Watch Care and Maintenance: A Comprehensive Guide

Posted by Suzie Kidger-Clarke

on 29th November 2023

Watches are more than just timekeeping devices; they’re intricate pieces of craftsmanship that deserve proper care and attention.

Whether you’re a seasoned Rolex watch collector or just starting your journey into the world of Rolexes, understanding how to care for and maintain your timepieces is essential to ensure their longevity and optimal performance.

In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the art of Rolex watch care and maintenance. We’ll share expert tips and insights on how to protect your valuable investments, from cleaning and servicing to the importance of proper storage. Whether you own a cherished family heirloom, a luxury timepiece, or a daily-wear watch, this guide will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to keep your watches running smoothly and looking their best.

Let’s dive into the world of watch care and maintenance and ensure that your watches stand the test of time.

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The history of Rolex watches

Before we dive into Rolex maintenance, let’s take a quick look at the history of Rolex watches.

Rolex stands as one of the most renowned premium brands in the world. But how did it ascend to this esteemed position? The Rolex journey began in 1905 when a visionary German entrepreneur named Hans Wilsdorf founded the company. At the tender age of 24, Hans harboured a dream to redefine wristwatches, envisioning a timepiece that embodied both elegance and unwavering reliability – a feat deemed unattainable in that era. In 1908, Rolex came into existence.

In the quest for the perfect name, Hans deliberated over numerous possibilities. Ultimately, while traveling in London, inspiration struck as a ‘genie’ whispered the name “Rolex” in his ear. He sought a name that was succinct, universally pronounceable, and effortlessly memorable across languages. Given Rolex’s status today as a global household name, it’s evident that Hans Wilsdorf’s choice proved to be impeccably fitting.

Fast forward to 1926, a milestone year not only for Rolex but for the entire watch industry. It marked the debut of the world’s inaugural waterproof and dustproof timepiece – the Rolex Oyster. In 1945, Rolex introduced the Datejust, a watch that revolutionized horology by featuring a date window on the dial, setting another industry precedent. Throughout its illustrious history, Rolex has consistently pioneered innovations, marking numerous “first moments” that have reshaped the watchmaking landscape.

Today, Rolex proudly offers an array of luxurious models, each representing the epitome of horological excellence, making them the quintessential timepieces for discerning individuals worldwide.

How can you look after your Rolex watch?

To maintain its shine, you can keep your Rolex watch looking its best with some simple care. Use a microfiber cloth for occasional cleaning, gently wiping the surface.

If you’ve been by the seaside, be sure to rinse the watch with fresh water afterward to remove any salt and sand residues.

Before you start cleaning, always double-check that the winding crown is securely screwed down against the case to ensure it remains waterproof. This way, your watch will stay pristine and ready to accompany you on your adventures.

Can a Rolex be polished?

We would never recommend trying to polish your Rolex yourself, it’s always best to seek professional help via a Rolex watch servicing. We offer Rolex servicing in-house.

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Do you have to wind your Rolex?

If you wear your Rolex daily, there’s no requirement to manually wind it. As you go about your daily activities, the Perpetual rotor inside the watch continuously transfers energy, ensuring a consistent and reliable power source. Even when you take it off and set it aside, your Rolex can retain its charge for up to 70 hours, depending on the model.

Should you need to kickstart it after a brief pause, simply wind the movement manually. To do so, unscrew the crown to the winding position and turn it clockwise about 20 times.

Always remember to securely screw the crown back down against the case to maintain its waterproof integrity. This straightforward process ensures your Rolex is ready to accompany you on your next adventure.

How often do you need to get your Rolex serviced?

To ensure the ongoing accuracy and water resistance of your Rolex timepiece, Rolex advises that you periodically entrust your watch to an Official Rolex Retailer or Service Centre for expert servicing.

The recommended service interval for your Rolex typically falls around every 5 years, but this can vary based on the specific model and how regularly you use it in your day-to-day life.

What does a Rolex servicing consist of?

During Rolex servicing, your watch undergoes a meticulous process. Firstly, it is disassembled, and all of its parts undergo ultrasonic cleaning. Each component is scrutinised closely, and any elements that no longer meet Rolex’s exacting functional and aesthetic standards are replaced with authentic Rolex parts.

The watch movement is expertly lubricated and subjected to electronic tests to ensure precise timekeeping. The case and metal bracelet are painstakingly refinished to restore their original brilliance.

Following these steps, your Rolex goes through a battery of rigorous technical assessments and checks to confirm its waterproof integrity, power reserve, and accuracy. Upon completion of a comprehensive Rolex service, your watch is backed by a service guarantee, assuring its performance and quality.

How much does a Rolex service cost?

The cost of a Rolex service can differ. Speak to us today to book in your Rolex service.

Looking after your Rolex watch

Whether you’re looking for a Rolex watch repair or watch servicing, LH Watch Trade can help you to maintain your Rolex watches.

Get in touch with our expert team to discuss your requirements. If you’re looking to add a new Rolex watch to your collection, take a look at our selection of Rolex watches.