Can your watch go in the rain/wash hands or go swimming? What does a watch’s water resistance explain?

Is this watch afraid of getting into water? Can I go in the rain? Is washing hands under the faucet a problem? Can I wear it swimming?… A lot of questions revolve around the water resistance of the watch.
In this article, XWATCH would like to provide knowledge about water resistance parameters so you can use the watch more properly.

Meaning of parameters
On the face of the watch, you often see parameters such as 30M, 5Bar, 100M, 200M or on the back is Water Resistance or Water Resist.

That is an indication of the water resistance level of the watch. So what do those parameters mean?

1. The watch “abstains” from water
If you don’t find any signs of water resistance (don’t write “water resistance”, “WR” or
30m, 50m, 100m…) on the case or watch face, be careful. Your watch doesn’t like water and hates it! Absolutely do not let them come into direct contact with water.
2. Water resistance levels
30M (3 Bar, 3ATM, WR, Water Resistance)

If on the watch there is a symbol such as: 3 bar/30M/3ATM/ WR/ Water resistance, then the watch can wash hands or go in the rain without any worries.

50M (5 Bar/ 5 ATM)

More than in the rain, the watch is safe for showering or shallow swimming.

A small note, do not bathe in the tub, do not wear it in the sauna because it can stretch the watch gasket.

100M (10Bar/ 10 ATM)

This is a relatively high level of water resistance in watches. This type can be used when bathing, swimming and when diving shallowly.

However, it is absolutely impossible to dive deeply with scuba tanks.

200M (20Bar/ 20ATM)

If your watch has water resistance parameters up to 200M, then you can rest assured against the effects of water!

At this level, the watch is suitable for water adventure sports, naked diving with goggles, fins, and tanks.
Diver’s 200 M or 300M:
This is the water resistance of a typical diving watch. It is completely possible to dive with equipment at a depth of 200m or 300m, but cannot dive with saturated air.

One thing you also need to remember is that 200M in a diving watch is not the same as 200M in a regular watch. It is superior and more water resistant due to the specifics of its work.
3. Some important notes when using watches underwater
– Before using in water, make sure the watch knob is completely tightened. Water mostly enters from the knob. Some watches are equipped with gaskets on the crown to prevent you from accidentally opening the crown, but you should also minimize mistakes.

– Absolutely DO NOT use knobs and buttons when the watch is wet or in contact with water.

– After swimming in the sea, clean it immediately to avoid sea water corroding the watch.

– DO NOT use the watch when taking a sauna, hot bath or in extremely high temperature environments.

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