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    Airport metal detectors

    Is there any problem wearing a watch (in particular Rolex steel GMT2) through an airport metal detector? Does the detector affect the watch? Or, would the watch set off the detector?

    Also, any thoughts on wearing in in the gym?

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    I have the same watch, and have not worn when going through metal detector. A few years ago another watch did set it off, so would not risk it. Should not do anything bad to the watch, just nowdays it is bad to draw attention and risk the dreaded 2nd inspection if you are tight for time!
    I put watch in the basket and send wife ahead so she can keep control and make sure someone on other end does not grab if I am delayed.

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    Re: Airport metal detectors

    Quote Originally Posted by dzh View Post
    Is there any problem wearing a watch (in particular Rolex steel GMT2) through an airport metal detector? Does the detector affect the watch? Or, would the watch set off the detector?
    Last time I traveled, my Breitling Superocean set off the alarm. I would expect your Rolex to do the same. The detector should have no adverse impact on your watch.
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    Re: Airport metal detectors

    A metal detector should detect a rolex -- that is a significant amount of metal. The machine will not do any damage to the watch.

    Rather than wearing it through or just putting it into a basket, put the watch into your carry-on and do it well before getting to the security line. The risk of theft is very high at those security desks (surprisingly enough...). Your best bet is to keep it out of sight. This tip also goes for cell phones, jewlery, mp3 players, etc: take it off and put it in a bag before you get to the line.
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    My chrono avenger titanium always sent the detector crazy. I always put it or whatever I am wearing in the item box now and send it through the scanner. This way you avoid the frisking.

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    I just tuck my watch deep inside my briefcase, where it would take a few seconds of extra effort to retrieve it. I then make an issue of watching my briefcase going through the scanner. This way I can keep an eye on anyone handling my bag. It's never failed me yet.
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    I have an Omega Seamaster Pro Black version (2254.50) for over one month. I have already taken 2 international trips with it, plus connecting domestic flights. I probably went thru 8 metal detectors, and detectors went off 1 time. I had to take off my watch and my belt. Needless to say, I was concerned when it happened.

    To be on safe side, I will put the watch in my backpack before going thru security check point in the future.

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    Re: Airport metal detectors

    I'm gonna address the gym question :)

    I think its ok to wear ur watch in the gym but you better do it with a rubber or SS strap as moisture isn't good for yr leather.. Also for me i wear my watch tight on my wrist as i find it uncomfortable bouncing around when i jog..

    Bottom line is that you should try it a few times and stick with it if you don't mind

    Cheers!

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    Re: Airport metal detectors

    I always wear my Rolex Sub at the gym, on the standard oyster bracelet. I've never had a problem. However, I do think activity affects accuracy. My particular watch gains more time when I do cardio on a treadmill or elliptical.

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    I have a swatch that does not set the detectors!

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