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WATCH MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS

General recommendation

When storing your timepiece, it should ideally be kept in the box received at the time of purchase or in a case designed for the purpose, such as a watch winding box (for automatic mechanical watches only).  If you own several timepieces, avoid direct contact between them in order to prevent aesthetic damage.  Keep your timepiece in a well-ventilated place away from moisture and heat.  It is strongly advised to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or bright lighting as UV rays from sun light can produce changes in colour to the dial, to the hands and the strap.  

Regular maintenance of the movement 

As with all precision instruments, the movement of your timepiece must be regularly inspected and maintained in order for it to perform at its optimum level.  Mechanical models should be serviced every three (3) years and quartz models should be serviced every five (5) years. 

Recommendations for quartz models

Even when you don’t use your timepiece with a quartz movement, the battery is still powering the mechanism.  If a battery is left in the movement once it is empty, the acidic electrolyte inside the battery could eat through the battery seals and leak into the movement causing damage.  It is important, therefore, to adhere to the servicing deadlines detailed above.

Preserving water resistance

The water resistance of your timepiece has to be tested and re-established when necessary in hermetically sealed assembly of the case, the glass and the winding-crown, as well as on the maintenance of numerous joints or gaskets. We recommend that the seals on your timepiece are tested annually if it is designed for and used in water.  If your timepiece is immersed in sea water it should be rinsed with fresh water after use and dried.

Magnetism

There are an increasing number of magnetic fields present in our environment. These can cause inconsistent timekeeping and the movement of your timepiece to come to a complete stop.  This would then require the intervention of a watchmaker in order to demagnetise it and all of its components.  Never expose your timepiece to a strong magnetic field (e.g.: medical MRI, microwave oven) and avoid exposing it within 10 cm of smaller intense fields (e.g.: mobile phone, magnetic bag or bracelet clasps, refrigerators, electronic devices).

Physical shock

A sudden strong shock caused by the practice of sports such as golf or an accidental fall to the floor or blow to the case may not only damage the exterior appearance of your timepiece but also cause damage to its mechanism.  There are parts within the mechanism which are less than a 10th of a millimeter in diameter. Damage to these parts may not be apparent from an external examination of the timepiece but they can be critical to its performance.

Thermal shock

The optimal temperature range for your timepiece is between 0 to 50 °C (32 to 122 °F).  Prolonged exposure to temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F) can cause a deviation in the performance (usually a loss of time).  Prolonged exposure to temperatures above 50 °C (122 °F) can also cause alterations to the timekeeping and should therefore be avoided.