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How to Clean a Men’s Sports Watch?

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Jacky Chou

If you buy a brand-new sports watch, then it's a must to take care of it. If you don't care for your watch, then your watch will be of no use.

If you love your watch and want to keep your watches as new as they are, then this article is for you. Follow the below tricks to keep your watches clean and to take care of them.

One of the most important ways of doing that is to keep them clean. 

Process of Clean a Men’s Sports watch?

In this article, we have shared how to clean your sports watch and how to maintain them through regular wear, dirt, sweat, natural oils, and lotion build-up on the surface of your watch over time.

These can erode the protective layer of the watch and even degrade its function. So, it's imperative to keep your watch free of grind.

Many people believe that analog sports watches are much easier to clean as compared to modern-day digital sports watches but it is a myth. We will talk about both in this article.

Check Water Resistance

Before you start getting your watch wet and soapy, make sure it can handle the moisture. If it is not water-resistant at home, do not get it wet.

You risk getting water inside the case and ruining the movement. Wipe it clean inside and out with a dry cloth.

You can also use a small soft brush to get inside the hard-to-reach places.

Gather Your Materials

If you do have a water-resistant watch, let's start by gathering our materials. Here's the list of things you will need to clean your watch

● Two bowls filled with warm water.

● Use gentle natural dish soap.

● Put a few drops of natural dish soap in the first bowl.

● Take a small soft brush like a baby toothbrush.

● Make sure the brush you are using has soft bristles.

● Take a soft microfiber washcloth and

● A soft microfiber dry cloth.

Now all of the materials are soft and gentle, so don't do more harm than good when you clean your launches; that is key.

It would be best to handle your watches with care while cleaning them because they have vulnerable components like mineral glass, buttons, keys, dials, and more.

Make it Watertight

The first step is to screw down the crown firmly and any other push your watch may have. It would help if you did not allow the water to get inside your watch.

Remove the Bracelet

The second step is to remove the case from the bracelet or band. This removal of the case opens up the tighter spaces between the lugs allowing for more accessible and more thorough cleaning.

Wash the Case

The third step is to wash the case. If your case has slower water resistance up to 30 meters, experts will not recommend submerging it.

If it can handle depths over 30 meters, then fully immersing is okay but not necessary. 

Get your brush slightly bubbly and gently scrub the outside of the case in circular motions. Get in all of the grooves and crevices of the metal and ceramic parts.

Wipe away all of the damaging dirt and debris. 

For the crystal, experts recommend using a damp cloth to wipe away grime. Sometimes a brush can leave marks. Do the same for your metal bracelet or rubber strap.

Get in between every link and in every corner with your brush that will help you wash away sweat, and natural oils will help stainless steel stay stainless, keeping your bracelet or band flexible and wealthy.

Don’t Get Your Leather Wet.

If you have got a leather watch, don't ever get it wet. Just wipe it clean with a dry cloth and condition it with quality leather oil or conditioner.

Leaving it off at night allows the leather pores to breathe and release foul odors too.

Rinse Off Your Watch

Once you feel like you have reached maximum cleanliness, dip your watch parts in the clean water or rinse them off with your clean brush or cloth. Be sure to rinse out every bit of the remaining soap.

Gently dry your watch

Finally, pat your watch dry with the other microfiber cloth and set it aside to dry thoroughly. You can even use a hairdryer on the low setting to get in between the links of your bracelet.

Reassemble Your Watch

Reassemble your watch by putting your bracelet back on if you removed it earlier, and your watch is now clean and free of harmful residue for continued care. Wipe your watch down neatly with a dry cloth inside and out.


When it comes to aesthetic maintenance, movement maintenance, and servicing of a watch, those are three different categories. Aesthetic maintenance is cleaning the watch and taking care of the extra components of the watch.

The maintenance service for the watch is changing the gaskets maintaining the integrity of the water-resistance of the watch protecting the movement.

Moreover, a neatly cleaned sports watch always looks more stylish than a dirtier one.

Full Service

Lastly, we have full service of the watch, which includes complete disassembly of the movement and the case replacing all the seals of the full benefit of the action and returning that watch to as close as we can to the new condition.

As a consumer and watch owner, you need to protect your watch, maintain your watch, and get the best use of your watch in between service intervals.

Automatic winders keep the watch at full power, it puts more strain on your mechanical components, and the only luxury it gives is you put it on time because there is always going to be some error on the watch.

To check the water resistance, take a watch that has no moisture in it, and you will be able to fog up.

The reason watches fogged up is because there is moisture in the small amount of oxygen and the small amount of air captured, so it's a temperature change that will form a compensation on the crystal. 

Once the condensation goes away, it dissipates in a minute. The key here is to avoid drastic temperature changes.

The Key Takeaway

We hope you would have understood that it is essential to clean the sports watch once in a while and also how to clean it properly.

When you clean the watch, the watch's durability will increase, and it will look like a new timepiece that you have just bought from the shop!

Jacky Chou

Jacky Chou is the co-founder of Uberwrists and has gotten into watches from his father from a young age. His first watch was a black G Shock that was comedically large for his wrist. He appreciates watches from Seiko to a Patek Philippe.

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