Do you remember that feeling when you take on a new hand-watch? You may feel its weight with every move of your hand and even without it, when a watchband slips on a skin torture you with a question: when will I get used to it as I did to the old one? This feeling is passing very quickly, and in a couple of days you can easily forget about a new accessory entering in the shower or in the pool. Is your hand-watch ready for a contact with water? Are you ready to face the consequences of that contact? A short guide consisting of basic parameters of waterproof watch will help you to avoid many unpleasant situations.
Waterproof is a physical ability of a hand watch to protect inner mechanisms from ingress of moisture. The mark ‘Waterproof’ is a kind of a quality mark, to which the people with an active style of life should pay their attention. Just look at a watch cover or a dial surface and you will see it. If the mark is absent, try to prevent contacts of your watch with water. The most vulnerable parts of this type of watches are: crown, back cover, chronograph buttons and the glass of the watch.
Waterproof may have different levels: 30m, 50m, 100m, 200m, 300m. It’s marked with abbreviation WR or the Water Resistant sign. The higher is the level of your watch the more it is protected from the water. It’s important to keep in mind that the mark 50m means that your watch can resist pressure of 5 atmospheres (5ATM), but not recommended to be immersed 50 meters deep in water. Sometimes the abbreviation ATM (physical atmosphere, 1 ATM=10m) or ‘bar’ are used instead. For example - 100WR = 10 bar = 10 ATM = 100 meters.
- 30m (3 ATM) – resists accidental water hits, caused by rain or hand washing. Avoid contacts with straight water jets and don’t dip watch in the water.
- 50m (5 ATM) – you can easily take shower and swim in the pool, but with a certain risk. For the pool specialists recommend to use a watch with a resistance level of 10 ATM. So, with the level of resistance of 50m you risk to damage mechanisms while striking against the water or being quickly moved in it, because the pressure on a watch case is rising.
- 100m (10 ATM) – this is an ideal category for those who like to swim and dive not over 3 meters deep.
- 200m (20 ATM) or above – created especially for diving and resists the high depth water pressure. Watches with this mark are being thoroughly tested even at the stage of production.
Take care of your waterproof watch and increase its terms of function.
1. Control the condition of waterproof gaskets and replace them every 3 years. Remember that body sweat, straight sun rays and cosmetics are negatively affecting your watch.
2. When your watch is placed under water don’t try to manipulate with it by pushing buttons or scrolling the crown.
3. Even the watch with maximal waterproof should never be exposed to hot water or sauna: high temperature can damage the protective seals.
4. Take off your hand-watch before shower. Water pressure and soap can be dangerous for it.
5. Avoid the sudden changes of temperature.
6. After the immersion in the salt sea water wash the watch in the fresh water to avoid corrosion.
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