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Spring Cleaning for Your Watches

Many of us will be shopping for a new watch this spring. There are so many different styles on the market right now and some of us will want to take advantage of the great deals and fabulous and colorful timepieces that are offered. Michael Kors watches is featuring a collection of gold timepieces that would brighten up any summer day, but some of us aren't in the market for a new watch; we just need to clean up the one we already own.

Although cleaning your timepiece should be something we do on a fairly regular basis...sometimes we forget and time passes. I'm just here to remind you that if you do remember to clean and maintain your valuable investment, it will last much longer. Here are the best and easiest ways to care for your timepiece:

Quartz movements; a quartz watch will not need as much maintenance as a mechanical, but they can't be ignored either. Quartz movements run by battery and those batteries must be changed out every 3-5 years. The time of your battery life really depends largely on the number of complications your watch possesses. You need to take your timepiece in to an authorized dealer for batter replacement.

Although, it seems easy enough to replace a batter yourself, don't do it. The problem is that most watches are water resistant; the way they get that way is by the seal of the case. When you mess with this seal, you can potentially destroy your water resistance. An authorized watch repairman will return your timepiece to its original water resistance. In addition to battery replacement, your timepiece will need to be cleaned regularly. Daily cleaning can be done by you and should be a part of your routine, but deep cleaning or overhauling of the watch must be performed by a professional.

An overhaul consists of:

• Taking apart the watch and all of the components • Cleaning the movement, as well as replacing any broken parts • Adjusting and oiling, if needed • Care or replacement of the crown, if needed • Care of all bezel joints • Replacing the case backing and restoring original water resistance • General cleaning

Look, some of us look at our timepieces as just another piece of jewelry, when in fact they are working instruments. They have moving parts and need attention and care to last and give accurate time. Take care of your timepieces and they will last longer.