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WATCH BATTERIES:  WHERE TO CHANGE?

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Unless you own an automatic, kinetic, or form of self-winding watch, you probably know that your watch battery eventually dies!  Most watch batteries last approximately two years and must be replaced.  And, if you own a Tag Heuer, OMEGA, Breitling or a luxury quartz watch, this service can be expensive.  You may also see batteries advertised for less at stores, such as Walmart, Target, and local jewelry retailers.  An authorized Tag Heuer service center may charge $80 for a battery change, while your local jewelry store can charge $10.  Is the authorized service worth it?

The authorized service center provides the ultimate peace of mind.  The following points may help you decide:

  • If you intend on submerging your watch in water – kitchen sink, shower, swimming or bathing in the ocean in the next two years (while your battery is working) – we advise strongly taking your watch to an authorized service center. While the battery is replaced, the service center can also verify that your waterproof gaskets/seals are intact and working correctly.  Remember to ask for them to do this as well.
  • If the local jeweler also looks at your waterproof gaskets/seals, be sure they have the appropriate parts (gaskets/seals) to use in your watch. They may not be the same and may be a generic version opposed to a thicker, better seals that your watch manufacturer uses.
  • If you take your watch locally and opt for the $10 service, make sure that you trust the person opening the back of your watch to not scratch the case while doing so. Do they have the right tool to open the back? 
  • If you have your watch serviced at an authorized service center, you may also receive a warranty for a period (for example a year). The major advantage of obtaining a warranty for the service performed, is that if you have issues with your watch (such as water entering the case, etc.), the manufacturer will help you fix your watch should you have any issues.  The dealer performing the $10 service likely will not.

Be sure to follow manufacturer guidance and recommendations on servicing schedules.  Use WristClean products to clean and care for your watches in between servicing appointments.

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WATCH BATTERIES:  WHERE TO CHANGE?

Posted by WristClean Worldwide on

Unless you own an automatic, kinetic, or form of self-winding watch, you probably know that your watch battery eventually dies!  Most watch batteries last approximately two years and must be replaced.  And, if you own a Tag Heuer, OMEGA, Breitling or a luxury quartz watch, this service can be expensive.  You may also see batteries advertised for less at stores, such as Walmart, Target, and local jewelry retailers.  An authorized Tag Heuer service center may charge $80 for a battery change, while your local jewelry store can charge $10.  Is the authorized service worth it?

The authorized service center provides the ultimate peace of mind.  The following points may help you decide:

  • If you intend on submerging your watch in water – kitchen sink, shower, swimming or bathing in the ocean in the next two years (while your battery is working) – we advise strongly taking your watch to an authorized service center. While the battery is replaced, the service center can also verify that your waterproof gaskets/seals are intact and working correctly.  Remember to ask for them to do this as well.
  • If the local jeweler also looks at your waterproof gaskets/seals, be sure they have the appropriate parts (gaskets/seals) to use in your watch. They may not be the same and may be a generic version opposed to a thicker, better seals that your watch manufacturer uses.
  • If you take your watch locally and opt for the $10 service, make sure that you trust the person opening the back of your watch to not scratch the case while doing so. Do they have the right tool to open the back? 
  • If you have your watch serviced at an authorized service center, you may also receive a warranty for a period (for example a year). The major advantage of obtaining a warranty for the service performed, is that if you have issues with your watch (such as water entering the case, etc.), the manufacturer will help you fix your watch should you have any issues.  The dealer performing the $10 service likely will not.

Be sure to follow manufacturer guidance and recommendations on servicing schedules.  Use WristClean products to clean and care for your watches in between servicing appointments.

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START-UP WATCH COMPANIES: A GOOD INVESTMENT?

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Audemars Piguet Watch

Opinion

Every year new watch brands emerge and try their luck in the marketplace.  Entrepreneurs wanting to capture some of the billion-dollar industry mock up new designs in hopes of capturing the attention of enthusiasts and their wallets.  The only thing is that startups or young companies often do not have the financial resources to build their watch(es) in house, so they outsource the parts and rely on contract manufacturers.  A dial or case may be designed uniquely, but most parts are most often contracted out to a manufacturer.  These watches are most commonly powered by a Swiss ETA movement or a Japanese Miyota movement.  These same manufacturers make watches for various brands and sometimes a savvy enthusiast can identify watches of the “same family” (those which come from the same contract manufacturer and have similarities in design and parts). 

Before a watch enthusiast purchases a watch, it is important to be mindful of a few things to ensure it’s the best value for their money.

