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Care of Antique Key Wind Pocket Watches

 An antique pocket watch  should be handled and treated with care and protected from damage like any piece of fine jewellery.  Avoid extreme cold or heat and moisture of any kind.

Mechanical pocket watches should be gently wound daily, but do not "over wind" beyond the point where it begins to get tight as this can damage the stem or movement. In order to wind it, gently open the back cover, set the key into the keyhole and very gently turn clockwise until slightly tight then stop immediately.

To set the time, open the glass cover of the dial and gently place the key in the stem of the hands (very gently) to carefully turn clockwise (only clockwise) to the right time.

Do not drop the  pocket watch, which will likely cause irreparable damage.  It should never be carried unprotected in a pocket with keys, coins, knife, etc. as this will scratch the case, scratch or crack the crystal and possibly damage the stem, crown or bow.

A casual splash of water can be dried off, but do not submerge a pocket watch. There are several locations where water can enter a pocket watch case.....the hinge, the latch area and the crown/stem tube.

Mechanical pocket watches should be serviced (cleaned and oiled) about every 3-5 years by a qualified watchmaker.

 

Care of Antique Pocket Watches

 An antique pocket watch  should be handled and treated with care and protected from damage like any piece of fine jewellery.  Avoid extreme cold or heat and moisture of any kind.

In order to open the half  hunter, very gently press down the crown.  Never force the cover beyond the limit of where it opens. This will damage the hinge or spring the alignment so that the cover will not close properly.

Mechanical pocket watches should be gently wound daily, but do not "over wind" beyond the point where it begins to get tight as this can damage the stem or movement.  To wind the pocket watch, gently turn the crown clockwise until it begins to feel tight then STOP immediately.

To set the right time, gently pull out the crown and turn it to set the hands to the right time, then gently push back the crown.

Do not drop the  pocket watch, which will likely cause irreparable damage.  It should never be carried unprotected in a pocket with keys, coins, knife, etc. as this will scratch the case, scratch or crack the crystal and possibly damage the stem, crown or bow.

A casual splash of water can be dried off, but do not submerge a pocket watch. There are several locations where water can enter a pocket watch case.....the hinge, the latch area and the crown/stem tube.

Mechanical pocket watches should be serviced (cleaned and oiled) about every 3-5 years by a qualified watchmaker.