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Fairfield, NJ

  • Monday - Thursday

    9:30am - 6:00pm
  • Friday

    2:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Saturday

    9:30am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday

    Closed

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WATCH MAINTENANCE

Shami houses a state-of-the-art facility, containing various work stations and an array of equipment and tools, which are continuously updated to ensure all timepieces are repaired to the highest standards. The tips listed here will enable you to maintain the beauty, precision, and lifespan of your timepiece.

Cleaning a water-resistant watch:

Cleaning a water-resistant watch:

  • A damp cloth works really well. Clean the head of the watch. Then use a dry soft cotton cloth to pick up any loose dirt. Mild soap and water along with a soft toothbrush can be used to clean metal brackets.
How to clean a non-water-resistant watch

How to clean a non-water-resistant watch

  • Always wipe with a clean, soft cotton cloth to remove any grit, sweat or moisture.
  • Avoid exposing the watch to moisture

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

At Shami, we offer a complimentary checkup.

  • We check for water resistance
  • We check for loose or damaged pins on watch bands and straps.
  • We test magnetization, that may affect the timing sequence of a watch due to the electronics.
  • We tightening and secure screws on bracelets.

To keep your watch in fine-tune, at Shami we suggest a complete overhaul every three to five years.

SHAMI'S MAINTENANCE PLAN

We offer many services to prolong the life of your watch because we care and want your watch not only to look great; but, to keep time for a long time!

  • We change out your batteries
  • We check for water resistance to ensure that the watch won’t take in water.
  • We replace and lubricate all gaskets and seals
  • We will adjust the size of your band or bracelet to make sure it fits just right.
  • We offer ultrasonic cleaning to keep your watch free of dirt and in pristine condition.

At Shami, we offer a variety of straps and bracelets. If there is something, we don’t have on the spot we can always order it for you.

STRAPS AND BRACELETS

At Shami, we have a variety of straps, bands, and bracelets. If we don’t have what you are looking for, we can always order it for you.

BATTERIES

The life of your battery depends on several variables. Although your average quartz battery should last for 1 to 3 years, the more functions a watch has will reduce the batteries life span. It also depends on whether your watch is a chronograph, digital, or analog. We suggest you change your watch batteries soon after it has no more power. If batteries are left in a watch long after they no longer have power, they can leak which can cause severe damage to the movements.

WINDING AND SETTING FOR BOTH MANUAL AND AUTOMATIC TIMEPIECE

MANUAL WATCH

  • We suggest that you wind your watch entirely at the same time every day.
  • We highly recommend winding slowly and with care.
  • Please make sure not to bear down on the crown.
  • When you feel the crown tightening up, stop winding.
  • Too much pressure on the crown can result in damage to the movement.

AUTOMATIC WATCH

  • We suggest that an automatic watch be worn daily.
  •  Turn the crown a good 10 to 20 times.
  • If you wear your automatic watch every day, we recommend you wind it at least once a week.
  • If your timepiece is not worn daily once every two weeks will suffice.
  • If you own an automatic watch with a screw-down crown, it’s imperative to make sure it’s sure that the is always tightened securely. This will help protect any water from entering into the mechanism.

WATER RESISTANCE

All watches are not created equal. It’s most important to know to what degree your watch is water resistant. Water resistance is not forever. We suggest a yearly test for water resistance. This will determine whether you need new gaskets and seals. Keeping this in mind will prolong the life of your watch and protect it from water penetration.

SHOWERING, BATHING, AND SWIMMING

  • Not all watches are water resistance. Make sure you are aware of this prior to bathing, showering or swimming. Prior to any water related activities, make sure that the crown of the watch is tighten securely to avoid water getting into the mechanism.
  • We suggest not to wind, push buttons or adjust the crown while in water. This will avoid possible water damage
  • If your watch has other features like a ‘rotating bezel,’ make sure to clean with fresh water while rotating. This will help loosen any dirt, sand or other debris that can damage it’s function.
  • We suggest that after swimming in salt water or chlorinated pools always clean your watch with fresh water and dry with a soft clean cotton cloth.

ADDITIONAL HELPFUL TIPS

TEMPERATURE

  • Do not expose your watch to sudden temperature changes (exposure to sunlight followed by immersion in cold water) or extreme temperatures over 60°C (140°F) or under than 0°C (32°F).
  • Fluctuation and or Drastic changes in temperature can and most often affect your watches’ ability to keep time and affect the performance of water resistance .
  • We suggest not to expose your timepieces watch to sudden temperature changes (long exposure to sunlight followed by immersion in cold water) or, extreme temperatures over 60°C (140°F) or under than 0°C (32°F).

MAGNETIC FIELDS

For those of you who own mechanical watches, exposing your watch to magnetic fields can often affect it from functioning properly. Anything that contains a magnet can cause an issue and your watch may not keep time correctly. Electromagnetic appliance, computers, cell phones, speakers magnetic hooks and fasteners etc. should all be avoided.

IMPACT AND SHOCK

Any type of impact or shock to your watch can cause damage to the internal mechanisms, movements, hands, dial, and case.
Many times, impact or shock to your watch may go unnoticed. Our Shami watch experts are highly trained to diagnose, access, and fix your timepieces.

CHEMICALS

Chemical products such as solvents, oils, detergents, colognes and perfumes, etc. may cause damage to your strap, bracelet, and the case and gaskets.
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