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3 Best Ways to Care for Your Wooden Watch

When you purchase a new wooden watch, keeping it in good condition is probably one of your top concerns. Considering the watch’s intricate design and high quality aesthetic, you might automatically assume that by purchasing a wooden watch, you’ve committed yourself to a significant amount of watch maintenance. However, the reality is that a wooden watch requires almost no care at all. Read on to learn more about the care and keeping of your new wooden watch.

#1) Wear Your Watch Often

That's right! just wearing your watch helps preserve it.  Let me explain....  You see, the oils in your skin are absorbed by the porous wood grains and keep it looking pristine!

One of the great perks of owning a wooden watch is that it doesn’t require a whole lot of maintenance. You aren’t going to be spreading Pledge or any ridiculously over-priced special oil or polish over it. Just wear it frequently, and the oils of your skin will take care of the rest! Remember, at Select Wood Watches, we are passionate about fashion that is earth friendly, and we like to celebrate natural beauty. As such, we make sure that the watches we sell aren’t treated with any chemicals, and that they will stay strong, beautiful and ticking, without help from wood treatments.

Like any other watch, you’ll need to get the battery replaced every couple of years. When the time comes, just take it into a watch or jewelry shop and have them replace the battery for you. If you need a tighter or looser fit for your watch band, you can easily adjust the size of the band yourself with a link removal tool! Use the tool to remove and add wooden links to your band for the perfect fit. You can also purchase extra links for your watch if you need a larger size. 

#2) Use EveryDay Products to Freshen It Up

So the upkeep of these watches is minimal, however, if you want to add a little extra shine to your watch, you have several options. Using a cotton cloth, you can add a shiny protective coating--but you don’t have to go out and buy an expensive polish. In fact, you may already have just what you need in your kitchen pantry. Here are a few safe options for shining your watch:

  • Walnut oil
  • Beeswax
  • Olive oil and lemon juice

#3) Avoid Water! - never wash your hands again...

Of Course, I'm totally joking!...about washing your hands.   In all seriousness now, you can totally wash your hands without worrying about ruining your new wooden watch!  Just keep in mind that, all of the watches here at Select Wood Watches are natural wood without chemical treatment, which means that you should be careful when it comes to water.  The main problem is that significant exposure to water can warp the wood, so you’ll quickly notice a decline in quality if the watch is fully submerged in water.

 In general, it’s safe to wash your hands, since a few drops on the watch won’t make much of a difference.

 But if the watch really gets wet, it can become a problem. Here are a few tips to help you remember to take your watch off in potentially dangerous situations:

  • Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror to remind you not to wear your watch in the shower or bath.
  • Always keep a pair of rubber gloves next to your kitchen sink so that you won’t accidentally soak your watch in the suds while doing your dinner dishes. 
  • If you swim regularly, buy a cloth watch case and use a safety pin to attach it to your swimsuit. That way, you’ll be reminded to put the watch in the case before you jump in the pool!


Select Wood Watches offers a wide variety of one-of-a-kind watches that offer both quality and functionality. Contact us today for more information!