Does your watch suddenly delay or advance? Maybe your watch even stopped without the slightest shock or mishap. In this case, it may be magnetized. But what is the magnetization of a watch? How to solve this watch problem? Team Charlie enlightens you on everything you need to know about magnetizing watches and what to do if it happens to you.
- The magnetization of watches, what is it?
- What are the impacts of magnetizing a watch?
- What should I do if my watch is magnetized?
1. What is the magnetization of watches?
Magnetization refers to the harmful influence of magnetic fields on the operation of a watch. Magnetic fields are caused by smartphones, digital tablets, induction plates, speakers, televisions, etc. You will understand, magnetic fields are present everywhere in our daily lives and we are more and more exposed to them. Unfortunately, our timepieces are particularly sensitive to their waves.
2. What are the impacts of magnetizing a watch?
In our time we are more and more exposed to magnetic fields of all kinds and our watches are in contact with them almost permanently. These waves will not degrade your timepiece but rather damage its operation and precision. As soon as a watch enters a magnetic field, this disturbance causes the mechanism to advance or stop completely. Depending on the strength of the magnetic field, your watch will be more or less impacted. A low exposure will slightly disturb the operation of your watch which will make it less precise. Conversely, if your watch is exposed to a strong magnetic field, it can interfere with its movement, or even stop it in some cases.
Mechanical watches, with manual or automatic winding, are more exposed to this magnetization problem. Indeed, watches with mechanical movements have certain metallic components, such as the balance spring or the barrel spring, which can adhere to each other by a magnet system and subsequently cause the mechanism to malfunction. The effects of magnetism on a mechanical watch may persist over time and your watch may continue to gain traction. The quartz watches are also sensitive to waves, but they resume functioning once they are removed from the magnetic field.
Thus, magnetization tends to impact a automatic watch quickly and in the long term whereas a quartz watch goes out of order more slowly and this malfunction is most often temporary.
3. What should I do if my watch is magnetized?
To find out if your watch is magnetized, simply place it next to a compass. In the event of magnetization, the needle of the compass will be totally disoriented. A watch that loses precision, with an irregular ticking, which suddenly starts to move forward, to delay or to stop suddenly, is a magnetized watch. But what to do in this case? To demagnetize your men watch or your Ladies watch, we invite you to drop it off in our Charlie Paris store. With our demagnetizer it does not take more than five minutes to correct. Demagnetizing a watch consists of exposing the watch to a contrary magnetic field to neutralize its effects and restore its proper functioning.
The advice of Team Charlie Paris: Keeping your watch more than 10 cm away from objects giving off strong magnetic fields reduces the risk of magnetizing your watch.