Summer has now begun and with August just around the corner, many of us who are still in the city will set off to more or less distant seas in search of our own little corner of paradise.

Certain that a large number of you will not want to face these days made of long and countless baths by the sea or in the pool without your timepiece firmly on your wrist, we thought to refresh your ideas on what you can ask your watch and what less before you can immerse yourself with your adventure companion.

The degrees of waterproofness

Each watch, generally on the back and / or dial, shows the degree of waterproofness or 'water resistance' (water resistant) expressed in meters, bar or 'feet'.

However, this indication is the result of a static test carried out in the laboratory, which does not correspond to the absolute depth. The indication '100M' (100meters) is essentially equivalent to the maximum static pressure generated at those depth meters, without considering other variables such as the movement of the wearer of the watch or the pressure exerted by streams of water.

This scheme developed by OMEGA is very useful to better understand which activities to practice or not, depending on the degree of waterproofness of your watch

Some precautions

  • In case your watch is equipped with a screw-down chronograph crown or pushers, make sure they are well tightened before any contact of the case with water;
  • Never pull out the crown underwater or when the watch is wet;
  • Never press the chronograph buttons when the watch is wet or underwater.

Check the waterproofness of your watch

The waterproofness of each watch is guaranteed thanks to sophisticated solutions that differ according to the degree of depth for which it is prepared.

Water resistance is guaranteed thanks to a gasket system that I am constantly subjected to external stresses such as temperature changes, UV rays, chemical subsistants, dust. Their resistance is not eternal and varies depending on the use of the watch.

As a rule it is advisable to replace the gaskets every two years, through the maintenance service that all major watchmaking houses offer to their customers.

To remove any doubts, we advise you before departure check the waterproofness of your timepiece carrying out a waterproofing test at an authorized Service Center (based on your watch's brand). Many authorized dealers are in fact equipped with an internal watchmaking laboratory certified by the major houses, and offer this service.

The test will last a few minutes, allowing you to face – or not – your days at sea in the company of your favorite watch. In this regard, always remember to rinse your watch with fresh water once you get out of the water, especially if salty. Happy holidays!