How to maintain your mechanical watch easily and safely?
How to maintain your mechanical watch easily and safely? 8 Tips to safely care and maintain your mechanical watch here for you.
First of all, we should know that the mechanical watch is divided into a manual mechanical watch and a fully automatic mechanical watch, which is distinguished from the perspective of the energy mode of the watch. For more detail about the mechanical watch you can have a look at our last article: Mechanical watch or quartz watch, which one fit for you? Then what causes the mechanical watch not to go? What should I do if the automatic mechanical watch does not go away?
(1) What to do when the mechanical watch stop?
In fact, the situation that the mechanical watch does not go is generally divided into two types. The first type is because the kinetic energy is insufficient. The second is due to a malfunction of the mechanical watch. Common faults mainly include bumps, misalignment of the movement and gear, a magnetization of the watch, the long-term holding of the sludge, etc. So don't be too flustered when you find that the mechanical watch is not going, you must first distinguish which one causes the problem.
Some people may buy a fully automatic mechanical watch and think that since it is fully automatic, it is definitely not necessary to care too much about the maintenance. In fact, this is a misunderstanding. The so-called fully automatic mechanical watch can work because the action of the automatic winding mechanism, it can be tightened by the automatic towing in any direction. It is conceivable that only the watch is worn on the hand, and as the arm moves, the automatic tow also rotates to generate energy. Generally, a fully automatic watch should be worn on the hand for more than 8 hours a day to make up the amount of energy, but it is not absolute. Therefore, if you do not wear it for a long time, or if you do not exercise enough after wearing it, it will cause the mechanical watch to stop. For such a situation, it can be solved by manual winding.
After inspection, if the stop of a mechanical watch is not because the kinetic energy is insufficient, that is, the mechanical watch is faulty. The watch bump and the spring failure will cause the mechanical watch to stop. Therefore, it is necessary to send it to a professional maintenance person for repair. Remember not to disassemble the mechanical watch yourself.
(2) What should I do if the mechanical watch is going fast?
A watch that never late or fast for a minute does not actually exist. There is always a range of error, and this range varies in varies country and varies region. Generally, when mechanical watches (fully automatic mechanical watches included) are full of strings，as long as they are not faster or later than 30 seconds per day, it basically complies with the standard.
When the watch is fast, you need to adjust the time. How do you adjust the time of the mechanical watch?
1)Screwed the middle bar. When adjusting the time, turn it counterclockwise and loosen it.
2) After loosening, it is the 0
3) Pull the bar gently, it will be the 1st
4) Pull the bar again, it is 2 gears to adjust the time.
If it can't work correctly after this method, it is recommended to send it to the professional watch repair center to have a look.
(3) How to solve the phenomenon of magnetic on mechanical watches?
Once the watch is magnetized, it will make the watch go very fast, even 1-2 hours per day. Wearing mechanical watches you should pay attention to make watch stay away from magnetic fields, such as audio, television, mobile phones, and other electrical appliances. Magnetization is a common phenomenon today. The solution is not difficult. It only needs to go to the authorized maintenance department to demagnetize with special equipment. In just 30 seconds, the watch can demagnetize and has no effect on the performance of the watch.
How can you know that if the watch is magnetized? You can find a compass to diagnose if the watch is magnetized. Place the compass flat on the table, hold the watch at a short distance and quickly sway back and forth over the compass, then change the watch in several directions and try it several times. As long as the pointer moves, especially if it is deflected very much, you can judge that the watch is magnetized.
(4) What should I do if the mechanical watch goes slowly?
The reason for its slowness can be divided into several parts: 1) insufficient activity, insufficient kinetic energy; 2) watch is magnetic; 3) the movement is dry.
To solve the problem of insufficient kinetic energy, you usually need to wear it for 8 hours every day. You need normal and appropriate exercise kinetic energy to support walking time. Wearing 8 hours a day can support 36 hours of watch working.
Sometimes, a watch is magnetic would cause the watch goes slowly, too.
Lack of oil in the watch movement will increase the frictional resistance between the parts inside the watch, causing the watch parts to be damaged and unable to operate normally. Please take it to the repair shop for lubricating.
(5) Should we usually wind the mechanical watch?
The watches with hand-wound movements should be wound up at the same time every day so that the watch has enough energy to operate in the next 24 hours. Note: Don't adjust the date and time of the watch from 9:00 to 3:00 in the evening. It is easy to cause problems with the internal calendar drive train of the watch.
The watch of the self-winding movement, whose energy comes from the shaking of the arm, so there is no need to manually wind the string under normal wearing conditions. When the amount of exercise of the wearer is insufficient to supplement the spring with sufficient energy, the manual winding can be used. And the crown rotation is controlled within twenty circles when winding. The crown of self-winding watches that have not been worn for more than 40 hours should be turned 20 turns to re-start the movement of the movement.
(6) What should I do if the all-steel strap of the watches rust or fad?
There are many types of stainless steel, the main components of which are nickel and chromium. the elements such as nickel and chromium are easily attacked by strong acid and alkali, and unfortunately, the sweat discharged from the human body contains hydrochloric acid. So if the watch is often contacted by sweat and not cleaned up in time, rust spots will appear on the strap and other parts, and black stains will appear on the wrist. So the watch frequently in contact with vinegar, bleach, correction fluids and other chemicals, cosmetics and sweat should be cleaned in time. The general treatment method is to gently scrub the strap with a soft toothbrush and dry it with a soft cloth.
(7) What should I do if I skin allergy wearing a mechanical watch?
if the skin feels itchy, has a red mark, and even a red rash. Please don't panic. This is related to a person's physical condition.
The situation of itchy skin and rash can be divided into the following three types:
1) Allergies in metal and leather: If you prove that you are allergic to a certain metal or leather, do not wear the corresponding watch.
2) Allergic to rust, dirt, and sweat on the watch: If the watch has not been cleaned for a long time, wipe it gently with a damp towel.
3) Too tight, non-breathable allergies: loosen the strap, increase ventilation and breathability.
[Tips]: If you have not relieved skin allergies for a long time, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
(8) Periodic inspection
It is better to check the mechanical watch every year to see if there is any improper use or water ingress. Sometimes sweat, rain, and dirty air accumulate for many years, causing chronic erosion of machinery, so regular inspection is very important; then every three years need to be thoroughly cleaned and maintained.