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How to use my watches: Guidelines
Here are some general guidelines to keep your watch in top shape. These are not all of them but they are the most important ones.
NEVER set the time on your watch backwards.
Doing so might damage your date mechanism. (there are some exceptions.)
DO NOT change the date, month or moon if the watch is between 9 P.M. and 3 A.M.
Especially in complicated watches like Annual or Perpetual calendars!
AVOID saunas, the beach or any other HOT environments.
Excessive heat will cause the lubricants inside your watch to evaporate. Sudden temperature fluctuations can be very damaging as well.
Service your watch every 4 to 5 years and have your seals and gaskets changed.
Rubber gaskets deteriorate and loose effectiveness over time. Watches, like cars, need oil changes to reduce ware and friction over time. Have this done at an official dealer, don't take any risks.
Take your watch OFF during sports. Especially tennis, golf or high impact exercises.
Over-winding or hard impacts will have a negative effect on the reliability and performance of the watch.
Rinse and care to leave it submerged in tab-water if you have been in SEA WATER.
Salt water is corrosive to all metals. Rinsing will not be sufficient, soaking for 45 minutes should be enough.
Waterproof ratings are measured when built, over time this value will diminish.
Take off the last digit and multiply by two, to be safe. If it says "100 meters" don't go below 20 meters.
AVOID large speakers, airport scanners or strong magnetic sources.
Magnetic fields can magnetize parts of the movement, thus altering its precision. X-rays machines are OK.
DO NOT wind or set the time of the watch on your wrist.
The crown might bend. Dirt like skin, dust or hairs might get into the mechanism.
Should your watch not be in use for some time, wind it once a month.
This will keep the parts inside the watch evenly lubricated.