We all faced the age-old dilemma of cleaning these beautiful watches so that they always look good. Everyone has a different method of cleaning their Panerai watch, depending on what you have access to. If you know someone in jewelry, you can always get good professional steam cleaning, but most of us don’t have that luxury, so we clean eleven Panerai ourselves. I am one of those who cannot access it but want to make sure my Panerai is clean and in top condition. Still, I feel like I’ve neglected mine for far too long, and it’s time to clean it up nicely.
Depending on what you’ve read, there are some conflicting answers about cleaning your Panerai. If you take the information directly from the pages of the Panerai manual, it says the following.
Simple enough, isn’t it? However, if you read a little, some Panerai purists will say that you should try not to use too much soap, as the foam reduces the surface tension of the rubber seals in the watch and slowly erodes them and soaks them in water. That in itself is a scary scenario with such a high-end watch.
What do I do with my Panerai with all this information? I’m going to make a kind of a cross between the two. I will use a very mild facial soap in a very small amount with a little warm water and a soft brush to clean the areas of the house that need to be cleaned. I make the mixture in a small bowl and dip the brush in it and clean the watch instead of soaking it or exposing it to too much soap solution. I thought I would use a daily facial cleanser instead of dish soap, which is super mild compared to the other soaps.
I washed my Panerai yesterday. First, I put half a pump of facial cleanser in a bowl and filled it with lukewarm water. I decide to pour the water into the bowl so that not too much foam is identical. Then I took the brush and twisted the hem around the bowl to get the soap solution mixed nicely.
When the solution was ready, I took the soft brush and dipped the hem into the soap solution and continued with a light scrub on all areas that were cleaned. I used the soap solution sparingly so as not to soak the watch with a lot of soap. I worked with the brush around every corner of the lodge to make sure I hit where it was needed. If you later find that you missed a place as I did, you can always go back and clean it again, as this is not a tedious task.
When I felt I had cleaned the watch properly, I prepared a second bowl with only lukewarm water for soaking. I put the bowl in the clock, and the water is around the clock to make sure that most of it have drained from the soap. After soaking it for about 45 seconds, I removed the watch and then rinsed it under lukewarm water in the sink to rinse off the soapy water.
After rinsing was complete, I used a nice soft chamois to completely polish and clean the watch. If you use a very soft cloth like this, you won’t get scratches on the stainless steel parts of your watch. Of course, I have my share of some signs of use. It is around this time that I clean Cap Cod sheets to give them their normal shine again.
As you can see in the afterimages, the watch has been cleaned properly and looks neat. It is just waiting to put on one of his favorite belts and get back on the road. If you are still tired of using soap, you can do the same procedure with lukewarm water and call it for a day.
Remember that you can clean your watch at will. At Panerai Central, we wanted to give you a glimpse of how we clean eleven watches in case you’ve never done it before and are concerned about it. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will do our best to help you.