“for My Firefighter” Men’s Chronograph Watch with Engraved Maltese Cross

Brand : Bradford Exchange

  • Honor the special firefighter in your life with this men’s firefighter watch, a fine jewelry design available exclusively from The Bradford Exchange
  • Expertly handcrafted in stainless steel in a bold bracelet style, with a silver and gold-tone finish
  • Fire red watch face features a golden Maltese cross, a date window and 3 chronograph sub-dials for seconds, minutes and hours
  • Maltese cross and “Remember, I’m with you every step of the way you’re here in my heart each and every day” from the “For My Firefighter” poem are engraved on reverse side of watch
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How to clean your watch at home

The main rule when cleaning the watch is not to use chemicals, as they can ruin the mechanism of the device or scratch the glass of the case, as well as cause allergies. Instead, use the usual means at hand:

  • clean and soft napkins;
  • a toothbrush with soft bristles;
  • soap;
  • toothpicks.

First, with a toothpick, you need to clean those areas that the napkin cannot penetrate. These include body parts, bracelet links and other small parts. When working with a toothpick, do not make sudden movements, otherwise it will break and become stuck in the watch.

If the watch is waterproof, then it can be safely cleaned with a dampened toothbrush and water. For this procedure, laundry or baby soap is suitable. If the watch is marked with water resistant or water permeability below 50 m, it is best not to wet it, but simply wipe it with a damp cloth.

As for expensive watches that contain gold or silver, they are not cleaned with hard and rough brushes. To do this, it is better to use soft napkins or rags, and instead of soap – alcohol or wine vinegar. They can also be wiped with special cleaning agents.

How to clean the watch strap

Use a soft toothbrush to remove dirt from a stainless steel or rubber strap. Previously, it needs to be wet and soaped. You need to clean the strap so that splashes of water do not get on the dial. Metal and rubber straps are cleaned in the same way. Wipe leather, silver and gold straps with a damp soft cloth with the addition of a special tool.

After all the procedures, the watch is left to dry for a couple of minutes, and then before installation, wipe it again with a dry soft towel.

Remember that one cleaning is not enough for a long preservation of the functionality and appearance of the watch. Store time measuring instruments in a special box, especially if they contain noble metals. Do not leave them in the open air, as gold or silver watches are afraid of direct sunlight. Remember to take off your watch before taking a bath or shower.

Lifestyle and watch features

It is no coincidence that many men put watches and cars in the same category of values, as their selection criteria are approximately the same. Therefore, one must understand that men’s watches are a continuation of the identity of their owner, important information that he constantly broadcasts to others. And it is important that this message is clear and correct.

Main indicators and characteristics

Take, for example, a casual model with a basic set of complications: three arrows and a date. All indicators, including the calendar, should be clear and large enough to be read at an angle of 60 degrees. The arrows should be noticeably different from each other, but be made in the same style. And all markers on the dial must be marked with a luminous composition in the dark, a phosphor or safe tritium, even if you are not going to dive in this watch. It is not just practical, it is a sign of quality and status.

Wrist & Watch Size

It is important to understand how the watch will sit on your hand. The diameter of the case should not exceed the width of the wrist, if only because it is inconvenient. But too small watches look ridiculous. For the average hand, the optimal size is 40-42 mm, and the size of 44 mm is suitable for the big hand. It should be noted that modern watches are much larger than those worn by our ancestors and not only because of the change in the watch fashion. The fact is that now it has become possible to make the case profile curved – even large men’s watches conveniently clasp a hand and do not lie on it with a brick.

Main body materials

The most popular watch case material today is 316L Surgical Steel. It does not cause allergies, is not susceptible to corrosion and is practically not scratched, unlike gold. But here a lot depends on the personal preferences of the owner. For example, if the watch is rather large, then lighter and, by the way, more scratch-resistant titanium can become an alternative to heavy steel. Fans of dynamic techno-style can pay attention to black PVD coating or black ceramics. A watch made of bronze gives a very personal character to the watch, which over time is covered with a unique patina. And, of course, gold is a value for all time, when it comes to an expensive gift.

Bracelet or strap?

By the way, if a watch is bought as a gift, then you should also think about choosing a strap. It is important to remember that genuine leather is a prestigious, but not particularly versatile material. Many do not like her, because she gets wet, collects dirt, and eventually wiped and torn. On the other hand, a metal bracelet will last a long time, but will add weight to a wrist accessory, especially if there is a heavy mechanical caliber inside. An alternative may be actual rubber, nylon for fans of the military style, or the same leather with a special moisture-resistant pad.

Quartz or mechanics?

A separate issue is to prefer mechanics or quartz. Again, if we are talking about status watches that you are going to wear constantly, then the quartz movement should be chosen only if it has something special. For example, an ultra-precise course with thermal compensation technology or the ability to automatically adjust the arrows on the satellite. In the end, a watch is a measure of taste, erudition and professionalism. That is, the main male values.

3 Types of watches

  • Quartz (electromechanical)

The operation of the mechanism is based on quartz – quartz sets the step frequency of the stepper micromotor, which drives the arrows. It is mainly used for the manufacture of female products, since they are small and there is no room for the mechanism.

They are accurate and characterized by affordable price. There are also expensive quartz models made of precious metals. The peculiarity is that they do not need to be started, it is enough to change the battery every two to three years.

  • Electronic

This is a variation of the quartz movement, that is, the heart of the models is quartz, but unlike quartz watches, the step frequency is set not by the stepping motor, but by the generator sending signals to the microprocessor. The main difference is the digital display, where time and other indicators of additional functions are displayed on the display.

Electronic watches are popular – inexpensive and show the exact time. There are models in which time is indicated by “arrows” (electronic dial).

  • Mechanical

Mechanical models – the mechanism works on the principle of a gearbox. The watch is driven by compression of the spring and its gradual deployment. Unwinding, the spring drives the gears, the accuracy of time and service life depends on the material used in the manufacture of the gears, and the crystals on which they are fixed (stones).

In elite watches, the documentation indicates the number of stones in the mechanism, precious stones are used, artificial models are used in budget models.