As far as watch complications go, a lot of them are reminders of earlier times. They were seen as novelties at the time but they’ve since become obsolete. Some of them are even completely pointless (I’m looking at you, moon phase).
Watchmakers still use them because they’ve become part of the design.
The GMT complication, however, is still very useful to display two separate time zones at once.
Not only does this come in handy for people who travel a lot, it also looks badass.
So, what is a GMT watch and how do you use it?
Now that you have that watch you’re crazy about, you want to make sure that it stays in the best possible condition. So, it’s important to clean your watch every now and then.
Grime and dirt build up over time. First of all, It looks filthy. But it doesn’t only affect the watch on a cosmetic level.
Dirt on the tube can cause the crown to turn very heavily, for example.
It also adds a layer of grime to your leather strap. That will cause sweaty wrists because the leather won’t be able to breathe.
You also need to think about your water-resistant watch. Chlorine and salt water wreak havoc on the rubber gaskets of your watch so you need to clean it with fresh water as soon as possible if you wore it in the ocean or the swimming pool. If you don’t, the rubber gaskets will dry out and your watch won’t be water resistant anymore.
This article explains how to easily clean your watch and your strap or bracelet.
Once you’ve wound your watch you need to set the time and possibly the date.
You don’t have to be a genius but there are some things that you need to keep in mind, especially when setting the date.
Never set the time while wearing the watch.
Remove your watch from your wrist and hold it in one hand so you can set the time with the other.
Your mechanical watch only runs when the mainspring is wound.
Normally, a hand-wound watch has a 40 to 48-hour power reserve. That means that your manual winding watch relies on you to regularly wind it by turning the crown.
For some of you, that’s reason enough to buy a quartz watch. For others, myself included, this interaction with your watch is one of the reasons to buy a mechanical watch.
Winding a watch isn’t rocket science but there are some things to keep in mind.