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’.
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?