How To Clean Vintage Movado Watches

Need to know how to clean vintage Movado watches? If this is the first time you have cleaned a vintage Movado watch you'll be happy to know that it takes little effort, no skill and very few basic tools. All watches attract soil, dust and perspiration that work their way into the case. Over time, the accumulation of all this grime affects the watch's operation and may shorten its life span. Vintage Movado watches are no different from other vintage watches. Follow these easy steps to clean your vintage Movado watch.

To clean a vintage Movado watch you will need:

  • Small glass bowl
  • Old, soft toothbrush
  • Warm water
  • White vinegar
  • Mild dish washing soap
  • Lint-free, soft, absorbent cloth
  • Paper towels
  • Large safety pin or sewing needle

Cleaning the metal link bracelet on a vintage Movado watch:

  1. Use the end of a pin or sewing needle to remove the metal link watch bracelet from the watch if possible. Press the spring-loaded pin with the sewing needle and the bracelet will drop off easily from between the lugs.
  2. Soak the bracelet of your vintage Movado watch in warm, soapy water. The time allowed for soaking depends on how much soil is on the bracelet. Using the toothbrush gently scrub the bracelet links periodically during soaking to loosen grime.
  3. Remove the watch bracelet from the soap and water bath. Rinse it in clean water and dry with the lint-free cloth. The links may hold water, so after surface drying place the watch bracelet on the soft cloth and allow it to remain there to drain any leftover water.

Cleaning a leather strap on a vintage Movado watch:

  1. Clean the leather strap on your vintage Movado watch.  In a glass bowl dilute the white vinegar with a 50 percent mix of clean, warm water. Scrub the leather strap from your Movado watch gently with the soft-bristled toothbrush and vinegar solution. Avoid soaking the strap in the vinegar solution.
  2. Focus most of the scrubbing on the portion of the inside of the leather strap where it has contact with the skin. Try not to scrub the stitching threads because they will loosen and stretch from the vinegar.
  3. Soak up any excess water and vinegar solution. Lay the leather strap from your vintage Movado watch on a soft cloth to allow it to drain any excess water that was absorbed by the strap. Let it rest on the cloth until it fully dries.

Cleaning the Vintage Movado watch:

  1. Dampen a cloth with water and squeeze it out. Then gently clean the watch by rubbing the watch crystal, case, back of case and the lugs. Remove any grime or soil build up. Minimize contact between the watch and water as much as possible to avoid damaging the works.
  2. Scrub the entire watch very carefully with the toothbrush, moistened with soapy water. Scrub the entire watch being careful not to allow the toothbrush to become too wet. Wipe away excess water frequently with a soft towel. Be especially careful not to allow water to seep into the watch around the crown, where it is most vulnerable.
  3. Wipe down your watch with a damp paper towel to remove any soapy residue and remaining grime. Dry the watch well and inspect the Movado bracelet or the strap to make sure it is dry before reattaching to the watch.

Always remember not to soak a Movado watch under water, even if it says it's water resistant. Vintage watches are vulnerable to moisture accumulating under the crystal and any excess exposure to water can ruin a vintage Movado watch.

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