If you are a watch collector, chances are that you own a Tissot watch right now. You might be surprised that you have certain facts to remember when it comes to maintaining your timepiece. If you want your watch to keep functioning for a long time, it pays to follow certain specific practices that will guarantee the survival of your watch.
In this article, we’ll discuss the seven important things you must always remember about your Tissot watch. So, keep reading and make your watch last for as long as it possibly can.
Buying The Watch
Like many other luxury watch companies, the Tissot company sets definite precautions for you to observe before you even buy one of their watches.
Learn about the different parts of the watch that you intend to buy. Some people don’t do this because they think, “Well, a watch is a watch, right? What else do I need to know?” Actually, it pays to absorb this kind of information because it will help you to troubleshoot any problems that crop up.
Try to figure out what each of those watch parts does for the watch. Most likely, you won’t need to understand how each of the internal watch parts, such as the gears, works. But you will need to know the terms that are used to describe the operations of the watch. This makes it more likely that you will realize that something seems off and bring your watch in for a maintenance check-up.
Observe your watch closely right after purchase and while regularly using it. This may help you spot problems right at the start so that these don’t become bigger problems, eventually.
Maintenance Check-Ups Are Necessary
Make sure you know when your watch is scheduled for a maintenance check-up. Usually, you may bring your watch to an Official Service Center every three to four years after purchase. To find an Official Service Center, go to the Tissot official website and look for a list.
A regular check-up is particularly important for quartz watches which are powered by a battery. If the battery dies, it cannot be recharged. You will have to bring in the watch for a battery replacement. To figure out if the battery is dead, look for the End of Energy (EOE) function indicator.
(Take note that the battery of the quartz timepiece should be a silver oxide and zinc button cell only. An auto-quartz watch will require a manganese dioxide and lithium button cell.)
Ask the technician if your watch needs replacement parts. Tissot offers a guarantee of ten years if the watch is a Standard watch, applicable for spare parts of your timepiece. The maximum guarantee of 20 years applies to gold watches only.
Care for Your Tissot Watch the Right Way
There are some precautions a Tissot watch owner should keep an eye out for, namely, these:
Avoid Immersing Your Watch in Seawater
If the watch was submerged in seawater for some time, always rinse it well under cold running water. Then leave it to dry on its own.
Clean Your Watch Regularly
It is advisable to refrain from washing the leather strap of your watch. Otherwise, you may wash the watch (avoiding the strap) with warm soapy water and then rinse it well with running water.
Some Substances May Harm Your Watch
If you’re not aware yet, you should know that there are certain substances that could wreck your watch. These substances are cosmetic products, perfumes, detergents, and solvents. The most vulnerable parts of your watch are the gaskets, case, or strap/bracelet.
Prevent Exposure to Thermal Shocks and Impact
A thermal shock and impact can be detrimental to your watch’s functionality. If the watch was subjected to these, Tissot recommends you to bring the watch to an authorized Tissot Service Center for an examination and testing.
5. Steer Clear of Magnetic Fields
One sure way to wreck your Tissot watch is to bring it close to a magnetic field. Usually, electrical appliances such as your bedroom radio, lamps, and even an alarm clock might harm your watch if you place them close to each other. Such electrical appliances generate magnetic fields.
6. Avoid Extreme and Fluctuating Temperatures
Sometimes, you may be in a situation where the watch could be subjected to extreme and fluctuating changes in temperature. This too may harm your watch.
7. Check for Compromised Water Resistance of the Watch
Each Tissot watch can be submerged in water to certain depths, depending on the model you own. However, this doesn’t mean the watch is 100% waterproof, especially in extreme depths of the ocean. If you believe that the watch seems to have taken in water, you should bring it to the authorized Service Center to be inspected.
If you tend to use the watch underwater frequently, you should have your watch checked once a year at a minimum. This will help you prevent damage to the internal parts of the watch.
How to Find an Authorized Dealer and Official Service Center
There are some retailers who sell Tissot watches online. But if you want a list of the Authorized Dealers of Tissot, you may visit the official Tissot website to find that. This will also help you find a list of Official Service Centers for your watch.
It is important to know that the technician who will examine your watch at the Service Center will most likely recommend one of the following procedures on your watch:
Light Intervention – This means there are some minor transactions to initiate, such as checking if the watch is still waterproof; adjusting the watch bracelet or strap to a recommended length; replacing the battery, among others.
Partial Maintenance – This could mean having to replace some parts of the watch that are slightly damaged, and include replacing the watch battery too.
Complete Maintenance – In simple terms, this may indicate that a lot of the parts have to be replaced.
The maintenance may possibly be covered by the warranty you got when you first bought the watch. If so, you save some money that way.