Sustainability of value
Preserve the value of your watch. For this purpose we would like to provide you with some advice, so that you will enjoy owning your watch for a long time to come. Please read the following information carefully:
All our time-keeping devices are water resistant to at least 3 ATM. Water resistance may vary depending on model design and intended purpose. The water resistance is always engraved on the base of the case. Irrespective of the water resistance indicated, we recommend that you do not wear a watch when taking a shower or a bath or when swimming or diving, because the detrimental effects of water and sand could reduce the value of your watch. Careful cleaning is particularly advisable, if your watch has been in contact with salt water. The basis message is: the water resistance of watches is not a lasting characteristic! A watch has seals which are subject to ageing. To forestall water damage, before your watch comes into contact with water please ensure that the crown is pressed in or screwed into place (only for screwed-in crowns). In the Service Booklet supplied with your watch you will find a table, which gives you precise information about the water resistance of your watch and informs you which activities you may undertake while wearing your watch, which may expose your watch to contact with water. If you have any queries on this,our Customer Service Department will be delight to assist you at any time.
Your watch has been manufactured from high-quality materials and is designed for everyday use. Nevertheless, in order to guarantee the reliability of the clockwork installed, violent impacts (falling/dropping) should be avoided.
Protect your watch from strong magnetic fields. The accuracy of your watch may be affected. Your watch is not affected by the magnetic fields of commercially available household appliances.
Chemicals, gases and solvents:
Keep your watch away from any chemicals, gases or solvents. Contact with substances such as petrol, diluting agents, alcohol, hair spray, perfume, nail varnish, nail varnish remover, bleaching agents of dyes can cause deterioration or damage to the case, the seals, the strap or other components of the watch.
Temperature and temperature differences:
Please do not expose your watch regularly to high temperatures. Fluctuations in temperature can cause condensation to form on the inner surface of the watch glass. The proper functioning of the watch will not be affected. After a while the water will evaporate completely.
Battery replacement (quartz watches):
In order to ensure that your watch does not stop, you should have the battery replaced regularly. Professionals at all specialists shops or alternative Service Points will replace the batteries cost-effectively and without difficultly. It is recommended that the batteries be replaced at regular intervals of one and a half to four and a half years (varies according to clockwork and type of battery). When the battery is replaced the condition of the seals should always be checked, so that your watch remains waterproof. Please note: used batteries must not be disposed of with household waste. Please comply with the law and take your old batteries to the free public collection points or return them to the shop.
Meaning of the individual battery markings:
Pb (= lead), Hg (= mercury), Cd (= cadmium)
Mechanical watches (with and without automatic winding):
The accuracy of a mechanical watch (with and without automatic winding) cannot be compared to that of a quartz watch. The accuracy of a mechanical watch may vary by up to 30 seconds per day, depending on the environmental conditions. A mechanical watch (with and without automatic winding) should be wound with about 20-25 turns of the winding button. Once fully wound, mechanical watches (with and without automatic winding) have a power reserve of 35-40 hours (varies depending on how the clockwork is constructed). Once the power reserve is used up, the watch stops. When worn every day, mechanical watches with automatic winding do not need to be wound. If the watch is not worn for a period of time, this type of watch may also be initially wound by hand. The rotor transfers the kinetic energy to the mainspring. In this way the clockwork winds itself. If a mechanical watch (with and without automatic winding) is not worn for a relatively long period of time, the watch should nonetheless by wound from time to time. In the way the operating characteristic of the clockwork is preserved.
The wrist strap of a watch is subject to wear and tear, of which humidity, sweat and friction are the main causes. Therefore the strap has a limited life and should be replaced regularly to suit personal preference and for reasons of hygiene. When the strap is replaced the retaining pins (spring bars) should be checked and replaced, if necessary.
Maintenance service & cleaning:
At regular intervals a watch should be checked by a watchmaker to ensure the watch remains in good working order. To clean finger marks from the case or the glass, we recommend that you clean the watch regularly with a soft, clean cloth. Before cleaning with a cloth, please remove e.g. sand or coarse dirt, since otherwise the case and/or the glass may become scratched. If the watch has come into contact with salt water and sand, the case should be cleaned very gently under running water with a soft brush. Please first of all check the information on the waterproofing of the watch! During cleaning avoid getting the strap wet, especially if it is a leather strap.