Have you ever seen a guy with a Swiss diving watch taking it off before entering the swiming pool?
Nothing screams “fake” faster than a diving watch that can’t get wet…
In a swimming pool or spa, you’re in contact with chlorine, which shrinks gaskets and could lead to leaking. Swimming in the oceans salt-water also affects your watch. Salt and chemicals lead to rubber seals corrosion and reduce their sealing ability.
There are two major build quality levels for the replica watches. The rare Swiss made replicas and the Asian made replicas. The big difference, regarding waterproofness, is the attention to detail and the quality control that only the Swiss replicas have.
Quality control is simply non-existent for Asian made replicas when it comes to water sealing. You can find loose case backs, incorrectly seated crystal gaskets, no grease on the O-rings, bad machined metal surfaces etc. Metal on metal is impossible to water-proof; it’s all about the O-rings & gaskets. And the more points of entry you have to a watch (HEV, chrono-pushers, crystal, caseback, etc.-) the more possibilities you have for leakage.
So if you have an Asian made replica and you are wondering if you can wear it while swimming or showering, the answer is NO.
Asian made replica watches are not designed to be able to withstand being submerged in water and it’s good to not allow it to become submerged in any way.
If you have a Swiss made replica watch then you can wear it while swimming but remember this: Genuine or replica, It’s actually the rubber that seals the watch. Metal on metal does absolutely nothing for waterproofing.
So your watch might be water-tight from the box, but it’s a good thing to grease it first. It only takes a few minutes. You can pay a visit to your local watch repair shop and they should be able to grease it and test it for you for about $25. It only takes 20 minutes and will save you hundreds of dollars.
They will have all the seals treated with silicon grease and sealed up tight. They will apply silicon grease at the back gasket & crown tube gaskets and this is the trick to water-tightness; well lubricated gaskets. Don’t try those ridiculous homemade pressure tests like dropping your watch in a glass of water looking for bubbles.
Greasing and testing your watch to your local watch repair shop assures you that your piece is sealed properly. And a $25 test is a lot cheaper than a movement overhaul.
Never submerge your watch to hot water or take hot baths wearing it. Hot water will lead to rubber seals contraction and water may leak in. Always check your screw down crown and buttons to be tight closed before enter into the water.
After swimming always clean your watch with tap water and dry it with soft cloth, so all salt or chemical remains (from soap) are removed. Salt and chemicals lead to rubber seals corrosion and reduce their sealing ability. Never operate the winding crown under water or submerged the watch at a depth greater than that indicated.
Keep in mind that when a watch is waterproof to 100meters, that doesn’t mean that it can be lowered to a depth of 100meters and stay there for 30 minutes. The 100meters is the maximum pressure level that this watch is design to withstand for a few seconds. Check our water resistance chart to understand the waterproofness levels.