What’s the Difference Between Waterproof and Water Resistant Watches?

Are you looking for a vintage watch or Rolex? Perhaps you want to give a gift to someone, or you just have a penchant for the finer things in life. Either way, a vintage watch is a fine item to give as a gift or own. Yet a question we’re often asked here at Harrington & Co is what exactly is the difference between a waterproof, and a water resistant, watch? We’re more than happy to help shed some light on this topic.

All About Waterproof

In all truth, there is actually no such thing as a completely waterproof watch. There is always a top amount of water pressure that even a waterproof watch can handle. The term “waterproof” generally means that a watch cannot leak under any circumstance. No moisture can get in and into the moving parts.

Water Resistance Defined

In the watch industry, we refer to a watch’s capability to withstand water pressure as water resistance.

Water Resistant

Another term that we need to explain is “water resistant”. This means that a watch can get protected from humidity. It can handle some water splashes from getting caught in the rain or when you wash your hands or do the dishes. Yet you shouldn’t shower or swim with a water resistant watch.

Atmosphere or Bar?

These are the standards of measurements used by the watch industry to determine the amount of water pressure a watch can handle. It’s worth noting that this doesn’t mean the depth you can wear it at. ATM stands for atmosphere. A bar is another term for atmosphere.

What About Diver’s Watches?

A diver’s watch is specially designed and manufactured for heavy water use. They can generally cope with depths of at least a couple of hundred metres.

Which is Right for You?

The answer to this question depends on the how much contact with water you plan to have. Do you just want a watch that can cope with you washing your hands and doing the dishes or getting caught in the rain? Then a water resistant watch is the best bet for you. If you need a watch that can cope with boating, swimming, diving and fishing then you may wish to invest in a diver’s watch.

How Are Watches Tested?

All water-resistant and waterproof watches go through two means of testing. One test exposes the watch to varying levels of air pressure. This helps to expose and fix any air leaks. The second test is wet testing. This involves putting the watch in a small water-filled container, and then pumping air in. Testers then assign a rating based on the outcome of each test.

Looking For Luxury?

Are you thinking about buying a vintage, luxury watch? Harrington & Co have a wide range available. We also stock vintage Rolexes. If you’re looking for a waterproof and water-resistant watch, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.