I've long loved watches. When I was younger I collected them. Nothing special, just garden variety department store brands that ranged from $50-100 (in the early to mid 90's). I worked retail most of that time, and was later doing entry level banking jobs, so I didn't have a lot of money. However, I liked watches and bought what I could afford. Most of my collection was Fossil, Peugeot and Kenneth Cole.
I haven't added much to the collection in the past decade (and some of my old watches had to be tossed in the trash due to the issue I will discuss below), just a Kenneth Cole or two and a cheap (but effective) Casio. I would like to add a nicer watch or two soon (under $300 if I can and no more than $400, I am on a teacher's salary). I'm primarily looking at Seiko, Victorinox (wanted one for years), Skagen, Tissot and Citizen.
Here is the issue, I sweat a lot and apparently have very corrosive sweat. All but one or two of my nicer stainless steel watches become noticeably pitted within about a year (some terribly pitted), even of my two that aren't bad, one was pitted within about 2 years. I used to eat through glasses quickly before switching to titanium frames. I don't want to spend $300-400 on a stainless steel watch and find it pitting terribly in a year or two.
What, if anything, can I do to prevent this? I often wipe the watch I wore for the day down before putting it away. I say often because I often fall asleep while reading or watching TV when I didn't plan to and obviously don't prepare my watch when that happens. Would rinsing it occasionally to rinse off the salt from my sweat help? Of course, water usually isn't great for metal either, but it is better than salt. Is there a particular way I should clean my watch weekly or monthly that might help?
I would like to invest in a nicer watch (I turned 41 this summer, I shouldn't be wearing the same watches I wore when I was 21), but if I do, I want it to continue to look good for years to come.