What a Triathlete Needs in a Watch

With a stunning display of athletic endurance, a triathlon takes you from the water to the bike and finishes it off with a marathon run. As you train, you push yourself to beat your personal records and strive for success on race day.

Make sure you have a timekeeping, activity-tracking companion as part of your essential triathlon gear to help you train with precision. Here are the features to look for in the ideal triathlon watch:

Swimming, cycling, running – and more

Multisport features make switching between events as easy as the push of a button. This changes the display information, recording speed and time depending on the activity. With an easy setting change, you can go from measuring miles per hour while cycling to minutes per mile when running. Of course, digital dials make it easy to take note of the data while on the move.

Advanced sport features for multisport training can further include distance, mile markers, pace, heart rate, hydration and nutrition alerts, timed intervals, split timing, race predictors, GPS tracking, power meter and more. Some triathlon watches even sync up with your smartphone or computer for more advanced data and information tracking. These multisport features make it easy to review performance improvements over time and track your progress on race day.

Bring on the water

While your smartphone has useful sports tracking features, you wouldn’t jump in the pool with it. A triathlon watch is as comfortable in the pool as you are. Water resistance up to 100 meters is usually the standard for a sports watch. This feature also means that inevitable encounters with sweat or rain while running or biking won’t affect watch performance.

Light on the wrist

The ideal triathlon watch sits comfortably on the wrist, enhancing performance rather than holding the wearer back with a clunky design or heavy weight. Along with lightweight cases and mechanics, these athletic timepieces typically include durable, weather- and water-resistant soft silicone rubber straps. A good triathlon watch should also be relatively thin, as this composition makes it easy to change clothes and gear between races.

Get going with the Timex Ironman®

The Timex Ironman is made with triathletes in mind, following our distinct process of designing sport watches with solid construction and a user-friendly interface. No unnecessary frills included, these sports watches offer simple electronic features for easy operation and quality performance as you train and compete. With various Ironman styles to choose from, those features can include:

• Sports stopwatch with lap memory.
• 99-lap counter.
• 100-hour chronograph with lap and split times.
• Countdown timer.
• Customizable alarm and reminders.
• Water resistance to 100 meters.
• INDIGLO® light-up watch dial.
• Reflector display.
• Time zone settings.
• GPS.

With clean sports design, durable materials and easy-to-use features, your Timex Ironman triathlon watch can take you to the finish line.

How to Change a Watch Battery

The mini panic attack you may experience when you think you’re running late is easily the worst part of a watch battery dying. Your timepiece gets stuck where it is, displaying an inaccurate time until it gets fresh power. Once you realize what’s happened, your next move is to replace the battery as soon as possible.

While some watches have a unique process, you can generally change your Timex watch battery the same way you would most timepieces. Here’s how:

Take it to an expert
If you doubt your ability to change your watch battery, don’t worry. There are plenty of jewelers who would be happy to replace the precious part for you. Prices for this service will vary depending on the jeweler, so you may want to inquire at several stores before committing. However, once you find a jeweler or watch repair professional you can trust, we recommend heading back there whenever you need a reliable fix.

Do it yourself
You’ll need tweezers and a small screwdriver to remove the dead battery and replace it with the new one. Safety note: it is suggested using plastic rather than metal tools to avoid an electrical shock. Wearing gloves can also prevent damage from occurring inside the watch.

Once you have the materials, follow these steps to change your watch battery like a pro:

1. Remove the watch back
Most modern watches have snap-off back panels, which have small indentations to help you carefully pry off the cover. Using a small flathead screwdriver or blade, press down on the indentation and twist until the cover comes loose. If your watch back is secured with screws, use a small screwdriver, such as one designed for eyeglasses, to loosen the screws and remove the cover. Some watch backs have slots large enough to fit the edge of a coin, which you can use to twist off the cover.

2. Place the gasket to the side
If you see a rubber ring or plastic covering, remove that from the watch case to reveal the inner workings of the timepiece. Use tweezers or the edge of a knife if you need help getting a strong grip. Battery Depot recommended cleaning the gasket before you put it back after changing the battery.

