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Four Watch Maintenance Myths to Watch Out For

August 5th, 2022

When it comes to luxury watches, there are certain myths surrounding watch maintenance that persist over time. You want to ensure that you properly care for these fashion-forward and eloquently functional timepieces to preserve them for many more years. Our experts at Lenox Jewelers put together a guide to some of the most common watch maintenance myths to help you avoid falling into avoidable cliches regarding your timepieces.

Myth #1: Watch Winders are a Must

Although the best way to keep a watch precise is to ensure that the spring remains wound, overdoing it can cause more harm than good. Your daily watch will be easy to remember to wind it or it will simply remain wound as you move, but the ones you don’t often wear are the pieces you may consider using a watch winder for.

These machines keep your automatic or self-winding watches constantly moving, keeping the spring tight. However, too much tension can build up in these continually moving watches, and the lubrication oil will burn off quicker, causing the piece to need servicing faster than it may have otherwise.

Myth #2: Factory Repairs are the Only Way to Go

Although some high-quality luxury brands know how to best service certain models of watches, they aren’t the only ones you can receive exceptional repairs or maintenance from.

Well-trained local watchmakers who work for trusted jewelers, such as the professionals we have in our Lenox showroom, can communicate with you about your issues with the watch. They can quickly repair your piece, so you have it back in your hands at a faster rate than you would if you’d sent it off to the brand.

Myth #3: Sapphire Crystals Will Not Break

Sapphire crystal is a crystallized form of aluminum oxide instead of glass, making it incredibly strong and more expensive than other crystal materials. However, this durability does not mean that these crystals cannot break in extreme circumstances. This myth is carried on because sapphire crystals cannot be scratched, so they do not need to be replaced nearly as quickly as other crystals.

Myth #4: A Watch Should be Overhauled Every Year

This myth is an exaggeration of the maximum amount of time you should let pass before you have a professional completely refresh the lubrication and parts that may be beginning to falter. Some experts claim as early as four years between overhauls, while others claim ten years. A safe range to properly maintain your luxury pieces is between five to seven years. Trained watch professionals will extend the life of your watches with precision and skill.

Trust Watch Maintenance to Lenox Jewelers

Our team of trained watch professionals at Lenox Jewelers looks forward to taking care of your watches over your lifetime. We understand the sentimental attachment that some have for their watches, and we will fully respect your luxurious items while helping to retain their value and usefulness. Entrust our Fairfield jewelry store with your watches for a competent team within a sophisticated shop that will make you feel welcome each time you visit.