Is your watch waterproof or not?

Is your watch waterproof or not? 01 Mar 2017

Not every watch is made to use under water, that’s no secret…

But there are watches that are waterresistant, some are waterproof and others are watersealed… All those different terms can be confusing which means we’re not always sure if we can wear our watch under water or not. Because if a watch says it’s waterresistant until 30 meter, this doesn’t mean you can dive 30 meters deep with it!

There are different ways to express the waterproofness of a waterproof watch: BAR, ATM and meter are used for this. But what do they mean?

->3 ATM/bar/30m: This watch are resistant against rain and splashes.

->5 ATM/bar/50m: This watch is waterproof and can be worn during swimming without jumping from a diving board. They are not qualitfied to snorkle or dive.

->10 ATM/bar/100m: This watch is waterproof and good for most watersports like swimming, sailing and snorkeling in shallow water. If you plan on jumping off cliffs and diving, don’t wear this watch.

->20 ATM/bar/200m: This watch is waterproof or divingproof and qualified for all kind of watersports and diving.

It’s also good to know that if your watch doesn’t have any text or symbols concerning waterproofness, then it’s probably not even protected against splashes or transpiration.

Moisture inside the glass?

This doesn’t necessarily means your watch is leaking. Moisture can appear if a watch suddenly cools down. The liquid that is inside the watch, becomes a light fog on the inner side of the glass. After a while this moisture will disappear again.
If the drops are bigger, than the watch isn’t waterproof and it needs to be repaired to avoid further damage.

How often do you need to test the waterproofness of your watch?

Every year
Every time you open the case of the watch, for example after a repair or after changing the batteries.

Our specialists at MISTER MINIT perform waterproof tests every day!

Come and visit one of our stores to test your watch before you go on vacation and jump into the pool…
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