I don't know if anyone heard about the rain we had in Washington DC today, but it was quite a lot in a short period of time. I didn't realize that the weather would be so bad and had already strapped on my no-date type 270 Scuba Dude you see below. By the time I left for work it had just started raining, but I wasn't prepared for how much!
I live about 3 blocks away from a subway station, so I always walk to the subway. I headed out with my umbrella in hand and Vostok on wrist. After a single block I was soaked up to my shoulders. I didn't worry too much about the watch, as I assumed a vintage diver would at least be rainproof. When I got on the subway I had plenty of time to wipe the water off my watch, but to my dismay I noticed that no matter how much I tried to wipe, the "Boctoc" text was a little blurry. When I got to the office my fears were confirmed, as I could clearly see the condensation build-up on the underside of the crystal. I took it off and left it on my desk for about an hour and all the condensation on the crystal cleared up. Whether that moisture is still in the case or if it escaped the same way it got in, I am not sure. The a/c at the office is super strong, so I am hoping it all dried out.
My question is this: Can anyone help me to at least weatherproof this thing? I cracked the caseback to see if there was a gasket installed, and there is. I assume it is the right one? Beyond the gasket, my skills are just about at an end. Every other watch I messed with has met an unfortunate end, and I don't want that to be the fate of this one. I closed the case back up super tight, hoping maybe that was all that was needed.