Time is money. You wake up to an alarm, you head to work by watching the clock, and you register your hours on a computer. You head to meetings based on the time on your watch, plan your meals around your watch, and only take it off a few minutes before bed. If that old saying that “time is money” really is true, then it’s important that you make sure your watch is accurate.
There’s just one problem: you don’t know the first thing about how watches work. How can you make sure your watch is on the same schedule as all of the digital timekeepers in your life?
Know How Your Watch Tells Time
There are essentially two types of watches in this day and age: the quartz watch and the mechanical watch. The quartz watch functions with a battery, applying electricity to the quartz, which then gives off an electrical signal that’s steady enough to help your watch tell time. With a mechanical watch, the timekeeping is essentially built into the watch after winding it; you need a high-quality watchmaker who understands just how precise the inner workings of a watch need to be.
Mass consumption of quartz watches is a relatively modern development, however, which means that the technology still hasn’t been perfected on a huge scale. These watches can sometimes be off by as many as a few seconds each day, which over time will lead to your watch being off and you being late to your meeting.
Diagnosing an Inaccurate Watch
The first thing to do is to synchronize your watch to a time that you trust. When setting your watch, head over to Time.gov, select your time zone, and get it as close as you can to the official U.S. time. Because this clock is maintained with full accuracy, you’ll be able to use this clock as a reference to tell if your watch is slow or fast over time.
Revisit Time.gov after twenty-four hours to see if there’s a strong enough discrepancy to merit adjusting your watch or even getting a new one entirely. If your watch is still on time, you’re in the clear.
Finding a Reputable Watch Repairer
It’s tempting to take a modern-day do-it-yourself attitude and try to repair a lagging watch yourself, but keep in mind that watches are surprisingly intricate. Repairing a quartz watch is out of the skill level of most consumers, and simply adjusting your watch back to the official time simply puts off the problem into the future.
We recommend learning the best jewelers in your area and checking to make sure that they offer watch repair services. Tell them what type of watch you own, how far off the accuracy is, and ask them if they can offer repair services or if they recommend replacement. In the future, you can look forward to an accurate watch you don’t constantly have to check and adjust–and if time is money, an accurate watch is always a good investment.