A Rolex is more than just a watch. These particularly valuable watches are a beautiful and functional investment, and with the proper care, they can be passed down to your children or grandchildren as heirlooms. You just have to maintain the value of your investment by taking good care of this classic timepiece. Here are a few tips that can help you keep your Rolex in great shape.
Wind Your Watch Properly
Winding your watch is an important part of keeping your Rolex in good shape. Apart from winding to help it keep time regularly, you should also wind it to avoid letting certain lubricants used in the watch dry up if the watch comes to a complete stop. If this happens, when you decide to restart it, the gears and hands may not move correctly. So, even if you won't be wearing the watch for a while, you should be sure to wind it regularly.
Don't wind your watch while you're wearing it. Set it down on a flat surface instead. Find the crown, located by the 3 o'clock marking, and turn it counterclockwise to unscrew it. When you feel it pop out from the side of the watch, you're ready to wind it. You'll need to make 30 or 40 full clockwise turns before it's completely wound. Then push the crown back into the side of the watch and turn it clockwise to lock it into its normal position. Rolexes with perpetual movement will wind themselves as long as they're being worn. If you're not wearing the watch, picking it up and gently rocking it will keep it wound.
Keep it Clean
Allowing your watch to get dirty can affect more than just the watch's appearance. If dust or dirt works its way inside of the watch, it can affect the way that your watch works. If your watch is waterproof, as most models are, you can clean it with lukewarm water and a mild soap.
Remove the watch and make sure your hands are clean before cleaning your watch. You should also make sure that the crown is pushed firmly into place before cleaning. Rinse the watch in lukewarm water, then use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the watch with mild soap. Use clean water to wash away the excess soap, then pat the watch dry with a soft microfiber cloth. You can remove scratches by polishing your watch periodically with polish designed specifically for stainless steel and gold.
You should also remember to take your watch in to be serviced. Usually it's recommended to have a Rolex serviced every five years by a company like Hayes Jewelers, but you should check the information that came with your own watch or check with your dealer to find the recommendation for your specific model.