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A Guide to Water Resistance

The water resistance of a watch is often a cause of confusion for some people. Here we will try and simplify things to ensure your watch is suitable for you own needs

When a watch company brands a watch 50 meters water resistant it does not mean that the watch is water is capable of a dive down to 50 meters. They are referring to the fact the watch can within stand static water pressure of 50 meters and this is were the confusion is created.

Below we have listed what water resistancy you can generally expected from the watch you are interested in or what would best suit your own requirements.

30 Meters or 3 ATM:
Suitable for everyday use. Splash resistant. Not suitable for showering, bathing, swimming, snorkelling, water related work and fishing. Not suitable for diving

50 Meters or 5 ATM:
Suitable for swimming, white water rafting, non-snorkeling water related work, and fishing. Not suitable for diving

100 Meters or 10 ATM:
Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports. Not suitable for diving

200 Meters or 20 ATM:
Suitable for professional marine activity, serious surface water sports and skin diving.

Diver’s 200/300 Meters:
Suitable for scuba diving at depths not suitable for saturation diving.

If you purchase a watch with a “Screw Down Crown” always ensure the crown is fully screwed down to ensure water cannot penetrate the crown.
 

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