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A significant number of people are getting more and more enamored with watch culture, and they end up becoming dazzled by all the details of their watches and timepieces. This bedazzlement can cause such people to suddenly want to repair and maintain their watches and timepieces by themselves. Personal watch care can be a potentially educational and enjoyable endeavor. However, maintaining and repairing your watches and timepieces solo is no mere hobby. It’s a serious undertaking that can take a lot of your time but can be incredibly rewarding. Getting intimate with your compact time-telling device can boost your brainpower and willpower titanically. You get to understand and have an active hand in maintaining your device’s inner workings. A newfound appreciation for your watches, timepieces and the tools needed to take care of them is sure to be had after reading this article.
Important Watch Tools for Your Personal Watch Care Kit
Your personal watch care kit will never be complete without a case opener. Quality watches and timepieces are built incredibly well, and some can even work underwater. Having said that, the disassembly of a durable quality product will take more than just screwdrivers, tweezers, and your bare hands. You need a case opener!
Case Back Openers
Case back openers are essential to accessing the watch and its movement. Watches and timepieces either have a “pop-down” case back or a “screw-down” case back. Different case backs need different case back openers. It would be wise to have the openers for both kinds of case backs. In removing a case back, you must be careful so as not to damage the case back. There are also case back knives you can use to remove the case back. Again, be careful, and don’t bend harder than necessary.
Crystal removers can remove watch crystals by lifting them off. In addition, they allow you to bypass your watch’s protective covering to get to its inner front-facing parts.
Loupes are vital watch tools that any watch enthusiast should have. They help you see the smaller, intricate details of watches and timepieces up close, and most importantly, make it easier to work on them. When working on your watch or timepiece, you need a loupe to handle the minute details and delicate parts with the required precision and care. The most common loupe type is a small and round loupe that one can place on their eye. Different loupes have different magnifications for different watch parts and details. A magnifying glass can also be an alternative if you already have one at home.
Movement holders are essential watch care accessories that come in handy when working with a watch’s movement. They secure the movement safely so as to make it easier to work on. Movement holders also protect the inner workings of a watch or timepiece as they might get damaged or mishandled when placed on a regular surface.
You will need screwdrivers of many different sizes so you can work on various watches, timepieces, and their screws. Screwdrivers are possibly the essential tool when working with watches. Do not choose the cheaper ones because lower-quality screwdrivers will ultimately risk slipping and potentially damaging the watch or timepiece. Instead, it is advisable to buy a nice set of screwdrivers or buy high-quality screwdrivers with interchangeable tips.
Spring Bar Tool
Spring bar tools are used to remove your watch’s spring bars, which are attached to the lugs, in order to remove the watch’s bracelet or strap. With a spring bar tool, you can easily access the retractable spring bars so that you may remove or reinsert them. There are different spring bar tools you can use. For example, a tweezer-style spring bar tool minimizes the risk of scratches or slipping.
Tweezers of multiple sizes are another must-have in your personal watch care kit as they let you grab hold of watch parts of all sizes for extraction and repair. When working on a watch, they are necessary for various tasks, including removing or moving watch parts like the chapter ring for Seiko and other brands. Watch care is an endeavor in which you’ll likely want multiple sizes of tweezers, as there is a diverse range of components, each with its own handling needs. A good tip is to buy antimagnetic tweezers so they don’t magnetize the watch or timepiece you are working with.
Watch enthusiasts and owners should have an ultrasonic cleaner in their watch care kits. Ultrasonic cleaning is the most effective way to clean a watch, primarily the bracelet. However, it would help not to put the whole watch in the ultrasonic cleaner when functioning. Instead, it would be best to put the bracelet or the watch completely disassembled inside, except for sensitive parts. An ultrasonic cleaner cleans in-depth and accesses places that may be difficult to access with a brush.
Dozens of watch tools can be needed when repairing and maintaining a watch or a timepiece. However, the tools you need are dependent on your know-how, skill level, and willpower. The watch tools mentioned earlier should be well enough to help you get started. Still, as you go along your watchful undertaking, you will learn about other tools you may be missing that can complement your personal watch care journey further down the road. Cheaper watch tools can do the job they require, but generally not as well as the more premium watch tools. The reliability of a watch tool ultimately depends on the type of tool and the type of person who uses them, of course.
William Ross is often described as a jack of all trades. He loves to explore new things and cultivate his knowledge everywhere he goes. These days, he spends most of his free time writing about watches and watch accessories, as he is a collector himself.