Owning rare Rolex watches is an absolute joy, but it's important you keep them looking their best. To do that, you might want to consider giving your Rolex watches a gentle periodic cleaning. But is it safe to clean your Rolex watch, and how do you actually do it?
Why should you clean your rolex?
You may be wondering why you'd want to clean your Rolex at all. The answer is simple; the same reason you'd want to clean anything, to keep it looking its best. If you wear your watch often it will be introduced to all sorts of elements and grime in the air over the course of your daily life. If you dive with it, residual saltwater can cake onto the bracelet and face, leaving it looking tatty, dull and could corrode the steel. You can't get away from cleaning your Rolex even if you rarely wear it, however, as dust is going to be your enemy. So however you use, or don't use, your Rolex, it's important to think about cleaning it from time to time.
Do You need equipment to clean your rolex?
Yes. The special equipment you need to clean your Rolex consists of a clean, soft cloth and a small soft brush. There are many watch cleaning kits available, but investing in these isn't strictly necessary. You only need the most basic of things to keep your Rolex sparkling.
how do you clean your rolex watch?
Cleaning your Rolex watch is as simple as giving the face a gentle wipe over with a soft cloth. That's all there is to it. Take firm hold of your watch and let the cloth glide over the face of your Rolex. That should be enough to lift any grit or grime off the glass. Cleaning the case and the metal bracelet is largely the same, but you can use some warm water with just a little soap. Wash the bracelet with a soft brush, and rinse with clean water, then dry.
Will water damage your rolex?
No, as long as your watch is marked "water-resistant" or is a dedicated diving watch. In the case of a diving watch, it has been specifically designed to be submerged into water, both fresh and salt, so the water required for cleaning won't be an issue. Just make sure your crown/crowns are screwed down! You shouldn't have to worry about rust either, because most Rolex metal watch bracelets are made of stainless steel, which offers excellent rust resistance, especially when dried thoroughly after washing.
What about leather rolex watch straps?
You should never introduce water if you have a leather strap on your Rolex. The same applies to suede and other fabrics. If your strap gets dirty, you can use a dry cloth to brush it clean. There are also dedicated leather care and cleaning products available.
how often should you clean your rolex?
There's no right or wrong answer. There's no need to clean your Rolex every day, or even every week unless you happen to get it particularly dirty. During normal day to day wear, you should think about cleaning your Rolex roughly once a month, though this is up to you to decide.
If you dive in the ocean with your Rolex, wash the salt water residue off it as soon as you're able to.
keeping your rolex looking its best
For many, a Rolex is an investment, and as with any investment, its value depends on how well it's looked after. If you want to keep your Rolex looking its best long enough to turn into an heirloom piece, give it the periodic gentle cleaning it deserves.