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    If a watch isnít ISO depth tested whatís the incentive to buy it?

    If a watch isn’t ISO depth tested what’s the incentive to buy it—even if you only want to use it to go surface swimming?

    Many watches aren’t ISO depth tested and because of this many of them will let water in. It may be only a few of them, but the potential risk is there. So why buy them?
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    Re: If a watch isnít IWC rated whatís the incentive to buy it?

    Not a whaler... Never have been, never will be.
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    Re: If a watch isnít depth tested whatís the incentive to buy it?

    I've just edited the title of this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Engels View Post
    If a watch isn’t IWC rated what’s the incentive to buy it—even if you only want to use it to go surface swimming?

    Many watches aren’t IWC tested and because of this many of them will let water in. It may be only a few of them, but the potential risk is there. So why buy them?
    Why would the International Watch Company rate and test other company's watches?
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    Re: If a watch isnít depth tested whatís the incentive to buy it?

    I know. I made a typo in the thread's title. Now corrected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engels View Post
    I've just edited the title of this thread.
    Oh thanks,

    The incentive is simply likening the watch, and not expecting it to take a dive.

    Unless you live in monsoon territory. A simple rain wont likely penetrate.
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    Re: If a watch isnít depth tested whatís the incentive to buy it?

    Depends on the type of watch...if I'm buying a dress watch I know I'm never going to intentionally expose it to water, so I don't really care.

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    Re: If a watch isnít ISO depth tested whatís the incentive to buy it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Engels View Post
    If a watch isnít ISO depth tested whatís the incentive to buy itóeven if you only want to use it to go surface swimming?
    They usually work and people usually won't do with them nothing beyond diving down 2 meters.

    Quote Originally Posted by Engels View Post
    Many watches arenít ISO depth tested and because of this many of them will let water in. It may be only a few of them, but the potential risk is there. So why buy them?
    The "It may be only a few of them" is critical. How many? Most features of most things that surround you don't get individually tested and yet, here you are using them, i.e.: do you buy only COSC-certified watches? You know most calibers aren't individually revised or adjusted, don't you? As long as the defect rates are low enough, customers don't mind that much and it is considerably cheaper for the producer.
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    Re: If a watch isnít ISO depth tested whatís the incentive to buy it?

    ISO Diver certification is a significant process:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diving...diving_watches

    It's overkill for most watches, even those intended for casual water use. If you're looking for a serious dive watch, OTOH, I'd insist on it.
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    Re: If a watch isnít ISO depth tested whatís the incentive to buy it?

    Because it looks nice

    Iíve had no issues diving with a lot of non iso certified watches

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