0 ATM WR and Kids...What to Do?
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    0 ATM WR and Kids...What to Do?

    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.

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    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.
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    Re: 0 ATM WR and Kids...What to Do?

    I'm sure back in those days the father had very little input into his children, and certainly wouldn't have sat close enough to them at meal times for something like that to happen. That's what nannies were for :P

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    Re: 0 ATM WR and Kids...What to Do?

    Probably the kids would have been too scared of being beaten with a belt or cane to even think about spilling their juice...
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    Re: 0 ATM WR and Kids...What to Do?

    Good to know. The times have changed past what the watches were built to resist in daily life. It seems that once my Royal Clipper comes back from getting a new crystal fitted, that will have to be the minimum for water resistance at home. The others will get saved for work and special events.

    For bath time, it's 100m minimum water resistance. The kids can get a little crazy in the bath.
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    Re: 0 ATM WR and Kids...What to Do?

    Random splashing isn't liable to be much of an issue if the watch is dried off right away. Even nowadays, waterfights at the dinner table aren't exactly a "common" thing, and yes you WOULD remove your watch anytime you were doing something with any risk of damage or splashing. A "President" was worth something like $50 in 1940; given that the average income was about $1700, a $50 watch represented a not-insignificant amount of money that you'd probably make a point of protecting.
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