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    Why are there liquid filled watches?

    Forgive my ignorance but I don’t know why a watch needs to be filled with liquid. Is there a good reason? And does the liquid cover the dial and movement, or just one or the other? Can’t seem to find the answer online, hence asking here.

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    Re: Why are there liquid filled watches?

    Because the liquid cannot be compressed, so it gives the watch much greater water resistance and gives the dial better readability under water. The oil fills the entire case.

    However, the liquid would cause problems for automatic movements, so AFAIK that is only done with quartz models.

    See the Sinn UX Hydro. Oil-filled, 5,000m WR.
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    Re: Why are there liquid filled watches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Time4Playnow View Post
    Because the liquid cannot be compressed, so it gives the watch much greater water resistance and gives the dial better readability under water. The oil fills the entire case.

    However, the liquid would cause problems for automatic movements, so AFAIK that is only done with quartz models.

    See the Sinn UX Hydro. Oil-filled, 5,000m WR.
    Dont forget Ressence. They just did it for the magnification and edge to edge dial effect.

    And its automatic. Cost an arm and a leg for it though.
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    Re: Why are there liquid filled watches?

    The oil filled interior prevents the possibility of total internal reflection, which might cause the watch dial to be unreadable underwater.
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    Re: Why are there liquid filled watches?

    It’s a gimmic. They do it to be different. No legitimate reason for it. There are already regular dive watches capable of depths beyond human ability. No need for this at all other than the novelty.
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    Re: Why are there liquid filled watches?

    If it is just a gimmick it is a marvelous gimmick.
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    Re: Why are there liquid filled watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by Minorcollector View Post
    It’s a gimmic. They do it to be different. No legitimate reason for it. There are already regular dive watches capable of depths beyond human ability. No need for this at all other than the novelty.
    And readability. Which isn’t really a gimmick.
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    Re: Why are there liquid filled watches?

    Everything that goes beyond reading the time is a gimmick with watches. So if you're going to say have a good oil filled watch is a gimmick, then having a dive watch if you don't dive is a gimmick. Having a chronograph if you don't constantly time things is a gimmick. I could go on and on.

    One of the things about the oil filled watch, like my Sinn Ezm2 Hydro that's on the block, is that it has ridiculous viewing angles. You can read that watch almost viewing it completely parallel to the ground. It's something unbelievable to see oh, and there are real-world practicalities for that where the glare is not getting in the way of being able to read the watch.

    If it goes beyond having a simple tool to tell us the time when we need it, if that is your definition of the only purpose for a watch, everything is a gimmick.

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    Re: Why are there liquid filled watches?

    Been done on a Casio G-Shock Mudman way back in 2008.

    http://mygshock.com/2008/10/13/g-sho...essure-test-2/

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