Many civilizations have been using wood to make fashion accessories for thousands of years. These accessories have become more refined in recent years. Wooden watches, in particular, have registered a significant increase in popularity in the past few years. There are many reasons for that, but most notably, they are functional, reliable, and stylish.
But wooden watches are also expensive. If you are lucky enough to be able to afford one, you need to make sure that you are taking good care of it. If you just got a new wooden watch and are wondering about how to keep it working properly and looking good for the longest time possible, here are six tips on how to care for your wooden watch.
Don’t Submerge Your Watch in Water
Wooden watches are not waterproof. Sure, some are splash resistant, you don’t have to worry about it coming into contact with water when washing your hands or in the event of sudden rain. However, these watches will sustain damage if immersed in water. Don’t shower or swim when wearing a wooden watch.
Wear the Watch Frequently
Some people reserve their wooden watch for special occasions in an attempt to keep in mint condition for a long time. Au contraire, you should wear your wooden watch more frequently if you want to keep it looking good. The wood develops a richer patina the more it’s worn.
No Furniture Polishes or Oils
Wooden watches do not need any polishing. Just wear it normally, and with time, it will keep looking better and better. Polishes like Fantastik or Pledge can find their way into the crown of the watch and mess up with the movement. If that happens, your watch won’t last for as long as it should be.
Your watch will need a new battery every one to two years, so keep that in mind. If the watch stops working suddenly, there’s a good chance that it’s the battery. We recommend that you take it to a local watch repair shop for battery replacement, do not attempt to do it yourself.
It’s always important to ensure that you store your wooden watch properly whenever you are not wearing it. Otherwise, it will get scratches or worse, and you won’t be able to wear it with pride like you should. Always make sure that the watch is covered in a layer of protection whenever it’s not on your wrist.
In the course of the day, your watch will collect dust and other tiny particles and needs to be cleaned regularly to remove them. Use a soft cotton cloth dipped in a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil (one teaspoon each, thoroughly mixed). Gently wipe the dirt off and remove any residue with a dry cotton cloth.
A good wooden watch is an expensive possession, so take good care of it. These watches are made to last for more than a lifetime, but only with proper care. Follow the tips outlined above if you want to keep your watch in good condition for a long time.