What Does Water Resistant Mean exactly for a Watch?
Published : 03/10/2015 17:00:55
What does water resistant mean for a watch?
Wryst watches are water resistant from 50 to 200 meters. The resistance rating varies from 100 Meters for the Wryst Airborne, Wryst Motors and Wryst Shoreline, Wryst chronograph watch Force collections, and 200 Meters for the Wryst quartz black watch Ultimate collection with screw-down crown. The Wryst Automatic 2824 has been tested to 5ATM but is not advised to be in direct contact with water.
How resistant is my watch exactly?
The water resistance of a watch does not take into account the watch's ability to repel water and stay resistant as it ages. Be aware that temperature fluctuations and external influences, such as solvents, cosmetics, dust, or shocks, caused by impacts or sudden movements can fundamentally affect water-resistance. Often a watch gets hit by a shock onto the crown or crystal without leaving visible marks, but the internal parts could become damaged, and the watch will no longer avoid penetration of damp and humidity. Water damage is likely to imply irreversible harm. It would help if you also considered that seals and sealing systems, in particular, are subject to wear and tear and natural aging, e.g., gaskets at the crystal, crown, and case back.
Looking well after my watch in outdoors
1/ Think before I jump in
We strongly advise that before engaging in activities that could subject your watch to extraordinary stress like temperature shocks from hot to colder water, team sports, jumping into the water from more than 3 feet/1 meter, deep diving, big wave surfing, etc., you are advised to remove your watch. Water pressure can also have an impact as it will increase the need for ingress protection.
2/ Quick check before the fun begins
The watch's moving parts (crown, buttons, pushers, etc.) should not be operated underwater. Before wearing the watch, you should also ensure that all moving parts are in their rest position, especially the screw-on crown must be screwed-in firmly and tightly.
3/Cleaning you watch systematically after use
After water use, your watch may have been spoiled, so it should be rinsed and then cleaned and dried. But remember, if you wear your watch while in the shower, it would be exposed to a higher normal temperature, heating the watch's inside. If just before you were in cold weather or colder water, then your watch can form condensation. The same could be said of the reverse process: getting the watch cold and then heating it.
What can cause condensation in my watch?
We highly recommend avoiding exposing the watch to cold water and hot showers, heated pools, jacuzzi, sauna, etc., as condensation can be a problem. A sealed watch will pick up body warmth, and this remains in the case and all metal parts, including the watch movement. If the watch is suddenly plunged into water that is some degrees colder or hotter, the air inside the watch can create water vapor, and moisture can then be observed under the crystal and become visible as small droplets under the glass. This could seriously damage the dial and the movement of your timepiece if nothing has been done to remedy this situation.
What is humidity, and what can it do to my watch?
Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. It is a gaseous state of water and is invisible. On average, there is a percentage of humidity in the air of between 60 to 70% worldwide. Think of it as there is more Nitrogen in the air than oxygen.
Temperature is another hazard to my watch
When air is cooled, it cannot hold as much moisture as when the air is warm. The moisture in the air is released in the form of droplets, called condensation. This process is similar to what happens when the air cools, forming dew on cold surfaces. Water condensing on glass or the inside of windows during winter results from the glass surfaces' temperature cooling below the dew-point of the air which is in contact with them.
The Federal Trade Commission
According to guidelines issued by the Federal Trade Commission, since the 1960s, watch marketers are not allowed to label their diving watches with the term waterproof. This aided watch brands to achieve truthfulness and accuracy of product labeling and advertising. Even wryst watches designed for deep-sea diving cannot claim to be resistant enough. The seals that keep water out avoiding water ingress are not completely impervious, and their effectiveness can be reduced over time with age, deterioration, and exposure to chemicals. This concept is recognized globally when dealing with precision timepieces.
Your watch's water resistance should be serviced and tested at least once a year by Wryst Timepieces after-sales services only. We hope you have learned more about what water resistance means, and please feel free to comment on this post with your experience below.