Your Sangamon Watch Care Guide

Sangamon watches, known for their American history-inspired designs, are reliable timepieces that deserve proper care to ensure their longevity and accuracy. Whether your Sangamon boasts a precise Japanese quartz movement or a classic automatic movement, this guide will equip you with the knowledge to effectively maintain and, if necessary, repair your cherished watch. Click to download user instruction manuals.

Know Your Sangamon:

The first step to proper care is understanding your watch's specific needs. Unlike some high-end Swiss watches with complex movements, Sangamon primarily uses reliable Japanese quartz and automatic movements.

  • Quartz Movement: These battery-powered movements require minimal maintenance. However, knowing the model of your quartz movement will help when it's time for a battery replacement (typically every 1-2 years). Check your user manual or contact Sangamon directly for this information.
  • Automatic Movement: These self-winding movements derive power from your daily wrist movements. While generally low-maintenance, automatics benefit from regular wear (around 8 hours a day) to maintain accuracy. The user manual will detail specific care instructions for your automatic Sangamon.

Maintaining Your Sangamon:

Regular upkeep is key to keeping your Sangamon watch ticking smoothly. Here are some recommended practices:

  • Cleaning: Gently wipe down the watch face, strap (including metal bracelets), and case with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove dust and dirt. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners.
  • Metal Bracelets: For metal bracelets, periodic cleaning with a jewelry cleaning solution or warm soapy water and a soft brush can help maintain their shine and remove grime. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry completely with a soft cloth.
  • Leather Straps: For leather straps, occasional cleaning with a leather conditioner can help maintain their suppleness and lifespan. Avoid getting leather straps excessively wet.
  • Silicone Straps: Silicone straps are generally low maintenance but can benefit from occasional cleaning with warm soapy water.
  • Battery Replacement (Quartz Only): When your quartz watch starts to lose time significantly, it's likely time for a battery change. This is best done by a qualified watchmaker or jeweler to ensure proper resealing and maintain water resistance.

Seeking Professional Help:

While Sangamon watches are known for their reliability, even the best timepieces can require professional attention over time. Here are some situations where seeking a qualified watchmaker is recommended:

  • Movement Issues (Both Quartz and Automatic): If your watch stops keeping accurate time, even after a battery replacement (quartz) or regular wear (automatic), professional service might be needed. The watchmaker can diagnose the issue and recommend repairs or replacements.
  • Water Resistance Concerns: Most Sangamon watches offer some degree of water resistance. However, if you suspect the water resistance is compromised (e.g., after submerging the watch deeper than its rating), a watchmaker can inspect the seals and restore their effectiveness.
  • Scratches or Damage: While minor scratches may be unavoidable, deeper scratches or damage to the case, crystal, or metal bracelet should be addressed by a professional to maintain the watch's aesthetics and functionality.


  • Sangamon offers a 1- or 2-year international warranty on the watches. Consult the warranty information for details on coverage and service procedures.
  • The Sangamon website has a customer service contact information for any questions you may have regarding your specific watch.
  • Sangamon offers nationwide mail-in watch repair services, check out details here.

By following these simple care and maintenance guidelines, you can ensure your Sangamon watch, whether it graces your wrist with a sleek metal bracelet or a comfortable strap, continues to be a reliable and stylish companion for years to come.