Battery Change: It is always best to have the battery in your watch replaced at regular intervals to reduce the risk of damage to the movement from leaking fluids from an expired battery. A flat battery has a greater chance of leaking fluids that can result in expensive repairs. Usually the acid fluid from the battery will track up the contacts into the movement making it necessary for the movement to be replaced. As soon as the battery is flat have it replaced by your jeweller. Christies give a 12 month guarantee on all of their replacement batteries. If your watch is water resistant, be sure to have the gaskets replaced and the watch water tested at the same time.

Rust on Metal Bands: The metals used for watch bands vary from stainless steel, silver, gold and others. All of these metals have a high resistance to rust. Among these metals, stainless steel is used more in quantity than other metals due to its high workability and durability as well as its beautiful look. However these fine properties of stainless steel are not effective unless used correctly.

The "stainless" property of stainless steel is due to an oxide layer, chromium oxide or the like covering the surface of the metal. This oxide layer is liable to cause rust if the amount of oxygen become short. Dust or dirt will affect good exposure between the oxide layer and oxygen. At the same time, salt or fatty acids contained in perspiration will cause rust on a stainless steel strap. Accordingly, please remember to keep your watchband clean at all times and in the fresh air when ever possible.

Proper Care of the Band: As the watchband touches the skin directly on your watch, it becomes dirty easily with perspiration and dust. Many watch owners are not aware of the necessity of keeping the watch case and band clean. Perspiration or dust absorbed by the a leather band, in particular, can cause a breakdown of the leather reducing the life of the strap. In the case of metal bands, perspiration and dust sticks more easily due to its structure. The use of a contaminated watch band will not only reduce the life of your bracelet and connecting pins, but may also soil clothing that it may come in contact with.

Care of Metal Watch Bands : After moving the metal bracelet from the watch, use a soft brush and warm soapy water to clean the bracelet. Be sure to rinse thoroughly in clear water and completely dry it before reinstalling it on your watch. If you have a large amount of perspiration on your wrist while wearing the watch, the band must be completely dried out with a soft cloth as soon as possible. Allowing perspiration to accumulate will cause the finish to dull and may even cause damage to vital components of the bracelet. Do not use chemicals such as paint thinner when cleaning your watch. This may damage the finish and cause irritation to the skin.

Care of Leather Straps: A leather strap is more susceptible to damage and premature wear from moisture than a metal band. A leather band may be damaged if moisture or perspiration is allowed to remain on or saturate the band. You should wipe both the inside and outside of your strap daily with a soft dry cloth to remove collected contaminants. If your watch becomes saturated with moisture be sure to allow the strap to become completely dry before wearing the watch again.