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Care and maintenance

CHANEL places the utmost importance on the quality of the materials which make up your watch. Special care and maintenance will allow your watch to look its best and function properly for longer.

Your automatic watch

An automatic watch should be manually wound after an inactive period of about 3 weeks to avoid the oil in the movement from drying out.

Mechanical automatic watches self-wind due to the movement of the wrist. A badly adjusted bracelet can result in a reduction in autonomy. It is therefore important that your watch bracelet be correctly sized.
When not worn, a fully wound watch has a maximum power reserve of 42 hours.

Beyond this margin of autonomy, the watch will need to be manually wound to ensure a full power reserve.
Even though mechanical movements are fitted with the means to absorb shock, they are still relatively fragile.
It is therefore recommended to avoid wearing your watch while undertaking any “high impact” activities, such as playing golf or tennis, where repeated shocks can deregulate or even damage the watch mechanism.

Your quartz watch

CHANEL recommends changing a run down battery immediately to avoid leakages that can irreversibly damage the movement.

Cleaning your watch

WATCHES WITH CERAMIC OR METAL BRACELETS

Always check that the crown is well pushed in and/or screwed down. Clean with soapy water and rinse well. Dry with a soft cloth.

WATCHES WITH RUBBER BRACELETS

Always check that the crown is well pushed in and/or screwed down. Clean with soapy water and rinse well. Dry with a soft cloth.

WATCHES WITH WHITE RUBBER BRACELETS

In the case of persistent marks such as dye stains and ingrained dirt, clean with warm water and baking soda. If necessary, lightly scrub with a medium to soft brush.

WATCHES WITH LEATHER OR SATIN STRAPS

Polish your strap using a soft cloth.

The water-resistance of your watch

WHAT IS WATER-RESISTANCE?

It is protection against water and dust getting into the mechanism. This protection is provided by a number of special seals. To ensure optimal security, we recommend having them replaced every two years.
The water pressure on the crystal increases as the watch is immersed to a greater depth. The pressure of the air inside the watch case counteracts some of the external pressure.
The majority of CHANEL watches are water-resistant. This feature is engraved on the case back.

SOME RECOMMENDATIONS

Hot water
A watch must never be worn in a sauna, a shower or a bath as hot water may damage its water-resistance seals.

Sea water
Rinse your watch in fresh water whenever it has been worn in the sea to prevent the salt from damaging its water-resistance seals.

Watches with screw down crowns (certain J12 models)
If your watch has a screw down crown make sure it is fully screwed down before it comes in contact with water.

ALL ABOUT MAGNETIZATION

WHAT IS MAGNETIZATION?

In watchmaking, magnetization refers to the negative effect of magnetic fields on the functioning of a watch. Magnetic fields are everywhere in our daily lives: smart phone, digital tablet, induction cooktops, speakers, TV, etc.

HOW DO THEY AFFECT YOUR WATCH?

When a watch comes into a magnetic field, its movement may be disrupted, causing it to accelerate or stop completely. Automatic watch movements are more susceptible to magnetization than watches with a quartz movement, even though they are fitted with a highly perfected system to avoid this. An automatic movement may cease to function correctly if magnetization causes certain metallic parts (such as the balance spring and barrel spring) to stick together. In most cases, your watch will start working normally as soon as it is removed from the magnetic field. However, if it has been exposed to a high intensity magnetic field for more than 15 minutes*, the effects of magnetization may be more lasting. As a result, your watch may continue to run too fast.

*This data can vary with the intensity of the magnetic field. Our calculations were made on some objects from daily life (smart phones, digital tablets, radio speakers, etc.)

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR WATCH?

We recommend that you keep your watch more than 10 cm away from any object that emits a high intensity magnetic field.

WHAT CAN YOU DO IF MAGNETIZATION OCCURS?

To detect if the watch is magnetized, place it next to a compass. If it is magnetized, the compass hands will spin erratically. To demagnetize your watch, take it to the CHANEL boutique or CHANEL-authorized dealer of your choice for repair.

One of our after-sales service workshops will neutralize the effects of magnetization by exposing it to an alternating magnetic field. This will restore its proper functioning.

How often should your watch be serviced?

Quartz Automatic
Battery life 2 to 4 years according to model X
Time between revisions 4 to 5 years
Time
between each resistance check
- 2 years
- Each year if watch is regularly immersed in saltwater and chlorine.

Diagnosing a problem with your watch

Does your watch show the following warning signs? Click on the relevant section for information on causes and possible solutions.


Your watch has stopped

Quartz Watch

Two possible causes:
- The battery is depleted: a replacement battery is needed,
- The watch movement is damaged (leaking battery, water infiltration, etc...): full servicing will restore it to working order.

Automatic Watch

Try winding your watch manually.
If it still does not start, there are two possible reasons:
- The automatic system is disconnected: servicing is required,
- The oil in the movement has dried, the movement is dirty or damaged by a shock or water infiltration: full servicing will restore it to working order.


Your watch is running fast or slow

Quartz Watch

The movement is damaged: full servicing is required.

Automatic Watch

Two possible causes:
- Your watch has been magnetized and the movement needs to be regulated: servicing is required.
- The oil in the movement has dried, the movement is dirty or damaged by a shock or water infiltration: full servicing will restore it to working order.


Mist has formed under the crystal of your watch

Water has infiltrated the movement: full servicing is required.


Please take your watch to a CHANEL boutique or to an authorized CHANEL retailer of your choice.Your watch will be sent to our workshops for a detailed examination.