Cleanliness and Your Watches

I like to keep a clean house, my cars vacuumed and washed, and my kitchen sink free of dishes. You could say my mother indoctrinated me at an early age the ‘rules of domestic elitism’. 

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One downside to all of this cleaning and wiping through the years, is to labor unceasingly in the quest to inhibit, prohibit and eradicate smudges and marks…especially of the nefarious fingerprint kind. This need for smudge-free existence has trickled down to my watches…all 60 of them!

Throughout any given day, I wipe and or polish my watch with my shirt or a damp soft cloth to remove or prevent smudges. It drives me nuts if there is any kind of smudge on the crystal. And I always rinse and wipe my watch between the nooks and crannies if I‘ve been out and about perspiring. As good as this may restore my watch to a like new shine, I know the more I rub it, the more hair-like scratches will accumulate…eventually dulling the surface I am trying to protect. Alas, I feel in the long run I’m doing more harm than good…to my watches…and those poor souls around me who have to patiently wade through my demonstrations of extreme fastidiousness.

Do you polish your watch all of the time to remove smudges, or are you able to wear your watch without the burden of this fixation? 

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I definitely wipe it clean if I notice it's smudged up, but not quite to the point of OCD. 

I do try to keep my possessions looking nice, clean, and original, including watches. I can't say I've ever worried about damaging them from wiping them clean too much though.

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I try to keep it clean, but other than wiping it gently with a damp cloth I am too scared to do anything. I just don’t want to risk any chemical to alter the finish or water to get into the case (all my watches are water resistant). So they are never as clean as I would like them to be. 😢😔

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Yay, more afflictions from which I am free! Every couple months the amount of dust and gunk, usually between the lugs, requires attention, but in daily life I'm not doing much unless some prominent watermark or other contaminant is glaringly obvious.

Of course, I don't do that many wristies. The camera shows every fingerprint and speck of dust, so a quick detailing beforehand is a must.

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I don't like a cloudy crystal (unless it's a beautiful old acrylic) so I tend to give a quick swipe with a t-shirt periodically throughout the day.  The rest gets clean in the lake/shower/pool/dishwashing tub/etc.

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I too like a clean house, but my family is constantly conspiring against me.

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Yeah, OCD clean!!!

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Meh! I like mine dirty like my hoe😉

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You know how I keep it…

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I don't mind fongerprints or similar but if I touch my watch with filthy fingers from food or something I clean it as soon as I get the chance. Also I was them every few weeks with a very soft brush, water and a little soap.

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ds760476

I too like a clean house, but my family is constantly conspiring against me.

You too??? 

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I'm constantly wiping imaginary gunk off my watch. Preemptive cleaning is the best cleaning is my motto. And saves me money on fidget spinners.

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One soft wipe with some lens cleaner at the beginning of the day, soft wipe at the end and of course clean if something gets on it. My watches live in watch boxes, so they stay clean there. Not OCD, my mother had me tested! 🧐

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I keep a microfiber in my desk just for wiping my phone and watches the second I see a smudge. Same thing in the car and at home. 

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It depends on the watch. High polish case finishes just look bad with prints. GS, and even my MM300,  require a wipe down with a microfiber. Titanium that is polished looks super dirty without being cleaned. I have one Rose Gold Panera Radiomi that just looks bad without being hit by a cleaing cloth.  I pick up a few small clothes every time I get new glasses at the optometrist. This is my favorite cleaning cloth. Resco & GSHOCK beg to live a dirty life. I was guilty of washing watches with soap and water. Now, I only water rinse unless the watch is actually dirty or sandy. This is usually reserved for a GSHOCK or a diver that is worn in the ocean. Most jaunts into the ocean only require a rinse. 

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This video by @PeterKotsa might help...
https://youtu.be/cvAa25WxoiY 

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OscarKlosoff

Yay, more afflictions from which I am free! Every couple months the amount of dust and gunk, usually between the lugs, requires attention, but in daily life I'm not doing much unless some prominent watermark or other contaminant is glaringly obvious.

Of course, I don't do that many wristies. The camera shows every fingerprint and speck of dust, so a quick detailing beforehand is a must.

See…that’s a good balance.