3. Find and remove the battery
Once you see the existing battery, note which side is facing upward so you can replicate the placement when you insert the new part. If there are plastic clips holding the battery in place, use plastic tweezers to lift them. From there, you can use the tweezers to ease the battery out of the watch case.

4. Insert the new battery
Use the tweezers to place the new battery in its designated slot, and gently press down to secure its position.

5. Test your work
Before reattaching the back cover, carefully flip the watch over to see if it’s working. If the hands still aren’t moving, double check to make sure you installed the new battery correctly. You may have a damaged battery or faulty watch if it still fails to work, so consider taking the timepiece to a jeweler or watch repair store for a professional examination.

6. Replace the gasket and watch back
If the battery’s working, perform the first two steps in reverse order to put all the parts back in place.

With a fresh battery, your watch will be ready to wear once again. Better still, now that you know how to replace the batteries, you can confidently add more watches to your repertoire. Check out the Timex collection to find your next timekeeping companion.

3 Features to Love About the Timex® Marlin® Watch

As a faithful update to a beloved 1960s Timex watch, the Marlin® is the kind of timepiece that looks like you inherited it from Grandpa but shines like brand new. Its vintage-inspired appeal is for the old souls who appreciate the beauty of the past, while its modern construction is made for today’s wrist.


Here are the features that make the Timex Marlin such a distinctive and refined watch:


1. Fresh take on 1960s design
The updated Timex Marlin looks at ease as you turn up the energetic tunes of “The Twist,” tighten your tie and get ready for a night on the town, yet feels just as comfortable when you pull out your smartphone to book your shared ride. As a genuine vintage-inspired watch revival, the Marlin is true to its predecessors, seamlessly blending the 1960s feel into the modern watch wearer’s world.


The stainless-steel case and silver sunray dial mirror the original design, with a brushed effect that has a creamy, champagne hue when the light catches it. Stick dial markings alternate with stylized Arabic numerals, a trending look during the 1960s. The result is a modern watch with a classic, sophisticated appeal that upholds the Timex heritage.


2. Back to mechanical movement
A sincere tribute to the past, the modern Timex Marlin features the same reliable, hand-wound mechanical movement as the original. This vintage-inspired watch movement requires fine craftsmanship and routine winding by the wearer. You’ll want to wind the watch until you feel resistance on the crown, repeating this step daily so the watch doesn’t stop. The Marlin’s manual movement makes it easy to wind whether you’re holding the timepiece or wearing it on your wrist. As your watch keeps time, you’ll hear the characteristic ticking of mechanical movement.


3. Genuine, beautiful materials
As with any Timex watch, the Marlin is made with durable, high-quality materials. The glossy genuine leather strap comes in true black, complete with a textured lizard grain pattern to match the Marlin’s polished, vintage-inspired look. When you’re feeling a change, you can easily swap out the strap with another 18 mm leather band. The Timex Marlin is also water-resistant, which means this timepiece can withstand inevitable run-ins with rainy weather or splashes of water.


The watch is housed in a 34 mm polished stainless-steel case, topped with domed acrylic crystal. The case is almost identical to the original, aside from the higher-grade finishing of a modern timepiece. While smaller than many modern watches for men, this case size is period appropriate and also gives the watch a gender neutral appeal. (Couples watches, anyone?)


With that, say hello to your new vintage-inspired watch. The Timex Marlin pairs the purity, precision and pleasure of a hand-wound mechanical movement with the timeless refinement of sleek design. You can channel suave, 50s ad agency vibes as you head to the office, party or dinner date with this sophisticated updated timepiece.

Holiday Gifts for Watch Lovers

Is it against their nature to leave the house without a watch on their wrist? Do they have a timepiece for every occasion? Could they explain the inner workings of watches without relying on an internet search? Sounds like you have a watch lover on your hands.

With the holidays ahead, treat them to the watch gifts that speak to their love for timekeeping companions. Here’s what to buy for the watch connoisseurs on your list:

The vintage-inspired reissue
For watch lovers with a taste for vintage timepieces, head straight to the Marlin collection. The sleek mid-century design is available in the hand-wound mechanical movement for connoisseurs who will appreciate a timepiece in its original form. You can also choose an automatic movement model for contemporary watch wearers.

