The Hidden Threat: Water Damage and Your Luxury Watch

Luxury watches are not just timepieces; they’re investments in craftsmanship and history. However, many watch owners overlook a crucial threat to their prized possessions: water damage. Water can wreak havoc on the delicate mechanisms inside a watch, leading to rusted movements, damaged screws, and even complete failure.

Recently, Sangamon Watches Repair Center encountered a 30-year-old gold Rolex with severe water damage. The movement and screws were rusty, and the interior of the case was heavily corroded. The watch had stopped working altogether. Fortunately, after careful servicing, cleaning, and lubricating, the watch was fully functional once again.

This story highlights the importance of regularly checking your luxury watch for signs of water damage. Here are a few tips to protect your investment:

  1. Water Resistance Ratings: Understand your watch’s water resistance rating. Most watches have some level of water resistance, but this does not make them waterproof. Exposing a watch to water beyond its rating can lead to damage.
  2. Avoid Submersion: While some watches are designed for diving, most luxury watches are not. Avoid submerging your watch in water, especially hot water, as it can compromise the seals and lead to leaks.
  3. Check Seals and Gaskets: Over time, the seals and gaskets that protect your watch from water can deteriorate. Have them checked regularly by a professional and replaced if necessary.
  4. Avoid Extreme Conditions: Avoid exposing your watch to extreme temperature changes or environments, as this can cause condensation to form inside the case.
  5. Regular Maintenance: Schedule regular maintenance for your watch, including cleaning and lubrication, to ensure it stays in optimal condition.

By taking these simple precautions, you can protect your luxury watch from water damage and ensure that it continues to run smoothly for years to come. Remember, a little care now can save you from costly repairs later. For any watch services, please contact Sangamon Watches Repair Center in Springfield IL.

Note: Minimum bench charge $30 (open case examination, diagnosis, report findings, etc. for any watch received and not repaired)