  • A start-up or young watch = poor brand recognition. It is important to realize that while you may find a lot of value in the watch, there is little value on the brand-recognition part.  You may buy the watch for $3,000, but only can sell it for $1,000 (if that).  If you buy a Rolex correctly, you will make money over time (their watches often appreciate over time). 
  • If a startup or young company is asking $2,000-$4,000, there is a high-probability that the watch could cost $500-$1,700 to make. The key is to research and learn about the brand.  Is the company making efforts to promote its brand recognition?  Or, it is a case of a few individuals trying to gain enormous financial rewards by slapping a logo on a mass-produced watch, which is contracted to a manufacturer of 70 other brands?  It is imperative to learn and research the company prior to buying one of their watches.  This will protect your investment.  If you end up purchasing one of their watches, it is helpful upfront to know that you may have little resale value down the road.
  • Compare the watch to at least 3 other well-known brands. Maybe you will be surprised.  Maybe your money will go a lot farther and you will gain features or functionality that you may not have had otherwise. In addition, you could greatly increase the resale/intrinsic value of your wristwatch.

Either way, to clean and preserve the condition of your wristwatch, please visit WristClean.com to learn more about this line’s sole mission to protect your wristwatch.

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START-UP WATCH COMPANIES: A GOOD INVESTMENT?

Posted by WristClean Worldwide on

 

Audemars Piguet Watch

Opinion

Every year new watch brands emerge and try their luck in the marketplace.  Entrepreneurs wanting to capture some of the billion-dollar industry mock up new designs in hopes of capturing the attention of enthusiasts and their wallets.  The only thing is that startups or young companies often do not have the financial resources to build their watch(es) in house, so they outsource the parts and rely on contract manufacturers.  A dial or case may be designed uniquely, but most parts are most often contracted out to a manufacturer.  These watches are most commonly powered by a Swiss ETA movement or a Japanese Miyota movement.  These same manufacturers make watches for various brands and sometimes a savvy enthusiast can identify watches of the “same family” (those which come from the same contract manufacturer and have similarities in design and parts). 

Before a watch enthusiast purchases a watch, it is important to be mindful of a few things to ensure it’s the best value for their money.

  • A start-up or young watch = poor brand recognition. It is important to realize that while you may find a lot of value in the watch, there is little value on the brand-recognition part.  You may buy the watch for $3,000, but only can sell it for $1,000 (if that).  If you buy a Rolex correctly, you will make money over time (their watches often appreciate over time). 
  • If a startup or young company is asking $2,000-$4,000, there is a high-probability that the watch could cost $500-$1,700 to make. The key is to research and learn about the brand.  Is the company making efforts to promote its brand recognition?  Or, it is a case of a few individuals trying to gain enormous financial rewards by slapping a logo on a mass-produced watch, which is contracted to a manufacturer of 70 other brands?  It is imperative to learn and research the company prior to buying one of their watches.  This will protect your investment.  If you end up purchasing one of their watches, it is helpful upfront to know that you may have little resale value down the road.
  • Compare the watch to at least 3 other well-known brands. Maybe you will be surprised.  Maybe your money will go a lot farther and you will gain features or functionality that you may not have had otherwise. In addition, you could greatly increase the resale/intrinsic value of your wristwatch.

Either way, to clean and preserve the condition of your wristwatch, please visit WristClean.com to learn more about this line’s sole mission to protect your wristwatch.

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WATCH BRUSHES: HOW TO KEEP THE TOOTH FAIRY HAPPY

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Whether you first purchase a watch or have owned one for years, chances are you are not blind to the black dirt/soot that builds/accumulates between the watch case and/or bracelet links.  No matter how hard you try to keep your watch clean, it will still develop dirt in hard to reach crevices.  Impurities come from your natural body oils and salts (sweat/perspiration), as well as environmental impurities from dirt/earth/mud and water (fresh/salt). 

Choosing the Right Watch Brush

The single most important aspect of a watch brush is the gentleness of its bristles and its non-scratching ability.  A watch brush will help you reach impurities between the crevices in your watch case and/or bracelet.  It is important to have a brush that DOES NOT scratch your watch’s case and/or bracelet.

Why a Toothbrush is Bad for Watch Cleaning

Toothbrush is Bad for Watch CleaningDespite a toothbrush being made gentle enough for teeth cleaning, it is not gentle enough for your watch.  The reality is that the bristles are too stiff for polished metal, even stainless steel and titanium.  Chances are if you own a Breitling, Omega, or sport-model Rolex, your watch has some ruggedness.  Your average Joe will tell you that surely your watch can withstand a toothbrush!  Yes, so can your Land Rover withstand the touch car wash.  However, the sun may reveal micro-marring and swirls in your paint.  Why would you jeopardize the finish of your watch to bristles that are too stiff to begin with?  You’ll likely reach the dirt between the crevices in your watch case and/or bracelet, but you’ll have a dull finish over time.  Even the tooth fairy would be ashamed! 