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The sporty companion
Designed to keep up with active lifestyles, the Ironman® collection is the way to go for those who love digital watches made for adventures. Features such as alarms, timers, stopwatches, light-up dials and high water resistance make these timepieces ideal for watch lovers with an athletic side. The Expedition® collection also comprises utility watches that are as sleek and sophisticated as they are bold and durable.

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The custom timepiece
Even if your watch connoisseur has an extensive collection, there’s one watch they don’t already own: A customized timepiece with a personal engraving. With My Timex, you can design your own watch, choosing the dial, case and strap colors and materials. If that’s a tad overwhelming, we have some combinations to inspire your own design. Add a unique message or simply include the recipient’s initials on the back of the case for a watch that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

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The double duty
Along with watches, do they have a soft spot for Snoopy? You’re in luck because the Timex x Peanuts collection features watch face and strap designs that include lovable Peanuts characters. If they’re also an avid sports follower, shop our fan shop to select a timepiece featuring their team’s logo. Timex Co_Labs watches are created in partnership with other designers, making them exclusive timepieces that may complement your watch enthusiast’s style perfectly.

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The curated set
Check out our watch gift sets for both men and women for everything they’ll love in a holiday gift. The sets come with a watch and an extra strap, all wrapped in a sleek box that’s ready for giving.

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The add-ons
Take your watch gifts above and beyond with the accessories to match. Visit our strap shop to browse fabric, leather, stainless steel and silicone options. Choose a few straps that match their Timex watch so they can switch up the look depending on mood, outfit, season or occasion. You can also gift them a watch cabinet or specialized case to house their precious timepieces. Cleaning and repair kits are also great stocking stuffers for your watch enthusiast. For those who are always on-the-go, consider watch travel case and cleaning sets

Perfectly tuned to their appreciation for high-quality and good-looking timepieces, these gifts for watch lovers are sure to please this holiday season.

Rise of Unisex Watches

With the rise of unisex fashion, the gender divide between clothing and accessory options is slowing fading away. When it comes to watches, women shouldn’t be confined to smaller watch faces and dainty straps. In fact, many women prefer men’s watches to those designed specifically for female wearers, making it an accepted and growing trend.

As we see unisex styles continue to permeate the fashion world, women should no longer feel obligated to follow traditional watch-wearing rules. Many watch brands are even releasing more gender-neutral designs for unisex watches made for any wearer.
The idea is to choose the watch that catches your eye and suits your preferences, regardless of who the designer originally intended to wear it.

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Why do many women prefer wearing men’s watches?

Many women are drawn to men’s watches because of the statement that the larger watch faces make in comparison to the traditionally petite designs of women’s timepieces. The bolder lines and thicker bands also provide a striking contrast to more feminine clothing or jewelry.

Women who are drawn to vintage watch styles may also gravitate toward men’s watches, as watch brands tended to focus primarily on men’s collections in the past. This classic feel of a men’s watch also gives these timepieces a universal appeal.

Women wearing men’s watches is not necessarily a new trend, as many female celebrities have been known to sport classic men’s designs over the years. Additionally, menswear-inspired fashion trends began to adopt “boyfriend” in the labeling, such as the loose-fitting boyfriend jean cut. While boyfriend watches often have the sporty and chunky feel that’s more characteristic of a men’s watch, they are still designed with women wearers in mind. Unisex watches, on the other hand, are designed more so for any kind of wearer and serve as a welcome response to so many women preferring men’s designs.

What are the Timex picks?
If you’re looking to don a watch without a defined gender identity, consider these Timex options:

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MK1™ California
We gave our classic military-inspired timepiece a West Coast upgrade with bold pops of color. With six color combinations to choose from, this unisex watch has an aluminum case and fabric strap for a lightweight feel and all-day comfort.

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Fairfield
The minimalist design and clean lines of the Fairfield Chronograph 41mm Leather Strap Watch make this timepiece perfect for anyone who wants a modern watch that complements virtually anything in their closet. The strap is also easily interchangeable to switch up the watch look for any mood, outfit or occasion

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Weekender®
This collection of casual timepieces features plenty of style and color options to suit any watch wearer’s preferences.

