Weather And Time: How Your Watch Gets Affected By Changing Weather Conditions


The climatic and weather conditions of your city can affect the internal mechanics of your custom made watch as well as the display and external features. This has been observed by watch experts and users across the world as the slight difference in time telling becomes more significant as a longer duration of time is spent in places with adverse weather conditions. 

These changes prove to be long-lasting when the city’s weather conditions are synchronous to the climate of the city. This entails a specific care routine that must be adopted to help ensure further adverse changes do not persist and make a change on the watch mechanics permanently. 

Temperate Conditions

Although not always accurate, the city that you live in often becomes the standard for the watch if it also coincides with the place of purchase. This is especially true for the climatic and weather conditions. Hence, any travel plans made to differing weather places can bring about a change in the internal mechanics of your timepiece. 

Even though temperate climatic conditions are ideal for a watch where neither too much heat and cold is present, a sudden change in the conditions can disrupt the usual workings of the watch. However, if you do live in areas where the weather and climate remain stable for most time of the year, your watch will experience the least number of interference from the temperature. 

On The Warm To Hot Scale

If your vacation trip lands you in a hot country, the temperature is bound to bring about a change in timekeeping. Depending on the brand of your customized watch, the range of acceptable temperatures will differ. Most watches can tolerate about 60 °C, above which parts of the watch will malfunction and ultimately lead to inaccurate time display. The loss of time in warmer temperatures is not limited to a couple of seconds and can exceed, thoroughly depending on the compositions and components of the watch. 

Especially if the location is in the tropics, your timepiece will be exposed to water and moisture damage as well, given the humidity and nature of your daily activities. Saltwater can further play a major role in the corrosion of the metal components of your wristwatch and interfere with its functionality. If used when swimming, then the water pressure can also impact the workings of the watch. A foggy glass can be indicative of damage that has already occurred with the inflow of water into the dial of the watch, which can be remedied with a quick service secession.  

When Temperatures Drop

If you are heading to the mountains for a quick trip over the weekend, your watch will shift its time by a few seconds as the gears and oils are subjected to harsh weather conditions than usual. The difference in the number of seconds lies in the mechanics of the watch as some watch houses use oils that have a higher tolerance for such temperature diversity as compared to others. In colder temperatures, your watch is expected to gain time as an effect of lower temperatures. 

If the oils freeze in your watch, the gears of your mechanical timepiece will be greatly affected as the gears will grind to an eventual stop. Furthermore, the internal parts of the watch are also expected to expand and contract to a certain degree with the time given their make. Additional windings and lubrication will be due after your trip to help the watch resume its functioning. Service your watch with experts like our very own team of professionals at Cagau who can help restore balance to your beloved timepiece with one session. 

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