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    automatic watch and cold winter weather

    I'm thinking of buying a tissot automatic. I looked over there online manual, it the first few pages its say don't expose it to cold temperatures 32 F 0c. In western canada its usually - 40. any opinions on this ?

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    Re: automatic watch and cold winter weather

    I don't know about Tissot, but before I switched to G-Shocks for winter mountaineering, I wore a Rolex for ten seasons as a volunteer Federal ski ranger in the Colorado Rockies. No problems at all. It was serviced by Rolex, with whatever fluids, seals, etc. they employ. If you are concerned, buy a G-Shock. At present, I use one on my web gear so it is away from my body far enough to pick up correct (or nearly correct) temperature.

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    Re: automatic watch and cold winter weather

    This is running the standard Swatch group eta 2836-2 movement. maybe some owners of tissot or this movement can chime in.

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    If you are wearing the watch you aren't going to have an issue. I have worn mechanical watches on a winter ascent of Denali and in the Himalayas in 20 to 45 below and never had an issue. You know very well I am sure you aren't going to have ANY skin exposed to -40 for more than a few seconds and the wrist is one of "those" spots that you will protect if you are smart. Say you are camping in -40 and take your watch off and leave it outside your bag all night and you are going to have issues.


    Edit not sure I ever had a 2836 in the uber-cold but I know I have worn several ETAs in that environment.
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    Re: automatic watch and cold winter weather

    this exactly what tissot says

    Temperatures: Do not expose your watch to sudden temperature changes (exposure to sunlight followed by immersion in cold water) or extreme temperatures over 60C (140F) or under than 0C (32F).

    I guess it leaves some room for interpretation

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    Re: automatic watch and cold winter weather

    Quote Originally Posted by mike70sk View Post
    this exactly what tissot says

    Temperatures: Do not expose your watch to sudden temperature changes (exposure to sunlight followed by immersion in cold water) or extreme temperatures over 60C (140F) or under than 0C (32F).

    I guess it leaves some room for interpretation
    In the end do what you are comfortable with but I wouldn't (and didn't) think twice about wearing a mechanical watch in severe winter weather. Mechanical watches were exposed to extreme conditions like that over 60 years ago and did just fine and watches are built much better today and the lubricants are much better as well.

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    Re: automatic watch and cold winter weather

    thanks for the input, it wouldn't be a daily wearer as i already have too many watches, and it would only be under a jacket, unless im checking the time

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    Don't see any problem unless you wear it outside your jacket. A motorcyclist for 30 years and a Polar Bear cyclist for seven years. Times ice was forming inside my face shield in the full face helmet. Never had a problem. Here with my Hamilton chrono.

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    Re: automatic watch and cold winter weather

    Quote Originally Posted by mike70sk View Post
    I'm thinking of buying a tissot automatic. I looked over there online manual, it the first few pages its say don't expose it to cold temperatures 32 F 0c. In western canada its usually - 40. any opinions on this ?

    Where in Western Canada do you live where its usually -40???
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    Re: automatic watch and cold winter weather

    If you bury it in snow, I could see it having issues. But wearing it on your wrist and most likely, covered up by a jacket sleeve, it's not going to exposed to ambient temperature, because your body heat from your wrist and jacket will keep the watch warm. I have no problem wearing a mechanical watch in cold weather. Last winter is was in the -0F where I live.

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