13 Jan

A Short Guide to Storing Watches

1. Dealing with moisture

Ideally, timepieces are stored in a temperature-controlled environment such as a safe deposit box
or home safe. However, regardless of where you store your watches, moisture will find a way to
get in. This is most especially true in a cold safe, where condensation and moisture can damage
them. Focus on watch storage. You wouldn’t want your timepieces to lose their lubricating properties.

2. Paperwork and Boxes

Buying and maintaining a mechanical watch in Malaysia is not an easy. Thus, once you get hold
of that valuable timepiece, you should care for it well. Of course, you need to care for not only
the watch itself, but also the accessories, box and paperwork that come with it. These papers
would come in handy in case you decide to store your watch. It’s great if you can separate all the
documents in their own protective, zip-lock bags.

3. Insurance and Appraisal

Some rental and homeowner insurance policies provide blanket coverage up to a specific
amount. Do you think this applies to you? Before taking any major step, research on watch
insurance. Take advantage of the coverages. Make sure to appraise your timepieces, most
especially the vintage ones.

For new watches, keep monitoring the market pricing, since insurance companies provide
replacements in accordance to the market value. Take photographs of everything, from boxes
and documents to the watch itself. Take photos of every angle, and indicate the condition.

4. Watch Storage

It’s true that watch boxes take up lots of space. However, keeping them is important in
maintaining the value of your timepiece. This is not only for watch storage. Keeping the box is
also beneficial, in case you decide to sell your watch.

5. Maintenance and Risk

Idle timepieces can have issues in the long run. Even the most durable quartz watches risk the
hazard of battery leakage and corrosion. Because of this, learn to remove the batteries before
long-term storage. Mechanical watches, on the other hand, have their own hazards. As their oils
dry up, movement can freeze.