There is no such thing as a completely waterproof watch, but water-resistant watches have been around since the 1920s, and many watches today list level of water resistance as one of their features. That’s not surprising, as water is the mortal enemy of watches. But, there’s some confusion as to just what those numbers mean. First things first . . .
What exactly does water resistant mean in a watch?
There is not an easy, definitive answer to that question because it depends on the level of water resistance. The important thing to know is that when you see numbers like 30 meters, 50 meters, etc., it refers to the amount of water pressure the watch case can withstand, not water depth.
By the numbers
Water Resistant to 50 Meters
The watch is able to handle humidity, and is splash resistant.
Water Resistant to 100 Meters
Swimming and snorkeling are fine but don’t take the watch diving.
- Oris Divers 65 (100m)
- Grand Seiko Heritage “Snowflake” SBGA211 (100m)
- Girard Perregaux Laureato (100m)
Water Resistant to 200+ Meters
- Tudor Black Bay 58 39mm (200m)
- Breitling Chronomat B01 42 (200m)
- Glashutte Spezialist SeaQ (200m)
- Omega Seamaster Diver (300m)
- Tag Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5 (300m)
- Longines Heritage Legend Diver (300m)
- Tudor Pelagos 42mm (500m)
- Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean (600m)
Speaking of diving
Diving watches are engineered with fewer openings, extra heavy gaskets, and other features specifically meant for deep water usage. They also have magnetic, salt water, and shock tolerance, and have dials that can be seen in total darkness.
Water resistance testing
It’s suggested that you have your watches, particularly if they are vintage, tested for water resistance once a year. If you have a lifestyle that brings you into regular contact with water, salt water especially, you may want to have them tested several times per year. Gaskets can degrade and water resistance can lessen over time.
And if a watch isn’t advertised as water resistant . . .
Keep it away from water, plain and simple.
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