Watch BraceletSo, ya wanna clean your watch bracelet?  Are you sure that’s such a good idea? Have you really thought about this? What if you damage it? What if you ruin it? Does a watch bracelet even need to be cleaned?

Here are some short answers to the above questions: Yes. Yes. Yes. Ack. Ack. Yes.

Below are the long answers to the above questions.

How to Clean your watch bracelet?

I recommend taking it to a jeweler who specializes in watch repair and cleaning or send it back to the manufacturer.  But, you don’t have to do that.  You can do it yourself, and I’m going to walk you through a few things that you can do yourself at home!

Watch Bracelet cleaning options

If your watch is waterproof:

  1. Take it to the sink get an old toothbrush and some hand soap and go at it under running water about once a month or so to prevent it getting this bad.
  2. Take it to a reputable jeweler or watchmaker and have them ultrasonically clean the watch bracelet.

If it’s not waterproof:

  1. Take it to a reputable jeweler or watchmaker and have it cleaned (if you’re a good customer they’ll most likely do it for free) If you’re not they may charge you a little bit.
  2. If you feel comfortable doing so: Remove the bracelet and clean it with soap and water and a toothbrush as described above.
  3. Clean the case (and/or bracelet) with a dry toothbrush.

Never put your watchcase in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. Never use an ammonia based cleaner to clean your watch. Never use harsh chemicals on your watch bracelets.

Here’s just a tip.  All that dirt and sweat that you have every single day gets in your watch bracelet and frankly, it’s just gross and it’s bad for the watch.  When your watch is dirty around the crown, the dirt can actually enter inside the case as you pull out and push in the crown. If it is a manual wind watch the dirt and grime becomes embedded in the gasket on the crown and turns the soft gasket into a coarse grinding stone which as it turns cuts a groove into the case tube. This means you have to replace your case tube sooner and you risk water getting into your watch.

When your metal bracelet is dirty — the same kind of thing happens at each hinge point. Dirt and grime actually causes the bracelet to wear faster. This can be devastating when your watch has a $10,000 – $15,000 bracelet. These bracelets will last generations and if you keep them clean and wear them tight.

How Often Should You Clean Your Bracelet?

Give it a good wiping with a damp cloth and toothbrush about every month or so and remove the bracelet for a thorough cleaning twice a year!

A healthy watch is a happy watch!!