Watch 101: Five Things NOT to do with your Mechanical Watch

1. Do not set the date of your watch between the hours of 8:00 PM and 3:00 AM. During this time, the date mechanism is working to change the date. Manually setting the date during this time interval could damage the movement. Instead, set the time to be outside of this time period, and then set the date with the quick set.

2. Do not keep your watch near items that may magnetize it. Believe it or not, magnetization of watches is very common, and often results in altering the timing of your watch, by making it run fast. This can be caused by everyday items including cell phones, laptops, and tablets. And while it’s relatively easy to demagnetize a watch, it is still worth exercising caution!

3. Do not overwind your hand-winding watch. When turning the crown to wind it, it’s recommended to stop when you start feeling a slight resistance.

4. Do not forget to have the crown pushed in or screwed in when you’re not setting the time! This mostly has to do with preventing water or dust from entering your watch, which can do all kinds of damage to the movement.

5. It is not recommended that you wear your watch in areas with excessive heat, like hot tubs, saunas, etc. The heat can alter the movement lubricants and damage the gaskets, which compromises the water resistance of the watch.

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