There are a number of mistakes that you might be making, which could significantly shorten the lifespan of your watch. Read on to find out what these mistakes are.
Failing to remove it before certain activities
The internal components which enable your watch to function can be damaged if you wear your watch whilst participating in certain types of activities.
Any activity which generates vibrations or involves strong impacts could potentially dislodge or break your watch's electronic or mechanical parts.
Mountain biking or driving off-road, for example, both involve travelling across uneven ground; the impact your body sustains each time your bike or vehicle hits a bump or a hole in the earth could break your watch.
Additionally, any DIY activities which require you to use vibrating power tools (such as jackhammers, angle grinders and chainsaws) have the potential to loosen your watch's internal components.
Likewise, wearing your watch whilst operating an electric lawnmower could also result in it being irreparably damaged by the vibrations produced by this machine.
Ignoring minor defects
If your watch develops a seemingly minor defect but is still fully functional, you might feel as if there is no need to take it to a watch repair centre to have the defect fixed.
However, minor defects can rapidly become major ones that could drastically shorten your watch's lifespan. For example, a small patch of corrosion around your watch's crown might not seem like a serious problem. In reality, corrosion of this kind could quickly spread from the crown to the inside of the watch and destroy some, if not all, of the important metal components housed in this area of the item.
As such, it's important not to ignore any faults that your watch develops and to instead bring this jewellery to your nearest watch repair centre the moment you notice something is wrong with it.
Being careless about how you store it
Most people do not wear their watches constantly; they take them off before they go to sleep, shower or play sports. If this is the case for you, it's important to make sure that you store your watch carefully, in order to reduce the chances of the item sustaining damage whilst it is not being worn.
Leaving it face down on a countertop, for example, could lead to the glass face being scratched. Leaving it on the edge of a table or a mantelpiece could result in it falling to the floor; this type of fall could loosen its internal components or crack its glass face. If you don't immediately notice that it has fallen, someone could also accidentally stand on it.
If you want to avoid damaging your watch, you should wrap it in a soft cloth or put it in its original box, and then place it inside a drawer, until you wish to wear it once again.