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5 Ways To Maintain Your Pre-Owned Luxury Watch

5 Ways To Maintain Your Pre-Owned Luxury Watch

If you choose to buy a pre-owned luxury watch, whether the popular choice of a Rolex, or a pre-owned luxury watch from any other brand, you likely put a lot of thought and research into making the perfect purchase. You may have thoroughly considered what type of watch you wanted to buy, shopped around, found a boutique expert jeweler like the ones at Yamron who could help guide you through the process — but what do you do once you actually have the watch in hand? 5 Ways To Maintain Your Pre-Owned Luxury Watch

In order to keep that new-to-you Rolex or other brand of watch looking as pristine as the day you bought it, you’ll want to take care to maintain your pre-owned luxury watch — a process that’s just as intensive, if not more so, than the research and leg work you did before even setting foot in a store.

Luxury Watch Maintenance Overall

No matter if your watch is pre-owned or not, there are a few things you’ll want to do for any watch, in order to keep it in tip-top shape.

1. Keep Things Clean.

Firstly, keep your watch clean. You might not think this needs to be said, but then, take a second to think about how often you wear your watch (likely daily) and what various activities you participate in beyond merely going to the office.
 
Do you ever sweat in the summer heat during your daily commute? It’s dirtying your watch. Did you wear your watch on your friend’s boat this past weekend? That sea spray and saltwater air can wreak havoc on certain watches. Forgot to remove your watch before you hit the hiking trail? More dirt and sweat. What about when you cleaned up a mess in the kitchen? If those cleaning chemicals come in contact with your watch, you’ll have more to worry about than just a few crumbs on the countertop.

5 Ways To Maintain Your Pre-Owned Luxury Watch

Depending on the type of watch you purchased, if it’s not meant for the type of activity you’re about to enjoy, just go ahead and take it off. Leave it in your watch box for now. And, no, you really can’t find a watch that’s going to be suitable for every single activity. While some watches are suitable for sweaty situations or water sports, none should ideally come into contact with cleaning chemicals, pool chemicals and the like.

2. Pay attention to your
service schedule.

5 Ways To Maintain Your Pre-Owned Luxury Watch

Both new and pre-owned watches, Rolex or otherwise, require regular maintenance. Your watch should be serviced every two years, so that a qualified professional can inspect it for any potential issues and give it a thorough cleaning.
 
Go ahead and pull up your calendar and schedule your next service appointment now, so you’re sure not to miss it. Then, once that appointment occurs, immediately schedule your next, so you don’t end up allowing more than a few years to pass without servicing your watch.

Caring for Pre-Owned Watches Specifically

But what are the things you need to pay specific attention to when it comes to caring for your pre-owned Rolex or other luxury watch?

3. Get all your details up front.

When it comes to buying a pre-owned watch (or any piece of pre-owned jewelry, for that matter), you want to get a thorough history of the piece before you buy it, just like you might request a thorough history of a vehicle before purchase. This will help inform your care decisions moving forward, let you know of any maintenance or service that you might need right away, and overall give you a better idea of how to care for your watch based on the prior owner’s care (or lack thereof).

In addition to a watch history, you also want to ask a seller or jeweler for all paperwork that originally came with the watch, such as any manuals or care instructions from the brand. These can also be handy and help you care for your watch the way the maker intended.

5 Ways To Maintain Your Pre-Owned Luxury Watch

4. Consider Insurance

In addition to a watch history, you also want to ask a seller or jeweler for all paperwork that originally came with the watch, such as any manuals or care instructions from the brand. These can also be handy and help you care for your watch the way the maker intended.

5. Take special care of leather bands.

If your pre-owned watch came with a leather band versus a metal band or bracelet, you’ll want to take special care with that leather, especially if you suspect the prior owner didn’t quite care for the leather appropriately. There are a lot of ways that one might shorten the leather’s lifespan through improper wear.
 
If your watch is outfitted with a leather band, avoid wearing your watch in prolonged heat or sunlight. Additionally, don’t pull or tug on the watch band as you remove the watch at night or put it on in the morning; likewise try not to bend the watch band. Don’t expose the band to hot water (such as when washing your hands).

Still Shopping For a Pre-Owned Luxury Watch?

Let the La Maison Yamron team help you pick your perfect pre-owned watch. Stop into our retail location in Naples to browse our full selection of pre-owned men’s and women’s watches, from Rolex and other favorite luxury brands. You can also check out our offerings online, or give us a call at 239 610 1106 or an email at [email protected]

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