Hello All, after joining WUS, I noted that a no. of users stored their watches with the crown out (from photos shared of their proud collections). I figured that it might have something to do with prolonging the life of the seals and spring(?). I started to do the same with my limited collection, and something strange started to happen - hence this thread to tap on the community's experience.
My oldest watch (a Citizen Diver NY0040) started to develop what can only be called a film/patina/clouding under the crystal. The lume (I don't think it's tritium paint - there is no T mark on the dial) has also seen a marked acceleration in degrading and is now 'splotchy'. The watch is about 16 years old. Runs great. Never been serviced though (such a cheap and cheerful beater - really torn about spending money to have it serviced out of sentimentality or just getting a new one). And the watch is always stored in the watch box along with the others. I ensure that it is bone dry before letting the crown out. None of the others in the box have seen any such changes. Finally, I'm in Singapore where the humidity is high. Questions:
- do you think watches should be stored with the crown in or out? Why?
- do you think the changes seen in my diver are related to this practice?