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    Watch has water behind the crystal

    I was wearing my 25-30 year old Belair yesterday while working in some of the flooded areas. It is a 3ATM water resistant watch, but as I said 25-30 years old.

    Would throwing it in rice a couple of days draw out the moisture satisfactorily?

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    If you see actual water, as opposed to simply a mist, then no, rice won't work. If just light condensation, then maybe--BUT, if you like the watch, you need to have it serviced, with new seals installed.

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    Pulling the crown out and chucking it in a bag of rice will do no harm but you need to consider what damage (e.g. rust spots) might have been done to the movement. If you can see water as opposed to a bit of light condensation then a trip to the watchmaker may be advisable.
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    Re: Watch has water behind the crystal

    Thanks for the quick responses. It is just a little condensation. I will chuck it in rice to dry it out and then disassemble, clean and oil it anew in the not too distant future

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    I would recommend a servicing immediately if you like the watch as some parts are prone to rust and may not be easy to replace, if at all.

    Are you able to take off the back?
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    Re: Watch has water behind the crystal

    Unless the watch has had some serious restoration, no watch that is 25 years old is water resistant. Gaskets need to be changed, of course, and sometimes case corrosion and such makes it difficult/impossible for the gaskets to really do their job. In the future, just don't get this watch wet.
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    Re: Watch has water behind the crystal

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    Re: Watch has water behind the crystal

    Quote Originally Posted by wrestleantares View Post
    It is a 3ATM water resistant watch, but as I said 25-30 years old.
    If this watch has an emotional value to you, I would recommend to have it serviced within days. The 3 ATM water-resistance rating means that is can barely withstand you washing your hands with the watch on the wrist. And if it is more than 10 years old it certainly needs new gaskets (crystal and case back).

    Let us know how it goes.

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    Send it to service. If you have a tools you might open the case back, remove the crown and take out the movement to inspect the gasket, movement etc. The best is to send to watchmaker.

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    Re: Watch has water behind the crystal

    Rice does nothing; if rice could draw up as much moisture from the atmosphere people claim it does then you wouldn’t need to cook it, you could just leave it out overnight.

    If you can, remove the caseback and crown and then stick it in the refrigerator. Then get it to someone who can service it ASAP. [If you live in a humid environment, try to get the caseback and crown back on/in BEFORE removing it from the fridge, otherwise you’ll get a ton on condensation back inside the watch]


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