Many proud watch owners like to polish their time pieces to bring back, or maintain, that glossy finish we all tend to associate with a great looking watch. But maintaining your Original Grain watch’s value from a resale point of view, whether you plan on selling your watch or not, can be an important factor when you’re deciding what types of maintenance to perform. This is especially an important issue for those who have invested in an expensive, high quality watch.
When you take your Original Grain watch in for maintenance or repairs, many professionals and manufacturers will polish the outer surface as part of the routine, but how does this affect the value?
If you’re talking about how it affects the value for collectors, many times it depends on the type of watch. A modern watch which is mainly made up of metal with a polished or glossy finish will likely benefit from the occasional polishing, provided you are using the correct type of polish and you are sure that it won’t damage or tarnish the finish. The same goes for cleaning your Original Grain watches. Each type of metal requires a specific type of cleaner or polish to ensure that the job is done safely and correctly, without damaging the often-delicate surface. Some types of metal are also prone to stains, which can be permanent when they are polished or cleaned with the wrong type of chemical. This is especially true when using corrosive chemicals or polishes which are not meant to be used on metallic surfaces.
With some vintage watches, one of the things collectors and buyers find appealing is the classic “old” look it has. So in this case, polishing your watch might actually decrease the value, particularly with collectors who value an unmodified vintage watch. That said, valuations on vintage watches can vary wildly, sometimes to the point of almost being meaningless. The true value of a vintage watch is usually whatever the prospective buyer is willing to pay for it, rather than the price you’re given from an appraisal. Except in the case of a rare antique, your best bet is to enjoy your vintage watch and not worry too much about maintaining its highly subjective value.
Of course, Original Grain watches all have at least some amount of natural wood built into the design. That said, you will also need to make sure the polish you are using on the metal parts will not damage the wood, since contact is more than likely to happen. In these cases, you may want to apply the polish or cleaner with a q-tip or another thin-tipped instrument to make sure it goes only on the metal parts of your watch. Likewise, if you plan on polishing or cleaning the wood on your Original Grain watch, please be sure to do your homework so you don’t do permanent damage to the wood’s finish or color.
If your watch is going in for repairs or maintenance by a professional, often times they will polish your watch as part of their routine. Since many different methods and polishes can be used, the outcome can be fairly unpredictable and doesn’t always look the same as the finish on a brand new watch. If you’re concerned about this, make sure to tell the person servicing your watch that you don’t want it polished.
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