Quartz Watches care & maintenance
Quartz watches need special care & maintenance. Although they are powered by batteries, not all of its internal components are electronic. Some of them have a mechanical movement that is powered by batteries instead of the usual rotor or manual winding.
Quartz watches are made to provide an accurate and reliable service. If you want to find out more, our article on how Quartz Watches work will be perfect. Although the battery can last longer, it is recommended that you replace the battery every two to three years. Visit an authorised dealer or service centre to change the battery. They will check your watch for any damaged parts that may need repair, and whether it needs lubrication and whether perspiration or water, dust, needs to be removed from within the watch.
All watches will need servicing at some point in time. Many steps have to be performed to service a watch.
- The watch is opened and taken apart, down to the very last screw.
- The parts are checked for wear and tear.
- The old parts are replaced where necessary.
- All parts are cleaned, reassembled and lubricated.
- The water tightness is checked.(only if it is waterproof)
- Polishing the watch
Why you should service your watch even if it is working fine
- The oil that is in the watch will thicken over time. The un-lubricated parts of the watch will create friction. The problem will only get worse if the friction creates microscopic dust that will act as an abrasive to the movement.
- The case of the watch is expanding and contracting according to the temperature. This allows dust to enter the case through the microscopic cracks.
Care for your Quartz Watch
- Metals should be washed carefully in water.
- If it is too dirty, use a soft toothbrush with soap and water to brush away the dirt gently.
- Rinse it with water
- Dry carefully with a soft cloth.
- Take Note: If your watch is not water resistant, be careful not to get water on the case.
- Leather straps should be slightly loosened in the summer or in hot areas near and on the equator such as Singapore or Brazil.
- These are the times where they may absorb perspiration.
- A tight strap will not only prevent the passage of air over the strap but may also cause a perspiration rash on the wrist.
- If the strap ever becomes wet with perspiration, wipe it dry with a soft cloth to avoid damaging it.
- Leave it in a well-ventilated spot.
- Never put it in a sealed container when it is still damp with perspiration.
- Do NOT leave your watch in direct sunlight.
- The strap colour may fade.
It does not affect digital quartz watches, but it may affect analogue watches. Analogue watches uses a tiny electric motor to turn the hands. Powerful magnetism may affect the performance of this motor.
Analogue watches may gain time, lose time, or even stop if powerful magnetic fields are present. However, they will usually return to normal time-keeping as soon as they leave them.
Avoid putting your watch near medical equipment, headphones, speakers, or refrigerator door magnets. Electric mixers and blenders and a wide range of other electrical equipment could also have a magnetism strong enough to affect its timekeeping.
Avoid hard shocks
- E.g: dropping on hard surfaces.
- The normal shocks caused by sports present no threat to quartz watches.
- Quartz watches are less affected by extreme temperature than mechanical watches and are designed to work well worn on the wrist for eight hours a day with temperatures between -10 degrees and 35 degrees Celsius.
- If your watch is stored at temperatures outside the normal range, the electronic components may fail to function normally.
- The response time of liquid crystals used in the displays on digital watches at low temperatures is slow, and they tend to look very dark at high temperatures, but normal performance will return at normal temperatures.
- Battery life can be significantly reduced at high temperatures (above 35 degrees Celsius), and battery fluid may even leak out.