Everything You Need To Know About Servicing Your Bulova Watch

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Bulova produces quality watches in both mechanical and quartz varieties. Every now and then, your watch will need maintenance to make sure it’s running properly. Read on to find out how to best take care of your Bulova watch.


Your Bulova watch will need to be cleaned regularly. Even if you think you’re very clean, the inside of your watch will get very dirty! When cleaning your watch, avoid using a lot of liquid or water. Check the official instructions provided by Bulova to make sure that you clean the watch correctly. If you’re uncertain, contact a professional.

Watch Overhaul

Like a car or any other piece of sophisticated machinery, a watch needs to go in for regular maintenance. If you wear your watch regularly, you should give it a complete overhaul every three to five years. The can be done by a watch servicing professional, who will carefully go over the watch and make sure there are no small problems that could develop into bigger, costlier ones in the future.

Regular Use

If your Bulova watch is mechanical, and you don’t usually wear it, it’s a good idea to wind and run it once a month. This is because there are oils inside the watch that keep it lubricated. If the watch isn’t run for a long time, these oils can dry out.

Water Resistance

If you routinely expose your Bulova watch to water, then it’s necessary to have its water resistance checked every couple of years. This is because the watch has a rubber gasket inside that can crack, and screw-down threads that can develop problems. If there are any issues with these, water can get inside the watch and cause a lot of costly damage. Of course, detecting these problems early can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Your Bulova watch should have a water resistance rating, measured in meters. If the rating is 30 meters, that might sound impressive, but that’s actually the lowest possible water resistance rating for a watch. So it might survive a brief splash, but you shouldn’t get it wet on a regular basis. If you wear your watch when showering or swimming, it should have a resistance rating of 50 meters or more.

If water is on the outside of your watch, it may cool the air inside the watch and cause some condensation, causing the lens to become foggy. This is normal, and if the condensation clears after a couple of minutes, you shouldn’t worry. If the watch lens remains foggy, however, this could signify water sealing trouble, which means you should take your watch to a service provider as soon as possible.

Shock Resistance

If your Bulova is mechanical, you shouldn’t take it to go golfing, play tennis, or do any other activity that would expose it to physical shocks. While there are shock absorbers inside the watch to help protect it, it’s best to avoid any sources of undue stress. If your watch has a quartz movement, then you’ll find it’s better at resisting shocks.


If your Bulova watch is mechanical, you should try to keep it away from electronics such as televisions and speakers. This is because these types of electronics have magnets in them, which can cause problems for the watch. If you find that your watch is suddenly running a lot faster than it normally would, then it likely needs to be demagnetized by a professional.

Polishing Crystal

If the acrylic crystals on your watch become scratched, you can polish them. Polywatch is a product made for this purpose, although headlamp leans cleaner can also work as well as Brasso, a metal polishing product.

Polishing The Case

The case of a Bulova watch can also be polished. Polishing kits are available. They include abrasive fabric designed to restore the finish of a watch case.

Watch Bands

If your watch band is metal, you should clean it with a soft brush and warm, soapy water. Be sure to remove the band from the watch before putting it near water, especially if your watch’s water resistance rating is less than 50 meters. 

If your watch band is leather, wipe it down both sides of it every day with a soft, dry cloth, and keep it away from water. While you’re wiping it, check the buckle and pin to make sure they’re functioning as they should.

Rubber bands can be cleaned with an old, soft toothbrush and some soapy water. Clean both sides of the strap, then let it dry completely before wearing it. If the strap comes in contact with salt water, rinse it with fresh water as quickly as possible.


Bulova is a well-known watch making company. As you can see, while the inside of the watch is best serviced by a professional, there are many things you can do to keep your Bulova watch well-serviced and problem-free.

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