The main rule of Murphy's Law, which can ruin the mood on the sunniest day, is that if something can go wrong, it will definitely go wrong. We give you several options for the development of events when “the wrong thing” can happen to your wristwatch. Rest assured, if any of the following happen by accident, it could ruin or permanently break your watch, not even sparing the ones you are most attached to.
Going for a swim in a watch, even one with high water resistance, leaving the crown pulled out or not screwed in is the best way to buy new ones. Even if they are repaired at an authorized service center, it will cost you a lot of time, nerves, and possibly even money. You should also press buttons underwater only when you have already mentally said goodbye to your watch. Of course, this does not apply to high-tech diving models.
With all due respect to lovers of a luxurious holiday in a sauna or steam bath, we hasten to remind them of an important point: you should only drink water or herbal teas to be in the right condition and definitely remember to take off your wristwatch before entering the steam room! There are models that can withstand high temperatures, and even in combination with almost one hundred percent humidity, but the likelihood that you will wear them to the bathhouse is almost zero. The same applies to sub-zero temperatures - do not leave your watch in an unheated room or on the street, it will not make it any younger.
Depending on the force, the impact can cause serious or even fatal injury to both electronic and quartz watches, as well as mechanical watches. Both the classic mechanism and the computer hardware responsible for accuracy and complex functions may begin to work intermittently or fail altogether.
If you combine your passion for good watches with a love of hunting or simply have the habit of periodically going to the shooting range to practice shooting accuracy, put on your hand that day only a model specially designed for hunters or military personnel. You yourself may not notice the force of recoil, but complex and even simple mechanisms perceive sharp repeated jerking almost as a blow, their work is disrupted. Only a highly qualified technician can repair the damage.
Some inquisitive minds believe that if you open the back cover and try to use a magnet to remove the screw that has fallen out, nothing will happen. On a global scale, of course, it is possible, but the exact time on the dial will never be displayed again. There are watches that are protected from magnetic and other types of influences, like G-Shock or some Rolex, but even they will not survive the direct impact of a magnet on the movement. Shielding properties, as a rule, are found in the material or coating of the case and dial. Regardless of the model and characteristics, you should also not place your watch on speakers, but laptops and cell phones emit too little radiation for this to be reflected in the operation of the mechanism.
The “bright” idea of manually transferring the calendar date to midnight - exactly 12-00 at night is the most dangerous time, but in general you should not do this between 21-00 and 03-00 - may well turn the calendar window into a meaningless decorative element, a number on which it turns out to be relevant again once a month. It is at night that the part of the mechanism responsible for changing the date begins to move, so intervention may be irreparable.
It might be worth practicing using a stopwatch beforehand so that you can do this automatically. Otherwise, when you're running or nervous, press reset while the chronograph is running and you can say goodbye to this great feature. Remember once and for all: start – pause – reset. Only this way and no other way.
Children and animals
Let's be honest: both of them do not care about your money or peace of mind, for them the whole world is a stage, and the people and things in it are toys. Dropping the watch on a tiled floor or in a bowl of porridge, chewing on the strap and even the case, covering it in saliva, hiding it, in the end, so that even Mary Poppins won’t find it - not a single one of these opportunities will be missed. Therefore, make it a rule: love is love, and hours apart.
Difference in views
Probably, anyone will shudder at the memory of how, at one of the European Fashion Weeks, eco-activists poured paint on the natural fur coats of guests leaving the next show. So perhaps you shouldn't show off your crocodile strap in front of a committed vegan, even if he seems reasonable. And even more so, keep a decent distance from the pool with crocodiles - scientists still have not figured out the degree of their intellectual development, but they are certainly capable of smelling a former brother on your wrist.
A civilized person, of course, will not get into a fight if there is no direct threat to life, but it’s still not worth rushing to take the watch off your hand after you unexpectedly hear a request in a dark alley to “let me have a smoke.” Try to distract the stranger with a conversation on topical topics or offer him a wallet and phone, but do not give away your original chronometer, because it has served you faithfully.
Leaving a girl who once gave you an expensive watch for your birthday is almost equivalent to throwing her off the balcony. The likelihood that not only knives and flocks of reproaches will fly out the window is too high, so start relationships and accept gifts after thinking everything through carefully.
While philatelic rarities will feel great in their albums for decades, the same cannot be said about watches. This is a mechanism, it must work, otherwise it will “rust,” even if not literally. Either wear all the pieces in your collection at least periodically, or store them in a self-winding box.
And again, we do not disdain the comparison with a car: complex mechanisms require periodic inspections by a specialist. Even if nothing bothers you, the clock still ticks with the desired sound and interval; it should be taken for a “technical inspection” at least once every 3-5 years.
Excessive care and attention
There is no need to get too carried away with polishing, and in general it is not recommended to polish the glass yourself: it becomes thinner and loses its properties, and over time the overall shape of the case may even change. And if this is an old, expensive or rare model that you want to sell in the future, keep in mind that the auctioneer or collector will want to see the watch in perfect condition. A couple of barely noticeable scratches may not be something to worry about.
Too much zeal
If you have a manually wound watch, do not turn the crown for too long. In some models, even though they are rare now, you can overcome the resistance of the spring and simply break it.