Everything You need to know about servicing your Skagen Watch

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Since 1989, Skagen has been putting out quality watches at affordable prices. While Skagen watches are generally considered to be very reliable, there are some things to know regarding how best to take care of them, as well as when they need care and maintenance. Read on to find out what you need to know about servicing your Skagen watch.


A Skagen watch needs regular cleaning, just like any other watch. Even if you’re a very clean person, the inside of your watch can get very dirty. Don’t use liquid to clean your watch. Instead, follow the instructions for your watch model provided by Skagen. If you’re not sure what to do, reach out to a professional service provider for advice.

Complete Overhaul

If your Skagen watch is mechanical, you’ll need to have a professional give it a complete overhaul every few years. This is because of all the complex machinery inside. The professional will check everything on the watch to make sure there are no issues. This is important, because sometimes small problems can lead to bigger and much more costly problems down the road if they’re not corrected.

Daily Use

If you have a mechanical Skagen watch and you don’t wear it that often, make sure to wind and run it once a month. This is because there are oils inside that lubricate the watch, and if it isn’t run these oils can dry out.

Water Resistance

If you routinely expose your Skagen 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 have issues. If there are any issues with these, water can get inside the watch and cause a lot of costly damage. Therefore, detecting these problems early can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Your Skagen 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 encounter with water, but you shouldn’t get it wet on a regular basis. For showering or swimming, your watch should have a resistance rating of at least 50 meters.

If your watch gets wet, you may notice that the lens becomes foggy. This usually isn’t a problem, as it’s caused by condensation inside the watch. But if the lens doesn’t clear up after a couple of minutes, you should take it to be serviced ASAP as there may be water inside the watch.

Shock Resistance

A Skagen watch should have shock absorbers to help protect it from sudden physical movements. If your watch is mechanical, though, it’s best not to expose it to undue stress by wearing it when you play golf or tennis. For those activities, it’s better to use a watch with a quartz movement.


Keep your mechanical Skagen watch away from magnets, such as those inside TVs or speakers. If your watch is exposed to magnets, it may start running much faster than normal. In cases like this, you’ll need to have your watch demagnetized by a professional.

Polishing Crystal

If your Skagen watch has acrylic crystals and they become scratched, you can polish them. A product called Polywatch is made for this purpose, although headlamp lens cleaner and even Brasso can also produce good results.

Case Polishing

Polishing kits are available to polish the case of your Skagen watch. The abrasive fabric can restore the case back to its original state.

Watch Bands

Metal watch bands should be cleaned with a. soft brush and warm soapy water. Make sure to remove the band before putting it near water, especially if your watch’s water resistance rating is lower than 50 meters.

Leather bands should be wiped down on both sides every day with a soft, dry cloth. Avoid getting leather bands wet. While cleaning a leather band, check that the buckle and pin don’t have any problems.

To clean a rubber band, use an old soft toothbrush and some mild soap with water. Clean both sides of the strap, and let it dry completely before wearing it. If the strap hits salt water, rinse it with fresh water as soon as you can.


Skagen has been making watches for decades and is known for making quality products. If you practice proper care and maintenance, your Skagen watch should last you a very long time!

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