13 Jan

A Short Guide to Storing Watches

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.