A timepiece is an investment, an accessory that gets regular use throughout years and as such it deserves to be cared for and treated with respect. A caveat to all the information below before we begin; there is always a risk to working on your watch unless you are professionally trained. Due to this, the best option to ensure your watch receives the best possible care is to always take it to a jewellers or watch repair shop for any work beyond a gentle clean - they are professionals for a reason, trust them.
This being said, if you’re handy with DIY and want to give it a go yourself, here is a comprehensive guide on how to care for your watch.
The sapphire coated glass of Tayroc watches is highly resistant to scratching however, like all glass it can get smudging, an easy fix if you use this trick.
Using a microfibre cloth and non-abrasive glass cleaner, take a small few drops onto the cloth in one spot and using your index finger make small circles on the glass to remove any dirt, dust or oily smudges, you can naturally let this dry or use a dry part of your microfibre cloth and make the same small circles to ensure no residue is present.
Due to the wide selection of watches we offer, they may require different batteries - for the longevity of the watch and to keep all the seals tight we recommend taking your watch to a watch repair shop for this. There are two reasons for this:
1) They will be able to pick the right size battery without having to buy 7 different types of Amazon.
2) All our watches are water resistant only because of how good the seal are on the casing and you want to ensure the seals remain in top condition for a healthy watch.
Watch link straps can be quickly cleaned with a polishing cloth. To do this, run a polishing cloth in between the links, bending them forward then back to get to all the hard-to-reach spots.
If there is more buildup of dirt than the polishing cloth can manage, then we recommend a deeper clean. Take a small bowl, add warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Submerge the strap and use a clean soft bristle toothbrush or similar, to gently brush away the dirt. Then, either leave the strap to air dry or pat dry with a microfibre cloth.
When it comes to leather care, we recommend regularly wiping down the straps with a damp cloth, this prevents build up of dirt and will give your leather the best lifespan possible.
If your leather is beyond a wipe down and want it sparkling again then follow this process.
To begin, if possible, remove the leather strap from the watch first. For this method, we highly recommend doing a patch test in a discreet area of the strap to ensure good results. For the test and when you are happy with the results, gently rub a leather cleaner (you only need a portion a quarter the size of a pea) into the leather strap with a clean cloth.
Removing scratches can be a complicated process so we have broken this down into metalwork and glass. So first off:
There are two types of metalwork in Tayroc watches; polished and brushed. It is important to identify the type of metal first so you can treat the scratches best.
Polished: There are a number of methods for removing scratches from polished metal surfaces however please note, traces of the scratches will often remain visible.
A jeweler's cloth is one of the best options if you are determined to fix it yourself. It has powder on one side which fills the scratches and the other side is used to give the surface a final cleaning.
Brushed: Brushed finishes come in a variety of depths, from subtle, light strokes to deep coarse ones, and the trick is to match the finishing both with the polishing material you use as well as the pressure you apply.
This is particularly difficult to match the stroke with tools so we would recommend seeking a professional for this, however, if you are a king of DIY you can try using a special jewellers tool known as a scratch brush (available on Amazon, look for the brand ‘Eurotool’).
Arguably the most noticeable of blemishes your watch can receive. That is why all Tayroc watch glass is made from either mineral glass or sapphire coated - providing a highly scratch resistant surface. Though, due to this, the glass is much more difficult to fix if you manage to get a scratch on it.
Replacing the glass can be more cost effective than DIY solutions so we would strongly suggest taking your watch to a professional.
If you are determined to get stuck in, then there is a great article by gear patrol on fixing scratches in watch crystal.