRe has been appraising jewelry at Provident Loan Society for more than 15 years. Over the years, a countless number of antique and fine expensive watches have gone under his Loupe – or magnifying glass – for closer scrutiny. When he looks under the Loupe, he can immediately identify how well the owner took care of his or her watch.
Anthony says a watch that is properly cared for will frequently outlive the owner. In a recent Provident Loan Society VLOG, he gave the advice to watch owners on how to care for their fine watches.
But before you learn how to care for your watch, Anthony says it’s important to first identify what kind of watch you have. This can influence how you take care of it.
What Kind of Watch do I have?
Battery operated watches are frequently referred to as quartz watches because they send an electrical signal through a piece of crystal quartz. Battery-operated watches require little maintenance since they don’t need any winding. If you want your quartz watch to last longer, however, you should get a thorough cleaning every 5 years and the battery replaced by a professional every 1-2 years, according to the editors of Tourneau.
Automatic watches – sometimes called self-winding – are fairly easy to maintain because they require no winding or special care if they are worn every day. The kinetic energy from the wearer’s wrist is transferred automatically, which drives the mechanism inside the watch.
Most high-end watches are mechanical and typically they’re referred to as “collector’s items” or “collector’s timepieces.” With mechanical watches, time is measured by a spring-driven mechanism that needs to be wound periodically. Mechanical watches frequently have a clear sapphire casing, allowing you to see the inner workings of the watch.
Proper Care and Maintenance Tips
Anthony says in his VLOG that self-winding and mechanical watches should be wound daily to prevent oils and lubricants from building up. He recommends watch winders only for high-end watches. For less expensive watches, Anthony says watch winders are a waste of money. He also says they can add unnecessary wear-and-tear on the watch.
As for cleaning or servicing your watch, Anthony doesn’t recommend using any commercial cleaning products. Instead, he says use a soft, damp cloth to keep the natural shine.
You can watch Anthony’s VLOG on how to care for that fine watch at the video below. Follow their YouTube page to get more updates from Anthony and the team at Provident Loan Society.
About the Author
Amanda Anderson is studying international business in the Netherlands. She currently lives in New York.