A timepiece is a delicate accessory. It looks sturdy, but inside its compartment is a sensitive complication. The mechanism makes a watch work and is the sole reason why it should not be ignored. All the time, it needs proper maintenance for it to function well. Yet, what if it gets damaged for other reasons?
Other than unforeseen mechanical issues that can affect the movement, one common reason that it deflects from its track is magnetism. Automatic watches are commonly exposed to the magnetic field unknowingly while being worn by the wearers. The worst part is users notice the time discrepancy late, with the watch moving too fast.
So, how true that watches get magnetized? Here is a more in-depth explanation.
Which is more prone to magnetism: quartz or automatics?
In general, automatic watches are more prone to magnetism than quartz. The metals in mechanical timepieces can always encounter certain levels of magnetic fields. Magnets are almost everywhere – the television, radio, set of speakers, microwaves, cellphones, tablets, bags, and x-rays. Still, its effect on watches gets unnoticed until it already magnetized them.
The magnetic field can cause the individual coils in the rotor to stick together. It shortens the spring and speeds up the watch’s movement. Most of the time, the changes are more significant on the minutes than seconds. A timepiece needs to calibrate from time-to-time to prevent the coils from sticking.
Magnetism’s effects on watches
The effects of magnetism in watches vary, but the most evident damage is with the hairspring, also known as the balance spring. It is a spring attached to a balance wheel in mechanical watches that causes the motor to oscillate using the running watch frequency. If this part gets magnetized, it affects the way it functions and causes inaccuracy to the watch.
Today, many watch companies try to minimize the magnetism issue by having more materials made of alloys than pure metals, which reduces the chance of getting a magnetized watch.
What to do?
If you think your watch is magnetized, you need to perform demagnetization or remove or reduce the material’s magnetism. It is the only way to restore the watch’s normal function. This can be done by using a demagnetizer and a Lepsi app. Another option is to visit your local watch store and have it demagnetized for a minimal fee.
A demagnetizer is a small device used to demagnetize the watch and be bought online or at watch shops. On the other hand, Lepsi is a free mobile application that is only available in Apple App Store. If you have these two requirements, then demagnetizing your watch is an easy thing to do.
While this does not happen all the time, it is still good to check your watch (whether it is a casual, diver, military, etc.). For Aquinus dive watches, all timepieces are calibrated to eliminate the possibility of magnetization. However, since it is not preventable a hundred percent, make sure you always check your Aquinus watch, especially if it is from the Immersius, Ruggada, and Blue Aquatic.