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    What watch do you think can take 24 hour use and be showered with every day for a year with out having the seals replaced. It has to be automatic or manual and in order to stand up to all the showering it has to have a decent water resistance. I have been looking at rolex and panerai for some time now but am open to new suggestions. Can a watch be showered in all the time if i have the gaskets replaced annually? Thanks in advance.
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    re: College watch

    I'm going to assume you mean "college"? And "decent"?
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    If you buy a certified divers watch ( DIN or SAE certified) you will be perfectly fine. The manufacturers recommend though that the watches are tested once a year.
    Rolex, Omega, Sinn and some others make those watches.

    Do not be fooled by the "diver look", those watches have not been individually tested and a small % do not have the stated WR.

    You can of course buy any watch, and have it tested for the WR by a competent watch maker.

    A Diver ( DIN or SAE) must have a WR of minimum 100 meters ( tested to 125 % ) but a watch with a ( tested by watchmaker) WR of minimum 30 meters will be fine.

    So, you have in fact a huge range of watches to choose from!

    A few questions to the OP:

    Which style? ( sporty/ diver, dressy, Pilots, Mil look)
    Just time keeping, or other functions like time measuring ( chrono) ?
    Budget in USD?

    When it comes to sturdiness, mechanic watches are more or less the same. You want a Sapphire crystal. Some watches have a hardened Sapphire crystal.
    The case you want is steel, not plated bwith gold, or solid gold, as thiis scratches easily.

    A few manufacturers use a hardened steel case. Those materials are fantastic, the watches look brand new even after several use of hard use.

    There are a few "unknown" brands I would recommend you to look into.
    English: Bremont
    German: Sinn, Damasko, Glashütte Original.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    If you buy a certified divers watch ( DIN or SAE certified) you will be perfectly fine. The manufacturers recommend though that the watches are tested once a year.
    Rolex, Omega, Sinn and some others make those watches.

    Do not be fooled by the "diver look", those watches have not been individually tested and a small % do not have the stated WR.

    You can of course buy any watch, and have it tested for the WR by a competent watch maker.

    A Diver ( DIN or SAE) must have a WR of minimum 100 meters ( tested to 125 % ) but a watch with a ( tested by watchmaker) WR of minimum 30 meters will be fine.

    So, you have in fact a huge range of watches to choose from!

    A few questions to the OP:

    Which style? ( sporty/ diver, dressy, Pilots, Mil look)
    Just time keeping, or other functions like time measuring ( chrono) ?
    Budget in USD?

    When it comes to sturdiness, mechanic watches are more or less the same. You want a Sapphire crystal. Some watches have a hardened Sapphire crystal.
    The case you want is steel, not plated bwith gold, or solid gold, as thiis scratches easily.

    A few manufacturers use a hardened steel case. Those materials are fantastic, the watches look brand new even after several use of hard use.

    There are a few "unknown" brands I would recommend you to look into.
    English: Bremont
    German: Sinn, Damasko, Glashütte Original.
    Are panerai's certified i am looking into the pam 177 titanium. I am also looking at the ceramic sub no date and a few iwc aquatimers. Price range is 10 grand at the most as i will have to work for years to come to get it. Not dressy and just time and maybe date i have a iPhone for other things. I just don't want the watch flooding. Thanks! these pictures are in my nightmares.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron_bracco View Post
    Can a watch be showered in all the time if i have the gaskets replaced annually?
    With all due respect to the original poster, I always wonder why people ask this. Why would you want to take a shower with your watch on, what's wrong with just taking it off for a few minutes and leaving it on the side while you take a shower? My thinking is that even if my watch is certified to 200 m , it probably isn't certifed for soap, shampoo and hot 45c (110f) water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaggyDog View Post
    With all due respect to the original poster, I always wonder why people ask this. Why would you want to take a shower with your watch on, what's wrong with just taking it off for a few minutes and leaving it on the side while you take a shower? My thinking is that even if my watch is certified to 200 m , it probably isn't certifed for soap, shampoo and hot 45c (110f) water.
    Completely agree. Take your watch off in the shower. No need not to, at least from my perspective...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaggyDog View Post

    With all due respect to the original poster, I always wonder why people ask this. Why would you want to take a shower with your watch on, what's wrong with just taking it off for a few minutes and leaving it on the side while you take a shower? My thinking is that even if my watch is certified to 200 m , it probably isn't certifed for soap, shampoo and hot 45c (110f) water.
    Because if i take it off in collage it will get stolen and i will be out more money than 100 of those little gaskets i usually never wear my watch in the shower. i just use cool water, a little dish soap, and a soft tooth brush to clean my watches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron_bracco View Post
    Because if i take it off in collage it will get stolen and i will be out more money than 100 of those little gaskets i usually never wear my watch in the shower. i just use cool water, a little dish soap, and a soft tooth brush to clean my watches.
    If this is a concern then you should be buying watch that you can afford to have stolen. Get a Seiko diver with the 7s26 inside for less than $200 and you have one of the most dependable watches around from a full-blown proper watch manufacturer with full in-house components. Decent bracelets, too.
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    The seals will take soap, water hotter than your body, and everything else your body can take.
    I am not sure if Panerais are Din/ SAE tested. They do not mention it in the paperwork.

    I know for a fact that some Sinn models ( the diving models) Some Rolex models and dome Omega models comply.
    There are others. But, as I mentioned, you can buy any watch with a WR of 30 meters or more, and have the actual WR tested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnF View Post

    If this is a concern then you should be buying watch that you can afford to have stolen. Get a Seiko diver with the 7s26 inside for less than $200 and you have one of the most dependable watches around from a full-blown proper watch manufacturer with full in-house components. Decent bracelets, too.
    But what's the fun in that. :)
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