How to clean a watch?
When you photograph your watches, especially with a macro lens, the slightest trace will be visible on your visuals. Dust is particularly visible on close-ups showing the strap, the dial, or part of the case. Ditto for fingerprints. You will waste time having to remove them in post-production. Here are our tips for presenting your watches in their best light.
1. Cleaning a watch leather strap
2. Steel or rubber straps
For steel or rubber bracelets, you will need: a soft damp brush and soap. Dry with a soft dry cloth. Then use a soft cloth and dab the bracelet. If persistent stains are present a soft bristle toothbrush will allow you to remove them and penetrate between the parts of a stainless steel bracelet. You can also use a cotton swab.
3. The case and its dial
Again, use a damp cloth to clean both sides of the case. If, despite this initial cleaning, the dirt remains, use a soft-bristled toothbrush soaked in soapy water. Carry out with circular movements over the entire surface of the case, including the dial. Again, if the part is difficult to clean, such as a dial with decorative parts, use a cotton swab soaked in soapy water or isopropyl alcohol and make light circular movements on its surface.
4. Last step before preparing your watch for the shooting
Wipe the watch one last time with a soft, lint-free cloth. Finally, leave it to dry for at least one hour. You will then be ready to put on your gloves and position the watch for your photo shoot. We explain how in this tutorial.