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Essential Tips When Storing Your Luxury Watch Collection

Luxury watches have become a sophisticated necessity for both collectors and professionals. A luxury watch is made with extremely advanced production technologies, materials, and methods, making them a valuable asset worth protecting.

If you own a luxury watch, you know the importance of keeping it in the best condition possible. This can mean servicing watches regularly and insuring them against loss, theft, and damage. But what about the actual storage of watches? It may sound strange, but watches are often safest when they are on your wrist! That is because a watch on the wrist is hard to lose, easily hidden from prying eyes thanks to a simple sleeve, and (if it’s an automatic) is constantly wound, ensuring the mechanical elements are working their best as opposed to stagnating while at rest.

But, as anyone who owns more than one watch will tell you, you can’t wear all your watches at once! So inevitably, you will need to consider how best to store your timepieces. In this article, we will give you some tips on how to keep your collection of timepieces safe from damage, deterioration, and theft.

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Use a Vault or Safety Deposit Box

Luxury watches are prone to theft, given their significant value. You can make them safe in your home by putting them in a safe. Even better if it’s hidden from view and/or bolted to the floor or otherwise attached to the wall. If storing your watches in a home safe still sounds too risky, ask your bank about renting a safety deposit box. If you don’t need daily access to your watches or are going out of the country and worried about leaving them in your house, storing them in a bank or private vault is a perfect choice. This way,  they are ensured maximum security, preventing the risk of getting stolen. A watch collector like you must also have adequate insurance for your watches just for precaution.

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Store Watches in a Low-Humidity Area

Some watches are sensitive to temperature, causing regular wear to accelerate. Dials can fade while movements slow down as the oils deteriorate. As much as possible, you should keep your watches in an environment with a steady temperature. Too much heat or cold can cause them damage. When you’re storing your luxury watches in a specific room in your home, ensure that the humidity and moisture are controlled to keep your watches in their best quality. Moisture absorbing silica gel packets are a quick and easy way to ensure a dry climate in your storage area and so is simple baking powder placed in a small container adjacent to your watches.

Keep Your Watch Boxes and Papers

Storing watches is one thing but what about all those boxes and papers? Quite often, luxury watches come packaged in gorgeous boxes ranging from wood to metal to premium corrugated materials. But where to keep all of these bulky boxes? Fortunately, the geometry of most watch packaging makes them easy to stack and organize. If space allows, keep your watch boxes organized using under-bed or in-closet storage solutions. If you ever decide to sell a watch from your collection, having the boxes and paperwork can increase the selling amount as it helps provide authentication. This way, your buyer can know that you’re giving them a legitimate piece,  and you can ensure you will get the best price for it! Keeping your watch’s paperwork will also be helpful when you make an insurance claim in the event of theft. You must store your watch’s warranty cards in a cool, dry place as well because they can be damaged by moisture and light.

Conclusion

As much as you value your time, it’s essential to value your timepiece as well. It’s not all about the financial investment – it’s also about the emotional investment you have put into choosing the perfect piece for your collection. Storing your timepieces the right way will give you peace of mind knowing you’ve taken proper steps to protect your investment.

If you are looking for luxury watches in Los Angeles to add to your collection, Feldmar Watch has got what you need! We are a luxury watch store and authorized dealer of high-class timepieces, and we’ve been providing our clients exceptional service for over 100 years. Get in touch with us today to know more about our luxury watches and services! 

 

About The Author: Tom Roth

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Born in Washington state, Tom developed an interest in photography during college at University of San Diego. There, he got started in music journalism, interviewing artists and taking photos at concerts. A life-long tinkerer and collector, it wasn’t long before Tom became fascinated with fountain pens and watches.

Those interests collided in November 2020 when Tom started at Feldmar Watch Company where he lives out every watch geek’s dream: photographing and writing about timepieces. When he’s not tinkering with his watch collection, Tom can be found traveling, biting his nails while watching PNW sports teams, and taking flying lessons.

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