Our customers know that when it’s time to find storage, plugging SpareFoot.com into your address bar will let you compare facilities in your area in the blink of an eye and shave hours off of your storage search. In addition, we’ve written numerous times on this blog about how to know when it’s time to cut the clutter and rent a storage unit. What we seem to be missing, however, is how you would go about storing time—or at least your timepieces. It’s a topic whose coverage is long overdue: How do you store watches and clocks?
Watches and clocks combine one of our most basic, utilitarian needs—the ability to keep time—with craftsmanship and style in a way that few other objects in our lives do. At the higher end, they are simultaneously complex machines with precise internal mechanics and works of art fashioned by renowned designers out of rare and valuable materials. Some can even be investments: solid, material goods that accrue value over time and can be sold at a profit later in life or passed down through the family for posterity. Even when they don’t bear the names of famous designers, they’re often antiques or heirlooms of sentimental value, or at least functional tools we many want to see on our wrists or walls in the future. That’s exactly why so much thought needs to be put into their storage: Watches and clocks have fragile machinery and delicate ornamentation, and often hold a lot of value.
Because the complex topic of storing watches and clocks is beyond the realm of even the storage experts here at SpareFoot, I’ve enlisted Katie Knaub, director of education at the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, to help us.
Some Things to Watch Out For
Katie’s first piece of advice is something of a warning: The proper care and keeping of watches and clocks is such a complex subject that, despite the simplicity of my question, the answer “could really be the subject of a whole book … because so much is dependent on what type of clock or watch you are talking about and the various materials that make up that particular clock or watch.” In other words, many of the finer details have to do with the mechanics and materials specific to that individual timepiece, and we don’t have enough room for that much coverage.