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#1 JohnG

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 11:55 AM

Okay, so here we go...

It is a lie that you cannot take reps into the water. But as with everything, one must exercise common sense. Replicas are not manufactured to the same standards as genuine watches.

If you wish to shower, swim, snorkel, or dive with your replicas, you should ALWAYS have your rep tested in a pressure chamber for water resistance. That is, if you care about the watch. Many people take reps into the water without realizing any tests whatsoever. They assume the risk that the watch will leak and be damaged. But if you are reading this because your question is, "can I take my rep into the water safely?" the ONLY way to answer that question is to have it tested.

Generally speaking watches with chrono-function should not be placed in water. The pushers cannot be sealed as effectively as a screw-down crown with o-ring. However, some pushers were designed to be water resistant (for example on the Omega Seamaster Professional Chronograph) and their repped counterparts share their water-resistant design characteristics. But again, the only way to know for sure if the watch will be resistant is to have it tested. And all watches, especially those with chrono pushers, should be tested each year. O-rings, seals, and gaskets can deteriorate over time.

Below appears a chart that serves as a guide to what resistance ratings correspond to what types of activities. As you will note, a rating of 50 meters does not mean that a watch is appropriate for diving to depths of 50 meters. This is because the ratings guides recognize that the conditions watches are subject to at 50 meters on the wrist of a diver are quite different than the STATIC pressure the watch is exposed to in a testing chamber. One can generate equivalent pressures on a watch, AT THE SURFACE OF A POOL. Slapping one's arms agressively against the surface of the water, for example, can generate extreme pressures at critical points of the watch. Similarly, movement of one's wrist while swiming at a depth of 10 meters can alter the local pressure considerably - either increasing or decreasing the pressure experienced by the watch, according to the type and force of the movement.

So, if you value your watch but would like to take it into the water, have it tested by your watchmaker. A test can frequently be performed for less than thirty or even twenty dollars and could well be worth the peace of mind it will buy you.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:07 PM

And a sticky you shall have. Don't eat it all at once....

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:15 PM

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 01:03 PM

This is actually a nice little guide I did.


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Posted 16 January 2009 - 08:40 PM

Usage Recommendations
The following usage recommendations are suggested by the Seiko Corporation of America:


• Water-resistant to 30 meters (100 feet). Will withstand splashes of water or rain but should not be worn while swimming or diving.

• Water-tested to 50 meters (165 feet). Suitable for showering or swimming in shallow water.

• Water-tested to 100 meters (330 feet). Suitable for swimming and snorkeling.

• Water-tested to 150 meters (500 feet). Suitable for snorkeling.

• Water-tested to 200 meters (660 feet). Suitable for skin diving.

• Diver's 150 meters (500 feet). Meets ISO standards and is suitable for scuba diving.

• Diver's 200 meters (660 feet). Meets ISO standards and is suitable for scuba diving.

Please note that we do not recommend swimming or diving with your watch unless it has a screw-down crown (also known as 'screw-lock' or 'screw-in' crown) and is water-resistant to at least 100 meters.

Care for a Water Resistant Watch
It is not recommended to wear your water resistant watch in a hot shower, sauna or hot tub. The extreme heat causes the metal parts to expand at a different rate than the rubber gaskets. This creates small openings that can allow water droplets to penetrate the watch. Sudden temperature changes are especially harsh. Take care not to jump into a cold pool after wearing your watch in the hot tub.

After swimming or diving in salt water, immediately rinse the watch in a stream of fresh water. If your watch has a rotating bezel, turn the bezel several times while rinsing it. This will prevent salt buildup and corrosion of the bezel ring.

Leather straps can be made to be water resistant too. Generally however, leather straps are more easily damaged by frequent exposure to water. So if you are going to wear your watch while swimming -- think of buying one with a metal bracelet or a rubber or nylon diver strap.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 08:55 PM

That 'powermax' thing has gone to your head Onze, poor John tried to make an informative thread and you poo-poo'd it :lol: ...it's true :gunbandana: ... first you and Greg steal our supporter status and now you are crushing your underlings under your 'buns of steel' :rolleyes: ...where will it end I ask? Peasants, it's time to revolt!!! :gunbandana: Although, admittedly, some of us are already revolting enough... :P

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 08:56 PM

:P :lol:

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 09:10 PM

:rolleyes: :gunbandana:

These board members are enough to drive one to drink....

