The best way to keep your watch in tiptop shape is to keep it consistently clean. At the end of each day, take a few minutes to wipe down the watch with a soft cloth before retiring it at night. Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight, and away from direct contact with things that may scratch it – like wood, metal or even its own bracelet.
For periodical washing, all you’ll need are a bowl of warm water with mild dishwashing soap, a soft-bristled brush and a soft lint-free cloth.
STEP 1: Make sure the crown is tightly screwed to the case before you begin. If your watch is NOT waterproof – remove the band or bracelet from the watch case, and wash only the bracelet.
STEP 2: If your bracelet is steel, rubber or NATO, proceed to dip it in the bowl of warm soapy water for 15 – 20 seconds. Do not dip the watch case, even if it is waterproof.
STEP 3: Take the soft-bristled brush, dip it in the soapy water, and very lightly scrub the band, especially along the crevices. Do the same for the watch case, taking care not to rub too hard.
STEP 4: Rinse the band and case in clean water once all the dirt is removed. Take the cloth and gently wipe down the watch, ensuring that no moisture is left.
STEP 5: Once the watch is completely dry, put the bracelet back together with the case. Store in a dry place, away from sunlight.
For leather bracelets:
Contact with moisture can damage leather bracelets, so do not wash them. Use a leather cleaner and a soft, dry cloth instead. Test the leather cleaner on a small part of the bracelet to test for discoloration, and on a small part of your wrist to test for allergies.