WristClean’s Watch Brush

WristClean Watch BrushThe brush designed by WristClean is made of pharmaceutical-grade Delrin (for the handle).  The nylon used is ultra-soft and is hand-tied into the handle.  Much safer and more of a gentle alternative than a toothbrush! Enjoy the best! Size is 6.5″ × 1″.

To order, please click here to visit http://www.wristclean.com.

For any questions or assistance, please email info@wristclean.com.

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WATCH BRUSHES: HOW TO KEEP THE TOOTH FAIRY HAPPY

Posted by WristClean Worldwide on

Whether you first purchase a watch or have owned one for years, chances are you are not blind to the black dirt/soot that builds/accumulates between the watch case and/or bracelet links.  No matter how hard you try to keep your watch clean, it will still develop dirt in hard to reach crevices.  Impurities come from your natural body oils and salts (sweat/perspiration), as well as environmental impurities from dirt/earth/mud and water (fresh/salt). 

Choosing the Right Watch Brush

The single most important aspect of a watch brush is the gentleness of its bristles and its non-scratching ability.  A watch brush will help you reach impurities between the crevices in your watch case and/or bracelet.  It is important to have a brush that DOES NOT scratch your watch’s case and/or bracelet.

Why a Toothbrush is Bad for Watch Cleaning

Toothbrush is Bad for Watch CleaningDespite a toothbrush being made gentle enough for teeth cleaning, it is not gentle enough for your watch.  The reality is that the bristles are too stiff for polished metal, even stainless steel and titanium.  Chances are if you own a Breitling, Omega, or sport-model Rolex, your watch has some ruggedness.  Your average Joe will tell you that surely your watch can withstand a toothbrush!  Yes, so can your Land Rover withstand the touch car wash.  However, the sun may reveal micro-marring and swirls in your paint.  Why would you jeopardize the finish of your watch to bristles that are too stiff to begin with?  You’ll likely reach the dirt between the crevices in your watch case and/or bracelet, but you’ll have a dull finish over time.  Even the tooth fairy would be ashamed! 

WristClean’s Watch Brush

WristClean Watch BrushThe brush designed by WristClean is made of pharmaceutical-grade Delrin (for the handle).  The nylon used is ultra-soft and is hand-tied into the handle.  Much safer and more of a gentle alternative than a toothbrush! Enjoy the best! Size is 6.5″ × 1″.

To order, please click here to visit http://www.wristclean.com.

For any questions or assistance, please email info@wristclean.com.

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WRISTCLEAN WATCH DRYING CLOTH VS. WRISTCLEAN WATCH CLOTH HD5 - THE DIFFERENCE AND WHICH TO USE

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If you are looking for a cloth that can be used to dry your watch and wipe off fingerprints and smears without scratching, WristClean cloths are the very best.  Not all microfiber and material are the same and some are quite frankly, cheaply made.  WristClean is dedicated to superior watch care and only offers high-quality watch cloths.  Whether you are cleaning a Timex or a Rolex, your watch deserves the very best.

WristClean Watch Cloths

WristClean’s HD5

For Use:  Everyday, Between Bathing Your Watch, Wipes Away Fingerprints/Dirt/Oils/Salts/Impurities

WristClean’s Watch Cloth HD5 is the ultimate watch cloth.  HD5’s luxury feel and ability to gently wipe off fingerprints, dirt, and impurities from watch surfaces (case and/or bracelet) is unparalleled.  Its super high-quality microfiber is not impregnated with rouge or anything that would alter your watch’s factory finish.  It will NOT scratch highly-polished surfaces. HD5 is recommended for use between cleanings.  The material is thinner, but made of 100% microfiber.

WristClean’s Drying Cloth

For Use:  Occasionally, After Bathing Your Watch, Dries Water from Your Watch Case and/or Bracelet

WristClean’s Drying Cloths are recommended to be used for drying your watch after cleaning with Watch Spray and rinsing with water (if your watch is water-resistant).  The material is thicker than WristClean’s HD5 and feels like suede.  Its thicker material is better to absorb water and liquids than the HD5.

Which Cloth Should I Use?

Though both cloths have different intended uses during the watch cleaning process, either cloth can be utilized entirely.  It can be a matter of preference and desirability.  Some customers prefer to use the HD5 exclusively – for both drying and removing fingerprints in between cleanings.

For any questions or assistance, please email info@wristclean.com.

To order, please click here to visit http://www.wristclean.com.

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If you are looking for a cloth that can be used to dry your watch and wipe off fingerprints and smears without scratching, WristClean cloths are the very best.  Not all microfiber and material are the same and some are quite frankly, cheaply made.  WristClean is dedicated to superior watch care and only offers high-quality watch cloths.  Whether you are cleaning a Timex or a Rolex, your watch deserves the very best.

