Stainless steel watches shine and dazzle when they are brand new. However, they end up looking dull and grimy with the passage of time. Daily wear and tear can expose your timepiece to dust, dirt, chemicals, water, and other elements. This is why it’s important to know how to clean your prized possession. Good thing, it just takes a quick wipe down to restore its brand-new look. However, if deep cleaning is necessary, we will unveil some hacks that will help you clean your timepiece like a pro.



Cleaning a stainless steel watch is not as difficult and complicated as you might think. That’s because the supplies you need are readily available at the comfort of your own home. They are as follows:

  • Cotton swabs
  • Water
  • Mild hand soap
  • Soft bristle toothbrush
  • Small bowl
  • Microfiber cloth


Once you prepare the cleaning supplies, you can finally embark on your cleaning journey. By following the steps below, your stainless steel timepiece will look brand new in no time.

  1. Determine your watch’s water resistance – It’s imperative to know the water resistance rating of your watch before exposing it to moisture. Having a clean but water-damaged timepiece is useless. If you have a vintage watch or you don’t know its water resistance, then don’t risk anything and proceed to the second step.
  2. Detach the strap from the case – If you are not sure about the water rating of your timepiece, then clean the strap separately. Grayton watches are water-resistant to 100 meters. Therefore, removing their straps is no longer required, as you can completely submerge them into the water for deep cleaning.
  1. Start cleaning the case – Once you’re sure about the water rating of your watch, submerge it in soapy water. Using the cotton swab or toothbrush, remove the dirt from all sides of the case by getting into the nooks and crannies. Rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with a clean cloth. Meanwhile, if you have a non-water-resistant watch, use a moist cotton swab in cleaning the case.
  1. Move on to the strap - Submerge the strap in soapy water. Clean the clasp and in between the links using the toothbrush. Rinse it off with warm water and pat dry with a microfiber cloth. Nevertheless, if you have a Milanese strap, use a damp microfiber cloth to gently wipe it down.


Wearing your watch daily predisposes it to wear and tear. Thus, how often the stainless steel timepiece must be cleaned depends on how often you wear it, your tolerance for dirt and grime, as well as the setting it is worn in. Generally, once every month Is adequate, as timepieces usually build up dirt over that period.


Stainless steel timepieces are reliable, robust, and aesthetically pleasing. With proper upkeep and maintenance, they can last for years. Thus, it’s essential to know how to properly clean your prized possession to extend its life and restore its brand-new look. Hope the tips we’ve shared above would help you bring back the shine and dazzle of your timepiece.

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