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    A question about water resistance in high quality watches

    Hi,
    I've been thinking a lot about water resistance especially among nicer watches.
    It seems like most of the luxury watches are rated for under 10-bar, I do understand that most of them are
    dress watches and not intended to be used under water.
    But some watches that are marketed as "explorer" or travelers watches like the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer are still rated for "only" 10 bars. And even though a dress watch isn't indented to be used for swimming I would expect that a watch for > 1000$ should handle a shower and at least swimming.

    So my question is why doesn't watchmakers offer non-dive watches that's waterproof enough for swimming and occasional shallow diving?

    This might be common knowledge or it might be that 10bar should be enough for the activities stated above but I haven't been able to find a satisfying answer elsewhere.
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    Re: A question about water resistance in high quality watches

    Quote Originally Posted by senjin View Post
    This might be common knowledge or it might be that 10bar should be enough for the activities stated above...
    If you're not diving 10 bar is plenty of WR for daily activities.

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    A question about water resistance in high quality watches

    What makes you think 10 bars (100m) isn't suitable for showering or swimming?

    Just google 'water resistance chart' and you'll find that pretty much every resource says that 100m is adequate.
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    Re: A question about water resistance in high quality watches

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennO View Post
    If you're not diving 10 bar is plenty of WR for daily activities.
    I agree. Most of us who own dive watches do not dive. The pool or shower is all that's involved in getting them wet. lol

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    Re: A question about water resistance in high quality watches

    10 bar is more than enough for swimming. I swim and shower with my Rolex Milgauss and Breguet Type XX.

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    Plenty of casual / dressy watches from seiko with 10atm rating. Why rarer in Swiss then?

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    Re: A question about water resistance in high quality watches

    As stated 10 bar is enough to use for normal water activities. Also anything above 10 adds thickness which many dislike from a dress watch.


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    Re: A question about water resistance in high quality watches

    Quote Originally Posted by Fed Up View Post
    Plenty of casual / dressy watches from seiko with 10atm rating. Why rarer in Swiss then?
    Switzerland has no sea while Japan is an island, just my guess.
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    This is something that has bugged me for the longest time. If a watch can only handle light swimming, then it is not rated for 10atm, let alone 3 atm. The indusy seems to get a pass when other wouldn't (can you imagine buying a car rated to do 100 mph and it can only idle down the road?? People would be furious).

    Given that the dynamic pressure myth has been quite well debunked, I would love to see makers actually held accountable for what they advertise..
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    A question about water resistance in high quality watches

    How deep do you take a shower and swim? 10 Bar (or atmos) is 100 meters/330 ft. While that's lab specs and they wouldn't likely survive the pressure of a full on 333 ft dive (neither would diver's head or chest!), they will take a normal recreational dive of 35-100 ft. My wife and I logged over 110 dives, some as much as 130 ft, with our Rolex Datejusts before I even bought a dive watch. We started diving 23 years ago. Mine's a Datejust Thunderbird and hers is a dainty president model. We have a dive trip planned to Caymans and she'll wear her Rolex again as she never takes it off. Don't know about other dress watches, but Rolex enjoys screw-down double-lock crown system (oversimplification is one gasket in the crown and one in case), and many say it'd survive average swim without crown screwed down. I'd not advise that but wouldn't doubt it either. Many similar comments have been made about the underrated Seiko 6309 due to the design used.

    So, after much long-windedness (why I can't tweet!), bottom line is many, perhaps not all, dress watches will handle a swim without any problem. Would recommend a screw down crown though. In fact, I'm not sure I'd buy any watch, not even a Timex if I couldn't shower and swim with it.

    Hope this helps.


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