WristClean Watch Cloths

WristClean’s HD5

For Use:  Everyday, Between Bathing Your Watch, Wipes Away Fingerprints/Dirt/Oils/Salts/Impurities

WristClean’s Watch Cloth HD5 is the ultimate watch cloth.  HD5’s luxury feel and ability to gently wipe off fingerprints, dirt, and impurities from watch surfaces (case and/or bracelet) is unparalleled.  Its super high-quality microfiber is not impregnated with rouge or anything that would alter your watch’s factory finish.  It will NOT scratch highly-polished surfaces. HD5 is recommended for use between cleanings.  The material is thinner, but made of 100% microfiber.

WristClean’s Drying Cloth

For Use:  Occasionally, After Bathing Your Watch, Dries Water from Your Watch Case and/or Bracelet

WristClean’s Drying Cloths are recommended to be used for drying your watch after cleaning with Watch Spray and rinsing with water (if your watch is water-resistant).  The material is thicker than WristClean’s HD5 and feels like suede.  Its thicker material is better to absorb water and liquids than the HD5.

Which Cloth Should I Use?

Though both cloths have different intended uses during the watch cleaning process, either cloth can be utilized entirely.  It can be a matter of preference and desirability.  Some customers prefer to use the HD5 exclusively – for both drying and removing fingerprints in between cleanings.

For any questions or assistance, please email info@wristclean.com.

To order, please click here to visit http://www.wristclean.com.

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IMPORTANCE OF WATCH CARE - THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION

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The Problem

To ensure that your watch’s appearance looks the best in years to come, it is recommended that you clean and care for your watch on a routine basis.  If you want your watch to look like-new, it is imperative that you make watch care a priority. Otherwise, the condition of your watch will degrade over time and you will have a watch that looks less than desirable.  Oils and salts from your body, body care products, environmental impurities all contribute to build up between the watch case and/or bracelet links.  A duration of neglect leads to dull finishes and dirt and grime that are difficult to remove.

The Solution

The best care you can give your watch is to clean it often and to preserve your investment.  WristClean’s Watch Spray is a formula designed to safely and gently emulsify dirt and body oils/salts from your watch’s surfaces.  It is safe for all metals and crystals, including mineral, acrylic, sapphire, and crystals with anti-reflective coatings.  When you wear your watch, it will accumulate dirt from your body, as well as environmental impurities from earth, mud, water (fresh/salt).  By routinely riding your watch of these impurities and revealing its natural finish, your watch will stay beautiful.  As mentioned previously, it’s the neglected watch, the watch that has not been cleaned in a while that gradually becomes more difficult to clean over time.

It is best to clean your watch with WristClean’s Watch Spray at least once a week, if not more often.  It is recommended to clean your watch after rigorous activities as well.  This will greatly help keep the finish of your watch like-new.  It is imperative that you follow the manufacturer’s recommended advice on maintaining your watch’s gaskets and water seals to ensure they are still effective and work to keep liquids (water, Watch Spray, etc.) from entering your watch case.

For steps on cleaning your watch with Watch Spray, please visit https://www.wristclean.com/pages/getting-started

To order Watch Spray, please visit https://www.wristclean.com/collections/wrist-clean

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IMPORTANCE OF WATCH CARE - THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION

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The Problem

To ensure that your watch’s appearance looks the best in years to come, it is recommended that you clean and care for your watch on a routine basis.  If you want your watch to look like-new, it is imperative that you make watch care a priority. Otherwise, the condition of your watch will degrade over time and you will have a watch that looks less than desirable.  Oils and salts from your body, body care products, environmental impurities all contribute to build up between the watch case and/or bracelet links.  A duration of neglect leads to dull finishes and dirt and grime that are difficult to remove.

The Solution

The best care you can give your watch is to clean it often and to preserve your investment.  WristClean’s Watch Spray is a formula designed to safely and gently emulsify dirt and body oils/salts from your watch’s surfaces.  It is safe for all metals and crystals, including mineral, acrylic, sapphire, and crystals with anti-reflective coatings.  When you wear your watch, it will accumulate dirt from your body, as well as environmental impurities from earth, mud, water (fresh/salt).  By routinely riding your watch of these impurities and revealing its natural finish, your watch will stay beautiful.  As mentioned previously, it’s the neglected watch, the watch that has not been cleaned in a while that gradually becomes more difficult to clean over time.

It is best to clean your watch with WristClean’s Watch Spray at least once a week, if not more often.  It is recommended to clean your watch after rigorous activities as well.  This will greatly help keep the finish of your watch like-new.  It is imperative that you follow the manufacturer’s recommended advice on maintaining your watch’s gaskets and water seals to ensure they are still effective and work to keep liquids (water, Watch Spray, etc.) from entering your watch case.

For steps on cleaning your watch with Watch Spray, please visit https://www.wristclean.com/pages/getting-started

To order Watch Spray, please visit https://www.wristclean.com/collections/wrist-clean

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