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MyTimex
If you already have your ideal timepiece in mind, consider designing your own watch with MyTimex. Start by choosing your favorite model, and then you have free reign to select your dial design, case color and strap material.

In the spirit of unisex watches and gender-neutral fashion trends, you can embark on your watch search without any limitations on the design that’s right for you.

Top 5 Boyfriend Watches for 2018

You’ve mastered the boyfriend jeans and oversized button-down style, but does your wrist companion match the look? The boyfriend watch is a timepiece designed to wear large for a confident and edgy finish. Far from delicate, these durable watches are made to keep up with your bold ambitions and go-getter spirit.
Here’s this year’s top-watch list for boyfriend watches:

1. Fairfield
The Fairfield Chronograph 41mm Leather Strap Watch makes a sleek statement on your wrist, designed with minimalist Bauhaus influences. While a multifunction chronograph watch, it’s still tastefully simple, complete with the sophisticated detailing of the perforated leather band. Choose from the suave all-black timepiece or the tan strap with a contrasting white watch face for a bold yet neutral accessory. Either will get along with the rest of your closet, making the Fairfield an ideal everyday watch.

2. Weekender®
Designed to easily change the straps to match seasons, moods and looks, the Weekender® Chronograph makes managing versatile watch styles an effortless endeavor. Plus, when you get the Weekender Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap Watch Gift Set, you’ll already have two straps to wear: one smooth and sophisticated leather band and another casual and comfortable fabric strap, both complete with durable clasps and buckles that complement the watch case. And when you’re ready for more, we have plenty of Weekender straps to choose from.

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3. Southview
Premium style meets precise craftsmanship in a timepiece that features modern design and multi-function movement. The Southview Multifunction 41mm Leather Strap Watch evokes a distinguished style that complements your office looks, weekend denim and even your evening glitz. Choose from a sleek black genuine leather strap with a silver-tone case or go for a pop of rich color with a blue strap contrasted by a white face and silver-tone dial. Alternatively, meet in the middle with a neutral tan strap and rich blue watch face, complete with a two-tone dial and case.

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4. Expedition®
If you’re an outdoor adventure seeker, the Expedition Scout Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap may be just the boyfriend watch for you. It has the rugged aesthetic to match your hiking boots and adventurous spirit, plus features an INDIGLO® night-light, sports stopwatch with 30 lap memory, countdown timer, customizable alarm and water resistance up to 100 meters for easy, no-nonsense timekeeping and activity tracking. It’s a well-crafted, trusty companion that’s always up for an escapade.

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5. Miami
If you love a stainless steel timepiece with a hint of glamor, the Miami 38mm Bracelet Watch will suit your style. Swarovski crystals add a welcome touch of shimmer to the watch case, while an adjustable stainless-steel bracelet keeps up the shiny, sophisticated look. Also available in gold and duo tones, the Miami watch is ready to take on the day – and of course the night.

Bold lines and large watch faces are no longer exclusive to men’s fashion. Wear your watch your way with the boyfriend watch that suits your style and flair.

Choose a Watch: Weekend Edition

Are you ready for the weekend? Or maybe the more accurate question: Is it Friday yet? As you start prepping for a couple of days of exciting plans, the ideal wristwatch can help you look the part no matter what your schedule entails.


Here’s how to choose a watch that’s ideal for your cherished days off:


Starting with the type of watch

You’ve certainly got the weekend on your mind – but have you also thought about the type of watch you’re looking to buy? Tough, sleek and polished with the best of fitness tracking features, sports watches are one way to go – perfect for those who spend their weekends exploring the outdoors or working on their gains at the gym. Dress watches stand the test of time when it comes to dates and celebrations, while casual timepieces suit relaxed weekend plans like brewery tours or moseying around downtown. Maybe one of each? Who knows where the weekend will take you.


