Tips for handling vintage chronographs

Tips for careful handling of vintage chronographs

#1 Avoid bumps

Vintage chronographs are sensitive to bumps and knocks that can damage the movement and other components. Carry the chronograph carefully and avoid abrupt movements, especially when carrying or taking it off.


#2 Store the chronograph properly

When not wearing the chronograph, store it in a secure storage box or case. Keep it away from strong magnetic fields and avoid extreme temperatures or humidity as this can affect the movement.


#3 Regular maintenance

Vintage chronographs require regular maintenance to ensure their optimal performance. Take the chronograph to a professional watchmaker every few years to have it cleaned, lubricated, and adjusted. This helps to minimize wear and extend the life of the chronograph.


#4 Avoid water

Vintage chronographs are usually not water-resistant or only water-resistant to a limited extent. Therefore avoid contact with water, especially when washing your hands, showering or swimming. Moisture can damage the movement and cause rust or other problems.


#5 Be careful when operating the chronograph functions

Be careful not to use excessive force when pressing the pushers for the chronograph functions (start, stop, reset). Press the pushers gently and evenly to avoid damage or malfunction.


#6 Cleaning

Keep the chronograph clean by regularly wiping it down with a soft, lint-free cloth. Do not use harsh cleaning agents or chemicals as they could damage the case or dial.


#7 Be careful when changing bracelets

If you want to change the strap, proceed carefully to avoid scratching or damaging the case. If you are unsure, have the bracelet changed by a specialist.


#8 Protect the dial

The dial is a sensitive part of the chronograph. Avoid contact with sharp objects or hard surfaces to prevent scratches or damage.


By following these care guidelines, you can preserve the life and value of your vintage chronograph.