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Overall Care

Like any finely crafted mechanism, your Movado watch requires periodic maintenance to ensure optimal performance. Maintenance includes complete disassembly, cleaning, replacement of parts as needed, reassembly and lubrication of the movement. A maintenance interval of 3 to 5 years is recommended, in addition to any required battery replacement.

Never open the watch yourself. If your watch needs repair or adjustment, take or mail it directly to a Movado Authorized Service Center. To find the nearest Authorized Service Center, please click here.

Shock

All Movado watches have shock-resistant movements, individually tested to meet international standards.

Dust

Dust can enter a watch if the case, crystal or crown is not intact. A small particle is enough to stop the movement. Have your watch repaired promptly if the crystal becomes loose, chipped or cracked, or if there is damage to the case or crown.

Magnetism

The exposure of a timepiece to strong magnetic fields will affect its time-keeping, and may cause it to stop. A quartz watch should resume working with its original accuracy when removed from the magnetic field; a mechanical timepiece may require demagnetization before it will operate again.

Water Resistance

All Movado watches are tested to meet international standards for water resistance. Most styles are resistant to 30 meters (3 ATM/3 bar/99 feet); certain models are water resistant to even greater pressures/depths, as marked on the dial or case back.

Caution: If the water resistance limit is not marked on your watch, do not subject it to a pressure/depth greater than 30 meters (3 ATM/3 bar/99 feet), or your watch could be damaged and your warranty will be voided.

Important: Do no operate the watch crown, push-buttons on a chronograph model, or any other pushers/buttons when the timepiece is wet or under water.

Note: The Movado Watch Company will not be responsible for any damage caused by or related to leakage originating from improper handling or damage to the case, crown, gaskets or crystal.

To maintain water resistance, yearly maintenance is required. The gaskets and crown which seal the case are subject to wear and deterioration under normal use. These parts should be inspected and replaced as needed each time the watch is opened for service, including battery changes. Your Authorized Movado Service Center will automatically retest your watch for water resistance as a routine step in all service orders.

Other Precautions: If your watch is equipped with a screw-down crown or pushers, be sure to screw it/them back down in the case after every operation.

Water resistance applies only to the watch case; some watch straps should not be worn under water or subjected to wet conditions. Please see Strap Care.

Avoid exposing your watch to sudden and excessive temperature variations.

Do not drop your watch or bang it against a hard surface.

Water resistance must be rechecked after every violent shock. Clean your watch regularly by wiping it with a soft cloth dampened with fresh water, especially after exposure to seawater.

Strap Care

While the life span of a watch strap depends on your care and wearing habits, as well as the climate in which you live, proper care will extend its life.

Leather straps should be kept dry. Exposure to water may cause a leather watch strap to become brittle and eventually break. To preserve the finish of the leather, contact with perfumes should be avoided. Following exposure to chlorinated or salt water, gently damp wipe your leather strap with fresh water, and air dry.

To help preserve the natural elasticity and quality of a Series 800 ThermoResin or XTremeResin strap, rinse using a soft cloth soaked in fresh water following exposure to salt water, chemicals or abrasive substances.

Use warm water and a neutral pH soap applied to a soft cloth to gently clean a white Series 800 ThermoResin strap; then wipe with a second clean cloth dipped in warm water, or rinse carefully under warm running water. Contact with acetone and ethyl alcohol should be avoided.

Note: Movado watch straps are not covered by the Movado watch warranty.

Battery Information

A Movado quartz timepiece has a 1.55 Volt silver-oxide battery that is specifically designed for watches. It will last approximately 18-36 months under normal use.

Note: Frequent use of special functions, like the stopwatch timer on chronograph models, may shorten battery life.

End-of-life feature: The seconds hand on many models will start to move haltingly in 4-second increments when the battery is almost exhausted, signaling the need to have it replaced.

Battery Replacement: It is important to use only the replacement battery recommended by Movado.

Take or send your watch to an Authorized Service Center to have the battery changed—your old battery will be disposed of/recycled properly. Do not attempt to change the battery yourself.

Sterling Silver

Pure silver, also called fine silver, is relatively soft, very malleable, and easily damaged so it is commonly combined with other metals to produce a more durable product. Sterling silver consists of 92.5% silver with copper, which has been found to be its best companion. Copper improves the metal's hardness and durability without affecting its beautiful color.

Caring For Your Sterling Silver

Wearing your silver jewelry often is the best way to prevent tarnish from building up because the oils in your skin help to keep it from oxidizing faster. However even if not worn on daily basis, proper care will allow your fine quality silver piece to last a lifetime.

Tarnishing is a natural reaction when sterling silver is in the presence of salt water, air pollutants or everyday items that contain sulfur, such as leather, rubber and chlorine.

Apply perfume, hairspray or deodorant before wearing your jewelry as certain chemicals in these products may damage the finish.

Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, or when swimming in chlorinated water.

To minimize scratches and other damage, store your silver jewelry either in a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment in your jewelry box.

Remove heavy tarnish with warm water, mild soap and a clean, soft cotton or flannel cloth, a special sterling silver cleaning cloth or a very soft-bristle brush like a baby toothbrush.
**Silver polish or dip-style cleaning solutions are not recommended.

Vermeil

Vermeil (pronounced ver-may) combines the best properties of two precious metals. It has the luxurious appearance of solid gold at the affordable cost of a solid silver piece. Vermeil, the French word for silver, is comprised of a layer of gold 2.5 microns (0.0025 millimeters) thick over a base metal of Sterling Silver (92.5%). This combination of thick gold plating over sterling silver is also known as silver gilt.

Caring For Your Gold Vermeil

Although gold vermeil will not tarnish like silver, it may become dirty and fade slightly with wear. As with most fine jewelry pieces, it requires a little care and attention to keep it sparkling through the years.

Remove your vermeil jewelry when bathing and swimming. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolor the gold layer. It should also be removed when doing physical work & playing sports.

Apply perfume, hairspray or deodorant before wearing your jewelry as certain chemicals in these products may damage the finish.

Avoid exposing your vermeil jewelry to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, or when swimming in chlorinated water.

To minimize scratches and other damage, store your vermeil jewelry either in a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment in your jewelry box.

To clean your gold vermeil jewelry wash it with a small amount of gentle dish soap or non-chemical soap and warm water. Rinse it well and allow to dry on a cloth or paper towel. Then buff VERY gently with a soft and dry 100% cotton cloth or a microfiber cloth. NEVER use chemical cleaners on 24k gold vermeil jewelry – it can strip the gold finish.
**NEVER use chemical cleaners on 18k gold vermeil jewelry – it can strip the gold finish.

Black PVD Finish over Sterling (925)

Care of PVD coating, we suggest to wash using gentle dish soap or non-chemical soap and warm water. Rinse it well and pat dry with soft cloth.

Below are additional benefits the manufacturer lists for PVD coated items:

1. Provides chemical barrier
2. High hardness
3. Improved wear resistance