Choosing weekend-ready materials

While watch strap and case materials are often a personal preference, there are certain factors that may help you narrow your decision. If budget is at the top of your mind, remember that watch prices vary by the type and quality of materials. As far as aesthetics go, many watch wearers tend to reserve their leather bands for the work week and take out watches with casual fabric straps for laid-back weekend activities. In the spirit of having a new watch for every weekend adventure, you may want to choose one that offers interchangeable straps. That way, you can stick with the same watch face yet switch up the entire look by simply trading out the wristband. This is also a nifty way to transition a watch from weekdays to Friday night and beyond.


Fancying additional features


If you’re loading up the coolers and heading out for a weekend by the pool or on the boat, you’ll want a water-resistant timepiece that can withstand the splashes. When you plan to be out late, light-up watch dials make it easy to check the time after the sun goes down. Weekend travelers may be inclined to opt for time zone and date features to keep track of their journeys. Regardless of the features you want, it helps to narrow your search with your must-haves in mind.


Complementing your weekend style


Many of us take advantage of the weekend to wear the items in our wardrobes that don’t quite fit the office requirements. Depending on what’s on the books, you’re free to wear anything from your favorite casual denim with the distressed finishes to your snazzier looks for a night on the town. Keep this in mind when shopping for your weekend watch, thinking about what you would wear for your weekend plans and looking for the timepiece to complement those looks.


Finding the ideal weekend companion


Named after everyone’s favorite days of the week, the Timex Weekender® is casual yet refined, simple yet fun and just as ready for the weekend as you are. Plus, you can easily change the straps for that versatile timepiece your assorted weekend plans demand.

Your Go-To Dress Watch

Your alarm goes off and for once, you don’t press snooze. That “big day” feeling hits you, filling you up with energy and excitement for what’s to come. Maybe it’s an interview for your dream job or the kind of cocktail party that celebs attend. You finally scored tickets to “Hamilton” and you’re treating your better half to a decadent dinner before the show. It’s time to get ready – is your wardrobe prepared for your swanky plans?

Whether there’s a specific reason or you simply want to look sharp, there comes a time when your mood calls for more than your everyday casual timepiece. Let’s talk formal watches:

The distinguishing factors

Reserved for formal occasions, dress watches are the must-have elegance in any watch wearer’s collection. Much like tailored suits or little black dresses, no wardrobe is complete without a go-to dress watch. Historically, these timepieces stand out from the regular crowd with their quintessential minimalism, thin case and quality leather or bracelet bands. Generally, this simplicity extends to the dial, often featuring a classic white face with the date and minimalist hour markers.

Traditionalists also pay close attention to how they wear formal watches. Of course, matching rules apply. We’ve often seen leathers and metals complementing belts, shoes and other accessories. Proper proportions are also important, as a dress watch should fit perfectly to avoid drawing unnecessary attention. This sizing includes the size and thickness of the case and strap.

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Finally, formal watches should be thin enough so dress-shirt cuffs can hover over them comfortably, rather than getting caught on bulky elements. This detail means the dress watch can sit discreetly under the shirt cuff but also make fleeting appearances with your natural movement.

The idea is to don an exquisite timepiece that doesn’t demand attention. Rather, dress watch design exemplifies an understated elegance, perfectly paired with formal attire. Less is more when it comes to the classiest of timepieces.

The right place and time

You’ve got big plans and your dress watch is the finishing touch you need to look and feel the part. When does the event become classy enough to require the elegance of formal watches? Think make-it-or-break-it business meetings with important clients or prospective employers, formal weddings that specify black-tie attire and holiday cocktail parties. If you’re digging out your best clothes, dusting off your dress shoes and wearing your most precious jewelry, the look calls for a formal watch.

The Timex pick

If it’s time to add a dress watch to your collection, consider the Fairfield Chronograph 41 mm Mesh Bracelet Watch. With a thin case, metal detailing and tastefully simple design, this dress watch offers a sharp yet understated addition to your formal attire. You can even adjust the clasp to achieve the perfect fit of an ideal dress watch. The INDIGLO® light-up dial adds a modern touch, making the watch face clear and easy-to-read when your formal occasions take place after the sun goes down.

Have fun at the big event, looking snazzy and sophisticated with your dress watch by your side.

