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    Does what I do damage my watch.

    Hello I am a carpenter and wonder if what I do damages the watch. I have quite a few watches that do not last and wonder if that it is not simply bad luck. When I use some power tools I take the watch off, when I hamering something, the sawdust is always a worry. Any insight would be appreciated.

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    Re: Does what I do damage my watch.

    Do you hammer with your watch hand?

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    Re: Does what I do damage my watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by watch origins View Post
    Hello I am a carpenter and wonder if what I do damages the watch. I have quite a few watches that do not last and wonder if that it is not simply bad luck. When I use some power tools I take the watch off, when I hamering something, the sawdust is always a worry. Any insight would be appreciated.
    Wear your watch on the opposite wrist to your hammering arm and as long as it's it's shock-absorber it'll
    be alright.

    I wore a 1950's Tudor Oyster on a building site for two years. It was subjected to Paslode nailer shocks,
    SDS hammer drills, wacker plates, banged on Scaffold tubes and I swear it never missed a beat.
    Saying that, you should look after your vintage watch and treat it with care, my old Tudors picked up its fair share
    of dings.

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    In addition to the shocks without a good case seal you will pull fine particles into the watch. More fine particles around the more it will happen. I had never thought about it, but I read (somewhere...where?) about how many vintage watches "breathe" around the back and stem as pressure changes between the outside air and the air in the watch which is warmed by body heat.

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    Re: Does what I do damage my watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paleotime View Post
    In addition to the shocks without a good case seal you will pull fine particles into the watch. More fine particles around the more it will happen. I had never thought about it, but I read (somewhere...where?) about how many vintage watches "breathe" around the back and stem as pressure changes between the outside air and the air in the watch which is warmed by body heat.
    +1.
    I agree, some vintage watches are very poorly sealed and are unsuited to
    dusty or all weather environment, best keep these watches for light duty.

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    Magnetism can be an issue with many power tools (in fact, I've heard of watchmakers using modified drills as demagnetizers). Depends on the watch, of course. We assume you're talking mechanicals and not quartz or hummers...
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    I've gone shooting firearms while wearing mechanical watches, as well as all sorts of power tools (I was a custom cabinetmaker for years), I didn't have any issues. That said, I wouldn't do it with one of my vintage pieces.
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    Re: Does what I do damage my watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by DragonDan View Post
    I've gone shooting firearms while wearing mechanical watches, as well as all sorts of power tools (I was a custom cabinetmaker for years), I didn't have any issues. That said, I wouldn't do it with one of my vintage pieces.
    Well said.

    I probably shouldn't have said it was OK to wear a shock protected vintage watch whilst
    doing manual work.
    Not every watch would be suitable, dress watches for example wouldn't last long on a building
    site.
    But there are many vintage watches which are robustly built and have good weatherproofing,
    common sense should prevail....it all depends on the watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by DragonDan View Post
    That said, I wouldn't do it with one of my vintage pieces.
    Which watch is that?
    I have many which never see rough treatment.

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    My vintage Heuer divers will stand up to a lot of rough treatment... especially the quartz ones.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    wow let me alive your curasity. let me aleve it. I do not wear my dress watches. The main watch is my seiko auto and some helbros.

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