4 Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

4 Unexpected Ways You Might Damage A Mechanical Watch

If you're like most people, you probably think that the only way to damage a mechanical watch is to drop it or get it wet. However, there are several other ways that you can accidentally cause damage to a watch.

In this article, we'll discuss four of the most common ways people damage their watches. We'll also provide some tips on preventing damage from happening in the first place. Stay safe and enjoy your beautiful timepieces.

Adjusting Certain Functions At the Wrong Time

There are many things to consider when setting a mechanical watch. The time of day, the date, and the year - all of these need to be set correctly for your watch to run accurately. But there are also other functions that can be set, depending on your watch.

Some watches have alarms, moon phase indicators, or even second time zones. Knowing which functions to set and when can be tricky, though, especially if you're not familiar with how your watch works.

Push Buttons Aggressively

We all know that one person. Upon entering a room, the one who pushes every button they see. Whether it's on the wall, the desk, or the coffee machine, this person can't resist the urge to mash buttons like their life depends on it.

While this may be entertaining for a brief moment, it's not exactly polite – especially when you're dealing with delicate mechanical equipment. So before you go around pushing buttons like a maniac, take a second to consider what you're doing. You may think you're just pushing a harmless button, but in reality, you could be jeopardizing your expensive watch.


When it comes to watches, gears, and pins mesh together to keep time moving. But if magnets are too close to this delicate machinery, they can cause the watch to slow down or even stop altogether. This happens when the magnetic force temporarily interrupts the gear trains or changes their timing.

Watchmakers have known about this problem for years, and some have resorted to special shielding around the movement of their watches to protect them from magnets. In most cases, though, a small magnet won't do much harm. Larger ones can be more problematic, and it's important not to place them too close to your watch if you want it to keep ticking correctly.

Operating Chronograph Under Water

Have you ever been swimming or snorkeling and seen someone with a cool-looking watch on their wrist? Those watches are often chronographs, which can be worn in the water. But what many people don't know is that operating a chronograph underwater can damage the mechanical watch movement.

Final Word

It's no secret that watches are a big investment. Watches can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars, and many people purchase them with the intention to pass them down in their family or as an heirloom for future generations.

With such a high price tag, it is important to take care of your watch, so you don't damage it and lose any value over time.

By understanding why they happen and what can be done to prevent them from happening again, we'll help keep your timepiece protected for many years to come. We hope this article helped give you a little more peace of mind when wearing one of these beautiful pieces on your wrist.

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