Should You Wear Your Watch In Water? - The Watch Doctor (2024)

In a fashion-sense, shoes and watches are complementary parts of wardrobes that some can never have enough of. Shoe collecting — you might not know — is a big deal. “Sneakerheads,” as they’re called, track down the release date of every new sneaker, set an alarm and then attempt to be among the first in the online marketplace to get the new releases before they completely sell out.

After they’re purchased, a sneakerhead has to figure out just the correct outfit to pair the shoes with (if they’re going to be worn at all, as opposed to being saved and potentially resold on the lucrative secondary market). Rarely are these shoes, Nike, Air Jordan and Adidas brands, actually worn for strenuous activity on the basketball court. They certainly aren’t worn out in the mud or snow. And don’t you dare do anything that would make a crease in the shoe and leave a mark.

Those are just shoes.

Just as valuable, just as sought-after and just as expensive, Rolex and other high-end watch brands are the same collector’s items for people. Just like putting several hundred dollars on your feet as shoes, strapping one or several thousand dollars on your watch means there’s a probably a greater appreciation for the value the watch holds. Yet, watch collectors and wearers sometimes don’t always take the same safety approach when it comes to weather conditions as sneakerheads — especially when it pertains to wearing a watch in water.

Though a Rolex or other watch may come with a water resistance rating, water and Rolexes shouldn’t mix (but when they do, the Watch Doctor is here to help) unless they are, of course, a diver’s watch.

A quick shower or downpour shouldn’t be a death toll for a watch, but consistent exposure to water and moisture from showers, hot tubs or saltwater from the ocean is a recipe for a corroded watch and its movements. The moisture can also fog up the case, wear away paint from the hands and cause a number of other problems that affect the meticulous tick-tick-tick of a watch.

Never swim with your watch on!

I am probably going to get a lot of criticism for this statement : “Never wear your watch swimming or get it wet”. Most customers tell me that they bought their Rolex so that they never need to take it off. This is basically correct, but every week, especially during the summer, I get at least 1 phone call from a panicked Rolex customer that has a wet watch after a brief swim or shower. I tell them that they need to get the watch serviced quickly to make sure that the watch does not rust. Keep in mind that fresh water is bad, but salt water is deadly to a watch movement. If your watch fails to stay watertight in the ocean and you get salt water inside, it could be ruined in about 24 hours.

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