Daily watch maintenance

I've been wearing my VC on a daily basis since I've received it - in the last month, I think I only put on another watch only once... Every night, I have a little ritual of manually winding the watch up, cleaning it with a sunglasses cloth, and putting it to bed on the little cushion in its box.  I'm quite enjoying this, every time I do I think Life is beautiful...

I read on another watch forum that I could use a professional two-part polishing cloth (red on one side, yellow on the other) on a daily basis to keep my baby well polished and looking new all the time... And so I just wanted to check with my fellow Loungers if this is something that any of you guys do, and if there is an optimal usage frequency (ie, would once a week suffice?). And are there any risks of over-using these cloths (whether it be on platinum, gold, SS, ...)

Thanks a lot in advance for sharing your knowledge...


What my watchmaker told me is to use the part which actually
07/30/2008 - 17:43

polishes the watch seldom as it removes metal. I can assume not much metal is removed but he told me to do it max 2-3 times a year.

Re: Daily watch maintenance
07/30/2008 - 18:47

Bonjour Francois,

I think if you use a cloth with no polishing compounds enbedded (ie microfibre) or lens cleaning cloth you're likely OK.

Its the polish which is a very fine grit that polishes by removing a tiny amount of surface metal. Its fine if you have some tiny scrathes or swirls that you want to get rid of; but for regular "cleaning" a microfibre cloth or equivalent works best and I don't believe it removes any metal.

I wouldn't use a cloth with embedded polish routinely.



Re: Daily watch maintenance
07/30/2008 - 19:20

Francois, very good question - the cloth you described is called a jewelers "rouge" cloth and the other side being yellow for polishing. You should not use that two part cloth unless your watch has scratches you wish to lessen. It is not for everyday use.  As already stated, the daily use of a microfiber cloth and a few drops of water if needed to clean off a spot is suffice. The rouge cloth can be used on "polished" surfaces only (stainless steel & gold) and not anything with a "brushed" finish. I also use a "Cape Cod" cloth for similar polishing of a scratched watch. This weekend I used these materials to remove scratches and polish two Panerai watches that belonged to a friend. When he saw them, he was amazed they looked brand new. Hope this fully answers your questions posed. Regards, Matt

Thank you Chronometer, Joseph and Matt!
07/30/2008 - 19:47

Especially since on the other forum I was told I could use the professional polishing cloth on a daily basis - I would have killed my baby!!!

I'll stick to using a lens cloth...

Cheers guys,


Re: Thank you Chronometer, Joseph and Matt!
07/30/2008 - 20:16

Francois, you're welcome!! As your watch is in beautiful condition just continue as you have. When it comes time to use such a jewelers cloth it will bring life back into your watch working carefully in less than 30 minutes. BTW, sometimes I use a light alcohol based product to get dirt off the watch bracelet and then wash it off. For my friends Panerai watches, they needed toothpicks to get into small places and cotton qtips for the cleaning job I did. He hadn't cleaned them in months, something I could not live with. All his scratches and swirls were gone too! So that's the whole story here. Have a pleasant evening. Best regards, Matt

Thanks for the extra tip! (nt)
08/02/2008 - 15:54


Hi Francois!
08/02/2008 - 08:22

I would advice you to use microfiber cloth from VC and water. This is what I do to all my watches. You can buy said cloth or ask for free from your AD. Its really very fine and quite different from lens cloth!

Thnaks Gilbert!
08/02/2008 - 15:57

I`ll make sure to get a few extra ones of those...