My Timex is Your Timex

Great for holiday gifts and other special occasions, My Timex offers the ability to create and design your own customizable watch online. This designated space provides a fun and easy way to custom design your own Timex® watch by choosing a case, dial and strap with the additional option for personalization including free engraving on My Timex watch styles.

Watches make for great holiday gifts as well as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retirements and other special occasions. With My Timex, you not only get the opportunity to create a watch to a person’s specific tastes but also add customization that will make the timepiece a true original.

Currently My Timex offers a great selection of Timex watches for customized gifts including the Weekender® Chrono, Waterbury Date 40 and the Scout Chrono. Find the perfect style and then customize it by selecting your preferred dial, case and strap. You can also add an INDIGLO® feature and choose from five night-light colors. Another added feature is to add initials as a monogram to the dial backlight when the INDIGLO® light is enabled.

Once you have the watch you want, take advantage of free engraving on the case back where you can add initials or craft a personal message. The engraving feature allows you to choose a font and then write your own personal message using 10 characters per line across up to a maximum of three lines. Great for a spouse, significant other or someone special in your life, a custom engraved message will make this much more than just a watch but a personal keepsake for the wearer to treasure.

My Timex makes it easy to find the perfect gift. You design the watch online, we craft it and the finished watch is delivered to you in a specially crafted box within two weeks of placing your order.

 

How to Clean your Watch

It’s easy to overlook watch maintenance, but regular cleaning is as necessary as doing your laundry or washing your car. Not only does this attentive care eliminate that grubby buildup of grease, dust and dirt, but it also extends the life of your timekeeping companion.

Are you treating your watch well? Here’s what you need to know about proper watch cleaning:

The nightly routine

When it’s time to call it a day and crawl into the comfort of your bed, don’t forget that your watch needs to wash its face and brush its teeth, too. For your timepiece, this daily clean involves wiping down the front and back of the watch and strap with a soft polishing cloth. This will remove the daily build-up of sweat, moisture, dirt, lotion and other debris, keeping your watch looking sharp in between cleanings.

The deep clean

If you wear your watch every day, you’ll want to give it a deep clean once a month or so. Those timepieces reserved for special occasions may only need a cleaning every few months or whenever you’re ready to wear it.

You’ll need to follow different steps for each part of your watch, so remove the strap from the face if possible to make the process much easier.

How to clean the watch face

The following steps are only safe for watches that are water-resistant. If your watch isn’t water-resistant, a simple wipe down with a dry cloth will suffice. Additionally, you may want to take specialty or vintage watches into a jewelry store for proper cleaning.

For a water-resistant watch, start by wiping down the watch face to remove an initial layer of debris. Next, create a warm soapy bath for your watch. A drop or two of mild dish soap will do the trick, as it has the power to cut through the grease build-up on the surface of the crystal. Use a cotton swab to get into the crevices and a soft brush to gently scrub away dust or dirt, and then rinse with clean, warm water. Pat the watch face dry with a soft cloth, or use a hair dryer on a low-heat setting.

How to clean the watch band

Watch strap cleaning depends on the material of the band. Leather watch straps require the most careful care, as you’ll want to avoid water damage while rinsing the band. Plus, following up with leather conditioner is an important step for long-lasting wear. Follow these detailed steps to clean your leather strap properly.

Clean rubber, stainless-steel, metal and bracelets bands with the same method as the watch face. Mild detergent or dish soap will cut away the grease from oil and debris, and the soft brush will allow you to get into the crevices of the band. You can finish off with a glass cleaner for an added sparkle.

You can treat your nylon and fabric bands like clothing, throwing them in your next load of laundry. Be sure to keep the strap separate by putting it in a mesh bag. Alternatively, you can hand wash the strap with warm, soapy water, and then rinse and leave it to air dry.

The continued tender love and care

Regular cleaning will certainly keep your watch in tip-top shape, but your efforts will go to waste if you don’t store it properly. Avoid damp or dusty drawers and cabinets, and try to keep your watches away from extreme temperatures or humidity levels. Your timepiece will be happiest in a watch box, velvet-lined container or cloth bag.

Remember that if you ever feel uncomfortable with watch cleaning, take your timepiece to a professional jeweler. Some even perform watch cleanings for free!