Due to Rolex watches not needing a complicated care routine, you only need to clean your watch every so often.

25th November 2022

Rolex watches are notoriously expensive and therefore a big investment. As a result you want to keep your Rolex in the best condition by taking care of it and cleaning it properly.

Due to Rolex watches not needing a complicated care routine, you only need to clean your watch every so often.

Below are 4 simple steps you should follow to ensure you don’t damage your watch while cleaning it.

Manually wind your watch

If you wear your watch daily there’s no need to wind your watch, however if you take your watch off for a couple of days and it stops, you should manually wind it before wearing it again. Your watch should usually last for two days or more, with its ‘charge’ remaining, but if it stops you should definitely wind it manually.

If you’re wearing your watch for the first time then you should manually wind it to help it run correctly and precisely.  You should turn the winding crown a minimum of 25 times clockwise, as turning the crown anti-clockwise won’t do anything.

Set the date and time

To set the date and time you need to unscrew the winder and pull it out to the second notch. The second hand will stop moving, allowing you to reset your watch. Each Rolex has an individual detailed user guide. You can find these on Rolex’s website.

Follow a day-to-day care routine

Due to the way Rolex manufactures watches, your watch requires very little day-to-day care. When caring for your watch you should use a soft microfibre cloth to help avoid scratching the crystal.

If you have any small scratches on your crystal then you can use a small amount of polishing compound and apply pressure, while rubbing the crystal for 2-3 minutes. This will help to remove some of the small scratches on your watch and keep your watch in good condition.

To make cleaning easier you can also remove your watch bracelet, so that you can access the watch face easily. You can also use a brush and soapy water to clean your watch, but make sure the crown is screwed on tight, to ensure no water gets inside.

Clean your watch thoroughly after swimming

Water, including salt water from the sea or ocean, is a natural element of the metal in Rolex watches. Oyster Perpetual models are waterproof to a depth of 100 metres and Calleni models are waterproof up to 50 metres.

After swimming, you can simply rinse your watch with fresh water to remove any salt or sand. Wearing your watch in the shower is an easy way to remove any grime it may have collected from swimming earlier in the day.

If you have an Oyster case, it should be completely water and dustproof. To ensure your watch is properly sealed, you should screw the crown tightly against your watch, as this acts as a hermetic seal, similar to a hatch in a submarine.

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