How To Take Care, Travel With And Service Your MONTA Mechanical Watch
So you’ve made the decision to purchase a MONTA watch (or any quality mechanical timepiece for that matter), saved the money, and pulled the trigger….congratulations! Whether it’s your first purchase or your fifteenth, that feeling of excitement, adoration, and joy is hard to replicate. But now that the watch has arrived, you’ve sized the bracelet or adjusted the strap, taken the ceremonial first wrist shot, texted your watch friends, and settled in to enjoy it. What next? There are three main tasks that you need to consider: storage, cleaning, and service.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a hardcore watch enthusiast, a newbie, or somewhere in between, every great watch needs a home and there is a multitude of storage options out there. You can always store your watch in the original packaging. The MONTA box holds the watch on a pillow with room for your wallet/keys and the rest of your everyday carry. It will look great sitting on a dresser or nightstand inside your new MONTA watch box. You could also opt for a simple tray, watch stand, or a leather pouch.
When the time comes to hit the road for a trip or a get-together among fellow enthusiasts, you’ll want something that can hold a few watches safely and securely. Our leather two-watch roll is perfect for a few extras beyond what is on the wrist. Also, our friends at Everest offer a great group of accessories to help you keep your timepieces safe and secure. Depending on your budget for watch travel accessories, you definitely won’t be disappointed with what they offer. You can check them out here.
As with anything you cherish, you most likely want to keep it clean and shiny. We can help with some tips to clean your MONTA as well. Since your new MONTA is unlikely to leave your wrist much, it will of course get a bit dirty from daily use. I always suggest bringing it in the shower with you once a week (be sure the crown is screwed down and the temperature is not too hot). Let the soap run over it and then let it air dry. For a more thorough cleaning you can use hand soap and a soft brush (an old soft-bristled toothbrush works great). This is especially critical after spending time in the ocean where salt and sand can get lodged in the links or bezel. There also is a great product set from WristClean that will help you keep your watch extra clean. Check them out here.
Last but certainly not least, let’s talk about service. I asked our in-house watchmaker to provide some input here. First off, be sure to wind your watch every 5-7 days. You can NOT overwind a MONTA caliber, the mainspring has a bridle that prevents it. Winding your watch once a week will ensure that the power reserve is topped off and timing is optimal. Sometimes our body movement isn’t enough to keep the power reserve full.
Next, he recommends a 3-5 year service interval for our movements. Think of it like an oil change for your car. If you want the best long-term performance of your MONTA the movement needs to be cleaned and lubricated on a regular basis. We handle all our service in-house, and our highly trained repair department knows each model better than anyone else. We always stock spare parts and can offer assistance with any service issue, ensuring a quick return of your watch back to you.
Finally, don’t forget to have fun with your watch! I love obsessing over the details just as much as anyone, but I also like knowing that I can wear my MONTAs every day and enjoy their beauty and functionality. If you’re lucky enough, you will be proud of the scratches and dings they earn over the years. Following these steps will allow you to keep putting it on for many years to come.