6 practical steps to maintain the value of your luxury watch collection

Whether it’s for material or sentimental value, keeping your luxury watch collection in tip-top shape is vital for protecting its value.

But with life only getting faster, many of us resort to a bedside table or a cupboard drawer as an everyday storage solution for our timepieces.

And while this might be working out for you, it’s only a matter of time before you scratch your casing, damage a link or knock a beverage over your watch face.

So, to protect your collection from the unexpected, here are six practical steps to maintain the value of your luxury watch collection.

1. Storage

For many of us, it becomes a habit to toss our luxury watch on to a bedside table or nightstand. But as you’ll know, such casual storage solutions fail to protect the value of your items.

Instead, we suggest you store your luxury watch in its original box, where you’ll likely find a cushioned interior to limit the chance of scratches and dents if it was accidentally dropped.

Using a box as storage also means you’ll protect your timepieces from direct UV radiation, which, over a long period of time, can cause dials to fade and glass to discolour.

For automatic watches, you could use a winder box for storage and protection. It’s a device that keeps your watch working when you’re not wearing it. A win-win if you ask us.

2. Clean regularly

Apart from a professional cleaning option offered by us, you can use  a 100% cotton cloth to regularly remove dirt, dust and debris from the mechanics and links where metal can erode.

Every watch is different from the next, so always follow recommended cleaning methods as per the manufacturer manual. If you’re unsure where to find the maintenance advice for your make or model, get in touch – we’d be glad to help.

Whatever you do, don’t attempt to polish your watch yourself. To avoid any damage, we suggest you take your collection to an authorised dealer who’ll polish your items for you.

3. Service

To avoid costly repairs to your luxury watch collection, it’s advisable to keep your items regularly serviced. Not only will this protect value with an up-to-date service history, but it’ll also keep your items functioning as they should.

For example, if you own a Rolex, it’s recommended to service your watch every three to five years. As well as checking mechanics are well-oiled, a service also checks gaskets, which, if damaged, can cause moisture damage to dials and hands.

At GA Jewellers & Pawnbrokers, we offer an affordable watch service for all your luxury timepieces. Get in touch to book today.

4. Avoid alterations

Replacing parts like dials, bracelets and straps on your luxury watch will impact its value. So, if you’re planning to replace any original components on your watch, make sure you store them safely.

And remember, replacing authentic parts on your watch with fake alternatives can potentially cause damage to other components. Be careful what you buy and always seek professional advice if you’re not sure.

5. Protect your paperwork

Luxury watches are considered a better investment in the pre-owned market if they come with the original box and papers.

That’s because it’s easier to prove the authenticity, proof of purchase and the service history of the item. Whereas a watch without papers could be a potential red flag to investors.

6. Travelling with watches

Stuffing your luxury watch collection in a rolled-up towel is not advisable. Instead, we suggest you use a proper travel case with watch rolls that allow you to safely travel with multiple timepieces.

As a bonus, a travel case can also double up as an effective home storage solution for your collection. Prices tend to start from £60 upwards.

Finally, if you are travelling with expensive watches, it’s worth speaking with your insurance company for peace of mind. You never know what might happen.

Want more advice on your luxury watch collection? Find your nearest GA Pawnbrokers using our store locator or call our team on 01273 224508.