You do your best to take care of your expensive watch but sometimes water and moisture can get inside of it. Whereas there are many watches that are well known for their waterproof qualities, the truth is no watch is truly waterproof. The most common moisture problems occur when there is a sharp temperature change from cold to warm.
However, getting water or moisture from a fog-laden watch can seem like a daunting task. If you live in a very humid area that is close to a water body or you’ve accidentally dropped your watch in water, there are several things you can do to ensure that the water is removed and your watch is restored to normal working condition.
Here are 5 tips for drying a watch.
1. Decide Whether You Should Attempt A Dry It Yourself Fix
Before you do anything, you will need to determine whether you can handle possible destruction to your watch as you try to fix it yourself. If your watch is expensive and still relatively new, you may want to take it to a professional watchmaker rather than risk making the warranty invalid.
2. Let The Watch Dry Under The Sun
A simple tip to drying your watch is by placing the watch on a dry cloth and laying it under the sun. Observe if the water evaporates and the film of condensation clears on its own. If you notice that there is no trace of moisture anymore, you probably will not need to take any more action.
3. Use A Desiccant
A desiccant is a substance or material that can absorb or attract moisture from the air. There are several readily available desiccants you can use to dry your watch and restore it to working order and they are; silica gel, cat litter, and uncooked rice. Place your watch in a container containing the desiccant of your choice. Leave it in a warm and dry area for a few days. The silica gel, uncooked rice or cat litter will dry the water from inside your watch.
4. Use A Fan Or A Hair Dryer
Another tip to drying your watch is by using a fan or a hairdryer. Set your dryer to the lowest heat settings and slowly blow the watch. You could also place the watch next to the fan. Remember to exercise caution when drying out your watch using heat as too much heat can cause damage in the inner workings of your watch leaving you with a much bigger problem than getting the water out of your watch.
5. Consult A Professional
If you have tried all these tips and tricks without success, then it is advisable to take your watch to a professional watchmaker. The watch repairer will carefully separate the case, take the mechanisms apart, dry your watch, put it back together properly and give it back to you as good as new.
Your watch is a delicate masterpiece made up of many separate pieces that make it work and getting moisture out of your watch should be done immediately to avoid serious damage. Consult a professional for a sure and guaranteed fix.