Tandorio Pilot Watches
  1. Wear your timepiece regularly All watchmakers will tell you the same thing: a mechanical watch is a living being whose functioning depends entirely on its wearer. Incidentally, that’s what makes these unique objects so beautiful! So if you’re thinking of preserving them by storing them away in a cupboard, that’s exactly the opposite of what you should be doing.One of the reasons for this is that the components of the movement are coated with lubricating oil to reduce friction between the parts. If the timepiece is left unused for too long, there is a risk that the lubricant will dry up and the gears will jam, leading to malfunctions.With automatic watches, it is also the movements of the wrist that provide the energy required for the mechanism to function. Ideally, you should therefore wear your watch almost every day.
  2. Avoid shocks and excessive exposure to external influences This second point is more common sense, but a quick reminder never hurts. After all, even the most resistant watches are not always completely immune to drops, knocks and scratches.You should therefore avoid wearing your watch during certain sporting (e.g. mountain hiking) or manual activities (DIY work in the garden). In everyday life, you should also make sure that the strap is properly adjusted to your wrist; if it is too loose, there is a risk of the watch bumping into furniture.You should also expose the watch as little as possible to external influences that could damage the dial and the internal mechanism) Sunlight in particular, but also excessive humidity, can cause condensation to form under the glass. For watches whose water resistance allows them to be used on the beach or in the swimming pool, it is essential to rinse them thoroughly to remove chlorine and salt.
  3. Keep them away from magnetic fields You should also protect yourself from the magnetic fields emitted by everyday electronic devices. Certain components of mechanical watches, such as the balance spring, are particularly sensitive to them and can affect the precision of the movement.Depending on the intensity of the waves, magnetic fields can cause a relatively strong disturbance of the movement or, in the worst case, even a complete loss of function. Although it may seem difficult, try to keep your watch away from smartphones, radios, magnetic devices, microwave ovens, etc.If you notice irregular ticking or the watch suddenly runs slow or fast or even stops working altogether, the watch is probably magnetized. In this case, all you need to do is take it to a watchmaker who can neutralize the effects of magnetization with a degausser.
  1. Cleaning the glass and case Even if only a watchmaking expert is able to clean the movement, that doesn’t mean you can’t take care of the external parts of your watch. Whether it’s the lugs or the bezel, you’d be surprised how much dirt and grime is constantly building up inside your timepiece.It’s therefore very important to clean your mechanical watch regularly with a microfiber cloth, a very soft brush or a slightly damp cloth. If it’s waterproof, don’t hesitate to use a little more water and soap if necessary. From time to time, you can also simply polish the glass with a dry duster to remove dust and restore the shine of your watch. However, you should definitely refrain from using cleaning agents with an unsafe chemical composition!
  1. Don’t forget the maintenance
    Finally, you should know that even the best will in the world cannot replace the skill of a watchmaker. The measures and precautions we have seen so far are certainly important, but they are not enough: A mechanical watch, like any car, must without question be serviced regularly by a watchmaker.The very complex mechanism of a timepiece must be treated with the utmost care; only an experienced watchmaker is able to take care of its maintenance. As a rule, it is recommended to schedule a service appointment every 3 to 4 years. Although the type of service offered and its quality may vary from brand to brand, the maintenance procedure is generally the same everywhere.In this procedure, the watchmaker opens the case and completely removes the movement. He then examines the parts individually and cleans them thoroughly before oiling the components and checking the hands. If necessary, certain parts are replaced. Once the watch has been reassembled, a series of tests are carried out to check the water-resistance of the case, the chronometric performance and the precision of the movement.In short, a series of delicate operations that are essential for the proper functioning of an automatic watch and must be carried out regularly by a qualified watchmaker to maximize the life of the watch.

If you follow all these recommendations to the letter, your watch will undoubtedly live a long and happy life by your side. And if you follow just one of these recommendations, it’s to entrust its maintenance to a trusted watchmaker who knows how to treat it properly. Of course, these visits will cost you money, but that’s nothing compared to the cost of having a neglected and poorly maintained watch repaired!

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