Luxury Watches – What You Need to Know

By Dan Atkins

Luxury watches are a thing of the future, a timeless product everyone wants to own. They are a sign of prestige and class, as well as of timeless fashion sense. There are numerous brand names out there, in a range of styles and prices to suit your tastes and budget.
The watch case houses the watch and all its parts. Sometimes made of stainless steel, some cheaper materials include plastic, while gold and platinum are more expensive. The case back protects the watch’s inner materials and must be removed to replace the batteries and make repairs. It sometimes is a clear crystal.
The crystal is the “glass” through which you can view the watch. This can be made of plastic or glass.
The bezel is the outer ring of the watch face, and holds the crystal in place.
The crown is the knob you use to set the time or wind the watch up. It is also called a stem or pin.
The display indicates the time, either by hands or numerals. Some of the newer models display other information as well.
The dial indicates the “face”, a metal plate you view your watch through, and can have various kinds of displays.
A bracelet usually denotes metal, while a strap denotes leather, animal hide, rubber or plastic.
The clasp is the metal piece holding the band in place.
The movement indicates how the watch works inside and it’s functions.
Water resistance indicates how much water pressure a watch can resist.
Watch maintenance is roughly akin to car maintenance. If you regularly maintain and repair your watch, you will be able to avoid costly repairs or having to replace it altogether. Here is a brief guide to watch maintenance.
Clean and service your timepiece every two years to ensure it stays trouble-free. Even quartz watches should be cleaned as they are also susceptible to small particles that can result in damage. Replace all batteries and seals at the time of maintenance. Rust is a small watch’s enemy. Rinse it under fresh water after it’s exposed to saltwater. Do not subject your water-resistant watch to heat or pressure. Remove watch before getting into any hot showers, baths, saunas or hot tubs, as these high heats can damage them. Get your watch immediately serviced if any moisture gets inside the crystal.
Diving watches need regular servicing, too, despite their high water resistance. Protect leather bands from water and perfumes, especially salt water.
When changing the date on your watch, do not change it within three hours of midnight, as at this time the watches date change is being carried out internally.
These are just a few tips to help with regular maintenance of your special watches and keep it looking good for years to come.

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