Care for your vintage timepieces.

Care for your vintage/antique timepieces.

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU WEAR WIND OR SET THE DATE ON YOUR NEWLY RESTORED VINTAGE TIME PIECE
1) SETTING DAY OR DATE:
"QUICK SET": PULLING CROWN TO FIRST POSITION CLOCK WISE AND COUNTER CLOCKWISE. SETS DAY AND DATE. 
MANUAL SET: TURNING CLOCK WISE UNTIL DATE CHANGES, REPEAT.
2) NEVER WIND YOUR WATCH TO MAXIMUM SPRING TENSION:
Twist the watches' crown with the thumb and forefinger in a forward fashion you'll wind your watches' mainspring.  The crown will spin both directions yet most movements will only wind one direction. AVOID winding a vintage watch to its maximum position. As you do this you will know how much to wind it to suit your needs. You want TO LEARN YOUR WATCH. My experience has taught me that if you wind it and wear it and get used to occasionally winding it during the day, the watch will operate for a long time before servicing is required again.
3) PULLING CROWN PLEASE PULL CROWNS GENTLY WHEN SETTING TIME/DATE. Do NOT PULL IT OUT! Grasp Crown Between THUMB AND FOREFINGER NAILS and LEVER IT OUT IN ONE MOTION. I had a nasty surprise once when the entire crown assembly came apart.
4) AUTOMATIC WINDING
FULL AUTOMATICS MUST BE MOVED UP AND DOWN
 COUNTING AT LEAST 20-30 TIMES PER DOUBLE MOVEMENT BEFORE WEARING.
5) STORING WATCH
PLACE WATCH WITH FACE UP
 IF POSSIBLE WHEN STORING OR NOT WEARING. NEVER PLACE YOUR WATCH ON ITS SIDE. A 
6) WATER RESISTANCE
DO NOT SWIM OR TAKE SHOWER WITH YOUR VINTAGE/ANTIQUE WATCH
 . OBVIOUSLY OWING TO THE AGE OF THESE WATCHES THE WATER SEALING HAS LONG USABLE. IF YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR VINTAGE WATCH TO WATER, GET IT PROFESSIONALLY WATER PROOFED. Yes, I had personally paid dearly for this tip :D.
7) DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VINTAGE TIME PIECE IN A VEHICLE. EXTREME TEMPERATURES WILL HARM THE WATCH.
8) COSMETICS:
DO NOT USE CHEMICALS, CLEANERS or JEWELRY BUFFING CLOTHS. USE A DAMP SOFT COTTON CLOTH to clean your vintage watch.  Paying extra attention to cleaning the underside case back also.

9) DO NOT WEAR YOUR VINTAGE TIME PIECE
 while working with tools such as hammers or vibrating tools. KEEP YOUR WATCH away from magnetic devises and fields (think powerful Audio Speakers), even if it states ANTIMAGNETIC.
10) CRYSTAL CARE:
MINERAL GLASS :: cannot be buffed out. can scratch, the most toughest of all crystals .
SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL: cannot be buffed out. is clearer than any other crystal, but shatters easy,
HARDLEX/COATED : cannot be buffed out. can scratch, scratches less than straight mineral glass crystals .
PLASTIC: though this is the least appreciated crystal, it is the best due to the fact that SCRATCHES CAN BE BUFFED OUT, If you scratch it, any local jeweler should be able to buff out in a few minutes.
11) IT'S THE WORLD'S FIRST MICRO MACHINES. GET IT SERVICED REGULARLY. Mechanical watches are machines, with lots of gears, nuts, springs, even pulleys. Like any machines, GET IT SERVICED REGULARLY.

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