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    Water resistence

    Why do watches say they are water resistent to around 100ft, but will then say not made for swimming?

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    Simply put its because if you were to dive into the pool, you could create more pressure than the watch could handle.

    The same applies for WR in general, they always assume in a worst case scenario too much pressure could be made and destroy the watch, so they Overengineer and reccomend higher WR just to be safe.

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    Re: Water resistence

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrantblade View Post
    Simply put its because if you were to dive into the pool, you could create more pressure than the watch could handle.
    Not true - this thread is very informative and worth a read
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/sigh...in-610734.html
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    Thanks!

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    Re: Water resistence

    There have been many many threads on the importance of water resistance and how it is measured. Please try searching. There really is no answer to why the current system is designed the way it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradjhomes View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrantblade View Post
    Simply put its because if you were to dive into the pool, you could create more pressure than the watch could handle.
    Not true - this thread is very informative and worth a read
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/sigh...in-610734.html
    So they are just paranoid some idiot will find a way to break the watch with too much water pressure if they don't Overengineer and over reccomend?

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    Re: Water resistence

    Water Resistance is kind of a joke. At least the "recommended" activities for each class.

    You mean to tell me that this watch is rated at 30m of water resistance but I should even look out a window on a rainy day or I might get water immersion? For that type of activity I need to have a watch rated at minimum 100m? Man.

    I jest here of course, and all I can provide is anecdotal evidence. I own a Weiss Field Watch rated at 100m, I also own an Orient Mako rated at 200m, and I own a G-Shock DW5600 rated at 200m. I've worn the Weiss and the G-Shock in pools and swam around and dove to the bottom of an 8 ft. pool with no problem. I've worn the Mako to pools and the beach... The last time I wore the Mako to the pool and dove to the bottom it fogged up on me. The Mako is supposed to me a dive watch and it failed me at 8 ft. (yes, the crowns were screwed in all the way). So, take all that was you will.

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    Re: Water resistence

    Water Resistance is not just about the depth, but the amount of pressure that the Watch will be subjected to. Generally, a Watch with 30m of stated Water Resistance will be able to handle being Rained on and some water splashes from washing your hands. A Watch with 50m of stated Water Resistance should be able to handle a casual Swim. The list goes on.
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