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    Water proof watches?

    Hi,
    Are all watches that have a watch bezel water proof/resistant? The watch bezel is the spinning dial on the face of the watch that goes clockwise. Thanks.

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    Re: Water proof watches?

    Not necessarily. You always have to check the manufacturer's specs. However, 3 atm is standard. Wikipedia covers it in a neat manner, google for "water resistant mark".
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    Re: Water proof watches?

    It's probably safest to assume that anything rated at less than 50M (5 bar) may let water in.

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    Re: Water proof watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by JackHudson81 View Post
    Hi,
    The watch bezel is the spinning dial on the face of the watch that goes clockwise. Thanks.
    And that isn't necessarily true either.
    Doesn't have to spin in ANY direction. Nor have numbers, hash marks or any other markers.
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    Re: Water proof watches?

    I don't go by the bezel, I go by the crown; if the crown is screwed on type, I do whatever with it(including scuba), if not, then I don't get them wet.
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    Re: Water proof watches?

    This is a classic case of do your homework FIRST and if you still have questions, come back. Internet... Google... You can do it, dude!
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    Re: Water proof watches?

    There are plenty of watches that are styled to look like divers but are actually only splash proof at best. The only real way to tell is if it has 'water resistant' written on the dial or caseback.

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    Re: Water proof watches?

    Just read the rating on the watch... If it's 100m or greater (or 10 atm or greater-- same thing different notation) and the crown is in all the way it's probably resistant to immersion. Less, probably not trustworthy. If you have a chronograph or other watch with pusher buttons, don't push those in while the watch is underwater as they could compromise the seal and let water in. Letting water in is A Bad Thing.

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    Re: Water proof watches?

    I've got a Rado that's rated for 30m / 3 bar / 3 atm, and the booklet says it's fine for swimming pools.

    Since my apartment building doesn't have a pool, the wettest it's been is when I rinse it off in the shower.

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    Re: Water proof watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by bullshark View Post
    I don't go by the bezel, I go by the crown; if the crown is screwed on type, I do whatever with it(including scuba), if not, then I don't get them wet.
    A screw-down crown is absolutely no guarantee of being waterproof. Water can enter through the caseback or crystal and even the crown if the seals aren't adequate.

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