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Water Resistant -vs- Waterproof

Prior to taking your new luxury watch anywhere near water, it is crucial to understand if it is waterproof or water resistant. There is in fact, a difference. Both waterproof and water resistant refer to how the luxury watch was constructed to sustain exposure to water.

Water Resistant Luxury Watches

When it comes to watches, water resistant is a term that is more widely used today. The term water-resistant normally means that the watch can withstand some water or moisture, like a splash of water while washing dishes or rain. However, water-resistant luxury watches are not designed to keep water out while it is completely submerged.

Watches have different levels of water resistance. These levels of water resistance are determined through a series of rigorous testing at the time they are constructed. Nevertheless, these levels can be deceiving, as they do not take other contributing factors into account. These factors include the following:

  • High temperatures of water such as in a hot tub or bath.

  • Age of the watch. As the watch ages, its seals may weaken and eventually fail.

  • The pressure changes a watch undertakes as it is repeatedly submerged under water, like as with swimming.

  • Sudden temperature changes.

Water resistant watches, for the most part, should be kept away from water. Some individuals believe that showering while wearing a water-resistant luxury watch is okay. However, over time, shampoos and soaps can build up causing problems. In fact, delicate parts of the watch can be damaged from abrasive soaps.

Waterproof Luxury Watches

Waterproof luxury watches  are constructed to withstand water at a much greater level than a water-resistant watch. One that is waterproof has the ability to be completely submerged in water and some waterproof watches are also able to withstand a great level of pressure, too. Luxury watches such as these are popular among scuba divers as well as other water sports enthusiasts.

If you are unsure about your luxury watch water resistance, it is best to consult with an expert. Speak with the manufacturer or an authority on watches such as ChronoNation. Also, be sure to watch our video for more useful information!

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