I got home the other day from work after a tough day. Putting on one of my gold watches usually cheers me up at times like that, so on with the President.
The family is sitting down for dinner when my oldest accidentally knocks over her water cup, which shoots water all over my wrist and my watch. I quick take it off, towel it off on my shirt, and put it in my pocket while I attend to the rest of the water.
My wife looks at me like I'm crazy a little while later when I get out my pocketknife and quickly pop out the movement to see if anything needs to be dried off. Luckily, I escaped disaster with nothing making it into the case.
The question here is: For those with vintage watches that have no seals at all, what did people do back in the day about water? I have trouble believing a gentleman in the 30's or 40's would have taken off his watch for dinner with the family, even if young kids are involved.