Everyone was once new to watches. Even the biggest collectors were once at the point of getting their first watch.
I like to compare sports watches with cars: A Land rover Defender is a beast, no one can deny this. It can drive through almost any condition, and it’s hard to tame. But if you forget to change your oil, your offroad beast can be killed by something as small as carelessness. Same goes with watches. The Omega Speedmaster has been to the moon, and the Rolex Sea-dweller can go as deep as 3900 meter, but it’s really easy to damage your watch if you don’t handle it with the right care.
1: make sure the crown on your dive watch is always screwed down.
This might sound obvious, but you have no idea how many watches get send for a repair with water damage. Once water gets in your watch and you don’t fix is as soon as possible, your movement will start to rust.
2: After swimming, wash your watch with fresh water
Salt from the sea and chlorine from the pool can get in your bezel. It won’t destroy your watch, but it makes it easier for dirt to build up in your bracelet and bezel. This makes it easier for your bezel to get jammed up, and it can be solved with a little water.
3: don’t change your date between 9PM and 3AM.
In short: it’s really bad for the gears of your watch. If you do want to change the date, change the time to 6:30, set your date and set your time back right. Boing it once won’t destroy your watch, but doing it for years puts extra stress on the gears, resulting in a more expensive maintenance. Better safe than sorry.
4: don’t change the time backwards.
With most watches, turning the hands backwards when changing the time can also be really bad for your gears. This problem is solved with some modern watches, but once again; better safe than sorry.
5: Check the waterproofing of your watch every few years.
It’s important to check your watch on waterproofness every few years. Rubber gaskets can dry up and lose strength, letting water in. What’s the point of having a dive watch if your rubber gaskets don’t keep the water out? Getting your gaskets changed is relatively inexpensive.