Summer, sun, sand and sea
A time when you really won’t want to be without a rugged, watertight timepiece on your wrist. To ensure this doesn’t lead to any unexpected surprises, arrange for a service check to be carried out in the watch workshop of Juwelier Wagner in good time for the holiday season. The Wagner watch workshop has state-of-the-art equipment to reliably check the watch’s watertightness as well as its timekeeping accuracy. It is also Rolex-certified and thus offers the highest standard of service. The cost of an inspection and any servicing that my have become necessary contributes significantly to maintaining the value and longevity of your personal watch, making it a worthwhile investment.
One important point of the summer check for sports watches is inspecting the gasket in the screw-down caseback as well as the gaskets of the watch glass,
Summer check for sports watches
ne important point of the summer check for sports watches is inspecting the gasket in the screw-down caseback as well as the gaskets of the watch glass, the watch crown and, in the case of chronographs or GMT models, the pusher to guarantee watertightness. Moisture inside the watch results in corrosion and damage to the movement. In Rolex watches, this is prevented by the specially patented Rolex Twinlock and Triplock winding crowns which are fitted with two and three gaskets, respectively. When a watch is serviced, all the gaskets are replaced so that even salt water cannot harm a sports watch.
ATM and Bar
The manufacturer mainly specifies the watertightness in bar or ATM. 3 bar corresponds to 3 ATM or 30 m. This does not mean that you can dive to a depth of 30 m with such a watch but that the watch’s watertightness is guaranteed up to a pressure of 3 bar (comparable under laboratory conditions to the pressure of a 30 m-high water column on the watch). Rain or spray water do not present any risk in this case. Watches with a watertightness of 10 bar (10 ATM/100 m) are suitable for swimming or snorkelling. Only watches with 20 bar (20 ATM/200 m) watertightness are suitable for diving. In any case, use fresh water to remove salt water residues on casing or strap as soon as possible.
When you get out of the water or are relaxing on the beach, do not leave your watch in the blazing sun. Casings made of stainless steel or precious metals heat up tremendously which is good for neither the movement nor the wrist. The bleaching of bezels due to UV radiation, however, is now a thing of the past. In the case of Rolex, for example, this is due to using the high-tech ceramic material Cerachrom. Fine sand is another summer challenge. It should never find its way into the watch. It is therefore advisable not to open a screw-down winding crown or screw-down pusher on the beach. Sand can very easily get into the thread which then no longer closes reliably. If you heed all these points, there is nothing to stand in the way of a summer full of variety accompanied by your favourite model of sports watch.