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What Does “Water Resistant” Really Mean?

Jun 29, 2017

The terms “waterproof” and “water resistant” are thrown around quite a bit these days, but it is important to know exactly what that means. From iPhones to fine timepieces, knowing what the words mean — and what your device is capable of — will be a lifesaver. For watches, it is important to learn the […]

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The terms “waterproof” and “water resistant” are thrown around quite a bit these days, but it is important to know exactly what that means. From iPhones to fine timepieces, knowing what the words mean — and what your device is capable of — will be a lifesaver.

For watches, it is important to learn the difference between “water resistance” and “waterproof.”

Water resistance

Water resistance is a common feature in watches. If your watch is “resistant” for up to 30, 50, or 100 meters, you should be aware of what that entails. Though some people might believe that 30, 50, or 100 meters means you can safely swim to that depth while wearing your watch, we advise against doing so.

If a watch is labeled as not being water resistant at all, believe in that and keep your watch as far from water as possible. If it is marked as being water resistant up to 30 meters/metres, your watch can be splashed with water (when you are washing your hands or your car, for instance), but should otherwise stay out of the water. If it is water resistant up to 50m, it will likely survive going under the water, but should probably not be on your wrist when you go swimming or diving. A watch that is marked as water resistant up to 100m is your safest bet to swim with, however, be cautious. Even a 100m water resistant watch should be kept close to the surface and not worn while you are deep diving. Water pressure affects a watch, and diving with one on can potentially damage your timepiece. Another thing to keep in mind — water resistance wears over time, which means it is extra important to have your watch serviced regularly.

Water proof

A water proof watch is never truly, wholly, 100% waterproof. The best thing to do is assume “waterproof” means that no moisture will permeate the case of your watch. If your watch is water proof, do not swim, dive, or dunk it under water. A little splash won’t hurt it, but everything else likely will.

There is a limit to how much pressure a watch can handle, and in the end, it is better to be safe than sorry. No watch is truly 100% waterproof, and we want you to protect your timepieces to the best of your ability.

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When you purchase a watch from Ben Bridge, we offer a 3-Year Watch Care Plan that provides coverage against water damage for water resistant timepieces. For more questions about water resistance, water damage, and watch warranties, reach out to your Personal Jeweler.

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