Thursday, July 2, 2009

How to Clean Wristwatches

Wristwatches define a lifestyle. Luxury timepieces from Patek Philippe, Bvlgari, Omega and Chopard make a definite statement and are heirlooms that will be passed from one generation to the next. It is important that proper care is given for these pieces to last. Below is a list on how to care for your sublime wristwatch.

  1. First, gather your materials. You will need rubbing alcohol, a soft-bristled toothbrush, lint-free cloth, white vinegar and baking soda.
  2. If you can, gently remove the bracelet but do not force it if the bracelet is difficult to disengage. Be extra cautious to keep the watch from getting wet as this might damage the timepiece.
  3. To make scrubbing easier, soak the bracelet in water and dish soap or rubbing alcohol for a couple hours.
  4. After soaking, scrub out the dirt in between the links of the bracelet by using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Swiss watches like Patek Philippe are manufactured with only the highest quality bracelets that make scrubbing easier.
  5. As much as possible, use a lint-free cloth when drying the bracelet to avoid getting fibers stuck in between the links. If you had dismantled the bracelet from the watch, it can now be re-attached.
  6. Leather straps can be cleaned by using a mixture of white vinegar and water. Scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure that the straps are dried thoroughly before wearing them. Luxury timepieces such as Patek Philippe, Omega, Breguet or Harry Winston offer wristwatches with leather straps that are easy to clean and dry.