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The Pocket Watch Care Guide

Whether you’ve had a pocket watch passed down as a family heirloom, or you’ve been given one as a gift for a special occasion, you need to make sure you know how to keep it in top condition.

In this guide, we’re going to look at how to take care of a pocket watch, from keeping the mechanics in check to ensuring it always looks its best. 


  • Avoid damaging your pocket watch by keeping it in a secure place such as a buttonhole, pocket or attached to trousers with a pocket watch chain. Thanks to the chain, even if your pocket watch slips out of the pocket, it will be saved before it hits the ground!
  • Keep the outside of the pocket watch clean by softly polishing with a microfiber cloth. Avoid using any jewellery cleaners or water as this could cause damage to both the surface and the internal workings of the watch. 
  • If you have a mechanical pocket watch, make sure it is wound every day but not too much! Overwinding the timepiece can lead to the internal mechanisms becoming damaged. 
  • When carrying your pocket watch, never store it in the same pocket as other items. Keys and coins can easily scratch your timepiece so should be kept separate.
  • Open face pocket watches much be treated with extra care. When carrying yours, ensure that the dial is facing inwards to protect the crystal from being damaged in your pocket.
  • Treat your pocket watch with respect. The cover should never be forced open or opened further than it should be. Rough handling can lead to the hinge or spring becoming damaged, impacting the closure of the watch in the future. 
  • Your pocket watch should be the last thing you add to your outfit when getting ready. Make sure you have already put your aftershave or deodorant on before you begin to attach the watch to ensure it doesn’t come into contact with chemicals. 
  • Pocket watches are usually reserved for special occasions and once you get back from your event, they need to be properly stored away. A soft pouch or box should be used to store the watch when not in use, or you can display the timepiece on a pocket watch stand. 
  • Even when stored safely away, you need to make regular checks to ensure that your pocket watch is free from moisture or damage. 
  • If you think your pocket watch is damaged or broken, take it to a professional jeweller for maintenance. Even if there is no external damage, it’s wise to have it professionally cleaned and lubricated every 4-5 years. 

With the right care and attention, your pocket watch will last a long time. Whether you’re trying to preserve the value, or you’re simply wanting to keep your treasured accessory in tip-top condition for future occasions, these simple steps will ensure your pocket watch is always in working order!

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