Water Resistance Guide

HOW WATER RESISTANCE WORKS

Water resistance means to what degree a watch can be in contact with water. Water resistance is usually calculated in meters and can be found on the watch dial. This can also be measured in depth or pressure. Do not mistake the water resistance meters to mean how far under the water a watch can go (unless it is a divers watch). If there is no specified depth indication on the watch, this means that the watch is only able to withstand accidental splashes.

HOW TO CARE FOR AND MAINTAIN A WATER-RESISTANT WATCH

Do not change the batteries in a water-resistant watch yourself. Allow for the manufacturer or authorised repair service agent to do so to ensure that the seal can be checked for water-resistance and or repaired if required. If the seal is damaged, the watch cannot be considered water-resistant.

Leather straps that are exposed to water frequently, rapidly become less water-resistant.

Always rinse your watch in fresh water after you have been swimming or diving in sea water otherwise a build-up of corrosive salt will result in damage.


It is recommended NOT to shower or sauna with any watch on as the temperature can cause the water-resistant seals to expand and this may allow water droplets to enter the watch.

It is advised to consult the water-resistance chart when purchasing a performance diver’s watch. Watches with a screw in crown is ideal for scuba diving to ensure the watch stays water tight.