C65 Aquitaine bezel cleaning advice

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C65 Aquitaine bezel cleaning advice

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Hey everyone, I just got my new C65 Aquitaine and I love it. I live in California and always go surfing with a watch, so I got a chance to take this one for a few sessions as well as some sand fun with my kids. One thing I noticed is the bezel got stiff, likely due to some sand which got under it. Upon inspection there's almost no visible gap between the case and the bezel so I'm not sure how sand got there (but I guess don't underestimate little sand pebbles!) I always give my watches a good wash & rinse, and a bit of simple soap to wash away any ocean sand. After a day it got a little better but still stiff and doesn't click as before. I have a bezel opener but I'm hesitant to use it, as I don't really expect doing this often just to clean a bezel, so maybe someone can comment on your experience or any tricks to clean bezel without popping it. Much appreciated!

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It looks to be fine sand from your picture, so maybe some did get under. If you are comfortable refitting a bezel that probably the right solution?

Would you have to remove the sapphire insert first. Could flexing the bezel to remove it cause the insert to snap?
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Before deciding to give it a go by removing the bezel, why not try using dental floss?

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JAFO wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:36 am Would you have to remove the sapphire insert first. Could flexing the bezel to remove it cause the insert to snap?
That’s definitely something to consider. Also, would removing the bezel one’s self potentially void the warranty?

Perhaps an email to CW to inquire on how to clean the bezel might be in order?
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nbg wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:39 am Before deciding to give it a go by removing the bezel, why not try using dental floss?

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Doesn't sound like a bad idea and not too invasive either. I'd probably start out by leaving it in a sink of warm water for a while, then gently try and turn or slightly rock the bezel hoping the sand has worked its way loose.

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Get a soft bristle brush like a Cape Cod detail brush. Soak it in mild detergent for a while. I use a bowl and vigorously swish the watch around in the soapy water. Then I use the brush to clean in between the links and I try to get under the bezel too. After that I will swish it around and rock the bezel back and forth while swishing. Sometimes I leave it in the soapy water for a while and give the salt a chance to dissolve. Usually, after a couple of hours there will be sand in the bowl without me doing anything.
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I used to get a similar issue with my Aquis when worn in the sea on hols.
The salt residue would jam the bezel once it had dried.

I'd soak it in luke warm water for a couple of mins, then rotate the bezel underwater to free it up.
I also used the pool and public shower to similar effect.
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StrappedUp wrote:I used to get a similar issue with my Aquis when worn in the sea on hols.
The salt residue would jam the bezel once it had dried.

I'd soak it in luke warm water for a couple of mins, then rotate the bezel underwater to free it up.
I also used the pool and public shower to similar effect.
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Same thing used to happen with my Tudor. A good soapy water bath was all it took to free it up.

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Thank you all for your suggestions, I’ve done a few soak and rotate , drying and repeat sessions and got bezel back to 100%.

Overall I’m loving my first CW, I’m going to be taking this one for many ocean adventures!
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^^^^ That's brilliant.

Really glad it worked out for you and hopefully the advice given in this thread, will be of help to others.

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Lucky the watches have decent water resistance, with all that washing and cleaning :D

I don't think I would deliberately half bury a watch in sand to be honest. The stuff gets everywhere.
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avoko wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 12:01 am Thank you all for your suggestions, I’ve done a few soak and rotate , drying and repeat sessions and got bezel back to 100%.

Overall I’m loving my first CW, I’m going to be taking this one for many ocean adventures!
Great stuff and good news. :thumbup:

Will you now become a regular impromptu bezel turner? :lol: I like to be sure that my bezels are free to turn when I need them to. Back when I used to wear a seiko with a birotational bezel which was supported by a thin rubber ring I used a silicon spray to get lubrication in between bezel and case but with ratcheting bezels which have a metallic ratchet spring I find myself reaching for the (cigarette) lighter fluid** and using capilliary action to get it "in there". I did this only last week on my newly-acquired C60 Trident Mk1 GMT.

** Lighter fluid: presumably as cigarette/cigar smoking becomes a minority niche habit, availability of little cans of lighter fluid will diminish?
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:thumbup: great wrist shot.
And then bury it in sand and expect no problems thereafter :silent:
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It is a dive watch saltwater/water pressure! NOT ruined by some fanciful photo opportunity :lol:
Good luck sorting that out :clap:
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cincfleet wrote::thumbup: great wrist shot.
And then bury it in sand and expect no problems thereafter :silent:
:thumbdown:
It is a dive watch saltwater/water pressure! NOT ruined by some fanciful photo opportunity :lol:
Good luck sorting that out :clap:
I also got sick, when I saw the second photoImageImage
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Ahhhh, these watches can take it. They are waaaaay tougher than you think.

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