Mechanical watch vs. Airport security

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    Mechanical watch vs. Airport security

    Hi all, been away from the forums for a bit attending to plans for an upcoming trip. I usually take my GW-300 solar G-Shock but this time I was thinking I might want an automatic or two along for the ride. That being said what is the general rule of thumb (if any) when traveling with a mechanical watch with regard to airport security x-ray devices?

    I did a bit of a search both here @ WUS an on the internet in general regarding magnetic effects on mechanical timepieces, so I'm just a bit concerned.

    Probably will bring the Seiko OM and Hamilton Khaki Field Chrono - both of which I'm completely unsure of their anti-magnetic capabilities. Will they be safe passing through the carry-on baggage scanner?

    TIA as always!

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    Re: Mechanical watch vs. Airport security

    I have 4 or 5 trips thru the carry on x-ray and have not noticed any ill effects. Remember if you have a expensive watch to have a wife or friend go ahead of you so someone on the other side does not grab it if you get delayed passing thru.

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    Re: Mechanical watch vs. Airport security

    Quote Originally Posted by IronHide
    Probably will bring the Seiko OM and Hamilton Khaki Field Chrono - both of which I'm completely unsure of their anti-magnetic capabilities.
    The Hamilton's movement (an ETA, I assume) will have an antimagnetic rating of 4,800 A/m, and the OM likely has about the same. At least I have never found a reference to a Seiko rating different from the industry standard 4,800 A/m.
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    Re: Mechanical watch vs. Airport security

    An X-ray machine will have low magnetic flux density. The hoop you walk through is more of a concern (it's actually magnetic, unlike an X-ray machine) but so long as you don't get close enough to touch the hoop with your watch it won't be a problem either.
    Steve

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