Water and watches often don’t play well together unless your wristwear is truly waterproof. Even if that is the case, however, leaks happen – gaskets fail, the crown is left open, the crystal cracks, etc. So whether you’re snorkeling in the Cayman Islands or just at home giving the cat a bath, our watch enthusiasts offered some suggestions on how to tell if your timepiece has gotten a little too much moisture.
Henry Davis, Owner of Adept Golf.
Watch Runs Slower
Most of the time, if a watch runs slower, then it means it has water damage. Commonly, watches run at a certain pace so if there is water damage, it can make it run slower. This is because the intricate fit of the small components of the watch is not able to move freely because of the water.
Water damage will lead to the watch rusting and ending up being broken so the best thing to do is stop the clock from running and wait for it to be dry. Water damage on watches often occurs because of washing hands while your watch is still on your wrist or accidentally diving in the water. Hence, always remember to remove your watches when you are going to use water.
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