1. Don’t neglect regular revisions
The first tip seems trivial, but a lot of PRIM owners forget about this principle. The mechanical watch must be checked by the watchmaker on average every 3 to 5 years. Early revision extends the functionality of the watch by a lot, sometimes even 20 years or more.
If you send the watch for review, you entrust it to the professionals who take care of everything with the utmost care and attention to detail. How does the check look like?
The watchmaker first separates the bracelet from the holster, then opens the watch to remove the mechanical movement. Then he completely removes the movement, allowing it to clean all parts very carefully. The moving parts are usually cleaned in special baths as well as the bracelet (assuming it is metallic).
For some brands, such as Rolex, watchmakers check every part of the watch after disassembly and cleaning, and possibly replace parts that need to be replaced, of course, with original brand components. This is the case with the moving parts, but also with the parts of the bracelet. In addition, the professionals lubricate all parts with high-quality lubricants when needed. This reduces the effect of friction and wear.
When reassembling a repaired watch, watchmakers often change seals to ensure they are as perfect as new watches. When the revision is complete, the watchmaker performs a series of tests for accuracy, watertightness, or power reserve. As a result, regular revisions help the watch to function properly.
2. Beware of shocks
PRIM mechanical watches are a masterpiece of mechanics and technology. However, they are also sensitive and can easily be damaged. Most of the watches are tough enough to withstand the small tremors common in everyday life. Yet we try to avoid them as much as possible in order not to jeopardize their functionality.
However, the problem may arise if the watch is dropped from a table, hit a wall or another hard surface. There is a risk of damage or even damage to the watch. Therefore, be careful when you wear the watch and when you put it on or remove it.
Cycling is not necessary without risk. Riding through unpaved roads with potholes and curbs can contribute to their damage. To prevent shocks, loosen the watch strap even if you ride along the sidewalk. This minimizes direct shocks.
3. Store the watch at room temperature
As described above, the watch deserves special care when we wear it, but it is also required when we are not using it. In this situation, the watch should be kept at room temperature. A high or low temperature affects the functionality of the mechanism and the accuracy of the watch, and may result in the face being unreadable due to, for example, the slide condensation.
4. Read the instruction manual
Reading phone or refrigerator manuals is sometimes a nice pain in the ass to avoid. However, we should take care of mechanical watches a bit more. In a manual, you would learn about the possibilities of your watch as well as its individual functions.
With the manual you will find that it is best to set the clock clockwise, but also some lesser-known useful tips. For example, did you know that just setting the time on a watch at the wrong time can affect their activity? In the case of mechanical watches equipped with calendars, some parts of the movement are running exactly between 9 p. m. and 3 a. m. when the date is changed. This time is referred to as the deadly zone.
There are many different problems when handling new watches, so you should carefully read all the tips and instructions in the user manual, which are often also available on the Internet.
5. Take your watch off your hand before winding
Still quite unknown advice. Even though the crown appears to be easily accessible, it is more than appropriate to remove the watch from the wrist before winding. You must also be very careful about the axis in which you are winding them. Winding may damage the movement of the watch.
If you remove the watch from your wrist, you will feel much more the resistance at the end of winding. It is important not to push too much on the crown and stop as soon as you feel resistance between your fingers.
When you are finished pulling the watch or using the crown, make sure that you return it to its original position. If you have a screwed crown, make sure it is tightened without pulling it too much. Insufficiently tightened crown can cause damage to the sealing system, which affects the operation of the watch over a longer period of time.
6. Avoid magnetic fields
Easier to advise than to do because magnetic fields are invisible. However, it is important to avoid them. They can cripple the mechanical watch completely and permanently damage it. Remember that almost all electronic devices emit magnetic fields. Therefore, we do not recommend putting your watch on a tablet, mobile phone, radio, hi-fi system or other electronics.
Different watches have different strengths to resist magnetic fields. This force is calculated in the gauss unit. Did you know, for example, that Rolex’s Milgauss can – as the name suggests – resist the force of a magnetic field of thousands of gauss?
All of the above tips tell you how to take care of your „PRIMKY“. The watch is simply a jewel that requires special attention. However, it pays off, because the technical and mechanical solutions that watchmakers have invented in mechanical watch making are incredible. And just because of your respect for their work it is necessary to take care of the mechanical watch. For a reward, a well-kept watch will last a lifetime and can be passed on to future generations.
Watchmaking is rightly considered an extremely accurate field. Regular revisions will help you increase the life of your watch, and in case of a problem, professional watchmakers will always advise you and possibly repair any malfunctions.
In the end, however, the watch is designed to be worn and used. If you continue to follow our advices and tips, don’t worry that your „PRIMKY“ will not serve you.