How To Clean An Analog Watch

Cleaning your watch is an important step in making sure that it lasts for a long time and looks great throughout its lifespan. Here's the process for cleaning your watch.

1. Make Sure That the Crown is Entirely Screwed Down

Because you are going to be using liquids to clean your watch, you want to make sure that any batteries or electronic mechanisms are entirely protected from this moisture. The easiest way to do this is to screw down the watch's crown, or the part of the watch that rises above everything else and displays the face. You can do this by using the appropriate screw driver to turn the screws that connect the crown to the rest of the watch.

2. Prepare the Cleaning the Solution

Take a small bowl and fill it with warm water. Mix in a small amount of gentle soap. If you are not sure what type of soap to use, either look for soaps that do not contain perfumes or abrasive materials, or use the same type of soap that you would be willing to use on fine china or anything else with a delicate pattern that could be easily ruined. Mix the soap and the water until small suds form.

3. Scrub the Watch

Take an old, clean toothbrush and dip it into the solution. Remove the toothbrush and start to use it to clean the watch. You will want to move in small concentric circles all around the watch face and slowly move outwards to around the edge of the watch. Once you reach the edge of the watch, use the same cleaning solution to clean the metal band of the watch. The bristles of the toothbrush will be long enough and strong enough to get into the nooks and crannies of the watch where dust could accumulate.

4. Get Rid of the Soap

Next, run a gentle stream of water through your faucet. Place the watch underneath the stream and turn it over until all of the soap has been removed. Once the soap is all gone, take a microfiber cleaning cloth and start to dry off the watch. You want to use a microfiber cloth in order to make sure that you don't accidentally scratch your watch while drying it. Dry in similar concentric circles to the ones that you used to clean the watch.

For more information about getting your watch to look like new again, talk to a company that specializes in repairing your specific brand of watch like Hayes Jewelers.