How to Clean a Stainless Steel Rolex

Updated February 21, 2017

You can keep your stainless steel Rolex watch looking its best by cleaning and caring for it the right way. Perspiration from your wrist and dirt from the environment can build up on the watch, dulling the shine and leaving it grungy looking--not a good look for a luxury watch. Stainless steel cleans easily. All you need to keep your watch looking polished and beautiful is a few simple items and a gentle touch.

Pour warm water into a bowl, or fill your sink with a couple of inches of warm water. Add a few drops of a mild soap, such as dish detergent.

Wet a lint-free cloth in the water, or dip the watchband in the water. Rub the soapy water over the band using your hands or the cloth. Rolex reminds you to screw the winding crown and push buttons down before cleaning the watch--otherwise, water may enter.

Use a soft-bristled brush (a toothbrush or a small bottle brush) to gently clean in between the watch band links and around the watch face. Use the corner of the clean, soft cloth--dampened in the soapy water--to clean the watch face.

Rinse the watch in warm water. If it is waterproof, which most are, you can fully wet the entire watch. Otherwise, just wet a cloth in clean water and wipe it over the watch to rinse off all the soap.

Dry the watch face and band with a soft, lint free cloth. Next, as recommended by, use a hair dryer (set on low heat) to dry in between the links of the band. Hold the hair dryer a foot or two away so the band does not get too hot in your hand. Before you put the watch back on your wrist, give the band and watch face a final wipe with a clean, dry cloth.


Too keep your watch looking better longer in between cleanings, wipe the watchband often (once a week at least) with a soft, clean cloth (a handkerchief or a microfiber cloth) to remove surface dust.


Stainless steel will scratch--avoid using abrasives on your watch.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Lint-free cloths
  • Soft brush
  • Dish soap
  • Hair dryer
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