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 02:35 PM

View Postonzenuub, on Jan 16 2009, 09:40 PM, said:

Leather straps can be made to be water resistant too. Generally however, leather straps are more easily damaged by frequent exposure to water. So if you are going to wear your watch while swimming -- think of buying one with a metal bracelet or a rubber or nylon diver strap.

One thing that CAN'T be made water resistant however are those stupid fucking dikes...


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Posted 17 January 2009 - 02:42 PM

View PostJohnG, on Jan 17 2009, 03:35 PM, said:

View Postonzenuub, on Jan 16 2009, 09:40 PM, said:

Leather straps can be made to be water resistant too. Generally however, leather straps are more easily damaged by frequent exposure to water. So if you are going to wear your watch while swimming -- think of buying one with a metal bracelet or a rubber or nylon diver strap.

One thing that CAN'T be made water resistant however are those stupid fucking dikes...


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You don't know noooooothing about useful threads, that is up to POWERMAX to know. :lol:

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 03:43 PM

You even crap your own sticky? Jeeeez.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 11:29 AM

A little bit late contribution as I read this complete only today,

Below appears a chart that serves as a guide to what resistance ratings correspond to what types of activities. As you will note, a rating of 50 meters does not mean that a watch is appropriate for diving to depths of 50 meters. This is because the ratings guides recognize that the conditions watches are subject to at 50 meters on the wrist of a diver are quite different than the STATIC pressure the watch is exposed to in a testing chamber. One can generate equivalent pressures on a watch, AT THE SURFACE OF A POOL. Slapping one's arms agressively against the surface of the water, for example, can generate extreme pressures at critical points of the watch. Similarly, movement of one's wrist while swiming at a depth of 10 meters can alter the local pressure considerably - either increasing or decreasing the pressure experienced by the watch, according to the type and force of the movement.

This is important and absolute true

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 02:35 AM

interesting!

i only have 2 reps i bring into water ...

GMT II Pepsi the black sub was a no go :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 05:48 AM

I always stick to my own rule of never taking my replicas into the water.. When its time for me to go swimming in the pool or in the sea, I always wear my genuine watch which is currently the Seiko Diver SKX007K...

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 06:15 AM

Always safe there.

I wear my WM9 Sub.

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 12:59 PM

I just avoid water completely. Rep or no rep.

Men put their BALLS in pool water. Balls, fellas. You go swimming in ball sweat and butt juice. nasty creatures, you all are. :thumbsup:


And the ocean, well, everything in the ocean is trying to eat you or shit on you. Ewwww.





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Posted 01 June 2010 - 01:02 PM

View PostAustinTech, on Jun 1 2010, 01:59 PM, said:

I just avoid water completely. Rep or no rep.

Men put their BALLS in pool water. Balls, fellas. You go swimming in ball sweat and butt juice. nasty creatures, you all are. :thumbsup:


And the ocean, well, everything in the ocean is trying to eat you or shit on you. Ewwww.





Balls


I never drink water. Fish fuck in it...

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 01:03 PM

View PostAustinTech, on Jun 1 2010, 08:59 AM, said:

I just avoid water completely. Rep or no rep.

Men put their BALLS in pool water. Balls, fellas. You go swimming in ball sweat and butt juice. nasty creatures, you all are. :thumbsup:


And the ocean, well, everything in the ocean is trying to eat you or shit on you. Ewwww.





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Aqua-phobia methinks you have :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 08:36 PM

Anyone waterproofed a watch with a window on the back where you can see the movement?

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 08:45 PM

View PostAustinTech, on Jun 1 2010, 08:59 AM, said:

And the ocean, well, everything in the ocean is trying to eat you or shit on you. Ewwww.





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You got it all wrong. We're eating everything in the ocean. At least trying to.

And dumping all our shit in their world.



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