Soap & Manufacturers Advice

Watch manufacturers will often recommend that their watches can be cleaned using soap and water.  To the contrary, soap should not be used.  Soap often contains ingredients such as glycerin, sodium hydroxide (lye), fats, and oils that accumulate in watch crevices and build up “gunk” over time.  A film develops over time that spreads from crevices to wider surface areas. This can eventually give your watch a dull appearance. Soap can also be harsh on waterproof gaskets by drying them out and is better intended for cleaning dishes, washing skin, etc.  Why is soap recommended then?  Manufacturers often do not endorse products and by indicating that “soap and water” are acceptable, they greatly simplify their instruction.  Yet, soap and water are not the best for your watch’s health and maintenance over time.