By LEE HENRY and ANNE CULLENBACHENThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers about how the protective films that watch manufacturers use to protect their watches can degrade over time.
“The products used in the production of watches have been tested and certified for safety for over 50 years, but these materials may degrade over their lifetimes and may have a different environmental impact than those used in watches with similar characteristics,” said CPDC spokesman Andrew Seibel.
Seibel said the agency wants consumers to be aware that a number of the products tested have been approved for use on watches but that the CPDT has not yet approved the use of the films in watches, as they are not yet fully tested.
If you want to get the most out of your watch, watchmakers recommend wearing a protective watchband over it, Seibel said.
Watchmakers and watch companies are also taking steps to improve the way they manufacture their products.
Watchmakers are installing microprocessors in some of their watch faces that can improve the quality of the product.
And watch companies like Fossil are working to improve how their products are designed and assembled.
The consumer product safety commission recommends that watchmakers replace all the protective film in watches if they are replaced with new ones.
There are also steps that watch companies can take to improve their manufacturing processes to ensure they are using materials that can withstand repeated wear and tear.
Some of the consumer product companies have started to replace the protective face panels that are often found on older models of watches.
And watch companies have also taken steps to reduce the amount of material that goes into the production process.
Companies like Rolex and Seiko have started using a different process for manufacturing their watches than those that are used in newer watches.
The new process has resulted in less material being used in production, Seibels said.