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Anyone know about water resistant watches?

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So i have a Guess water resistant (25m) watch, which has recently stopped ticking. Took it to a shop, and they tested the battery which was flat. He didn't open it as he explained to keep it water res… Read More
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
So i have a Guess water resistant (25m) watch, which has recently stopped ticking. Took it to a shop, and they tested the battery which was flat. He didn't open it as he explained to keep it water resistant the seal has to be kept, and therefore to replace the battery it would need to be sent back to the manufacturer. I then took it to HSamuel where i got it from to ask about changing the battery / replacing it. She to my disbelief opened up the watch and confirmed the battery had gone.

Has she by doing this broke the seal and made the watch non water resistant?
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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#1
which has recently stopped ticking

Has it also stopped tocking?
banned#2
yes she has...you'll need to pay something like £40 for a new battery and they'll fit a new seal. It will then be guaranteed water resistant for a further year.

And no you can't sue her because who in their right mind would wear a watch in water that didn't work!

oh and 25m doesn't mean you can go swimming with it either.


Edited By: lumoruk on Dec 21, 2010 20:23
#3
Oh and i swear you need to reseal it when replacing the battery, thats why you cant do it yourself
#4
Thanks all. As i thought. It's not vital, but surely someone in a jewellers should know what they are doing! Complain heading their way.
#5
How the hell did they test the battery in the first place without opening it up?
#6
A watch battery and replace will cost £6 quid in f-hinds or samuel etc.
It is water RESISTANT, not waterproof, so you should NOT be swimming or showering with it or what not realistically.

there is a small rubber seal on the inside of the watch which may or may not have been damaged when the caseback was opened.

Manufacturers dont offer battery changing and re sealing for anything under 100m usually and no high street shop will guarantee water resistance on a battery change.

If you are massively concerned about it you should take it to a watch repair shop who may be able to replace the seal for you. But if i were you i would just get the battery replaced for 6 quid (go to F-Hinds)

Ive just had them replace the battery on my £200 Tissot. Its not a big deal as it was never waterproof in the firstplace (resistant to 50).

treat yours the same and you will be fine.
#7
Sure Timpsons??? Used to do good deals on battery changes and pressurised sealing. I got my Tag done by them before some skank stole it. (this was before I was married)
#8
dh058977
Oh and i swear you need to reseal it when replacing the battery, thats why you cant do it yourself


Of course you can do it yourself.
But without a watchback removal tool you could damage the watch.

Rest remember folks Water RESISTANT is not waterPROOF very very different.
Water resistant get a high street to change the battery, waterproof, send itaway (unless you are confident with watch tools)
#9
My current tag only says water resistant (to 30bar). Never had a watch that said actually water proof and I like good watches
#10
Paddy_o_furniture
Sure Timpsons??? Used to do good deals on battery changes and pressurised sealing. I got my Tag done by them before some skank stole it. (this was before I was married)


Watches aren't pressurised. infact High end divers watches have a release valve to make sure it is not pressuised on the surface.
#11
Jetpac
Paddy_o_furniture
Sure Timpsons??? Used to do good deals on battery changes and pressurised sealing. I got my Tag done by them before some skank stole it. (this was before I was married)


Watches aren't pressurised. infact High end divers watches have a release valve to make sure it is not pressuised on the surface.

Maybe a bad choice of words then, I know my tag got done properly by them for about £30 this is some years back mind. May of needed a pressure test? That sound right?
Looking at whatsthepoint's thread above that'll be what I meant

Edited By: Paddy_o_furniture on Dec 21, 2010 20:53
#12
whatsThePoint

No watch is waterproof, They are all just water resistant to a certain depth


Well that is pernickety.
obviously that is the case. but is the same for most things claiming to be waterproof if you go deep enough. Anything water resistant to 50 or less shouldnt really be swam with.

Hence screwdown crowns on the higher standard watches.
#13
Paddy_o_furniture

Maybe a bad choice of words then, I know my tag got done properly by them for about £30 this is some years back mind. May of needed a pressure test? That sound right?
Looking at whatsthepoint's thread above that'll be what I meant


Ahh i see :P yea any good watch repair place should have pressure testing equipment :D
#14
whatsThePoint

if a watch says water resistant to 10m thats fine for swimming with


No it isnt if you care about the watch.
Just because its resistant in the short tem does not mean it is resistant for the time period spent in a swimming pool or the moving and contact that happens combined with it.

Dont swim or shower with anything that:

Isnt a sports watch (usually have 100m+ water resistance)
doesnt have a screwdown crown.

Thats if you care about the watch. As ive said my watch is 50m water resistant. would i drop it in a glass of water.. sure i would.. would i swim with it? hell no.
#15
whatsThePoint

so the info on manufacturers sites is wrong and you who as far as i can tell haven't got the equipment to test watchs are worth listening too?


I never said you had to take my advice.
Infact, please feel free to ignore it completely.

Maybe you could also accept people do know things about different subjetcs even if they are not the manufacturer or have the correct testing tools.

Then again you have people like me who go around deals forms spouting nonsense about the water resistance of watches in order to cause mass panic to the online community so i can see why you would be causious.
banned#16
ajay87
Thanks all. As i thought. It's not vital, but surely someone in a jewellers should know what they are doing! Complain heading their way.


She done nothing wrong you fool.
banned#17
Jetpac
whatsThePoint

if a watch says water resistant to 10m thats fine for swimming with


No it isnt if you care about the watch.
Just because its resistant in the short tem does not mean it is resistant for the time period spent in a swimming pool or the moving and contact that happens combined with it.

Dont swim or shower with anything that:

Isnt a sports watch (usually have 100m+ water resistance)
doesnt have a screwdown crown.

Thats if you care about the watch. As ive said my watch is 50m water resistant. would i drop it in a glass of water.. sure i would.. would i swim with it? hell no.


You can follow the manufacturers guide lines as long as you are within the warranty period. Once out of it you go swimming at your own risk. In fact my new Citizen watch is 100m water resistant and says to get the seals replaced every 3-4 years, the warranty is 2 yrs long. People don't realise the 10/50/100m marking doesn't mean you can dive to 10m / 50m or even 100m :) Most people don't read the manuals, I do.
#18
Just buy a watch in Lidl's for £2.99 and if the battery dies, just buy another one.

Al any of them do is tell you the time......nothing more, nothing less.
banned#19
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Just buy a watch in Lidl's for £2.99 and if the battery dies, just buy another one.

Al any of them do is tell you the time......nothing more, nothing less.


stop talking crap, mine has a calendar that will never need changing till 2100 at least, oh and it has a stop watch too, oh and with 10 minutes of sun light will work for 6 months without any.
#20
lumoruk
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stop talking crap, mine has a calendar that will never need changing till 2100 at least, oh and it has a stop watch too, oh and with 10 minutes of sun light will work for 6 months without any.


We all need a calendar and a stop watch on a watch ( not ), me I use mine for telling the time, it does that with great accuracy.
banned#21
Inactive
We all need a calendar and a stop watch on a watch ( not ), me I use mine for telling the time, it does that with great accuracy.


If you've ever worked shifts you'd understand why you do.
#22
lumoruk


If you've ever worked shifts you'd understand why you do.


Really? a stop watch or a calendar feature on a watch is needed to work shifts? .. Thanks for the laugh, you couldn't make it up..

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